“Excuse me, but I’m very hungry. Do you think I could have tea with you?” asked a big, furry, stripy tiger...
Now the answer really is: “Of course, come in,” and at London’s iconic five star Savoy Hotel no less. For the first time in its 129-year history, the institution has teamed up with Harper Collins and is inviting children to enjoy its very first afternoon tea – and what a feast it is! Last year Judith Kerr’s classic children’s tale celebrated its 50thanniversary, and to mark it, little ones can enjoy all of the tiger’s favourites (and more) – peanut butter and jam sandwiches, tiger-striped scones with clotted cream, dark chocolate cookies and even Battenberg inspired by Sophie’s vibrant checked tights. The tea is served on bespoke china in the hotel’s lofty Thames Foyer to the sound of a live pianist. It has all the charm of the beloved story itself.
Monday to Friday at the first two sittings of the Savoy’s afternoon tea in the hotel’s Thames Foyer.
£40 per child aged five to 12 years old.
Compared to the chaos that is teatime at home, it’s lovely for children to enjoy such a special dining experience, especially when the hotel doesn’t mind if the guests behave like little tigers. Children take home a stuffed tiger, furry ears, and a bespoke book on afternoon tea – and you can satisfy those growling little tummies in style.
The Savoy, Strand, London. Go to www.fairmont.com