Disclaimer: This experience has no affiliation with JK Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise.
Calling all wizards, witches, students near and far for delicious potions and scrumptious alchemy. That’s exactly the magical world you will find at The Potion Rooms at Cutter & Squidge who are serving up an afternoon tea perfect for wizard and Harry Potter fans.
Tucked away in the busy streets of Soho, London is Cutter & Squidge, an all-natural bakery that has transformed their underground space into ‘The Cutter & Squidge School of Alchemy’.
During your 2-hour afternoon tea experience, you will be treated to a delicious, magical sweet and savoury Afternoon Tea inspired by classic British flavours infused with wizardry magic.
The Potion Room Potion Class
As you enter into the magical underground you are asked to take your cape, and your table number and wait for the class to start.
The first part of the class is lead by the resident professor and you’ll be served a tea of your choice (coffee and juice options are also available as discussed below).
You’ll then mix your first potion by mixing ice and a variety of imaginative juices to make the below tantalising combination. This is named the ‘Galaxy Juice’ with hints of passion fruit, hibiscus and unicorn tear tea.
Our teacher Leslie Lazuli was especially sweet, charismatic, funny, and lovely at leading the activities and is so amazing at remembering little details to add to the experience!
We were then asked to keep the next few lessons a top-secret. Hopefully, you’ll find out for yourself one day if you enjoyed this review!
The Afternoon Tea Menu
The Potion Room Afternoon Tea comes with either a choice of refillable loose leaf tea, Americano Coffee or Pumpkin Juice.
I picked the brightly coloured ‘Unicorn Tears’ tea. This tea is a magical leaf tea, infused with apple and lime. This gorgeous combination provides an uplifting sweet flavour to the gorgeous blue liquor.
After your afternoon tea you can purchase this magical concoction of lime leaves and apple pieces and it’s a lovely souvenir to take home.
The Potion Room Afternoon Tea
After working on some spells and concocting up some edible potions, it’s time to reveal the magical traditional afternoon tea.
The Potion Room Afternoon Tea is a truly enchanting selection of sweet and savoury treats. All served on a truly vintage, magical bird cafe for a truly mystical experience.
On the standard menu, you’ll find Yorkshire puddings filled with roast beef and horseradish, classic finger sandwiches, knickerbocker bites, and spectacular drinks served in personal-sized cauldrons.
And if you’re dairy-free and vegan like me, don’t worry, you won’t be offered anything any less magical! The sandwiches are vegan roast dinner, hummus and avocado and roasted vegetables.
The next layer is scones, or as they describe ‘rock cakes’ that is served with vegan cream and handmade jam. For even more temptation, there’s then a layer of cakes featuring an indulgent fudgy chocolatey delight and Knickerbocker Bite.
Oh, and did you think that was it? Well, as you will have seen by now, this afternoon tea is full of magic and delight, so you’ll want to save room for a special surprise ending!
The Potion Room Setting
Throughout the Harry Potter series, potions classes are mentioned at Hogwarts, taught by Severus Snape in books one to five and Horace Slughorn in books six and seven.
The Potion Room is tiny but doesn’t skimp on any magical details. Filled with enchanting, sorcerous decor and atmosphere full of potion bottles, books and wands on shelves around the walls.
There was even a place on the wall to hang your wand between spells!
Overall, The Potion Room Afternoon Tea is an unusual, imaginative experience and the very definition of wizardly.
From the drinkable and edible potions you make to all the treats, surprises galore, by the end of your experience, you will be bubbling to the brim by the time your class ends!
And finally, I’m also in awe of how The Potion Room caters for so very many dietary requirements. This includes vegetarian, vegan, wheat-free, and halal-friendly.
I was also so impressed that they had assigned me to a specific desk so that the serving staff would know where to send the dairy-free food.
And don’t worry if you’re not familiar with Harry Potter (I must admit that’s me!), as this is an unofficial venture and you won’t have to prove your magical knowledge!
If you enjoyed this review of The Potion Room afternoon tea at Cutter & Squidge, you can find more afternoon tea reviews on the Eateries tab.
Address: Cutter and Squidge, 20 Brewer St, W1F 0SJ
Telephone: 020 8453 0212
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10 AM – 8:30 PM
Prices: Prices start from £49.50 for adults, £39.50 for kids (VIP Packages also available)
Everything looks amazing especially the drinks! Would love to visit one day x
Aww Marissa, I’m so glad you liked the post and I really hope you get to go one day! The drinks were 100% a highlight. Both the pre-afternoon tea creations and also the Unicorn tea was so gorgeous xoxo