L – London Tea At Its Finest

Welcome to letter L and to this year’s Theme:

 The Glories of Tea With Stepheny


I’ve had tea in Harrod’s Department Store on the 4th floor, near the luggage department if my memory serves me right. It is a place meant for shoppers to tuck into and refresh themselves and then continue their shopping. There is no fine china on hand but plain white pots and cups and saucers selected for their utilitarian purpose.




I have stopped as well in a tea shop across the road from Harrods. Plain and simple, yet it made me feel I was a woman who had come from a Cotswold Village to shop for the day and was having a cuppa before catching the train home.



When it came time to write a third novel, A Garden of Sweet Disorder, all but finished, the main character comes to London with a friend for the weekend. After researching, I selected the Savoy Hotel for the scene where the women have tea. Below are a few lines from a chapter.

When it was time, the two women stood in front of the reservation desk for their 3:00 reservation in the Thames Foyer of The Savoy Hotel. Sarah took in the surroundings with the hope that she would remember every detail of this light and bright Edwardian salon with a garden gazebo at its center, and an ornate glass cupola overhead. She knew the Foyer had been added to the original hotel in the early 1900s.                                                                       

Following the hostess to their table, Anne said quietly, “Geoffrey brought me here for one of their fashionable ‘Art-Deco’ dinner dances. They hired live orchestras like the legendary Savoy Orpheans that were once the hotel’s resident musicians in the roaring 1920s.”  

“It must have been fantastic.” The women were seated.

Anne said with a straight face, “Geoffrey is a terrible dancer.” Sarah stifled a laugh. Here in this rarefied atmosphere, at a great cost, Anne’s memory was of her partner’s ineptitude.

“The Salon Couture High Tea is the best event they have ever held. Guests enjoy afternoon tea and a 1950s style fashion show like the iconic couture shows held at the hotel in that era. Christian Dior debuted their collections then.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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6 Responses to L – London Tea At Its Finest

  1. noelleg44 says:

    This is a perfect theme for you, Stepheny. I just wish I actually like tea. The only time I had it was when I was recovering from food poisoning and the association is too strong in my mind!

    • I know that experience. Some medicine along the way tasted like watermelon. Wouldn’t touch a candy or flavored drink tasting like watermelon. I haven’t mentioned that sweet tea is my drink of choice. You, will understand.

  2. Kathe W. says:

    I must tell you that the ads that are accompanying your blog are a bit off putting showing toe nail fungus….sorry to mention it, but I thought perhaps you had no idea.

    • Aren’t they awful! I’m furious after all the work it takes to place the photographs and then to have the presentation interrupted like that. I will have to change this blog to a .org, which eliminates the ads. It upset me, but I couldn’t face trying to fix it in the middle of the #Challenge. “Well, damn!” is all I dare admit too. Sorry about the intrusion of your reading.

  3. Unishta says:

    Your series is really like a warm refreshing cuppa that leaves me grinning like a Cheshire Cat. Thanks for this wonderful series .

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