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Savoy Hotel Afternoon Tea | The Limited Edition The Tiger Came To Tea

Over the years I been lucky enough to have breakfasted, brunched, lunched, dined and sipped cocktails in this beautiful 5-star hotel, but I was missing one important meal to finish my clutch – the Savoy Hotel afternoon tea.* It was on my afternoon tea bucket list, but I hadn’t quite figured out the best excuse to book in for an afternoon of indulgence.

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Luckily, we were genuinely influenced** to book an afternoon tea here, after seeing a friend of ours (a dumpling obsessed, exquisite photographer – you know who you are) visit as a guest of the hotel, and planned the date over a series of increasingly excited messages.

Making the afternoon even sweeter, I got to meet two of my partner-in-scone-crime’s really good friends, plus a gorgeous newborn called Kitty who was a proper sleepy, snuggly babe in arms the whole time.

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We met in the Thames Foyer, relaxing in butter-hued wingback chairs and ordered a glass or two of Deutz rosé champagne as we marvelled over the extensive tea menu. (Embarrassed disclaimer: my photos aren’t super on pointe as I wasn’t planning on blogging it, but we had such a lovely time that I wanted to, after all, and it didn’t seem right to click away so long that my hungry tablemates might feed me to said tiger.)

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The Savoy has teamed up with HarperCollins Children’s Books to commemorate the fifty-year anniversary of Judith Kerr’s treasured classic through the launch of a unique children’s Afternoon Tea – The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Savoy. For the first Savoy children’s tea in 129-years, he iconic picture book has been transformed into a feast of teatime treats that draw inspiration from the tea that Sophie and her mummy shared with a visiting tiger in the story.

The limited-edition children’s afternoon tea featured peanut butter and jam bites (*cough* we ordered some too *cough*), Red Leicester cheese whirls and honey roast ham finger sandwiches; freshly baked stripy scones with strawberry jam, Nutella and clotted cream; not to mention the amazing array of sculpted sweets (aka Tiger Treats) –  marzipan tigers, acrobatic cookies, a Milkman special which Lily loved sipping and a cute Battenburg.

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And the adult’s tea wasn’t too shabby either…

With delicious sandwiches and some scrumtious tarts, we nibbled our way through (there was no clear favourite – when asked if we’d like more we all opted for different flavours though I loved the brown shrimp and beetroot remoulade, not to mention our illicit PB&Js), and I sipped a delightful Pineapple and Osmanthus tea. We were also presented with delicious butternut squash tartlets that disappeared quicker than a tiger’s tail swish.

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The top tier was just as delectable – we were very grown up about sharing the freshly baked treats.

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I don’t mind admitting that we lost our cool a little when the team brought out a headband for Lily, AND A CUSTOM FITTED BOW TIE FOR TED. #WhoWoreItBetter

Afternoon Tea at the Savoy

It was simply a delighful afternoon at the Savoy Hotel – the Savoy Hotel Afternoon Tea team couldn’t have been sweeter to us as we lingered. 

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Which leads me to the question of the hour – what would you do if a hungry tiger knocked at your door . . ?

 

*Yes, afternoon tea is a legitimate meal, and can also be swapped in for meals like lunch & dinner… breakfast too if you’re feeling mischevious but you may struggle to find one served between 7am and 11am.

**To be called an ‘influencer’ feels like a bit of an odd term, but I guess a well descriptive one?

***Nb: If you use the Tiger Came To Tea book to organise a party, just be aware that you can only invite 4 friends**** because that’s as many of the cool invites are included.

**** Potentially a superfluous footnote, but it felt important.

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