Hello fellow blog readers! Sorry for the lack of update, as I have been having the best time in London for the past week and a half. I have visited the sets of Harry Potter, eaten macarons from Laduree, and met the Harry Potter man himself- Daniel Radcliffe. I wish I could spend all my time in London, sadly I will be returning to reality next week. I also bought lots of makeup and I can’t wait to share my reviews with all of you. Today, I had my first British afternoon tea experience at the Sanderson Hotel.
The high tea/afternoon tea is called the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party- and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something unique and fun! I made reservations for three via email two weeks ago for a party of two. The cost is 35 pounds per person + 15% service fee, which adds up to around $64 CAD. This is one of the most expensive meals I ever had, but most high teas in London are expensive, and I wanted to splurge on one afternoon tea.
Our seating began at 12:30 and we arrived a bit early and were seated. The utensils that were placed infront of us were cute and fit the Alice in Wonderland theme. Our server also brought us napkins that were wrapped with a piece of paper that had a riddle on it.
In the middle was a music box filled of sugar cubes and an old-school looking book which contained the menu inside.
The server brought over four teas for us to smell and decide which to drink. I had the Mint Chocolate, while my friends had a Strawberry and Cream tea and an Apple Pie tea. They loved their teas as it smelt like candy.
After much anticipation, our three tiered platters finally came! There was triple of everything and there was definitely more than enough food.
The top tier contained homemade Strawberry and Cream marshmallows and Carrot meringue in bean sprouts. I was full by the time I could enjoy the top tier. The marshmallow mushrooms were extremely cute but they were a bit dry. The middle tier of desserts were amazing though.
The middle tier was full of sweets. It had a melting mango cheesecake, green tea mousse in a dark chocolate cup, and a Victorian sponge cake. The melting mango cheesecake was the perfect name for it- the cheesecake was so rich and creamy it melted instantly. But even better, was the liquid mango syrup that came pouring out in the middle of the cake. Those colourful stripes surrounding the cheesecake is edible…and it is white chocolate.
The Victorian sponge cake was adorable, it was miniscule and had a clock decoration on top of it. I believe that this cake is something only found in UK (?) because I never had one anywhere else and I am addicted to them! There are layers of cream and sponge and jam inside this, and in one bite you can taste the different flavours! It wasn’t too sweet either. I wish I could ship some back home. 🙁
Lastly, the green tea mousse was also delicious. It had a rich matcha flavour and also had those pop rock candies inside. It was fun to eat!
On the bottom layer was the savouries- and this is the tier I started digging in first. There were an assortment of sandwiches, which you can see on the menu here. Out of the four types of sandwiches, my favourite was the Smoked Cumbrian ham with wholegrain mustard on sun-dried tomato bread.
There was also a mini quiche, two scones (one was ginger and the other was spinach? not too sure!) There were also “Drink Me” potions and we were told to not shake them so we can taste the flavours. We were told there were three flavours in this thick and creamy drink. I could taste lemon at the bottom and banana at the top. I’m not sure what the third flavour was and honestly, I’m not entirely sure what I drank. But it tasted sweet and delicious.
I also really liked the washroom (lol) of the hotel. It was clean and neat. There are individual cubicles that has the sink inside. For the most of London, I’ve been wearing windbreakers and converse shoes since I’ve been doing a lot of walking. I wanted to dress a bit more formal for high tea. I wore a coral coloured blazer from Dynamite + a high low polka dot shirt from Forever 21 + jeans from Forever 21 + scarf from J Crew + mouse flats from Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Although a lot pricier compared to Vancouver, the high tea here is worth the experience, especially if you like cutesy and theme-d things. I wish I had more time (and money!) to try more afternoon teas at various restaurants around London.
I hope you guys are enjoying June! I will update my adventures again soon! 🙂