A tumble down the rabbit hole

The day that this afternoon tea happened, had the potential to be a bad one!

The very quick back story started Monday of that week, with me discovering, by some amazing fluke, (I have no clue why I decided to look at my passport) that my passport had only 3 months left to run until expiry. I was off to New York the following week, celebrating my friends 40th birthday, and as America are so strict on having 6 months left on your passport when you travel, potentially, I wasn’t going to be able to go! A cry of help to the passport office, meant that I had to take a day off work, and travel into London Victoria, to go and pay with my blood, (trust me, you pay for being disorganised) to get a same day passport renewal. You make an appointment, do your paperwork, then trudge back there 4 hours later to collect.

So, as I hate wasting any holiday from work, my mum and I decided that we would utilise the time, (we were having to be in London anyway) and book afternoon tea!

My lovely sons had gifted to me for Mothers Day, a voucher to go to The Mad Hatters Tea Party at The Sanderson Hotel in Oxford Street. I then purchased it for my Mum for a Mothers Day treat, as it looked so amazing. Based on the childhood book Alice in Wonderland, one of my faves as a child, the Mad Hatters tea party is a collaboration between The Sanderson, and Shoreditch based designers, Luna and Curious. The Sanderson is situated just off Oxford Street, so easy to locate and travel to.

When seated at your table, your hostess hands you an old, vintage looking book, and opens it to reveal the menu! For some reason the photo keeps turning sideways! The mad hatter is messing with me!

our vintage book menu

She explains that you will be receiving everything on the menu, (yum) and will start with your choice of tea, coffee or fruit infusions. Yes, a fruit infusion. Not your common ole fruit tea bag. This was presented by a little silver tray with 4 dinky bottles on. In the bottles were your choices of infusion, Strawberry and Cream, Mint Choc chip, Apple Pie and Rhubarb and Custard. The table is set with quirky plates, and cups and saucers with themes from Alice in Wonderland, and a gorgeous, old fashioned, musical jewellery box. When it is opened, the ballerina twirls to the tune of Somewhere over the Rainbow, and the box contains sugar cubes for your tea! I loved this touch, so cute.



A few moments after our tea was served, (I chose the Strawberries and Cream, mum had breakfast tea, both delicious) the beautiful, artistic centrepiece that was our food treats was brought to the table. Oh. My. Goodness. It was just so fabulous. Carrying on with the Alice theme, the 3 tiered stand had a display of goodies that I didnt want to touch, they looked just too pretty! (dont worry, I did get over that feeling pretty fast) We had diamond shaped sandwhiches, savoury and sweet scones, tiny savoury tartlets, chocolate tea cups filled with mouse, mango cheesecake, mushroom marshmallows, clock shaped victoria sponge, and meringue carrots on a bed of carrot shoots! It was so amazing.




There was also, to my absolute deight, (Im easily pleased) little bottles, with a ‘drink me’ label on, with a puree type drink in it, and a straw. I was obviously hoping that by drinking it, in true Alice style, I would shrink a little. Sadly not. I am the same size.


IMG_1363Our afternoon tea truly was, a magical experience. I would recommend it to anyone. Two hours of laughter, eating beautiful treats, discovering all the little touches, and an afternoon with my Mum, always a pleasure! Oh and I got my passport so was able to go to New York!



  1. January 20, 2018 / 9:00 am

    This place looks so cute & if I ever go to London I should visit there! 😊

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 20, 2018 / 3:30 pm

      Its one of my favourite afternoon teas in London. Id recommend it fully if you visit. Thanks for reading xxx

  2. January 20, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Great tip for when I go to London in July!! An afternoon tea is on the agenda, still have to decide where though… this place will be on the shortlist.
    Love the review Kerry 🙂

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 20, 2018 / 3:32 pm

      Im so glad you found it useful. Im the queen of afternoon tea, I blooming love it and plan on sampling every one that London has to offer haha! Im off for another one next month at Cafe Royal Hotel, its a Diptique candle one. little different! Thanks for reading xxx

      • January 20, 2018 / 4:25 pm

        Oh, will look that up as well 🙂 I wanted to re-visit the Ritz as my husband and I went there in 1995!! But my husband liked the intimicay of The Goring Hotel where we had afternoon tea in 2011. I wanted to have afternoon there as Kate Middleton and her family had stayed there the night before THE wedding 😀 Perhaps I should wait to see where Megan Markle’s family will stay… setting a theme in my afternoon teas… Sorry for rambling on 😀 Love, Kathleen

        • kerrylifeandloves
          January 20, 2018 / 4:56 pm

          Hahaha! That sounds like a great plan. If its good enough for The Royals…….

  3. January 20, 2018 / 10:06 am

    That sounds like a great place, and a lovely way to turn the stress of renewing your passport into a positive!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 20, 2018 / 3:34 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by Niall. We have to always try to find a positive eh! Cake and cocktails, whats not to love! x

  4. January 20, 2018 / 10:38 am

    That looks like soooo much fun!!! I hate and despise tea but I think that even I could make an exception for an experience like that!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 20, 2018 / 3:35 pm

      hi, thanks so much for visiting my blog. I had the strawberry tea and it was amazing. I agree with you though, its an experience to delight in, not just a tea. The cakes were just beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to comment x

  5. Lise
    January 20, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    Loving the look of this! Themed teas are really amazing. x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 20, 2018 / 3:36 pm

      I love a themed afternoon tea, anything that has attention to detail gets my vote! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated xx

  6. January 20, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    I absolutely love to go to fancy tea places! My bridal shower was at a fancy tea place in New Jersey and we had multiple courses! It is just so beautiful and fun to go to these places. I also went to a fancy tea place while staying at the Westin in Dublin, Ireland. I love it! Great post!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 20, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      Hi, thank you so much for visiting my blog. i totally agree with you, there is something so indulgent and special about fancy teas isnt there? Multiple courses sounds very nice, Im all over that! Appreciate you reading, have a great day x

  7. January 20, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    I think I’ve discovered someone that loves an afternoon tea as much as myself!
    This looks like a great one, I’m adding it to my list. Love Alice in Wonderland.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 20, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      Ohhhh Gemma I just love it, as I know you do. I think you would love it, its just gorgeous!

  8. A-
    January 21, 2018 / 3:20 am

    I love all of this! I wish afternoon tea was a bigger thing here in the US (or at least where I live). There’s just something that I love about all the little treats and goodies – and being able to just go and spend the afternoon relaxing with your friends or family. The place you went looks just lovely!

    A- simplylovely90.com

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 21, 2018 / 9:37 am

      I agree, afternoon tea should be a huge thing everywhere haha. I suppose it is a very “English” thing to do, so if you ever get over to London, you would be spoilt for choice! Thank you so much for stopping by x

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