We see no reason why being vegan means you should miss out on the delights of finger sandwiches, scones and cake – and nor do some of the top places in town. Behold, the best vegan afternoon teas in London…
Cake Boy’s vegan afternoon tea (above) has a strong savoury section: we like the buckwheat petit pain with vegan cheddar cheese and gluten-free mini loaf with pistachio, sultanas and coriander. For sweet, French patisserie whizz Eric Lanlard has concocted a selection of vegan bakes like avocado and Peruvian chocolate cup with raspberries and red velvet cake. Even the champagne is vegan here and the whole experience is a seriously glamorous affair.
The B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus is as fun as it gets. Not only can you explore London’s famous landmarks from a traditional red bus; you can do so while dining on vegan delicacies. Start savoury with sandwiches, quinoa and vegetable quiche, before moving on to cakes. We love the decadent chocolate mousse verrine and classic lemon drizzle. And of course, there are scones with preserves in true British style.
Iconic London hotel The Savoy has launched a vegan afternoon tea. It’s luxurious, too: freshly cut finger sandwiches are filled with plant-based goodies like tofu with truffle, and artichoke and olive spread, on white, brown, spinach or olive bread. Next, plain and raisin scones paired with vegan cream are served alongside pastries and freshly made cakes. Sit back to enjoy the piano music in the background with a glass of champagne.
Farmacy in Notting Hill is entirely plant-based and its afternoon tea is epic. Beautifully presented on a three tiered stand that is decorated with foliage, its tea is free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. Expect sweet and savoury treats, but with a twist – this tea also features a CBD infused cocktail, homemade CBD infused chocolates and a pot of hemp leaf tea. It’s not called ‘high’ tea for nothing.
By Chloe’s new afternoon tea is seriously colourful, as well as being entirely vegan. A nostalgic revival of a children’s tea party, it focuses on fun over formality – like the bespoke tablecloth and crayons encouraging you to scribble on the table. Sandwiches like smoked salmon cream cheese are made from marinated tomato fillets, seaweed and smoked chipotle. But do save room for colourful bakes, like rainbow star-shaped scones, chocolate whoopie pies and red velvet cupcakes. One for the Insta, we think.
At DUKES London hotel, sandwiches have been updated – instead, you’ll receive oat cakes topped with savoury delicacies like hummus and sundried tomatoes and roast vegetables. The blackberry ganache is worth saving room for, as is the coconut milk and almond cake. There’s no compromising on taste here.
Café Forty One
Café Forty One at La Suite West hotel is London’s first vegan French pâtisserie. Its afternoon tea features a pâtisserie selection that change weekly, and its substitutes are second to none, like the BLT with aubergine ‘bacon’. Its raisin scones are served with tasty vegan honey and coconut clotted cream, and they can be made gluten-free, so there’s something for everyone.
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