Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel is one of the most popular and original afternoon teas in London. The Sanderson is a luxurious and trendy hotel tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. The afternoon tea is served in their courtyard garden so the best time for it is probably spring or summer when it’s a bit warmer. We went last week, it was quite chilly but we were kept quite warm thanks to their outdoor heater umbrellas and cosy blankets.

It’s all about the little details at the Sanderson, from sugar cubes inside in a music box, menus hidden in vintage books and napkin rings with riddles printed on them. The choices of teas were presented in little glass bottles with their details printed on playing cards, all really very much in tune with the Alice in Wonderland Theme.



Savoury sandwiches were beautifully presented, dainty but really filling. Green bread, a crab & herb eclair, and a tiny caviar Scotch egg were all in the menu.


When you think it can not get any better  you are presented with a three tier cake stand full of amazing, mouth watering sweets. Marshmallow mushrooms, blue chocolate caterpillars, coffee flavoured pocket watches macaroons and red velvet ladybirds amongst a few other flavoursome sweet treats.



You do, of course, also get delicious scones with strawberry jam and  Cornish clotted cream.

Eatable flowers? Ice cream presented in a small flower pot? This was just the icing on the cake so to speak.. something unexpected to end up our tea experience with.


Mad Hatter’s Tea it’s a real treat, from the crockery, to the setting to the perfect service, it’s really an afternoon tea with a difference. If you are looking for something a bit special this is a place to try.


Have you tried the Sanderson’s Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea? or Do you prefer a more traditional one?



19 thoughts on “Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel

  1. We went I think it was about 18 months ago, its changed a little bit. I loved it, although I would have liked the option for break fast tea. Its definitely a must though, such a lovely experience
  2. Oh my goodness-this looks dreamily delightful!! The attention to detail is just incredible, and the Alice In Wonderland theme is genius! I'm not surprised this is popular, I just love quirky twists on a traditional idea, and I just want to go there now and try it! Me and my husband like an occasional weekend away by ourselves to London, and we haven't had one for ages-I think I might have to try and organise one soon, just to try this! Amazing! And great photos! Thanks so much for sharing with #bigpinklink!
  3. This looks & sounds amazing! I love all things Alice in Wonderland, plus afternoon teas! I'm going to a Mad Hatter's Tea Party with my toddler over Easter - but it will be a much more child oriented one! #bigpinklink
  4. Oh I absolutely adore the Sanderson and went there for my baby shower for afternoon tea. It was just as wonderful as you have described and captured in your pictures. I would, like you recommend it to anyone and everyone :-) Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily
  5. I am a big fan of Sanderson for far too long to mention in here..:) the Long Bar, Suka restaurant etc. Took my toddler for his first tea the other day, it's quite a feast indeed in so many senses ! Commiserations to us all stuck in London with storm Katie (such a pretty name for rain washouts & winds of 60mph!)
    1. It was my first time at the Sanderson even though I have been living in London for nearly 20 years. It is a great feast indeed.

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