Courtyard At the Sanderson

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Courtyard at The Sanderson

An attractive courtyard space within the Sanderson hotel, open at various times throughout the year. 

Venue name: Courtyard At the Sanderson
Address: The Sanderson
Cross street: 50 Berners St
Opening hours: Afternoon tea served 2-5.30pm Mon-Fri, noon-5.30pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Rd tube
Price: Afternoon tea £35 per head
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Looking for an afternoon tea experience that is out of the ordinary? Follow Alice down the rabbit hole to the Sanderson Hotel for their Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Presented in the lush interior garden courtyard and bar of this surrealist five star, just a skip from Oxford Street and Soho, their decadent Wonderland-inspired spread features bespoke crockery from Luna & Curious – the Queen and King of Hearts observe the scene from opposite sides of your paper crown-bedecked tea pot – and menus secreted inside second-hand books. Even Alice would have gawked at the three-tiered stand of confections that arrive at your table alongside a rainbow of rolled sandwiches – spinach bread with cucumber was our particular favourite. Everything was edible except the plates: chocolate cups with matcha tea mousse, sweet and savoury scones, Victoria sponge with a raspberry candy clock set at tea time, mushroom-shaped marshmallows. Even tiny medicine bottles labeled ‘Drink Me’ containing a layered coconut, mango and passionfruit concoction: the flavour changes as you sip. The sheer amount of sugar on offer calls for strategic fasting beforehand. Over the top? Absolutely. Too much? Definitely not. We were comparing dates to come back before the tea had even finished. The attention to detail truly makes the experience fantastic: from rhyme-wrapped napkins to bright orange meringue carrots in a cup of pea shoots (March Hare: take note), the Sanderson has pulled out all the stops to turn the London tea scene on its head. Carroll would be proud. Drink me? Why yes, please: I’ll have the rhubarb tea and a scarlet martini.