Best 5 London Vegan Afternoon Tea Experiences

by VEGWorld Magazine

Afternoon Tea aboard the B Bus sightseeing tour of London

We had the opportunity to visit the land of Afternoon Tea - London, England! These days, there are many vegan-friendly locations around just about every corner boasting with fancy tea sandwiches, colourful cakes, and any variety of tea you could imagine that are completely dairy-free/egg-free/animal-free!

We compiled our Top 5 Vegan Afternoon Tea spots we visited, rated in order of vegan variety, creativity, service, and overall atmosphere!

The Rubens at the Palace
The Milestone Hotel
The Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair
Harrods Tea Room
B Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Please note that all of these locations were not 100% vegan, but had a dedicated vegan menu. When making reservations, be sure to notate before your visit that you want their vegan menu and they’ll make sure you’re all set!

You’ll be feeling like vegan royalty with each location’s creative vegan take on the delicious options!

Vegan Afternoon Tea at Rubens at the Palace

Where is it? 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PS, United Kingdom

We were greeted immediately by one of their door hosts, who started off the experience on a friendly and warm note! Once we were seated, we got to enjoy a non-alcoholic champagne, since we don’t drink but they do also offer regular champagne, that looked like crystals sparkling in the afternoon sun when it was poured!

In addition to the sparkling champagne, they also brought out non-alcoholic mulled cider that was lined with powered sugar and topped with dried orange slices. It was served warm and was absolutely delicious!

We then moved on to the tea menu, which was packed with so many options! We went with an herbal tea and a black tea, which was served in a beautiful porcelain tea pot with steeper and cups. We audibly gasped when they brought out the tiered assortment of sweet and savoury treats.

The menu included: spiced tofu egg mayonnaise and mustard cress on brown bread, Cucumber, apple & dill Cream Cheese on Norfolk Crunch, Plant-based Chicken Plant-Based Chicken Sandwich, Grain Mustard Mayonnaise, Toasted Almonds on White Bread, Baba Ghanoush, Grilled Vegetables, Vegan Cheese on Spinach Bread, Vegan Cheddar Cheese & Plum Tomato on Onion Bread.

The scones 
Plain, Spiced Fruit, and vegan Cheese
All served with homemade seasonal preserve, lemon curd and vegan clotted cream

The sweets 
-Apple and Cinnamon Tart
-Caramelised Apple, Pecan Frangipane, Lemon Marmalade
-Pistachio and Raspberry Cake
-Pistachio Sponge, Raspberry Whip Ganache
-Hazelnut and Chocolate Delice
-Hazelnut Biscuit, Hazelnut Crunch, Nyangbo Crémeux
-Vanilla and Red Fruit
-Vanilla Cream, Red Fruit Mousse, Vanilla Biscuit

To say we were impressed was an understatement! On top of all the food, we even took some vegan chocolate and sweets in a little to go box for later!

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Vegan Afternoon Tea at Milestone Hotel

Where is it? 1 Kensington Ct, London W8 5DL, United Kingdom

We loved experiencing the vegan high tea at Milestone Hotel whilst in London! The setting was ideal for a classic, cosy tearoom, where you sit in vintage coaches, tucked away in a beautiful woodsy library.

It was a perfectly rainy day outside when we visited, so to be cuddled up with a cup of tea inside was a dream setting. The vegan menu was so unique, filled with the following:

Sandwiches
Feta, Black Olive Tapenade, Rocket
Carrot, Cashew & Coriander Slaw
Tomato, Cheddar & Pickle
Grilled Courgette & Hummus
Salt Baked Celeriac & Caramelised Apple
Roasted Field Mushroom & Truffled Hummus

Scones
Freshly Baked Plain & Raisin Scones
Homemade Strawberry Jam

Pastries
Blueberry Cheesecake
Coconut & Date Slice
Chocolate Brownie
Carrot Cake
Lemon Drizzle Cake

To pair with it all, we enjoyed many cups of both herbal and green tea out of their gorgeous glass, see-through tea pots! If you’re looking for a quintessential English Tea experience with a 100% vegan menu, this is for you!

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Vegan High Tea at The Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair
 
Where is it? 35 Charles St, London W1J 5EB, United Kingdom

Imagine an exceptional Afternoon Tea experience in a 5-star hotel in London, England and you can enjoy it all totally vegan! We had an amazing experience at Chesterfield Mayfair where they had endless cups of tea plus vegan hot chocolate and tiers of sweet and savoury scones and cakes to pair with it all!

