London is famous for its plush afternoon teas. There are so many on offer it can be tough to choose – and to compete. So the Sanderson Hotel has come up with its own twist on afternoon tea – the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea London . The Sanderson is a gorgeous boutique hotel in Soho. You can enjoy your afternoon tea outside with heaters (which I did) or inside.
The menu is hidden inside a vintage book and the first tough decision is which tea to have. There are five on offer all containing different and interesting ingredients and themed to Alice In Wonderland. My favourite was the Mad Hatter which came infused with passionfruit. I also loved how the tea was served – teapots with images of kings and queened and topped with crowns – and gorgeous crockery printed with clocks and birdcages and other wonderful things.
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Next up at the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea London is the savoury selection. This is a mix of mini croque monsieur, cucumber sandwiches, a sort of scotch egg and a crab eclair. These disappeared rather quickly.
Then on to the highlight – the sweet selection. Wow!! From fudge caterpillars to red velvet ladybird cakes, some delicious classic scones and coffee macaroons branded as pocket watches.
The drink me potion is passionfruit heavy and delicious and can be topped off with magic marshmallow mushrooms.
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Just when you think you can eat no more the tea is capped off with a gorgeous pot of chocolate and some other things of which I am unsure but they were certainly delicious.
This Mad Hatters Tea Party London was a lovely and oh so tasty way to spend an afternoon!
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Boutique Hotels in London
Booking.com is my favourite website for booking hotels. There is a great range with fab prices. Once you have made 5 bookings over 2 years you will gain genius status which opens up more deals. And perhaps best of all you can cancel most bookings up to 24 hours out which is super handy. You can, of course, stay at The Sanderson, home to the Mad Hatters Tea Party. However, here are some other options for boutique hotels in London:
Artist Residence is located in Pimlico which is fabulously central. It is in a gorgeous 5 store regency building and has a cute bar.
The Portobello Hotel is located in one of London’s best known and cutest neighbourhoods Notting Hill. This is also the hotel where Kate Moss and Johnny Depp filled up the bath with champagne! The hotel is located on a quiet street but is a great location.
The Great Northern Hotel is ridiculously close to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations which is incredibly convenient. The hotel dates back to 1854 but has had a major refurb so it feels fresh and modern.
The Hoxton hotel is in the heart of East London in Shoreditch and a perfect base for exploration. The rooms aren’t huge but the location makes up for it – as does the great value for London with rooms starting at £99 a night.
Getting to London and Getting Around:
Best Ways to get from the airport into London
London has several airports. It can be confusing and expensive to get from each of the airports into central London. And the last thing you need after a flight! It is much easier to organize tickets before you fly.
Heathrow is the most common airport for international flights. The fastest way to get from Heathrow into Central London is the Heathrow Express. This train only takes 15 minutes to get from Heathrow to Paddington Station and runs 4 times an hour. The Heathrow Express is much faster than a cab or any other option. Save £5 per standard ticket when you book here.
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The lowest cost way to get from Heathrow to central London is the tube. The tube is actually one of the fastest options as well – and will get you the closest to your final destination.
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There is also a bus or coach option which drops passengers at Victoria Station. This is a cheap option but you will have to deal with London traffic! If you are taking this option during peak hour it could take up to 2 hours each way. Book your national express heathrow airport coach transfer here.
Gatwick is south of London and can be quite the distance in a car. The Gatwick Express is the fastest option into London and runs directly from Gatwick to Victoria Station.
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If you don’t need the express option there is a slightly slower-moving train that has several more options in terms of stops including Clapham Junction, Kings Cross St Pancras, and London Bridge.
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The third option is the national express Gatwick airport coach transfer. This is the least expensive option but it can take some time with London traffic. There is one departure an hour and the average journey time is 90 minutes.
When in London the tube and buses are absolutely the best way to get around town quickly and cheaply. The best way to pay for this is to get a London visitor oyster card– which you can order before you leave home.
However, once you leave London trains are a great option – Train prices and availabilities – or the roads are less scary outside London so hiring a car can work well – for great deals on car hire click here.
Tours Around London:
Central London and the key tourist sights are so much closer than you might think! Grab your visitor oyster card and it is quite easy to get around. In addition to doing that I personally love taking a couple of tours when I visit cities – especially to find interesting food places or more recent history or hidden gems. Two tour companies I like alot for general interesting tours in London are Local Guddy and Get Your Guide. I also highly recommend London Tailored Tours and the fab Charlie – especially for her brilliant Borough Market Tour.
If you are traveling solo and interesting in travelling beyond London check out Just You Holidays the United Kingdom, Exodus Holidays the United Kingdom, Explore Holidays United Kingdom and /or G Adventures the United Kingdom
UK Travel Essentials
⇒ Grab a WorldSIM PrePaid Global SIM Card to stay in touch at reasonable prices.
⇒ Access WIFI at local rates with the mobile wi-fi rental wireless internet anywhere you go in Britain. This in your pocket wifi can be picked up at Heathrow or Paddington Station.
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