Friday, July 26

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

This weekend I returned to London for the third weekend in a row for a very special date.
A bloggers date to be precise.

I've spoken to Caroline, Lottie, Ibbs, and Katie M for months on end via blog comments, communities, and the occasional tweet, but my friend Katie B and I decided enough was enough.
It was time to finally meet these ladies in person!
Lottie booked afternoon tea for us all at the Sanderson Hotel, a vibrant, unique, and classy hotel just off of Oxford Street.

But this was no ordinary afternoon tea.
This was a Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea!

We sat down, eager faced in the light, airy garden and were instantly greeted by the bright bubbly waiter carrying these little glass bottles.
"Have a sniff ladies, and let us know what favoured tea you would like...."

Flabbergasted, we sniffed away at the tiny bottles, instantly hit by the fragrances of Apple Pie, Rhubarb & Custard, Strawberries & Cream, and Mint Chocolate.
As far as an opening goes, the wackiness of a Mad Hatter's party was there from the very beginning!

With the fine tea leaves poured, we admired the Luna & Curious crockery that was designed exclusively for the hotel, and the menus tucked away in old books.

It was just such an adorable touch!

But then, in a flash, in front our faces was three enormous cake stands crammed full of goodies and nibbles.
I mean. Just wow!

Dainty little sandwiches of; Smoked Cumbrian ham with wholegrain mustard on sundried tomato bread, cucumber and chive cream cheese on spinach bread, smoked salmon and lemon butter on dark rye bread, and egg mayonnaise with watercress and smoked sea salt on lemon bread!
Each wrapped delicately in tiny swirls.

To crown off the Mad Hatter's cake stand, tiny carrot meringues snuggled within a bed of pea shoots.

‘Strawberries and cream’ homemade marshmallow mushrooms that simply melted within your mouth.

Fresh chocolate chip and chive scones, smothered in clotted cream, butter, and strawberry jam.

And one of the perks of meeting up at such incredible places with other bloggers?
You aren't the only one with a camera!

When we had made our way through the sandwiches, got to know one another a bit more, and sipped our way through a couple of tea pots, we decided to indulge in the sweeter side of life!

'Tick Tock' traditional Victoria Sandwiches, each intricately decorated with a white chocolate clock face.

Soft, creamy layers of light vanilla sponge.

The beautiful Ibbs, Katie M, and Katie B.
One of the perks of today was getting to know girls that you feel are already your friends.
Please do check out all of these lovely girls blogs, (links above), they are all down to earth and just as they appear online.
An absolute pleasure to meet them all!

The waiter was an absolute charmer, kitted out in a very dapper suit, and ready to please many a customer.
He was definitely not camera shy either!

Matcha green tea & white chocolate mousse served in chocolate tea cups!

A light and refreshing chocolate creation which easily was eaten in a flash!

Lottie, myself, and Caroline.
Blogging is one of those things that is slowly kicking off. Not many people know or understand it unless they themselves are fans of it. It was so refreshing to meet other girls not ashamed of flashing the cameras, trying new things, and writing all about it.
Its just so damn nice to see that others care about it like you do!

My personal favourite was the tiny "Drink Me" potion. As you sipped gently throught the tiny straw, instantly you were hit with pangs of light, sweet passionfruit in a sort of foamy/juice.
Amidst all of the cakes and bakes, these refreshing few sips quickly cleansed your palette.

The melting mango cheesecake did not half look the part! A white chocolate bottom & sides encased a light, smooth cheesecake and a sweet mango surprise within.

The hotel was bright, airy, open, and perfect for a hot English Summer's day.
The little touches were what made such a pleasant date beyond great.
The tiny riddles on the napkins, the jelly trolley on the side, or the music box used to hold the sugars and sweeteners.
These little things all added up!

Ibbs even brought along her famous lobster for the ride!

Before we said our goodbyes, we had a gander around the hotel's side rooms.
This place really is one in a million!

Caroline & myself naturally fell in love with the hanging egg chairs, (Caroline- ring me when you finally buy one! I'll be there!)

