OK, so I’m not vegan, I’m a humble vegetarian who loves cheese. BUT I’ll happily eat vegan when it’s readily available. So, when I was given the chance to sample the vegan afternoon tea at La Suite West London Hotel I was more than happy to accept. Not only did I check out their vegan afternoon tea, I also sussed out their junior suite so that I could bring you a nice and thorough review! Luckily, I arrived in London on the hottest April day in 70 years which definitely didn’t hurt the situation. There are so many things to do in London, but an unusual afternoon tea is perfect when the sun in shining. So let’s talk about La Suite West and exactly what their afternoon tea includes. I apologise in advance for the following headline….
Livin La Vegan Loca in London
Vegan Afternoon Tea
Are you still here after that headline? EXCELLENT! Anyway, let’s get on with it. The vegan afternoon tea is what La Suite West prides itself on. And at £29 per person it’s fairly reasonably priced for a nice afternoon tea in London. If the weather is decent I highly recommend sitting outside in the courtyard area at the front of the hotel. The afternoon tea comes with a glass of non-alcholic bubbles, which I thought was delicious and just the right amount of sweet. You can add a mocktail for £5.00 too if you feel the need. There are various teas available but I went for peppermint and my friend had hibiscus. Both were made with real leaves and were served in clear teapots. The afternoon tea itself was not served on the usual cake stand, but on a piece of grey slate. I was most impressed at the fact that there were five varieties of vegan sandwich – falafel, mixed peppers, vegan cream cheese and cucumber, vegan slice sliced and pickled onions, coronation tofu. I LOVED the coronation tofu sandwich. I even ended up pinching my friend’s one when she wasn’t looking. Instead of your usual clotted cream, jam and scones, the vegan afternoon tea serves up coconut cream and strawberries with vegan scones. I must admit that the scones were a bit harder than their non vegan counterparts but still quite tasty. Of course, there were vegan CAKES (the best part of any afternoon tea)! The cakes can be different depending on when you visit, but the three we had were delicious. There was one brownie, one soft-bake blueberry cheesecake, and one lemon cake. Myself and my friend were completely defeated and couldn’t manage to finish our vegan afternoon tea extravaganza. BUT, isn’t that always the way with any afternoon tea?! Has anyone actually ever finished one?! Anyway, I’d definitely recommend the vegan afternoon tea at La Suite West, even for non-vegans. It was absolutely delicious.
Staying at La Suite West
La Suite West is located minutes away from Hyde Park and just around the corner from Bayswater and Queensway tube stations. It’s a reasonably priced 4* hotel (junior suites start from £144 depending on the time of year). I loved the location as there are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and shopping areas within walking distance. The hotel has recently been refurbished and the interior is very modern. Upon arrival a member of staff was waiting for us and took our bags into reception. We arrived a bit early so we decided to leave our bags in reception. When we did check in later our bags had been brought to our room, which was very handy. The reception area smells divine. I don’t know what they use but it was it’s a treat for the nostrils. It kind of feels like you’re walking into a classy spa. Everything feels very zen and minimalist.
We had a junior suite on the first floor. Navigating the hotel takes a bit of getting used to as the halls are quite dimly lit. But after our second night we were well used to it. Breakfast was included in our room rate. There is a continental buffet and there is also a separate cooked menu. We had the avocado and eggs on toast and it was delicious. They also have a range of healthy smoothies available including things like kale, honey, lemongrass and more. There are plenty of options to be healthy at La Suite West, that’s for sure. The room itself is modern and sleek. It’s a tap key card entry with options to display “do not disturb” and more on the lock screen. It’s a bit smaller than you might expect from a suite, but London room sizes are usually smaller. There’s a mini kitchenette area with a small dining area, but, much to my chagrin, there’s no fridge. This is something a lot of hotels don’t do, but I always look for. I LOVE A FRIDGE.
But, that aside, the room was pretty excellent. They do provide wine glasses, which was handy! The bathroom is stunning. Everything is decked out in what looks like marble and the shower has great pressure. The toiletries are from The White Company which adds a lovely lux feel. One feature I loved was the TV that raises up from a desk at the end of the bed (using a remote control) and can be spun around to face either the sofa or the bed. We had a view right out onto the street which could be a bit noisy at night, but was equally lovely during the day. I’m a heavy sleeper so the noise didn’t disturb me much anyway. If you’re a light sleeper you might want to ask for a room away from the main street. Slippers and robes are provided in the suite. There’s an incredible chair at the desk that appears to be made out of some sort of rubber and we were absolutely fascinated with it. Because it was made out of some sort of rubber-like material it was incredibly comfortable as it sort of moulded itself to your body. There’s an air-conditioning unit which is always useful in London during the summer months! Also, the windows can be opened a crack too if needed.
Finally, the staff were all wonderful, friendly and informative. Considering the reasonable rate for rooms, the great afternoon tea and the convenient location I’d be happy to recommend it.