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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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Peter Bowen Art pimp up your table & home

If you are looking to pimp up your table or home then I highly recommend checking out Peter Bowen, who sells a range of beautiful ceramics and prints. I was kindly gifted a sugar bowl courtesy of Peter Bowen to show me that having a sugar bowl on your table for breakfast or afternoon tea really can lift your spirits and make your dining experience at home feel that extra special.

Did you know that there are 56 different sugars out there? such as brown sugar to cane sugar. Do you know where sugars come from? Sugars are found in most plants. Also honey and fruit where an abundant natural source of unbounded simple sugars are.

Most of us crave sugars for sweetness which brings the phrase ‘sweet tooth’. Sugar is used in many ways be it within a cake, to make cookies but more commonly for our tea or coffee. With most of us always adding a spoonful of sugar to our hot beverage it might surprise you to learn that us average Brits consumes about 24 kilograms of sugar each year.

Make your sugar intake a royal one though and store within one of Peter Bowen beautiful ceramic pots which also comes with a pretty good leafy spoon. Be it for your cereal, pancakes or hot beverage you will feel like royalty.

Peter Bowen Art

Peter Bowen who is based in Somerset has been making ceramics for over 40 years. He produces clocks, butter dishes, cream jugs and sugar bowls in a range of unique glazes and colours which are all made from white earthenware clay. As well as art painting in watercolour.

His unique style of art and ceramics have earned him an international reputation with much of his work in private collections around the world.

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Vektra kettle save heat, energy, money and water

Love tea? and sometimes you just can’t wait for the water to boil? with a Vektra Kettle you can save time and money with their kettles. Why and how though? as their kettles have a thermal insulation which helps keep the water warm for up to four hours.

Thanks to Vektra I was gifted one of their new kettles to use at home, helping save me time and money.

Vektra

Vektra sells many kettles and was the first to release to the world the first thermal insulated electric kettle. Their thermal kettles are constructed with a stainless steel double wall insulation, so with just one boil your water will stay hot for up to 4 hours which means less boiling, less energy, less hassle and saves money. 

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NOVELTEA a cheeky tipple, leave a cuppa out for Santa this Christmas Eve

I love tea, but I also love a drink so when I discovered NOVELTEA my eyes lit up as it is tea and alcohol blended together. There’s a variety of reasons why I and others choose to drink tea or alcohol and that is a way to relax after a hard day’s work, socialise with friends or to relieve anxiety issues. Thanks to NOVELTEA I can now enjoy my favourite drinks perfectly blended together.

Courtesy of NOVELTEA I was gifted a bottle of their festive ‘Celebration’ tea with spiced Whiskey.

NOVELTEA

Founded in 2016 Lukas and Vincent brought to the world NOVELTEA blended with alcohol. Their success was so immediate, and the feedback very positive, that they knew they needed to get their alcoholic teas in front of as many tea lovers as possible as quickly as possible. So they pitched it to BBC’s Dragons Den and launched in China.

Since winning Dragons Den they have been bringing out new flavours, growing worldwide, and getting recognition winning many awards.

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With Birchall Tea it’s always tea time

Every day we wake up and the first beverage on my mind in the morning is a nice cup of tea. Thanks to Birchall Tea my mornings have been revitalised as they sell 14 quality different award winning teas from white tea, black tea, green tea, herbal, and chai tea.

What is tea though? well it is an aromatic beverage which is commonly prepared by pouring hot water over tea leaves or a tea bag with tea leaves. There are many different types of tea from herbal teas giving a fruity taste to a classic English Breakfast tea which has a full-bodied and robust taste with a slightly sweet note. Apart from tea being a refreshing beverage to enjoy first thing in the morning or during anytime of the day did you know that teas which contain caffeine has a stimulating effect? When it reaches your brain, the most noticeable effect is alertness. You will feel more awake and less tired. Plus tea is a common ingredient used in most medications to treat or manage drowsiness, headaches, and migraines.

Thanks to Birchall Tea I was kindly gifted all 14 of their award winning teas to try at home from herbal tea to old classics such as English Breakfast tea and Earl Grey.

Birchall Tea

Birchall is a family owned British tea company which is based in London and has been trading since 1872 ever since Captain Birchall Graham first planted a tea tree in India. Why India? as Graham was posted there as an officer with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment where he served for a number of years. Fond of his time spent in India after his time in service he joined with his brother Robert in India and they cleverly used their savings to make a living by planting tea in Darjeeling. The seeds of a tea dynasty were planted and subsequently Birchall Graham continued in the tea trade, successfully developing the business and acquiring the knowledge and expertise to create the finest teas in the world.

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TEA+ more than just tea, vitamins too!

We all try and stay as fit and healthy as we can, buy taking vitamins, eating fruit / vegetables or drinking a glass of juice for our daily vitamin intake but have you ever had a tea which consists of vitamins? No! Then you’ll love TEA+ which provides a great tasting fruity cuppa which has a combination of vitamins. What is better than knowing your cup of warming tea can now help your mood and health.

