Afternoon tea might sound like an out-of-date full-fat scone-and-butter British indulgence, yet with the healthy trend in London gaining momentum, it is now possible to find a guilt-free menu even for this decadent meal.

This article lists some options for a guilt-free 5 o’clock feasts in London – and what could be a better way to spend an afternoon with a couple of like-minded healthies!

To start with, I hope you are joining us for our glorious Afternoon Tea on 28 February hosted by Raw Press and with some amazing brands participating, as well as featuring the first-ever HBBO (Health Bloggers Bake Off). I am sure you are spending days and nights perfecting your gluten-free brownies and raw blueberry cheesecake recipes. However if you need an inspiration, here are some options of healthy or at least healthy-ish afternoon teas in London to try before next week:

108 Pantry

108 Pantry in Marylebone offers a gluten-free and low-sugar offering of feather-light scones and sponge cakes, ideal as they say for those who have just come from the nearby gym. The treats are served alongside loose leaves tea from the Rare Tea Company.

“RAW” at La Suite West  

The recently launched veg restaurant “RAW” at La Suite West offers a selection of vegan friendly, dairy free and raw dishes throughout the day, as well as a vegan alternative to the Great British tradition in the afternoon, with a combination of designer finger sandwiches, home made scones served with coconut cream and fresh strawberries, followed by a selection of pastries, cakes and desserts. The sandwich selection includes scrambled tofu with mustard cress, lemon & thyme tahini with cucumber, and courgette and semi dried tomatoes with parmesan mayonnaise.

Tanya’s café

Tanya’s offered a spectacular afternoon tea feast in the Pre-Christmas time, and though it is not in the menu right now, it will be back shortly Tanya promised me as she is working on a new menu right now. In the meantime you can come and claim My Sweety Platter, and the chefs would be happy to prepare it for you.

The platter features the selection of the raw cheesecakes, chocolates and dessert of the day: all dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free and unbelievably tasty.

The English Tea Room at Browns

The afternoon tea at Browns is perhaps one of the most famous in London, yet even the conservative English Tea Room has a not-so-naughty menu on offer. Tea-Tox afternoon tea comes at £41 price tag and features rye sandwiches with poached salmon and dill crème fraiche (oops, scoop off the crème for me, please), flourless chocolate cake with xylitol, and fruit skewers with yoghurt and honey. Overall, I would call this a lighter version of the traditional tea rather than truly “healthy” option. All these low-fat low-calories versions seem to be targeted at dieting ladies in their mid 40s going through a detox, existential crisis and a wreck in relationship all at the same time, and don’t sound particularly tempting.

What I am really looking forward to is our truly healthy teatox indulgement party on the 28th, and hope to see you there, ladies!