Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea Party (Sanderson Hotel)

Open Hours: Afternoon tea is served Mon-Sat 1:00PM-4:00PM; Sun 1:00PM-5:00PM

Address: 50 Berners Street


Phone Number: 0 207 300 5588

Tube: Goodge Street station or Oxford Circus station  

Fact: Indeed I broke the belt loop of my black skinny jeans when I tried forcing them on last Monday.

Fact: I concluded it was time to hit the gym.

Fact: I ended up at afternoon tea instead.

We were greeted at reception by enthusiastic staff who warned our stomachs to be ready for all the food we were about to consume…

First they started us off with a cocktail each.

Citrusy and fruity with a ring of sugar.

Citrusy and fruity with a ring of sugar.

Our waitress handed us playing cards to let us choose our tea options.

Each person has their individual teapot.

First up is our plate of savory bites.

We were served bottomless amounts of scotch eggs with caviar, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, cornish crab and herb eclairs, Wiltshire ham and smoked applewood croque-monsieurs. Scotch eggs were a favorite for me so we asked for an extra plate of them.

Next came our sweets on three tiers.

Items included their blue caterpillar, marshmellow mushrooms, carrot meringues (spot them in the grass at the very top of the tier), White Rabbit’s pocket watch macaroons, red velvet ladybirds, banana bread and butterfly, Queen of Hearts Oreo cookie soldiers, Alice’s drink me jelly potion and a selection of homemade scones paired with fruit jams and clotted cream. 

Beautiful creations that we spent a good twenty minutes taking photos of before having the heart to eat. Though, I will say the overall set was extremely sweet (has to be in order to make the figures the way they are) so we only had little nibbles of each item. 

We also ordered an extra fruit plate.

Gorgeously presented. This is the dairy-free option they offer and I’m proud to say we killed it.

When we got the bill, our waitress insisted that we had one last surprise left.

Ice cream with chocolate crumbs in a mini pot – too cute!

Ice cream with chocolate crumbs in a mini pot – too cute!

Overall highlights of this afternoon was the creative Alice in Wonderland “journey” we got to experience led by the Sanderson staff. Colorful atmosphere, solid choices of tea and bottomless savory treats. Sweets were way too much for me so I had to stick with the scones, but there’s no denying the set was beautifully presented – it’s no wonderful everyone says it’s the place worth seeing if you’re stopping by London for tea. Be sure to book ahead of time because the place was completely packed when I came with my family.