Courtyard At the Sanderson

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Courtyard At the Sanderson
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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Such an amazing experience! My sisters and I treated our mum to this afternoon tea with a twist at the Sanderson and had such a lovely afternoon. From the very start to staff were attentive and on hand to cater to our every need. My sister being a vegan did not prove to be a problem at all, and they went through the menu alternative options with her. We treated ourselves to the Sanderson signature cocktail before tucking into our afternoon tea which tasted divine and I would highly recommend (although is £13 a glass). The afternoon tea itself was presented beautifully and tasted even better. The attention to detail on each individually themed piece of the tea creation truly made this experience fantastic. I would certainly recommend this place to everyone!


Traditional afternoon tea is great, but I LOVE afternoon tea that comes with a spin or a theme, and the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson has a wild spin that sees you falling down the Rabbit Hole into an amazing world filled with flavoured teas (mint chocolate chip, strawberries and cream and rhubarb & custard!), exciting cakes, mousses and treats, and warm scones with dollops of clotted cream and blobs of jam.

Every aspect has been cleverly thought out. You're at a tea party after all, so why wouldn't you eat smooth chocolate mousse out of a chocolate tea cup (at lot more useful than first thought!).

The super cute homemade mushroom marshmallows are springy and sweet, and leave your tongue a stunning shade of red, and you'll have the time of your life eating the clock cake made with a light jam filled sponge.

Your servers recommend you end your meal by following the instructions on the little bottle, compete with straw - DRINK ME! it demands, so you do, and whoosh! - you're transported to the caribbean with flavours of mango, coconut and tropical juices.

Service is a little on the slow side - we waited almost 45 minutes between getting our teas to getting the first round of sandwiches which are bottomless (as are scones, and jelly), and it took quite some time for them to bring our second round too! But it was delicious when it all arrived.

It's a fantastic place to enjoy an afternoon with the girls, or to treat your favourite lady in your life to something fun.

Wear loose jeans though... or be prepared to loosen a few buttons by the end.


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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.