My daughter and I treated ourselves to Afternoon Tea in the Thames Foyer on our last trip to London. The booking was simplicity itself on the Open Table reservation website and our special dietary requests were confirmed by a personal email from the hotel, followed by a reminder email 2 days before AND a phone call the day before - excellent customer service! From the moment we walked in, the staff were all so friendly and made us feel very welcome. We were given a table with a large sofa which was delightful and gave us a wonderful view of the beautiful and elegant room, complete with pianist in the winter garden gazebo under the reinstated glass cupola. The advice on choice of teas was very helpful and it is a nice touch that the staff return to refill your cup even before it is empty. Our vegetarian sandwiches were imaginative and delicious and we were encouraged to have a second plate which was probably more than we needed! The scones were excellent, accompanied by clotted cream, strawberry jam and wonderful lemon curd. When we couldn't finish these and asked if we could take them away with us, our waiter Alex advised us that not only was this possible, but that we must have freshly baked ones to take home! Then the pastries arrived, delicate and imaginative again. Alex noticed that we were unable to finish these and again assured us that these would be boxed up along with the cakes which were now way beyond our capabilities to finish. All this was done with delightful humour and attention to detail, and even presented in a Savoy Cafe presentation carrier. We were not rushed to leave and enjoyed taking in the elegant ambience of the Thames Foyer until our rail journey home beckoned. Of all the Afternoon Teas we have sampled, The Savoy is definitely Number One and we look forward to returning in the future.
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