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Feed your Head – An Alice Inspired Afternoon Tea in London

If you ever feel like disappearing down a rabbit hole on a busy Saturday afternoon in central London, then I know the place to escape to.

At the Sanderson Hotel in Fitzrovia you’ll find afternoon tea, a glass of champagne and an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Just two minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus is this stylish and innovative hotel and inside an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea was such a wonderful experience that I felt I had to blog about it.

Everything is meticulously done, just as the precocious Alice would expect, from the food to the crockery to the décor and of course the tea, cake and sandwiches.

The table is set with black and white zebra plates and pots of tea featuring images from queens or kings from a pack of cards.


Drinks are served first. The “Alice” China black tea is served in individual tea pots and you can choose from a choice of infusions, including blackcurrant, vanilla, caramel, citrus, mint chocolate, strawberry, or apple. For the alcoholic option you can also have a glass of champagne or if you really want to push the boat out a scarlet martini, oriental daiquiri or an elder flower Bellini.

Served on elegant tiered cake stands, the food is a true feast for the senses. It is aesthetically decorated, colourful, quirky and delicious.

There are these irresistible old fashioned bottles of “potions” with tags saying drink me, a selection of colourful sandwiches (smoked Cumbrian ham with wholegrain mustard on sun-dried tomato bread, spinach, cucumber and chive cream cheese on spinach bread, smoked salmon and lemon butter on dark rye bread, egg mayonnaise with watercress and smoked sea salt on lemon bread), a tick-tock victoria sponge, strawberries and cream homemade marshmallow mushrooms, a melting mango cheesecake with Brdiget Riley psychedelic op art icing and the particularly scrummy matcha green tea and white chocolate mousse served in a chocolate teacup.

If you’ve got room after all that there are sweet and savoury scones, served with clotted cream and jam and even wonderland jelly.

The Davies Girls, Karol, Lynne, Ali and Vera (although one is now known as Dunnell) at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party at the Sanderson Hotel in London

The Davies Girls, Karol, Lynne, Ali and Vera (although one is now known as Dunnell) at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Sanderson Hotel in London


Cake, tea, fancy sandwiches, scones, Alice in Wonderland, champagne and cocktails… I was in my element. Needless to say, I really did not want to leave.

And just in case you are wondering, this is not a fancy dress event, so please leave your mad hatters hat and white rabbit costumes at home!

Mad hatters tea party pic from Alice in Wonderland

“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

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  1. Tooting Hustle May 24, 2017

    Looks like great fun… Thank you for sharing. 🙂
    If you have time, please check out my latest post about Brick &Liquor Cocktail bar – and let me know what you think!
    Happy blogging! x

  2. Brittsworld August 2, 2017

    This is amazing ! I would love to have a mad hatters tea party! Looks like you had a lovely time!!

  3. suzystories February 17, 2018

    Oooh I love this! I visited not long ago and it was so much fun, the macaroons were incredible! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, brings back some great memories of an excellent occasion 🙂

  4. Maike February 17, 2018

    Wow, looks lovely. I am going to London at least once a year and need to keep that in mind for my next visit. Thanks for sharing!

  5. delacroixllc February 17, 2018

    This looks like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to have an Alice in Wonderland inspired tea party. And, it looks like they really thought through every element to make it a true dream.

  6. Kathleen C July 14, 2018

    How very fun! Sounds and looks fantastic. Where we live right now, we live at the very end of a very long hallway. We always say our door looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland at the end of the hall. Maybe I should have a tea!

    • alidunnell July 15, 2018 — Post Author

      Long corridors with doors at the end always remind me of Alice. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  7. leahshoup July 15, 2018

    I would love to do this one day with friends! I had my first tea time on a recent trip to London and enjoyed it so much

    • alidunnell July 17, 2018 — Post Author

      Afternoon tea is a great experience – and they do it really well here. Hope you make it there one day 🙂

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