Can it get more British than Afternoon Tea in London? To indulge a little in this British tradition we had to treat ourselves and try it. It is the perfect opportunity for a pit stop when traveling London between exploring, shopping and theater and it’s worth trying out at least once.

Afternoon Tea is a ritual introduced in Britain in the early 1840s, by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Anna would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon and since there was a long period of time between lunch and dinner, she needed a pot of tea and a light snack to fill her tummy in between. Anna Maria Russell was a friend of Queen Victoria. Not long and all of fashionable society was sipping tea and enjoying sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

Turns out Anna was right! Around four o’clock our legs were a bit tired and our tummies a little empty from walking around the city, therefore we needed a break. We wanted a special experience and the La Suite West Hotel offered us just that. Not only did it look really lovely and the ambiance was great, we were served delicious meals and tea.

What was unique about the Afternoon Tea at La Suite West Hotel? The snacks were all vegan!

Just take a look at their delicious vegan menu:

A Selection of Finger Sandwiches:

  • Falafel ǀ Spring onion ǀ Chilli sauce & Lettuce
  • Vegan sliced cheese ǀ Caramelised red onion
  • Roast mixed pepper ǀ Roast Aubergine with pesto sauce
  • Sliced cucumber ǀ Cashew nut butter
  • Mushroom ǀ sliced Vegan cheese

Warm Homemade Scones Served with Fresh Strawberries And Whipped Coconut Cream

Chef’s selection of cakes & desserts

Fresh Roasted Italian Coffee | Loose Leaf Tea Selection English Breakfast| Earl Grey |Green Tea L’oriental l Green Tea Gunpowder Peppermint Leaf | Coquelicot Gourmand |Hibiscus| Rooibos

And a Glass of Non-Alcoholic Fizz.

The sandwiches were to die for. Perfectly moist, with a great mixture of flavor, from caramelized onion to roasted peppers. Yummy! I can’t choose my favorite, they were all so tasty.

The Scones were delicious and the Coconut Cream perfectly creamy and not too sweet with the sweetest strawberries.

The cake selection varied from sweet, tart to chocolaty. Delish!

This all came with a great selection of Teas.

The dining experience was excellent, everyone was so kind, our waiter was very friendly and attentive and the portions were very generous. From beginning to the end everything was perfect and we didn’t feel rushed.

From vegan sandwiches to tea and back, we could easily get used to this on a daily basis. We highly recommend enjoying a Vegan Afternoon Tea at the La Suite West Hotel. You won’t be disappointed.

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