Tea. Coffee. Cakes. Spells. Yes, you read that last bit correctly, and no, we’re not describing your wildest dreams. There is now an interactive magical-themed afternoon tea where you can brew “potions” and nibble on food worthy of Hogwarts feast… and it’s so good that you may just forget that you’re a muggle. At Cutter & Squidge in Soho, London, guests can don a robe, grab a wand, and create colourful bubbling cocktails, all set in a secret Potions classroom.
The potions-themed afternoon tea is ideal for devoted Potter fans
The Potion Room is in the basement of the bakery, but it looks much cosier than Snape’s classroom, we can assure you. After being handed a robe by a crackling fire, you’re shown to your desk, complete with a cauldron, and vials of ingredients. Unfortunately, you won’t be brewing Love Potion or Invisibility Elixir, but you do have the opportunity to concoct some weird and wonderful drinks, and a “hubble bubble” dessert. The entire experience is guided by your potions master, so make sure you’re on your best behaviour – think more Hermione Granger than George Weasley. Although you don’t need to worry about getting your house points docked if you over-brew your potion.
There’s no afternoon tea without finger sandwiches and cakes, and you’ll be brought out a stand of nibbles, which you can wash down with your choice of tea or pumpkin juice. Even the tea flavours sound like they’re straight from the Leaky Cauldron – you can slurp “Unicorn Tears” or “Elixir of Life”, which sounds far more exciting than your usual Earl Grey.
Concoct a colourful drink with your ‘potions master’
Tickets cost £49.50 for a 2.5 hour experience, and you can purchase them on the Cutter & Squidge website. The Potion Room will be running from 3 May 2018 to 20 October 2019 – so basically your next birthday, hen party, or Saturday is sorted. The experience isn’t affiliated with Harry Potter, but any witch, wizard, or muggle will definitely enjoy it. Now just remember: it’s Levi-oh-sa, not Levio-sah!
By Ana Johnston