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The Wizard Exploratorium afternoon tea – unicorn poop, potions, magic and so much more

As a fan of all things magic, sweet treats and tea when I heard about The Wizard Exploratorium’s newest event for a Magical Afternoon Tea at theirs I just had to do it.

Afternoon tea is a quintessential English thing. Traditionally afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches, cakes, scones served with clotted cream and preserves and of course tea served within tea pots.

But how did the Afternoon Tea come about in England? Afternoon tea came about in 1840 thanks to Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Within the household dinner was served fashionably late at eight, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. Around 4pm the Duchess would become hungry and ask for a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her and this is how afternoon tea came about. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. Nowadays however, in the average suburban home, afternoon tea is likely to be just a biscuit or small cake and a mug of tea, usually produced using a teabag.

A traditional Afternoon Tea with all the works can still be enjoyed within many restaurants, hotels and tearooms across the UK but if your looking for a magical one then The Wizard Exploratorium is the place to go for magic and wander.

I was invited down on a PR basis courtesy of The Wizard Exploratorium to experience and review their newest magical event yet for a Magical Afternoon Tea.

The Wizard Exploratorium within London, Soho

Nestled in the heart of Soho The Wizard Exploratorium combines cool magic and science together.

There is so much to enjoy within The Wizard Exploratorium from wand making, afternoon tea or a cocktail potion making class or if your just looking for some magical merchandise then The Wizard Exploratorium is the place to pop on in.

Within The Wizard Exploratorium they bring science and tech together along with food and beverages to bring a magical time and make you be wowed.

There are several experiences and seasonal experiences to enjoy within The Wizard Exploratorium from Magic Wand Making, Potion Experience and their newest immersive event Wizard Afternoon Tea where you create the magic and enjoy a magical feast of food and sip on magical tea.

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DoubleTree by Hilton pirate takeover

Not all treasure is silver and gold as I and my buccaneers found whilst at DoubleTree by Hilton in the Docklands.

We were invited down on a complimentary basis to enjoy the treasures of which the Columbia restaurant provided to a themed pirate afternoon tea which we were treated to a bountiful of cakes, cakes and more cakes.

Columbia restaurant within DoubleTree in the Docklands

Columbia has recently been newly renovated giving hungry diners fresh, seasonal and international offerings.

Enjoy a unique dining experience overlooking Canary Wharf. Start your day with an international breakfast or enjoy perhaps a three course meal or even a themed afternoon tea for those who are craving something sweet. Whatever you choose though you will not be disappointed.

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VIVI at Centre Point provides an afternoon tea full of cakes, glorious cakes

VIVI is one of the newest and most exciting restaurants to launch within Centre Point in the heart of London’s West End this year. They serve traditional British cuisine with a modern flair. The restaurant is open all day for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre meals and dinner. So whether you are a local resident, working in the city, or visiting for the day VIVI has a British dish for everyone’s taste evoking memories of yesteryear with an innovative twist.

Back earlier on this year I enjoyed a three course dinner courtesy of VIVI along with some other members of Love Pop Ups London. This month I was welcomed back to enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea along with some other members to indulge in cakes, glorious cakes.

VIVI

Vivi

VIVI is designed by the owners of Rhubarb who are the team behind Sky Garden and Verdi Italian Kitchen at the Royal Albert Hall

Located within Centre Point VIVI is their flagship restaurant which is open all day and serves British dishes which are deliciously bold, offer seasonal menus showcasing the very best of British dining, and a bustling bar serving all those age-old British classics.

VIVI’s beautiful dining room is open day to night; serving a wide range of breakfast options, light lunches, indulgent afternoon teas, and traditional British dinners.

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A need to feed – KNEAD Bakery and Coffee Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood has recently opened up KNEAD a Bakery and Coffee eatery in London Euston and I so needed to go along.  I was lucky enough to experience and taste the delicious treats at KNEAD before the general public as I won a competition to attend a press event back in September before the official opening. I won my spot with this “I KNEAD to come to feed on Paul’s seedy buns in return I will spread the word like a carrier pigeon dropping crumbs”.

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Afternoon tea

Do you love afternoon teas in London?

Below is a list of venues which provide delicious afternoon teas which some of us of Love Pop Ups London have had the pleasure in enjoying. Read our write ups via clicking on the links below to read more:

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