Willy Wonka is working his magic in London

We have so much time and so little to see … wait a minute! Strike that! Reverse it. – Willy Wonka

Every chocolate lover knows it. The renowned story of little Charlie Bucket whom’s biggest wish is to satisfy his curiosity and see what’s behind the doors of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. In 2014, Roald Dahl’s novel has finally made it’s way to London’s West End. The wonderfully scrumptious and delicious production directed by Academy Award® Winner Sam Mendes keeps enchanting everybody with a sweet tooth.

London simply couldn’t resist temptation of the super delicious Wonka chocolate bars and caught the Willy-Wonka-Chocolate-Fever. It is highly contagious and chances for a full recovery are ridiculously small. Here are some tips to ease the pain while staying in the city of London. Get well soon!

AFTERNOON TEA

CHARLIE AND THE CHESTERFIELD AFTERNOON TEA

willywonkateaThe hotel offers two different kinds of afternoon tea, which can be directly linked to the story of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka.

For their Charlie and the Chesterfield Afternoon Tea they added Wonka Bars, Oompa Loompa cupcakes, fizzy lifting drinks and gobstoppers of all sorts to their traditional afternoon tea. As well as a cup of one of their finest loose leaf teas one can enjoy hot chocolate and coffee.

For their Little Oompa Loompa Afternoon Tea they serve you peanut butter and jam sandwiches, fruit and chocolate chip scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam and other Wonkatastic pastries and delights. A free milkshake or tea is included.

They now added an additional type of tea to their incredible variety of loose leaf teas:
The Willy Wonka Chocolate Tea. Enjoy!

AFTERNOON TEA INSPIRED BY CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Charlie-tea-overview(di)-5bd9c1b0-e073-4720-8ac7-4f9bc73c12be-0-455x303In celebration of their partnership with the musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the One Aldwych Hotel created a scrumdiddlyumptious afternoon tea special.

The afternoon tea reflects the wit and wonder of Roald Dahl’s delightful tale, so that not even Willy Wonka himself could resist its tastiness.  The menu offers everything from decadent golden eggs to blueberry brioche and playful flavoured candy floss. Teatime treats are presented with a selection of loose leaf teas and infusions from Covent Garden’s Tea Palace.

In addition to the menu one can order the Charlie Bucket Cocktail. The mix of Dalmore whisky, Grand Marnier Cherry, chocolate bitters, grapefruit juice, cherry syrup and Champagne topping rings in a perfect evening at the West End.

CANDY SHOPS

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HOPE AND GREENWOOD – OLD FASHIONED SWEET SHOP

Hope and Greendwood stands for The Best of British confectionery. Ms. Hope and Mr. Greendwood met in 1973 and soon became aware of each others passion for all things sugary and sweet. With the opening of their first candy shop they created a place where they feed the retro-cravings of the Willy Wonka generation. Racks and counters are filled with self-made candy,  chocolate, truffles, toffee, fudge, bonbons, candy floss, lollipops, gum, jellies, liquorice and marshmallows. It’s quite overwhelming!

Their store’s location couldn’t be any better. The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical theater is situated right around the corner. I’m sure that Willy Wonka stops by the candy shop before every show to grab some scrumptious candy bars. Follow his lead and enjoy!

MR. HUMBUG

Entering Mr Humbug’s candy shop feels just like entering Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. No matter what type of confectionary you’re looking for, Mr Humbug’s got it all. The candy man offers you sweets out of a gigantic selection containing goodies one thought were long forgotten. It’s the type of candy shop one knows from the movies and which are almost nowhere to be found anymore. The shop is located in Greenwich but it’s well worth the trip for a Charlie Bucket like me.

I hope this will help with the Willy-Wonka-Chocolate-Fever. Enjoy!

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