I was kindly gifted some PR samples to taste at home and I can 100% say that they did make a difference to my mood and the Sleep tea really did help soothe my mind and helped me drift off easier to sleep.

TEA+ (formerly Tea Plus)

Tea Pus (know TEA+) was established back in 2015 by husband and wife team, James & Jade Dawson, whose vision was to bring a new, smarter, healthier tea to the market. From there, a unique range of vitamin teas was born.

Their tea combines the best bits of herbal, fruit and green teas with daily essential vitamins together making their teas the most healthiest and nutrient rich teas on the market.

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Mr Squeaks Tea Company is not your average brew

Tea for me is the perfect aromatic beverage be it this thing in the morning or at night. I love your old fashioned classic English Breakfast tea but I am also partial to herbal teas, chai and black tea. Tea is such a popular hot drink with us Brits and thus there is a vast range on the market but some tea producers have begun to get a little more inventive with their teas, as to not just to give a great tasting cuppa but giving their tea leaves the wow factor which Mr Squeaks certainly hits the X factor.

Courtesy of Mr Squeaks I was kindly gifted a few PR samples to review at home and I was wowed.

Mr Squeaks

Mr Squeaks Tea Company is a new specialist tea company based in the Leigh-on-sea area of Essex. They are a family run business, managed and owned by Kim Dawson and Dave Dawson.

​As tea lovers, they are dedicated in creating and sourcing the very best loose-leaf tea and tea service products but Mr Squeaks Tea Company is a far cry from the average brew. Not only are their teas great in taste, they smell and look beautiful too.

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Tea-Pop get tea magical

Tea-Pop is gourmet tea on a stick. Get magical and stir the wand of tea into your cuppa and watch how your hot water magically becomes tea. Fun on a stick.

I was gifted some PR samples courtesy of Tea Pop and got magical creating tea with my tea-pop wand, sorry I mean stick.

Tea-Pop

Tea-Pop are a family owned tea company who are passionate about tea, and their mission is to introduce new tea experiences for modern consumers.

They have had a long collaboration with Chester University to develop the ultimate tea experience giving both traditional and herbal tea lovers easy, fun and fuss free experience.  

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ZO tea you’ll feel amazing after a cuppa

Life is too short for bad tea, refresh and sip on a healthy cuppa of ZO tea from the moment you wake till the time it is too sleep. ZO tea will detox your body, calm your mind and cleanse your soul as their tea harnesses the natural powers of tea to help you feel on top of your game 100% throughout the entire day.

I was gifted PR samples of ZO tea to try at home to open my mind to much healthier tea for the mind, body and soul.

ZO

ZO is a UK based independent company that specialises in premium, organic blended loose leaf tea. Their aim is to promote organic tea rituals, which are carefully designed blends to help support health with every sip as they are all about helping encourage wellness.

The founder after suffering with digestive problems, she eventually found relief through a variety of different tea blends, which added benefits from clearing her skin up, giving her more more energy and giving her a greater sense of wellbeing.

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BRUU tea tantalise your tastebuds

Tea has been around in the UK since the eighteenth century, and an abundance of teas cover our supermarket shelves as tea is the most popular and commonly offered beverage in any home, work place, restaurant, hotel etc. but there is noting quite like BRUU tea.

The most popular tea we drink in the UK is a black tea with a slice of lemon, and sugar. The other popular tea that we consume is English Breakfast tea, which is tea served in a mug with milk and a spoon of sugar, this is also known is also known as a builder’s tea.

In Britain we often enjoy a cuppa along with a sandwich, crumpet, scone, cake or biscuit. A popular British custom is to dunk a biscuit into tea.

As centuries have gone by though so has our tea tastes. We are now not just satisfied with the traditional Black or English Tea anymore but we yearn for variety from green, fruity, spicy and herbal teas.

With such a wide variety of brands and choice on the market it can be hard to know which tea to choose for your early, mid or late night cuppa. Thanks to BRUU tea you can enjoy a variety of high unique quality gourmet teas monthly thanks to their subscription boxes. Within each monthly delivered box tea consumers will get four different teas to brew and enjoy anytime at home, or even out on your travels.

BRUU are gourmet suppliers of black tea, green tea and fruity herbal teas. No matter what you get in your surprise box of tea you will not be disappointed as each are high in quality and provide a tantalising taste, you will be yearning for your next monthly mystery box of tea.

I was gifted a three month subscription to sample at home and now BRUU tea is my all time favourite tea makers as their tea is like no other tea on the market.

BRUU are very different and unique as they produce high quality loose tea and subscription boxes giving you a surprise to the nose and awakening you taste-buds every month with different cuppas of tea.

BRUU

BRUU was founded back in 2014. The founder was bored of low grade black, green tea and peppermint teas which are served within hotels and sold in supermarkets within cheap tea bags so he decided to make a difference and thus BRUU was born.

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