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We fell down the rabbit hole for an afternoon of wonder with the popular Alice in Wonderland theme Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel in London.
Themed around the much loved Lewis Caroll classic - Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea has to be one of London's most iconic Afternoon Teas, and it's not hard to see why. The combination of the fun setting, and the whimsical treats make it a very special experience.
"When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!"
Just a few minute's walk from Oxford Street, The Sanderson Hotel is the perfect location to drop in for travellers and residents alike. The inside oozes 70's glam and is flooded with natural light.
Before the Afternoon Tea even arrives, the experience has an element of wonder as the menus are hidden inside vintage books, and the sandwich plates are decorated with zebras, birdcages and ticking clocks. Open a vintage jewellery box to discover that it's full of sugar cubes!
We started by choosing our teas. They were laid out for us in glass apothecary style bottles giving us the chance to uncork and smell the leaves of each one. I chose the 'Mad Hatter' - a green tea infused with passion fruit, guava and mango. My guest chose the 'Alice' blend - a black tea infused with blackcurrant, vanilla, caramel, citrus, bergamot, and blue corn flowers and blue mallow flowers. We both agreed that being able to peruse the teas before choosing was a nice touch, and something we've never experienced before.
The tea stand soon arrived, heaving with delicious looking goodies. We started with the savouries. The scotch egg is a sophisticated reimaging - a quails egg covered with smoked salmon and finished with cream cheese and caviar. Our favourite had to be the 'King of Hearts' stack croque monsieur with ham and parmesan - delicious.
We tucked in to the scones next, served with Cornish clotted cream and fruit preserve. Just the way scones should be, nicely glazed on the outside and buttery inside. They had a pleasant hint of vanilla too.
Last but not least - the sweet plates. If your favourite part of Afternoon Tea is the sweet treats, you must make sure you try the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea as it has a vast selection! We started with the 'drink me' potion.. of course not being as cautious as Alice!
Hidden in the foliage of the teacup on the top of the stand, you can find little 'wonderland magic mushrooms'. We overheard the next table enquire if there was real mushroom in the marshmallow, which might sound like a strange enquiry, but after experiencing a strange (but delicious) carrot and fennel meringue we knew why they had asked!
"Curious and curiouser!"
Each of the sweet treats keeps to the wonderland theme - the mocha gateau has a tiny white chocolate chessboard and horse chess piece on top. The macaron is styled to look like a pocket watch complete with a watch face and stopper.
All in all, an Afternoon Tea which holds the magic of Alice's wonderland with delightful references throughout and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
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