Sanderson, one of the most iconic hotels of this millennia, is as well known for its Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea as it is for its glittering clientele and star-studded parties. Part of Morgans Hotel Group (counting Mondrian London and the recently revamped St Martins Lane as its sister hotels in the capital), Sanderson has recently relaunched its Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party to celebrate 150 years of Lewis Carroll’s literary classic.
Elements of the original afternoon tea have stayed the same, served in the stunning covered courtyard on the same iconic Luna & Curious crockery. Guests will love the hidden menus inside vintage books, the sugar housed in a tinkling music box and the outstanding selection of teas (our favourite was the Cheshire Cat).
Forget soggy ham and mustard sandwiches synonymous with most afternoon teas; we couldn’t get enough of the savoury Cornish crab and herb éclair or the Scottish smoked salmon encased quails egg topped with caviar – a refined twist on the usual. Regular Sanderson fans will recognise the classic marshmallow mushrooms, the carrot meringues, the Instagrammable ‘Drink Me’ bottle potion and the crumbly scones. New introductions on the menu are welcome though, with hand-finished, coffee-flavoured pocket-watch macarons and stunning Queen of Hearts Oreo cookie soldiers bringing the afternoon tea offering bang up to date alongside the dainty blue caterpillars, red velvet ladybirds and the edible ice cream flowerpots.
The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson will continue to evolve, with elements and flavours changing seasonally. Served with a champagne pairing (who can say no to a glass of Perrier-Jouet?) or with additional cocktails priced at £12 each, you can spend a charming afternoon working your way through the four alcoholic ‘chapters,’ – Down the Rabbit Hole, The Pool of Black and White Tears, The Caucus Race and a Long Tail and The Rabbit Sends a Green Bill. With the first three listing double cream as a key ingredient, you’ll leave needing to loosen your belt a notch or two, but it’s worth sacrificing your waistline for.
Tea is served daily and is priced between £48 and £65 per person excluding service.
Words by Sophie Coughlan