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The 5 best vegan afternoon teas in London

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What’s more British than an afternoon tea? Even if you’re vegan, you can still join the Queen at the (tea) party. Read on for Stylist.co.uk’s selection of the best vegan afternoon teas in London.  

If you thought veganism was a fad, think again. Vegan options are flourishing in London and all around the UK, meaning you have no excuse not to give a more sustainable diet a go. I went vegan a year ago and I now can’t imagine going back to my old ways. 

Even though it’s easier than ever to find a delicious vegan Sunday roast, a legendary pub lunch or amazing meatless street food, the quest for a satisfying afternoon tea still seems like a tough one. Not sure where to start? Here’s our guide to the best vegan afternoon teas in London. 

Café Forty One

Newly opened in July 2018, Café Forty One is the first completely vegan restaurant to be part of a hotel. Part of La Suite West in Hyde Park, it’s located just minutes from the charming neighbourhood of Notting Hill.

Vegan patisserie magician Clarisse Flon - Head Chef at Café Forty One – delivers a series of delicious sandwiches, incredible desserts and out-of-this-world scones (complete with vegan clotted cream), which will make you wonder why you ever bothered with non-vegan fare. 

Book here: Café Forty One

Dukes London

A little gem tucked away in a discrete courtyard just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus, Dukes is the perfect dreamy city escape. Get ready for an elegant afternoon drinking tea and sipping champagne.

In addition to their legendary Champagne and Martini filled afternoon tea, Dukes now offers a fully vegan experience which includes lemon drizzle cakes, peanut butter and banana muffins and, best of all, coconut scones. Is there a better way to treat yourself? 

Book here: Dukes London

Lele’s

A must-see for vegans around London, this light and cosy Clapton cafe boasts fresh and colourful cooking that’s attracting more and more customers from across the city.

Their vegan afternoon tea is filled with delicious cakes, biscuits, sandwiches and unmissable scones, all handmade from scratch by chef and owner Valentina. Book quickly though, this special feast is held once a month and the seats are limited. 

Book here: Lele’s

Farmacy

If you thought afternoon tea was boring, think again. Farmacy’s plant-based high tea is far from your run-of-the-mill Sunday.

Already the first restaurant to serve CBD (Cannabidiol), this autumn Notting Hill’s Farmacy is taking it to another level with its afternoon tea. Free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals, its delicious sweet and savoury treats are full of nutrients, including CBD. Don’t worry, CBD is a non-psychoactive constituent of the flowering plant cannabis (it also prevents hangovers, apparently), so the only way you’re going to be getting high is from happiness. 

Book here: Farmacy

Brigit’s Bus

You can still enjoy the sights of London, despite the creep of autumn. And you can do it with a steaming tea in your hand. Just jump on a Brigit’s Bakery bus, would you?

The bus will take you to the most famous of the city’s landmarks while you enjoy a delicious selection of sweet and savoury vegan treats, from the height of a super British double-decker bus. Not your usual Sunday stroll.

Book here: Brigit’s Bus

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Alessia Armenise is picture editor of Stylist and Stylist.co.uk. In her free time you'll find her tasting vegan street food around east London and sharing her (many) opinions on London Fields Radio.

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