All in all, it was such an incredible experience; not just because of the stunning setting and the wacky, wonderful food, but because of the girls that I met.
Please do check out their blogs, it is times like this that the internet appears as a wonderful thing that brings together those with something in common.

Until next time girlies, I hope that it will not be too long!



  1. It seems to be very pleasant.
    I would also like to participate.
    London is the highest.
    I would also like to live.

  2. Everything there look so incredible, looks like every detail has been thought of, I'd really like to go here. You seem to discover the most amazing places!xx

    1. You can thank Lottie for finding out about it!!
      I didn't even know such a wonderful thing could exist! xx

  3. I saw this on Caroline's blog a couple days ago! It looks like you girls fell down the rabbit hole, such a pretty and unique little place. I especially love the "drink me" bottle, so intriguing. AMAZING photos!

    A Golden State of Mind

    1. Well put! Definitely down the rabbit hole!
      Thanks :) It was for sure, a once in a life time sort of experience! xx

  4. my favourite post of yours - the best pictures!! X

    1. I second this Emily!
      I think you're completely right about how blogging is kicking off and how people don't really understand it unless they're doing it!
      We must do another that I can come to ASAP!
      Lottie xxx

    2. Aww thank you both!! Very kind!!
      It isn't half true, I get such weird looks when you tell people you are a blogger! I mean... it isn't that odd surely?! xx

  5. Lovely pictures from such a fun day out :)
    So nice to finally meet you Emily, and see you super soon
    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

  6. looks like a unique experience! I especially love the carrot meringues and the marshmallow mushrooms, so creative!

    A Day in the Life

  7. This looks absolutely AMAZING! My boyfriend absolutely loves Alice in Wonderland, and we've got our anniversary approaching, so maybe this would be the perfect gift/way to spend it... Would you say that it's really worth the money? I'm happy to spend it, but even happier if I know it's worth it ;)

    1. I would say that it is an experience and a half. Maybe that was more so because I didn't know what to expect, but it did really stun you from your normal afternoon tea.
      Brilliant service, good food, and definitely quirky.
      It was around 35-40 (Once service charge was included), so it depends if this post has tempted you or ruined the surprise!
      Hope you have fun! xx

    2. Definitely tempted! And because I want it as a surprise for the boyfriend, there'll be a lot of surprises for the person it's mainly intended for :)
      I would have never ever heard about this/leave alone considered paying this much for afternoon tea without these incredible photos, so thank you very much, it definitely looks like it's worth it :)

    3. Well then you can be smug knowing what is coming your way!
      If you are wiling to pay £35/ £45 (with champagne), then I would recommend it, but book in advance. If possible ask for outside as it is just a nicer environment in my opinion.
      Having spoken to all of the other girls, I think we all enjoyed it enough to agree that it was worth it!
      Enjoy yourself! xx

  8. wow this all looks so tasty and cool!! some great pictures, I love the teeny "drink me" bottles.. :)

    |Bumble Speaks|

  9. Looks great Emily, I am actually going here tomorrow. I am taking my best friend for her birthday so glad to hear you loved it.


    1. Ahh let me know how it goes Debs!! Hopefully it will be just as wonderful for you! xx

  10. Oh my gosh, this looks incredible. Those cakes looked divine and I loved the little bottles too xx

  11. Hurrah! Lovely photos (albeit a bit of a dodgy one of me!) and a great post about a fab day. Give me cake!!

    Cocktails and Caroline

    P.S. I'll get back to you on that bubble chair...not long now!

    1. Ahh sorry, didn't realise you thought it was dodgy!!
      Please do! Any excuse to come visit :) xx

    2. Ah I'm not bothered about such things. I never was much of a de-tagger on Facebook! Haha xxx

  12. What an absolutely brilliant post - gorgeous photos, you girls look absolutely stunning, and I am so jealous of your beautiful hair! x

  13. Your blogger meet up sounds fun. We had one down here last week too, and I agree that it's nice to be able to talk to people who have the same interests as you. Awesome pictures as always! xx

  14. There are not infact enough words to say how flipping flopping darn well and truly amazing that all looks!!!!!!


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