Often described as ‘the vibrant heart of the hotel’, the Thames
Foyer was built into the centre of the original 1889 hotel building
when The Savoy was extended in 1904. In this elegant room, diners
first rose to dance to the music being played while they ate, thus
inventing the dinner-dance; later a permanent dance floor was
installed, and the world-renowned Savoy bands made their debuts
in the Thames Foyer, as Tango teas and thés dansant became all
the rage. The tradition of live music continues.