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“Fabulous!”

Thames Foyer at the Savoy
Ranked #1,432 of 23,992 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
Reviewed 27 March 2012

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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Thank Sue J
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

We dined last week end in the River restaurant after having Cocktails in the American bar. The service and food were wonderful and the staff excellent. We had tea in the Thames Foyer and were very thankful for the knowledgeable tea staff. We loved listening to the Pianist playing in the background .

We are looking forward to going back.

The only issue we had was the non enfocement of the dress code. One man dining in the restaraurant was dressed as if he just fininshed digging over the flower beds.

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Thank jayandpen
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

We were looking for a special pre theatre lunch away from the bustle and modern hype of London and thank goodness the Savoy is a place you can rely on doing what they have always done best , elegance , quality and luxury.

We came though the main famous and impressive reception area into the exquisite foyer and despite all the pomp we were made very welcome and felt at ease and well cared for by all the waiters
Because we were well before min tEat time the place was nicely quiet and with only about 10 other diners it felt really exclusive
The food was a little pricey at 22 for cod and chips but a generous portion and well worth it , but there was quite a range including the world famous Arnold Bennett omelette at 15 which I can highly recommend The tea at 6 a head sounds expensive 2 but out of a pot for 2 we both had 4 cups poured out for us
the pianist sadly was not there for lunch but in a way that made the atmosphere really tranquil . how may places in London can you say that about
It was easy to pre book on line from the website and only a 10min walk to our matinee theatre performance
So if you are looking for a bit of the high life experience in a place that still lives up to it's reputation and historical place in London it's a good pace to consider

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Thank havenhunters
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

There are a zillion places to have afternoon tea in London, from the shabbiest cafe to the most elegant hotel. I've tried many of them in my 25+ trips to London. But there is no place like the Savoy and no tea like tea in the Thames Foyer. This is two hours of bliss, from the exquisite sandwiches and pastries, to the flawless service. In this hushed, gorgeous room you can almost forget that there is a world outside. It is VERY expensive, but for a special treat, well worth forgoing three other meals.

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Thank Farewell18
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

Having dined at The Savoy previously both lunch at the Thames Foyer and Gordon Ramsay at The Savoy we decided for our Valentine treat to have afternoon tea.
What a treat, this is a truely lovely experience. We were seated next to each other rather than across our own table. We had two wonderful waiters - unfortunately we only got the name of one of them - Alex - five out of five for customer service and attention to detail Alex.
We opted for a glass of pink champagne before our afternoon tea.
My partner had many different leaf teas to chose from and was well advised by the staff.
Unfortunately I don't like tea but was offered coffee or a selection of cold drinks.
Delicate finger sandwiches first - cream cheese, chicken, smoked salmon, egg and cress and ham. All served in wonderful soft fresh bread. We had our sandwiches refreshed once but were given the option to refresh again if we had wished. The sandwiches were then followed by plain and fruit scones - as light as a cloud. Served with clotted cream and strawberry preserve and home made lemon curd - delicious.
We paced ourselves, having experience afternoon tea before we knew how full you can feel very quickly.
We left time between each delightful course to ensure we fully appreciated the food and the ambiance.
The third course was a selection of lovely pastries and cakes - again as many as you feel you can eat - three was the maximum for us. So delicious but also so rich that in hindsight perhaps two would have been more realistic.
Our wonderful waiter could see we were struggling so offered to box up the fourth course - a selection of fruit cake and gateaux. This was very much appreciated, we certainly didn't want to miss out.
All in all a lovely setting, the staff are so efficient yet friendly at the same time.
Would definitely recommend this to anyone, okay not cheap at £54 including champagne but plus a service charge, but we had three hours of total luxury and relaxation - we both thought it was good value considering what we had received and where we were.

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