The Savoy is the place to be seen, celebrated, and
indulged. Queen Elizabeth had her first public
appearance here after the Coronation Ball in 1952.
The Savoy has been the choice of every prime
minister in England since Winston Churchill; even
Harry Potter himself has celebrated here. It opened
in 1889 and it is located in the center of the city,
overlooking the Thames.
In the Thames Foyer, where afternoon tea is served,
guests without reservations were already lining up.
Despite the fact that I made my reservation for two
people, adding one more guest did not create a
problem at all. In fact, we were seated in no time.
The Thames Foyer is quite large and popular among
Londoners and visitors alike. With the elegant
columns, large flower arrangements, cozy chairs,
and the white grand piano in the center, the whole
setting is inviting.
Afternoon tea has been served at the Savoy since its
opening. We looked at the menu consisting of a
wide selection of teas, including the Savoy's own
blend and a range of herbal teas. This is followed by
selection of tea sandwiches with a variety of fresh
fillings, delicate pastries and tea cakes, and scones
with clotted cream and fruit preserves. While we
were enjoying our food, the pianist entertained us
with musical pieces. It has been said that the
resident pianist is one of the best pianists playing in
any tea courts of England. In addition, the service
was excellent, considering the fact that there were
many guests to attend to.
Do not leave the hotel until you visit the gift shop,
which sells souvenirs related to tea. Afternoon tea is
serve daily from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
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