As a nation we love indulging in an afternoon tea. We get giddy with joy, perhaps even slightly high from a sugar rush and an intense caffeine hit, but imagining life without the finger-sized sandwiches, scrumptious cakes, clotted cream covered scones, and copious amounts of tea is unbearable. Well, luckily for us, this isn’t a reality, but what about your plant-based friends?
Let’s face it, one of the things stopping us all from becoming vegans is the thought of never being able to indulge in one of London’s finest afternoon teas, but living in a city as food crazy as London, there’s some scrumptious afternoon teas awaiting to be uncovered. And, luckily for you we’ve put in the groundwork for you, finding London’s very best afternoon tea offerings designed specially for you plant-based fiends.
It’s time to par-tea, vegan style…
You’ll be jumping on the par-tea bus (quite literally) when you try Brigit’s Bakery’s afternoon tea experience that’s literally on a double decker bus! As you’re riding around London’s notorious landmarks, you’ll be sipping tea up on the top deck and indulging in vegan treats like there’s no tomorrow. I mean, let’s face it, it’s not every day you find a vegan afternoon tea this good! Vegans will be tucking into beetroot and cucumber sarnies, vegetable quiches, chocolate mousse terrine, lemon drizzle slices, and, of course, a classic freshly baked scone with all the spreads!
And if your meat eating pals aren’t feeling it or they’ve got some other dietary requirements, Brigit’s Bakery also offer traditional, halal, vegetarian and gluten-free afternoon teas too! So there’s no excuse not to head down to their Covent Garden bakery or book yourself in on one of their afternoon tea bus tours.
Just a stones throw away from Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and Sloane Street, The Egerton House Hotel is nuzzled in the heart of Knightsbridge overlooking beautiful gardens. Here, you’ll find yourself tucking into a five star vegan afternoon tea equipped with all the sarnies, cakes and scones a girl could only dream of! You’ll be feeling quintessentially British as you’re served up your afternoon tea in their royal drawing room. Think chickpea coronation on granary bread, freshly baked fruity scones, iced choco brownie, and copious amounts more. Um, where do we sign up?!
If you’re looking to channel your inner veggie goddess, head on over to Kalifornia Kitchen where they take health to the next level. This vegan joint has launched their very own CBD high tea equipped with everything from CBD lattes to banana CBD cupcakes, hazelnut CBD truffles covered in coconut sprinkles to CBD turmeric and ginger gummies. Not bad, eh?
At The Handbook, we can’t get enough of The Berkeley. Whether it’s their new Berkeley bar and terrace decked out with stunning murals, or their luxury suites fit for a royal, we’re obsessed. And it follows through to their Dior inspired afternoon tea. This season’s Prêt-à-Portea takes inspiration from the wonderful world of fashion, and lucky for you plant-based fiends, when you give at 24 hours notice about your dietary requirements, you’ll be digging into the Dior cakewalk in no time.
Where: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
It’s not everyday you find a plant-based hotel and that’s where La Suite West comes in. Situated on the edge of London’s very own Central Park (Hyde Park to you and me), you’ll find Café Forty One serving up delicious plant-based twists on Londoner’s favourite classics. Including the quintessentially British afternoon tea.
This delightful afternoon tea comes swooping in with an array of tantalising finger-sized sandwiches, including coronation jackfruit, ‘eggy’ tofu mayo and cress, avjar and rocket, and dill, cheese and cucumber. To satisfy your sweet cravings, there’s a whole range of seasonal cakes and pastries, not forgetting their plain or raisin scones equipped with coconut cream and seasonal fruit compote. Mmm!
VIVI certainly follows the eccentricity of London’s Soho lifestyle with their whacky afternoon tea extravaganza. Yep, we’re talking about their addition of the floss, candy floss to be exact (not the stuff you use for your gnashers), to their traditional afternoon tea. And luckily for vegans, they’ve added a vegan afternoon tea menu especially so you won’t be missing out on any sweet treats anytime soon. You can even upgrade your afternoon treat with a glass of bubbly too!
Calling all wizards! Leave the muggle world behind as you step inside Cutter and Squidge for their potion room afternoon tea experience. Gather your best wizard cloak, your flying broomstick, and even your pet owl, and embark on an interactive journey where you’ll be whisking up potions and magical concoctions. With regards to your wizarding afternoon tea, the wizards over at Cutter and Squidge have been creating a magical vegan afternoon tea for only the finest witches and wizards.
You’ll be sipping on galaxy juice and hubble bubble potions, whilst gobbling down rock cakes with vegan cream and jam, chocolate cauldron cakes, and an array of sarnies too. It’s a spellbinding experience.
Keep your ion the science afternoon tea over at The Ampersand Hotel because it’s out of this world. Taking inspiration from their neighbour, the Science Museum, these guys have been mixing foodie chemicals to create an afternoon tea you’ll remember. Expect rhubarb and orange petri dish jelly, chocolate and coconut half-moon cake, and maybe even a dinosaur dark chocolate fossil hidden within some chocolate ‘soil’.
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