They say when in Rome do as the Romans do. Well when in London, do as Londoners do and have afternoon tea at least once. There were so many amazing afternoon tea options to choose from. Based on my budget and some amazing blog reviews, I chose the Mad Hatter Tea at the Sanderson Hotel in London.
The Sanderson Hotel is super chic and modern, while at the same time elegant and whimsical. The tea takes place in the center terrace, though it was September and a bit chilly the outdoor heaters kept me super cozy and comfortable.
The staff was completely amazing. For the first time in my life I was dining in public alone. I felt super self conscious and the staff could sense my discomfort. They made a point to talk and smile at me through out my tea making sure I never really felt alone. They were all attentive and well versed in the tea and experience.
The food was even more amazing than the staff and location. As a very picky eater I was sure that I was going to leave them a full plate, and with a companion I can usually trade. My fears were completely unnecessary, the first question my waiter asked was about food allergies, when my gorgeous tiered tray was delivered, I was told if I needed more of anything just to say so.
Some of the highlights were the menus, which are held in the pages of a vintage book. Your sugar is found in a lovely jewelry box, while you pick your teas from a deck of cards. The beautiful black and white place settings made the food the true star of the show.
At $70 this tea was completely worth the money spent and I will being returning the next time I am in London. This tea is perfect for the young or just young at heart.
Check out the tea here.
Have you ever eaten alone while traveling? Where should go for afternoon tea next? Comment and let me know!