Afternoon Tea, London’s top five

Looking for an afternoon treat to make you glow? Why not indulge in a plant-based Afternoon Tea?

Here’s our pick of London’s best options.

Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair

Elegant Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair offers a Tea Tox afternoon tea in their refined English Tea Room. It costs £55 per person or £65.00 with champagne. You can choose from tomato tofu and mint and crispy tortilla with avocado & pickled radish and there is potato & apple salad, horseradish and gluten -ree white bread.

You can follow it with salted date caramel sauce and toasted oats, passionfruit and coconut rice fonde and rose lychee and raspberry chia seed pudding. And you can try their chocolate and banana cake, matcha raspberry cheesecake and a choice of teas.

Do call and make a reservation as they get very busy.

Farmacy, Notting Hill

Farmacy offer a cool and decadent 100% plant-based afternoon tea in their Westbourne Grove restaurant. Their plant-based ‘High’ Tea is free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. You can treat your mum to a CBD infused cocktail, homemade CBD infused chocolates, a selection of delicious tea-time sweet and savoury treats and a pot of hemp leaf tea.

A selection of warm scones is also served, with a side of coconut clotted ‘cream’ and pineapple and apricot jam.

Many items are also gluten-free or can be made as a gluten-free option on request.

Farmacy’s ‘High’ Tea is served weekly between 3:30 – 5pm from Friday through to Sunday by reservation only. The tea is for a minimum of two guests and costs £42 per person.


Hemsley and Hemsley, Selfridges

Hemsley and Hemsley in Selfridges offers you two delicious options for an all natural afternoon tea. Both are made with wholefood ingredients and are free from grains, gluten and refined sugar.

‘The Cream Tea’ (£12.95) is a selection of freshly baked quinoa scones with raspberry chia jam, lashings of clotted cream and a pot of tea from the London-based Rare Tea Company.

‘The Afternoon Tea’ (£29.95) is features mini sandwiches including smashed egg and truffle butter on flaxseed rolls and avocado, lime and smoked salmon on carrot and quinoa crisp-bread. Also included is their signature cinnamon banana bread and bestseller chocbeet fudge cake, as well as lemon and raspberry almond-pastry tarts and coconut and mango whip. All this, plus their quinoa scones and a pot of tea. Both options can be upgraded with a glass of zero-dosage Ayala champagne.

Afternoon tea is served from 3pm and they do not take reservations.

Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly

If you like tradition, it doesn’t come better than the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum’s where you can find a vegan afternoon tea.

Their vegan menu features finger sandwiches of grilled courgette with artichoke pesto, pulled jackfruit and cos lettuce and crushed avocado and chilli.

As well as scones you can pick raspberry and avocado mousse,  crispy rice grapefruit and coconut yogurt with citrus meringue, banana and chocolate teacake and vanilla cheesecake with rhubarb jelly.

There’s also a gluten-free version and both feature Fortnum’s Famous Teas and cost £55.00 per person, or if you choose a Rare Tea, it’s  £58.00 per person.


Wulf and Lamb, Chelsea

Finally, for a less formal afternoon tea  you can visit Wulf and Lamb

There’s no specific tea menu, but it’s easy to tailor make.

We are huge fans of their mango and passionfruit cheesecake at £7.95. There’s also an extensive selection of cakes, brownies and doughnuts to sample alongside an organic selection of teas (including English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Organic Jade Green Tea, Matcha Green Tea, Peppermint & Silver needle Jasmine White Tea).