Afternoon Tea at Sanderson London, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

London, UK
September 2016

The Sanderson London is just a few minutes walk from Oxford Circus Station.  On one of the side streets, The Sanderson stands out as a relatively modern building amongst the older buildings.

After entering the building and heading to the right, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is held in the covered courtyard (with heaters).

From the start, there are a number of interesting items to look at, including their tea blends printed on cards.  The really nice thing is that you can smell the teas before deciding which one you want.

They also have “regular tea choices”, and you can also change teas later if you choose.

This is where things went downhill.  Overall, the sandwiches were just not good.  The cucumber sandwiches were once again soggy.  (I don’t know why this keeps happening.)  The brioche was so burned and hard, it was inedible.  The croque-monsieur was cold, but tasty.  We did get another round of croque-monsieur, and those were warm and much improved.  The avocado mousse was also nice and rich, but not on the regular menu.

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The 3-tiered stand was so cute though!

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The scones were very good.  A nice crust and fluffy on the inside, but it was really heavy.

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There were so many different sweets.

The drink me potion was a little difficult to drink in the straw since it was pretty thick.  The meringue was light and fluffy.  The mushroom marshmallows were strawberry flavored and delish!  The blue caterpillar was a chocolate truffle.  The potted plant actually came last; it is ice cream with jelly topped with cookie crumble, honeycomb, and edible flowers.  This was not that good.  The cookie crumble was so thick, you could barely eat anything without spilling everywhere.  The jelly was hard in the center of the ice cream.  On top of all of that, the pot actually has a hole in the bottom, so it makes the table sticky as it melts.

The coffee pocketwatch is very coffee flavored.  It even has a chocolate covered espresso bean on top.  The oreo cookie solider was ok, but you really only get the cookie flavor and not the filling.  The ladybird was read velvet, but it just doesn’t seem like red velvet to me without the cream cheese icing.  The banana bread with butterfly was the best, nice and moist.

Since those scones were so heavy and the fact that there were so many sweets, we had the leftovers packed to go.  Cute and convenient!

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The kitsch is definitely there with this tea.  They definitely provide you with a lot of food, but not all of it is that great.  If you’re looking for something unusual, this might be a good option (but I’m not sure I’d recommend going).

Tea 4/5, one choice, limited variety
Food 2.75/5
Atmosphere 3/5
Service 3.25/5
Overall 3.25/5

Sanderson London
12:30pm to 4:00pm Monday to Saturday
1:00pm to 5:00pm Sunday

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