I’m quite possibly a Hello Kitty super fan. When I went to university my room in my halls was every 6 year old girl’s dream room full of Hello Kitty things, and even know my poor suffering boyfriend has to put up with Hello Kitty cushions taking over our bed. I even adopted two white cat’s that wear bow ties. So when I saw a Hello Kitty pop up cafe was coming to London for 3 months, I knew I had to visit.
My friend Jen first alerted me to about the Hello Kitty afternoon tea, and both wanting an excuse to visit London for a museum we wanted to visit, we decided to book in. The afternoon tea was taking place in Cutter & Squidge, an adorable looking cafe in the heart of soho.
When we first arrived we were greeted by some lovely friendly staff who understood my mega excitement and squeals, and lead us downstairs by a trail of bows to the secret garden. Downstairs was the cutest room I’ve ever seen, complete with fake grass and trees filled with plastic fruit, there was even a tiny monkey hiding above our table. The secret garden also had lots of pictures of Hello Kitty herself around the room, complete with other adorable images of bows, cakes and flowers. I was in heaven.
Once sat at our table we were presented with milk bottles filled with pink lemonade, and were offered a few different flavours of loose leaf tea. I went for the lychee peach tea, which tasted as amazing as it sounded and I went through two pots.
I’m used to afternoon tea being presented on tiered plates, but ours turned up in a stack of bamboo baskets, with the staff describing what each layer contained. We thought it would be a good idea to work from the bottom up, so started with the sandwich layer. We had mini sandwiches with hummus and pepper, cheese and red onion, salmon and chives, and an adorable Hello Kitty shaped one with cucumber and cream cheese. The next layer was full of cheese scones, with a cream cheese and red pepper relish to go with them, which I could have ate forever. There was also a little coronation cracker complete with Hello Kitty’s face on.
After we’d finished the savoury options it was time to move onto the sweet options, and boy was there plenty of them. Strawberries, the most amazing pink lemonade marshmallow, cake truffle and a very berry jelly shaped into Hello Kitty’s face were scoffed quite quickly, but I still had two more layers of treats to go and I was already feeling quite full. The next layer had a pink vanilla Hello Kitty cookie, a strawberry milkshake biske which quite frankly was the most amazing thing I’ve ever tasted, and some little choc chip brownies with a chocolate and matcha dip. Out of all the layers this was probably my favourite, and I’m already dreaming of having another of those biske things again. On the final layer was a Hello Kitty chocolate mud pie, and an apple pie mousse with a bow biscuit. After this I was completely stuffed and in some sort of Hello Kitty sugar coma, when there was the offering of ice cream, but sadly I couldn’t eat anymore.
I’m so happy that I found out about this, and got a chance to visit because it was quite possibly the most adorable afternoon tea I’ll ever experience! Cutter and Squidge are currently running the Hello Kitty afternoon tea experience until the end of August, for £40 per person, and it’s well worth the visit for all the delicious cake on offer. There’s also a tiny tea version for children at £20. I’m wondering if I can squeeze in another trip before it ends…