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24 September, 2013

Photo Diary: Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea

Comments : 6 Posted in : Food, London, Restaurants on by : Reema Tags: , , , , , ,

Warm scones, pretty cakes and dainty finger sandwiches – what’s not to love about a traditional British afternoon tea? What started off in the early 19th century as an inventive way to ward off royal 4pm hunger pangs is now a hugely popular ‘activity’ enjoyed by  tourists AND locals all around the UK. 🙂

I love tea and scones so when a friend invited me to join in for a birthday celebration at an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party, my answer was a very quick YES!

Here are some snapshots from the lovely Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel in London’s West End.



The gorgeous birthday girl and I – excited for afternoon tea in wonderland!


The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea menu comes hidden inside a vintage book. One can choose between the regular Mad Hatter’s Tea at £35/person or the Champagne Afternoon Tea at £45/person.


Each table has a musical jewellery box containing a twirling ballerina and sugar cubes.


I was in awe of the gorgeous, bespoke china specially designed by Luna & Curious, a design collective based out of Shoreditch. The napkins are wrapped with a riddle, fitting perfectly with the Alice in Wonderland theme.


The special tea choice for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party included Strawberries & Cream, Rhubarb & Custard, Mint Choco Chip & Apple Pie. The loose leaf teas are displayed in small, glass bottles decorated with a simple satin ribbon. Of course, one can also call for Earl Grey, English Breakfast, coffee…whatever you fancy.



The tea is served in individual tea pots adorned with kings and queens – also designed by Luna and Curious.


The gorgeous cake stand arrives with unique, creative and the most decadent, sweet and savoury treats. Definite wow moment.


The top layer: Sweet carrot meringues served on a bed of pea shoots and mushroom-shaped marshmallows flavoured with strawberries and cream! Lovely.



The middle layer: Tick Tock Traditional Victoria Sponge (layers of strawberry jam, vanilla crème and thin sponge iced with a fabulous clock design on top) Matcha Green Tea and White Chocolate Mousse served in a chocolate tea-cup & Melting Mango Cheesecake (teardrop shaped creamy cheesecake with a gooey  yolk of mango purée hidden inside. Super sweet and extremely indulgent.



Bottom layer: Drink Me Potion (tiny bottle filled with sweet, fruity layers of passion fruit, coconut and banana purée), Quiche and a selection of delicious and uniquely rolled finger sandwiches including Smoked Cumbrian Ham, Cucumber/Chives/Cream Cheese & Egg Mayonnaise with Cress. And of course, sweet and savoury scones served with herb butter, clotted cream & jam. What a treat!


Here’s me sipping the magical Drink Me potion, feeling very much like Alice in Wonderland….and praying I don’t shrink!!

Looking through these photos, I can’t help but wish I had done a better job with the lavish spread placed before my eyes. The afternoon tea was a visual and gastronomic treat and the experience was truly unique and memorable.

The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea is a lovely  way to spend the afternoon and I highly recommend it for a special occasion or an extremely indulgent tea break! Make sure you arrive hungry and be ready to roll out of the Sanderson Hotel in a food coma.

For more information, visit the Sanderson London website

There is a range of other delicious afternoon teas on offer around the UK and you can find them all by visiting www.afternoontea.co.uk 




6 thoughts on : Photo Diary: Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea

  • Reeshma
    September 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    wow Reema, looks amazing. I adore the crockery and the cakes look divine!

    • Reema
      September 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Reeshma it was amazing! The crockery set retails for £400 on the Luna & Curious website – I am tempted!

  • Tilo
    September 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    OMG! The afternoon tea looks so yum and of course both Hina and you look gorgeous :-). xx

    • Reema
      September 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks Tilo!! It was yummmy 🙂

  • veena Kalra
    September 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    What a lavish spread for afternoon tea! I am sure you must have enjoyed with your lovely friend Hina!

    • Reema
      September 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Haha yes, it was lavish indeed! We had a great time!

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