Their menu included:

Selection of Sandwiches
Grilled vegetables with rocket and pesto on tomato bread
Cucumber and dill on onion bread
Sundried tomato with red onion marmalade and rocket on beetroot bread
Hummus and roasted red pepper on white bread
Vegan cheddar and tomato on white bread

Selection of Pastries
Chocolate and hazelnut slice
Caramel cheesecake
Apple loaf cake
Lemon curd tart
Champagne and coconut cupcake
Reece’s peanut butter cup
Dark chocolate jazzies

Freshly baked homemade chocolate chip and traditional scones served with strawberry jam

We were so happy to see that all of this can be made vegan in such a beautiful hotel like Chesterfield Mayfair! As if all of that wasn’t enough, we even got to take home some vegan candy on our way out as part of their candy shoppe! You must add Chesterfield Mayfair to your list to visit this holiday season for an extra magical vegan treat!

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Vegan Afternoon Tea at Harrod's Tea Room

Where is it?
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL

If you are looking to feel extra fancy in one of the most beautiful malls in the world, then make a reservation at Harrod’s Tea Room, that just so happens to offer a wonderful high tea experience that’s vegan-friendly! What a magical experience this was, especially since we happened to celebrating a birthday! During our tea time, there was also a live pianist performing that made it even more enchanting. Thank you, Harrod’s food for offering this vegan option to your guests and for making it such a lovely (and delicious) experience!

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Here’s their incredible vegan Afternoon Tea menu:

Amuse-Bouche
Cucumber and avocado gazpacho, tapioca cracker

Sandwiches and savouries
English cucumber Minted cream cheese, cracked black pepper, malted brown bread
Carrot and chickpeas Carrots, crushed chickpeas, sweet chilli red onion, coriander and curry spiced dressing
Mushroom and leek Quiche of roasted mushroom, leek, tofu, fine herbs
Tomato and olive Sliced tomato, olive tapenade, hummus, rocket

Patisserie selection
Rhubarb and Raspberry Cheesecake Forced rhubarb and raspberry compote in a light ‘creamch*ese’ mousse on an oat digestive base

Apple Crumble Apple compote with a cinnamon and oat crumble apple caramel and custard
Carrot Cake Spiced carrot cake with pumpkin seeds and plump raisins, with citrus-scented cream-cheese frosting
Cacao Fruit Square Cacao fruit mousse, Harrods Grand Cru 66% flourless chocolate cake, cacao nib crunch

Freshly baked scones
Vegan plain and raisin scones with a plant-based Chantilly cream and Harrods jam

Vegan Afternoon Tea Double Decker Bus Tour with Brigit's Bakery

Where is it? Sets off from 164 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria Coach Station, London, SW1 W9TB

A Vegan-friendly High Tea Double Decker Bus Tour?! Yes, dreams do come true!

Since we were in town during the holiday season, this was Brigit's Bakery holiday Grinchmas Afternoon Tea tour that included a trip to see some of the top landmarks in London as well as the beautiful Christmas lights! For this 2-hour tour, we enjoyed endless cups of tea, sweet and savoury vegan treats, and a guided tour of London’s iconic spots with the festive lights throughout! I was so thankful Brigits Bakery offers a vegan option and it certainly did not lack creativity or flavour! We were seriously impressed with the variety of sandwiches, cakes, and scones - complete with vegan clotted cream + strawberry jam!

The menu included the following:

Freshly Prepared Savouries
Minty Philadelphia Plant Based & cucumber finger on white bread
Plant-based ham & vegan cheese with mustardy vegan mayo on sun-dried tomato bread
Hummus & roasted red pepper finger on granary bread
Vegan pastrami with mustardy vegan mayo, pickles & lettuce on a mini vegan pain
Mini vegan quiche with diced peppers, vegan cheese & cherry tomato

Assortment of mini Homemade Cakes & Tarts
Berry coconut panna cotta verrine
Chocolate cupcake
Cherry & chocolate tart
Macaron filled with chocolate ganache

To end it all, the tour guides come around to pass out the freshly baked, plain scone with a selection of vegan spreads. They even had a smart setup for the hot tea cups by giving up a thermal tumbler that doubles as a keepsake! We loved how ours since they were festive with a Grinch on the outside so we can reuse it for more tea parties in the future! The cherry on top was being able to celebrate my birthday on the bus and having the tour guide, plus my fellow bus goers sing Happy Birthday to me! They even gave me a cute little vegan cupcake and hand-written birthday card! What a treat!

When you’re planning a trip to London, one of Brigit's Bakery tours are a MUST! They have them all year round with various themes and you can always request the vegan option!

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Out of all of these amazing vegan afternoon options throughout London, it’s hard to pick a favourite since all of them were so unique and special in their own way. We highly recommend trying them all and coming back to tell us which is your favourite!

VEGWorld Magazine

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