Illy in Wonderland

 

And finally… here we are.

After a never-ending waiting list – we have been waiting a couple of months to get in! – we are here with a skyrocketing enthusiasm.

My ex colleagues Jessica and Francesca and I decided to give ourselves a treat, the Mad Hatter afternoon tea at the Sanderson Hotel .

Are you ready to follow me and the White Rabbit?

The exterior of the Sanderson let myself down as it has nothing to do with the traditional historical buildings I love: the hotel is an anonymous architecture situated in  a side street of the cluttered Oxford Street. Nevertheless as I walk in through the hall I am pleased  to see Jessica and Francesca seated in the courtyard garden: it really seems to enter in Wonderland!

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While admiring the cups and the teapots adorned with kings and queens and the carillon sugar bowl, we put a strain on the tea choice:  every single little bottle – they all seem to be the magic potion Alice had to drink to grow bigger or smaller – is dedicated to a character of the fairytale and, believe me, choosing one among the others has been extremely demanding!

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Once we’ve chose the tea, we order a glass of champagne and between one chat and the other the stand arrives on our table and… it’s just jaw-dropping!

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Mushroom and caterpillar marshmallows, pocket watch macaroons, ladybird cakes and The Queen of Hearts cookies … I feel sorry to eat these masterpieces! And… what about the Magic Potion?

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When you are enjoying yourself time flies and so, without even realising it, the moment to get out this fairytale has come…

It’s Late! It’s late!

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Author: Fr_illy

📇 Compulsive writer 🧳Travel nut 🐕 Tina's mum 📍Venezia 🇮🇹 🔁 London 🇬🇧

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