Two of my favorite things in the world has to be tea and cakes. So when my best friend’s birthday came round I decided to use this as the perfect excuse to have Afternoon Tea.
In London alone, there are hundreds of different Afternoon Tea locations which vary from super expensive, unusual or designed to meet a particular need e.g. Gluten free Afternoon tea.
I decided to go down the unusual side route and booked a Mad Hatter’s themed Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel.
Prices start from £38 per person for the basic package (No champagne) to £58 per person. (This package includes a glass of Thienot Rose NV Champagne)
The thing I loved the most about this Afternoon Tea was the attention to detail. Each of the items on table, from the tableware to the food itself was very carefully selected and followed the Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter’s tea party theme.
When we were seated at our table, we were presented a tray of herbal teas which came in tiny little bottles. Each of the bottles had a ribbon tied around it which highlighted the flavour within. There were even sugar cubes hidden inside a musical box. (Nice touch)
*The flavors inside the bottles were Strawberries and Cream and Rhubarb and Custard, Apple Pie and Chocolate Chip*
(For the record I didn’t try the tea in the bottles as I opted just for just a regular tea so couldn’t tell you what they were like)
Once we had chosen our tea, we were presented with menu which was hidden inside a book. This gave us an idea of what treats we would with our afternoon tea.
Like traditional Afternoon Teas there were sandwiches and cakes on offer. Unlike traditional Afternoon Tea, the cakes were presented with a twist.
On the menu there were carrot shaped meringues, mushroom shaped marshmallows, a clock shaped Victoria sponge cake, a ‘melting’ mango cheesecake (this burst when you put your fork in it), a chocolate cup filled with a matcha green tea and white chocolate mousse and a ‘Drink Me’ potion which contained three different flavours*.
*Sadly I can’t remember what those flavors were as I was too eager to eat my chocolate cup. 😦
Alongside the cakes and sandwiches there was also sweet, savory scones and a Wonderland Jelly. (Wonderland Jelly is jelly which comes in three different flavors; Green Apple, Blackcurrant and Strawberry)
If your looking to do an Afternoon Tea then I would defiently recommend this however I would suggest that you go with an empty stomach as there is a lot to eat! 😀
If you are looking for more Afternoon Tea options than I would recommend visiting the Afternoon Tea website.
If you are looking for other unusual things to do in London I would recommend taking a peek at my top 23 unusual things to do in London list.