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Sanderson’s Mad Hatters Tea Party: you’d be Tweedledumb to miss it! 16 March, 2010

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Sanderson Hotel, Philippe Starck, Mad Hatters Tea Party

Image credit: Morgans Hotel Group

The hullabaloo of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland may have come and gone, but a true  Mad Hatters tea party – like Lewis Carroll’s original works – is a classic novelty not to wane with the passing trends.

Luring us to fall down the rabbit hole of epicurean delights,  jaw-droppingly impressive central London hotel, Sanderson and its Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea takes the cake!

Last week, we got to hob-nob and fall into Wonderland – and just as surely as we were ooh-ing and aww-ing the swingin’ decor like Alice in her newfound surroundings (the hotel was designed by the ultimate Mad Hatter himself, Philippe Starck), we salivated over the yummy salmon finger sandwiches, the pineapple lollies that make your mouth hot and cold, and the to-die-for Queen of Hearts foam cake.   Perched like tiny works of art atop beautifully bespoke cakestands (that we unfortunately couldn’t fit into our bags!), we suspect we’ll be raving about our sugar-induced Wonderland for a while.

Fall into Wonderland at The Sanderson. The Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea has been extended through the end of May.  To book, call 020 7300 5588

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WIN today’s Alice in Wonderland prize: A Cath Kidston teapot 24 February, 2010

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Today’s Alice in Wonderland giveaway is this cute strawberry teapot from Cath Kidston, worth £20.43 – perfect for the onslaught of Mad Hatter tea parties:

To win, go to our Gifts for Alice page and look for the item with the ‘we love’ logo. Then, hunt for that prize in one of our amazing Alice in Wonderland images on mydeco’s facebook fan page . When you find the hidden prize, just tag the image with your name.

Get hunting and good luck!

Exclusive: Alice in Wonderland’s Jemma Powell on Tim Burton and open-plan kitchens 18 February, 2010

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You may have already spotted British starlet Jemma Powell in Foyle’s War and Footballer’s Wives. Now, she’s ditching TV for the big screen, having landed the role of Alice’s bookish older sister Margaret Manchester in Tim Burton’s upcoming movie, Alice in Wonderland. I quizzed Jemma on working with Tim Burton, her home style and her luxuries. She says:

I live… in Ladbroke Grove, West London, two minutes’ walk from Portobello Road. For me, it’s the perfect place to live, swarming with fun and creative people. The market is always full of inspiration.

My favourite room… is the open-plan kitchen. It’s always filled with friends. I love preparing big meals for everyone and chatting while I cook.

My style is… anything I see and fall in love with. My house is all Farrow and Ball colours, which I’m constantly changing around. I go to Kempton Park antiques as much as I can: they have such beautiful furniture there, imported from all over, and it’s so cheap! Last time I went, I bought a stunning French chandelier and an old beaten up shelf which I painted and distressed.

Image credit: Sunbury Antiques Market, Kempton Park

I am inspired by… my fiancé. He’s a singer-songwriter and whenever I’m away he sends me songs to fit my mood. My parents’ garden is also a great place to get inspired – I love learning my lines walking around, especially in late spring when the roses are out. It’s so peaceful there.

My biggest luxury is… flowers. The smell, the colours – they make a room. When I go back home, my Mum always puts fresh garden flowers in my bedroom. If I could, I’d have flowers all over my house, all year round.

Alice’s sister Margaret is… the kind of girl who just loves being married. She’s very happy with her life and her husband, and adores organising everyone. Not like me at all…

Margaret’s home would… smell of freshly baked bread and be full of little ornaments and trinkets she has collected. She would also have embroidered cushions which she has sewn herself, religiously, every night.

Working with Tim Burton was … a huge honour. When I first walked on set I was so nervous. There were all these extras dressed in beautiful Victorian clothes, staring at me. I tried to just get inside Margaret’s head, and imagine it was a big family occasion for my little sister, and then I relaxed. Tim was very kind, never short of advice and encouragement.

If I had a mad hatter tea party, I would… firstly not wear a corset, and secondly sit next to the Mad Hatter!

Living in Wonderland is… so much fun, I wish I had fallen down the hole too.  Mind you, it would have ruined my beautiful blue dress.