The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.
Just before Christmas, when nursery was already out for my little girl, but Bobcat was still in school, I decided to take her for a girls’ day out in Mayfair – because you can do the most perfect girly things in Mayfair: discover wonderful hotels for afternoon teas, places for Sunday brunches, Christmas shopping and just walking around in this fantastic neighbourhood of London. We planned our day out: travelled into town after dropping Bobcat off at school, headed to do some Christmas shopping and later attended a wonderful afternoon tea. Mayfair is such a lovely place – one of the most affluent areas in London. It got its name after the annual “May Fair” which has been held from 1686 to 1764 in what is now Shepherd Market. Today, Mayfair is well known for luxury residential properties, designer shops, first class restaurants and five star hotels. The hotels in Mayfair are the best ones in London without doubt!
This is what we did on our mummy and daughter day:
We started our day right at Hamleys on Regent Street, to pick some Christmas presents. We didn’t buy more than a few bits of craft supply here but the entire walls of big eyed cuddly toys – especially the pink unicorns, covered head-to-toe with flitter were quite like a toddler magnet. My daughter has this thing for unicorns and we already have quite a collection of them at home. But she picked one which then she got for Christmas.
How could we possibly not pop into my favourite London department store famous for its fabulous Christmas Shop? I have a tradition of visiting it every year and pick a few bits and bobs. This time, I got a gorgeous felt peacock ornament for our Christmas tree and we admired all the wonderful decoration – especially the snow globes! Lau was completely smitten by the rainbow coloured tree ornaments. Just popping in and browsing around is so much fun – this store is like a gallery!
Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel
The highlight of our day was of course the afternoon tea – Lau was so excited about going out to a restaurant and eat cakes. Well, mainly about the cakes. Lots of cakes. The whimsical Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel is really famous London-wide, but we could even say worldwide, as a lot of tourists come here to attend one of the most unique afternoon teas in town. I always wanted to go – but never had the chance. Until now! My girl had the best time and she was at her best behaviour too – everything for the cakes!
So, it all begins with the tea. There are five speciality teas to pick from and I chose the Queen of Hearts which was a rose scented tea – so delicate and aromatic!
Whilst enjoying the tea and my girl busying herself with the musical box where the sugar was hiding (kept her entertained for the time we waited for the food to arrive|) – I chose the vegetarian sandwich and savoury selection – which is always good to see popping up as an option. And not just something boring – really nice selection of vegetarian mini hot dogs, sandwiches and more.
The food design and serving together with all the decor was really amazing. I absolutely adored the cute little bites, cakes and all the touches and details which made them looked like straight out of the story book.
I could’t even take photos of all the lovely cake bits – my girl demolished them too quickly! And there was also delicious, warm scone with cream and strawberry jam which was my favourite of course. The staff couldn’t be more attentive and friendlier. (So they took a few photos of us when I asked.) We really had a fantastic time.