Being in London with one of my best girlfriends could only mean one thing: going out for Afternoon Tea.
After extensively researching the various options in the city, both traditional and not so, I settled on the Mad Hatters Tea Party at the Sanderson Hotel. I loved the idea of a fun twist on the classic high tea concept, and their whimsy take on a treasured English tradition.
The Sanderson Hotel itself is worth a visit, if only to sit in their impressive collection of designer chairs (am I the only one with a thing for chairs?). We started at the bar, before being led into our seats in the outdoor courtyard, a hidden oasis full of greenery with the sound of a small waterfall trickling. It was full of ladies who lunch, impeccably dressed, with a dotting of children running through the backyard. After selecting our loose leaf tea preferences from options like “Alice” and “White Rabbit”, we sipped on champagne and admired the lush courtyard setting. First up, the sandwiches. The delicious selection included finger-sized portions of things like White Crab Eclairs and Smoked Salmon Quail Egg & Caviar Scott Eggs, and were so good we opted for seconds. Then the piece de resistance arrived: the triple-decker sweets stand, topped whimsically with a tea cup potted with real grass!
After admiring it for what seemed like far too long (but was probably no no than 5 seconds), we dug into crumpets with sweet clotted cream, clock-shaped coffee macarons, sugared butterflies-topped banana loaves, mushroom marshmallows, and my personal favourite: the red velvet lady bug cakes. Needless to say, we left absolutely stuffed and I can’t wait to return!