I have been writing a little series of all of the great afternoon teas I have been to in London over the last year or so. I started with the Ritz which you can read about here. But this week we are doing something a little different, the Alice in Wonderland themed Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel.
My sister, her boyfriend and I were tempted to this because of the theme, although Alice in Wonderland isn’t my favourite book, I thought that there are so many cute things you can do to keep it in theme. First, the covered courtyard where you eat is beautiful. The Sanderson is such a unique hotel with lots of odd furniture and art in the lobby, but the courtyard is classic with a gorgeous fountain in the middle. It was nice to be in such a bright and airy space. Another nice touch was that many of the staff are in costume – which really adds to the theme.
The menu itself is stuck inside really old books which I love! I think old books are so charming and give me such a sense of nostalgia. We all picked teas which came out in themed queen of hearts teapots, and the sugar in a little singing jewellery box – so many of the little touches were considered which I thought was great. The plates and teacups themselves were also really cute! I really was tempted to take mine home!
The food itself started with sandwiches. They tried again to give these a twist and all of the breads were different – spinach, rye, lemon and sundried tomato with the traditional inclusions – salmon, egg and cucumber. They were all in a different shape as well. Although these looked great they weren’t all my favourite as some of the flavours were a little odd. But they certainly looked great! There were also some quiches which were very nice – I always like it when a high tea adds some different savories than just the sandwiches.
There were the traditional scones which of course were delicious. Can’t really go wrong with a big scone, lashings of cream and some sweet jam – probably one of my favourite foods ever.
The best part of the afternoon tea was the cakes as they were themed so well to the Mad Hatter – meringue in the shape of carrots along with the pea shoots on the top, victoria sponge in the shape of clocks, little marshmellow mushrooms, there was mousse in tea cups and little drink me potions. Not only did these look great but they all tasted amazing. By this point I was a bit full as you would imagine but I still managed to get most things in!
Overall, I think this is a really lovely afternoon out – it is slightly cheaper than the Ritz at 38 pounds each so is a great thing to do if you want a bit of a treat or if you are down in London for the weekend! We had a great time and I still want to get my hands on the tea cups and plates used!