Christmas tea at The Dorchester will forever remain one of my favorite holiday events in London, so when we made reservations this year to try out The Savoy instead, I was a tad apprehensive.
If you haven’t visited The Savoy lately, it’s an absolute must. The only bit that has remained in tact post-renovation is “The American Bar”, which continues to be the perfect place to grab a post-theatre cocktail.
Back to the tea…. the hotel is prefectly opulent and had just the right amount of added Christmas decor. There are two options for tea, “The Afternoon” (the classic version we are all used to) and “The Festive” (which includes a brunch-type addition of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.) Us girls decided to go for the Afternoon Tea and were we were not disappointed.
While enjoying our finger sandwiches and scones we were serenaded by a slightly off-pitch boys choir, which we couldn’t help but giggle at. Perhaps these boys were the “B squad,” one of my friends remarked.
And then came the cakes….
I selected these two… both delicious.
And just when you thought that you couldn’t eat one more thing, the second round of desserts appeared. I wish that I had more room to have another slice of the scrumptious apple cake with cream cheese frosting!
AG Tip: Like all restaurants in London nowadays there is a time-limit on your table, so if you go over two hours you’re going to be asked to leave, which I personally think always puts a damper on the end of your experience. There is no reception, cell-phone or otherwise in The Savoy tea room, so if you’re going to pay by credit card it takes a while for the manuel machines to register payment. If you’ve over-shot your two hour time slot, then it gets a tad stressy trying to pay quickly and leave.
On the whole though, it was a delicious afternoon tea and I am glad we changed it up this year!
What’s your favorite holiday tea?