Salon Couture High Tea with Suzie Turner at The Savoy

The selection of decadent afternoon teas on offer in London is second to none. The finest hotels and top restaurants present beautiful themed cakes, sandwiches and scones to suit every occasion and celebration. The Savoy, one of cities most prestigious and beautiful hotels to dine in, has recently introduced the Salon Couture High Tea with Suzie Turner, a fashion focussed tea for London’s stylish trendsetters.

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This special tea is inspired by the salon-style fashion shows of the 1950s and harks back to the stunning soirees and shows held within The Savoy decades ago. The high tea launched on July 4th and takes place on the first Wednesday of each month, with one sitting at 5.30pm. Guests relax in the radiant, glass-domed Thames Foyer, nibbling on immaculate finger food, whilst stunning models present a catwalk show showcasing iconic gowns from British couturier, Suzie Turner’s magnificent collection.

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The tea includes a fruity cocktail, luxurious sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and cream and a selection of bespoke eclairs, delicately decorated with patterns to match the Suzie Turner designs. I particularly loved the Duck pastrami with herb cream tartlet from the savoury plate, and the warm apricot scones were dangerously moreish, especially when layered with dollops of rich clotted cream and homemade lemon curd!

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My sister and I watched in awe as the tall, slender women sauntered past us, dripping head to toe in jewels and lace. I thought the exclusive fashion show perfectly suited the setting and complimented the array of delicious food, even if I did feel a little guilty eating so much whilst the models walked past looking much more in need of feeding than me! The show was accompanied by a talented saxophonist, who moved around the room belting out soulful riffs and jazzy melodies.

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Afternoon teas can be tedious to review time and time again, but this chic offering from The Savoy offers so much more than just tea and cake, I loved the glamour and glitz, and the food was fresh and tasty too.

More information and book afternoon tea at The Savoy here.

Paramount High Tea, Tottenham Court Road

Although there are now many higher landmarks in the city from which to view London’s skyline, Paramount at Centre Point is still a very popular venue. Enjoy a meal, a cocktail, or indulge (as we did) in high tea – the perfect champagne celebration.

You zoom up 32 floors to the smart, slightly businesslike restaurant space. From our advantageous table by the window, on a thankfully clear day, we could see all the surrounding edifices and monuments that define London. We appreciated the foldout guide which stylishly explains each iconic building.

First, we were treated to flutes of extra bubbly champagne, which certainly made us feel special as you look out over, and toast, London. Once you’ve chosen your tea from the list of exotic combinations, the food arrives at once on a three tiered stand: sandwiches, scones, and cakes. There are four varieties of sandwich, however the menu description is a great deal more elaborate than the sandwiches appear. My favourite was the poached chicken with spring onion mayonnaise which had a particularly good flavour but was a bit stingy on the filling.

Fresh, warm scones were delicious but rather heavy, the dry texture benefitted from a generous layer of clotted cream and strawberry jam. Cakes displayed various levels of success, the red velvet and brownie came highest.

For £42 per person the food perhaps lacked allure but I think most will admit the Paramount setting makes this high tea unique and lovely for special occasions.

More information here.