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 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 places for vegan afternoon tea in London.
English Country Garden Afternoon Tea at 108 Pantry
108 Marylebone Lane has launched a brand new afternoon tea just in time for spring, themed around the delights of an English country garden. This will be the first time the hotel has created a full vegan afternoon tea menu to accompany its traditional tea, so while you might have been held back from trying 108’s delights before, you’ll pleased to know there’s nothing to stop you now.
The afternoon tea is designed to encapsulate an idyllic English country garden in springtime and includes an extra floral twist in the form of a lollipop which encases an edible flower. Other highlights on the menu include smashed avocado, roasted piquillo peppers and rocket sandwiches, cashew and blueberry ‘cheesecake’ and a salted caramel slice with toffee popcorn. There’s also vegan scones on offer, with olive oil spread and a range of preservatives.
Where: 108 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U 2QE
When: Monday to Friday, 2-6pm. Saturday and Sunday, 12-6pm.
How much: from £32
Vegan Afternoon Tea at Egerton House Hotel
This Chelsea hotel is known for its lovely afternoon teas, and now they have a completely vegan version.
Diners will first be presented with freshly cut sandwiches stuffed with a selection of delicious fillings, including grilled vegetables on granary baguette and guacamole and rocket on white bread, before tucking into freshly home baked vegan plain and fruit scones.
To satisfy your sweet tooth further, a course of homemade vegan cakes including an iced chocolate brownie, vanilla and coconut sponge, lemon drizzle cake, fruit and custard tartlet and vanilla cupcake will also be served. So in other words, you better come hungry.
Where: Egerton House Hotel, 17-19 Egerton Terrace, Chelsea, London SW3 2BX
When: 12-6pm, daily
How much: £45
Café Forty One - Vegan Afternoon Tea, Hyde Park London
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 vegan sandwiches, incredible vegan 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.
Where: La Suite West - Hyde Park, 41-51 Inverness Terrace, London, W2 3JN
When: 12-5pm, daily
How much: £35
Dukes - Vegan Afternoon Tea in Central 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 vegan lemon drizzle cakes, vegan peanut butter and vegan banana muffins and, best of all, coconut scones. Is there a better way to treat yourself?
Where: Dukes London, 35 St. James’s Place, London SW1A 1NY
When: 12-6pm, daily
How much: £35
Lele’s - Vegan Afternoon Tea in Clapton, London
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 afternoon tea is filled with delicious vegan cakes, vegan biscuits, vegan sandwiches and unmissable scones, all handmade from scratch by chef and owner Valentina. Book quickly though, this special vegan feast is held once a month and the seats are limited.
Where: Lele’s, 50 Lower Clapton Rd, East London, E5 0RN
When: One Sunday a month, from 2-5pm
How much: Varies
Farmacy - Vegan Afternoon Tea in Notting Hill, London
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.
Where: Farmacy Kitchen, 74 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5SH
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3:30-5pm
How much: £42
Brigit’s Bus - Vegan Afternoon Tea in Central London
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.
Where: Brigit’s Bakery Covent Garden, 6-7 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HU
When: Monday to Friday, 11-5pm and Saturday to Sunday, 11-6pm
How much: from £30
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