If you want to have the quintessential English experience while you’re in London then you need to book yourself an afternoon tea to indulge in some tasty treats!
Afternoon tea became a social event back in the 1880s when upper-class women would dress up around four or five o’clock in the afternoon and have tea in their drawing rooms. This meal would bridge the time until dinner as most families did not sit down to eat until 8 PM. The traditional spread is made up of finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, and pastries.
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea
There’s an endless number of locations around London that serve afternoon tea. I decided to try the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea because I’m a fan of Alice in Wonderland and I couldn’t get over how amazing the presentation looked. Everything was perfect from the Alice-themed teas to the teapots decorated with kings and queens. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone.
Locations and Prices
Here’s a list of locations I was considering including the Mad Hatter Tea Party. There are several places to choose from and you’ll have no problem finding one that fits your style. Prices differ depending on location and it’s definitely something I consider a splurge (but worth it!)…
- Ivy Kensington Brasserie – prices from $25.70
- The Orangery – prices from $37.08
- Afternoon Tea Bus Tour – B Bakery – prices from $58.55 (I’d love to try this one next time. You get to experience afternoon tea on a red double-decker bus while exploring the sites!)
- Aqua Shard – prices from $58.55
- Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea – Sanderson Hotel – prices from $62.25
*Prices are per person and based on an exchange rate of 1.00 USD = 0.77 GBP.