Oompsa-oompa, loopma! You may have clicked on the chocolate week article (our mistake), but now you’re in the right place! “Oompa Loompa doompadee doo, I’ve got another puzzle for you, Oompa Loompa doompadee-pon, if you are wise you’ll head to the Sanderson!”.
Willy Wonka is issuing gold tickets this festive season, not for his chocolate factory but a side project he’s had on for a while in the form of The Sanderson’s Christmas theme. Welcome to a takeover that deserves to be as massive as Augustus Gloop, the bizarre, imaginative and downright crazy world of Willy Wonka.
The Long Bar will be transformed into a sweet shop, with more vintage sweet jars than you can shake a sherbert didab at. Away from the psychedelic swirls of boiled sweets, while the famous floral ceiling will be dripping with giant candy canes and colourful ribbons.
Continue through and Wonka-style factory gates lead out to the Courtyard garden. The bar will feature a pair of giant lips, covered in real bubblegum balls and smelling for all the world like Violet Beauregarde’s favourite foodstuff. Indulge in a bespoke Wonka-themed cocktail, like the Wonka’s Martini, a mix of Grey Goose vodka, apple juice, green apple and lemon;Glop Glop, a concoction of Mozart dry chocolate vodka, Briottet orange liqueur and Lillet Blanc vermouth. It’ll have you floating in mid-air just like Charlie and his grandad.
No Christmas tree at The Sanderson, this year; instead a six-foot rainbow tower in the lobby. Constructed from stacked vintage sweet jars, each stuffed full with colourful candies, the tree will nevertheless be lit by fairy lights and topped with a giant rainbow lollipop.
Finally, make the very most of all the Wonka themed madness with The Sanderson’s ‘Golden Ticket’ room package. The package will include a standard room and choice of golden ticket upon check in. Open the envelope you’re handed and check out the prize within, which range from a free breakfast or a bottle of Champagne all the way through to on of their incredibly popular Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea for two, Champagne flight and canapés in the Purple Bar for two. They’re even giving away complimentary night’s stay at The Sanderson.
The whole event launches on Tuesday 27th November until Friday 4th January. Presumably then they’ll make way for a giant glass elevator; but perhaps not…
The Sanderson, 50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NG