By Esme Bourne|
August 26, 2021|
3 mins read
Afternoon tea is a quintessentially English tradition that’s adored by many. From fancy china to warm fluffy scones and beautifully decorated cakes, it’s no wonder afternoon tea has become a staple tradition for celebrations and special occasions. But when everything is served with clotted cream or milk, it can make finding afternoon teas that cater to vegans a little tricky. Luckily for us, the capital has embraced plant-based eating and you are never too far from a vegan high tea.
From delicious loose leaf teas, finger sandwiches and pastries, here is our round-up of the best vegan afternoon teas in London.
Taking the classic afternoon tea to new heights, Farmacy doesn’t shy away from a one-of-a-kind experience. Serving their signature High Tea, it begins with a CBD infused cocktail. Expect elegant and refined vegan delights, from Mediterranean quiches and smoked carrot lox sandwiches alongside mini red velvet hemp cupcakes and tropical cacao chocolate parfaits. Served with hemp loose-leaf tea, this elegant afternoon takes high tea to the next level. In the heart of Notting Hill, this vegan afternoon tea is not to be missed.
Price: £50 per person.
Where: 74 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill W2 5SH
Taking sanctuary from the London crowds, this French Patisserie offers a sophisticated vegan afternoon tea. As pretty as can be, Brigit’s Bakery is adorned with flowers and beautifully decorated sweet treats. You can even join afternoon tea on Brigit’s converted double-decker bus for a more interactive experience. The eatery’s vegan menu includes an array of savoury and sweet vegan treats. From vegan quiches, beetroot and cucumber sandwiches, to panna cotta, chocolate mousse and lemon drizzle slices. This stylish and elegant afternoon tea is for those that love pink.
Price: For the Bottomless Afternoon Tea with Prosecco – £58 per person.
Where: 6-7 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HU
Fortnum and Mason
Since the 18th Century, Fortnum and Mason have been providing refined afternoon teas to the capital. Having perfected the elegant and sophisticated English tradition, Fortnum and Mason have expanded their menus to include vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options. Located at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon this plant-based friendly afternoon tea has got royal approval. Having been formally opened by the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge, this afternoon tea is the epitome of sophistication. Think delicious pickled fennel and whipped feta sandwiches, oat panna cotta with maple caramel and chocolate tea cake, all served with a pot of Fortnum’s tea. This elegant afternoon tea is perfect for celebrations and when you want to feel a little bit fancy.
Price: £62.50 per person.
Where: Fourth Floor, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER
Café Forty One
Located near Notting Hill, this plant-based hotel restaurant serves sleek and delightful vegan afternoon teas. Terrace seating available, this charming hotel is the perfect spot for afternoon tea. This French vegan patisserie offers plant-based twists on the classics. Think indulgent millefeuilles and patisseries. Using seasonal, fresh and sustainable ingredients, enjoy this afternoon tea with non-alcoholic fizz or one of their iconic mocktails. From coronation jackfruit sandwiches to scones with clotted coconut cream and jam, you can’t say no to this delicious afternoon tea.
Price: £35 per person.
Where: La Suite West, Hyde Park. 41-51 Inverness Terrace, London W2 3JN
Inspired by the magical world of Alice in Wonderland, Sanderson Hotel offers a Mad Hatters Afternoon tea. Vegan high tea has never been more fun. Tumbling down the rabbit hole, menus are hidden inside teapots, plates and books. Decorated with birdcages and clocks the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is full of tasty delights that will invigorate the senses. From Alice’s Exotic Fruits ‘Drink Me’ potions to the Queen of Hearts pecan and chocolate cookies, and Tweedle Dee’s peanut butter cupcakes, these mouth-watering vegan treats are not to be missed.
Price: £48 per person
Where: 50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG
The Ampersand Hotel
Inspired by the Science museum next door, this out-of-this-world experience is inspired by physics, chemistry and alchemy. Where the classic and refined English afternoon tea meets science. From jams served in Petri-dishes to dinosaur biscuits and chocolate spacemen, this interactive and immersive experience is a hit for adults and children alike. This award-winning afternoon tea serves vegan hot dogs with watercress buns, leek and mushroom tarts, chocolate mousse half-moon cake and frozen red berry and orange planet mousse. This interactive experience is not to be missed.
Price: £44.50 per person
Where: 10 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ER
Cutter and Squidge
This all-natural bakery offers a fun and immersive experience that’s reserved for wizards and witches only. This vegan afternoon tea is for the wizarding world fans who will be immersed in a potions classroom setting where they can enjoy the best of vegan baking. Get cloaked up and enjoy the Hubble Bubble cauldrons containing lemon and coconut potions. From the mouth-watering vegan chocolate cauldron cakes to the vegan Knickerbocker bites this afternoon tea is a must for any Harry Potter fans. Served with teas, coffees and pumpkin juice.
Price: £49.50 for adults & £39.50 for kids
Where: Soho Café, 20 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 0SJ