I’m excited to share my highly researched gluten free afternoon tea London bucket list! As you know, I am an afternoon tea fiend. Being gluten free throws a slight wrench in that (what with the scones, the sandwiches, the pastries… basically everything but the tea). Luckily, however, London hosts a good number of afternoon teas that cater to us who are gluten free!
When I say I’ve researched this post – I mean it. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love a quintessential afternoon tea at The Ritz or Sketch, but both have flunked their gluten free reviews. I’ve curated this list from the best gluten free afternoon tea London experiences…based on hours of research (it’s a hard life, I know).
Gluten free afternoon tea London Bucket List
I will update this list as I get to try all of these afternoon teas. If you know of any other gluten free afternoon teas in London, comment below and I will add to this list!
*Update 2020: This has turned into one of my most popular posts! I’m proud of you guys, you all love gluten free afternoon tea as much as me 😉 I’ve updated the gluten free afternoon tea London bucket list with new prices, menus, a map, and more.
1. Bea’s of Bloomsbury
One of the more budget-friendly locations on the list, Bea’s of Bloomsbury has locations in Bloomsbury, St Pauls, and Marylebone which all serve afternoon tea.
Require 24 hours notice for gluten free afternoon tea.
£29 per gluten free afternoon tea (price increase noted June 2018)
Bea’s of Bloomsbury gluten free afternoon tea menu
2. B Bakery
A bit less traditional than some others on this list, B’s Bakery has a cafe in Covent Garden, as well as afternoon tea bus tours, picnics, boat tours, and deliveries. I went on the bus tour two years ago and was pretty appalled by the service, but I’m open to checking out their cafe and realize that my experience might have been a one-off.
Price ranges from £33 (afternoon tea in the cafe) to up to £70 for the tours (depending on location of your seat). Costs £4 more on the weekend for afternoon tea in the cafe.
B’s Bakery gluten free afternoon tea menu
The priciest on this list, but also with the best reviews out there! Claridge’s is an iconic London luxury hotel, known for their sumptuous afternoon tea. Luckily, that includes gluten free afternoon tea!
Served daily 2:45pm, 3pm, 3:15pm, 3:30pm, 4.45pm, 5pm, 5:15pm & 5:30pm
Advise you are gluten free when you reserve.
£60 per afternoon tea.
Claridge’s sampe afternoon tea menu
4. 108 Brasserie
108 Brasserie is a lovely restaurant located in Marylebone in central London. Their seasonal afternoon tea menu has a focus on ingredients local to England. For example, in the summer they serve fresh English strawberry, Dorset crab sandwiches, Devonshire clotted cream, and more!
Price starts at £32 per afternoon tea.
108 Brasserie gluten free afternoon tea menu
5. Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason are the London gurus of tea… so you know the actual tea part of afternoon tea will be perfection here! I was happy to hear they offer gluten free afternoon tea, although it is on the pricier end of this gluten free afternoon tea London list.
Located in Piccadilly.
Price starts at £44 per afternoon tea.
Fortnum and Mason gluten free afternoon tea menu
6. Bluebird Chelsea
Bluebird is the instagram haven of Chelsea, perfect for any Made in Chelsea wanna be’s out there. No judgement though as it is absolutely gorgeous, especially in summer with all the flowers in bloom! They have tons of food options including afternoon tea. Despite the posh Chelsea location, Bluebird actually has one of the cheaper gluten free afternoon tea offerings on in London.
£21.50 per afternoon tea.
Bluebird Chelsea gluten free afternoon tea menu
NOTE: gluten free afternoon tea is only served Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons here.
7. Chesterfield Mayfair
The Chesterfield is a luxury hotel in Mayfair which also boasts a well renowned afternoon tea, including gluten free! I’ve stayed at the Chesterfield before and it is stunning, elegant, and oh-so-British. They also put on themed afternoon teas, in particular the “Charles and the Chesterfield afternoon tea” which is themed after Willy Wonka!
Served 1-5:30pm daily.
Price from £38.50 per person
Chesterfield Mayfair gluten free afternoon tea sample menu
Gluten free afternoon tea London map
I can’t wait to check some items off my gluten free afternoon tea London bucket list when I get back to the UK. I actually have a few reservations for afternoon teas during my visit so keep your eyes out for reviews. In the mean time, be sure to comment below if you’ve had gluten free afternoon tea at one of these London locations, or if you have any other recommendations for gluten free afternoon tea in London.
Browse all my gluten free travel guides here. Including:
- London’s Borough Market gluten free guide
- Gluten free New York City
- Prague gluten free guide
- Gluten free Lagos Portugal
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Thank you for the shoutout lovely! And what a great list. Although I’m not gluten free I can confirm that Claridge’s is spectacular. They have the best egg mayonnaise sandwiches!
Any time! Thanks for alerting me to the best month of the year!!! Haha
These all look delicious! I *love* the afternoon tea at F&M … it’s so special!
I can’t believe I’ve never been to any of these places waaahh, but Fortnum & Mason is def top of my list!!
yum! saving this for if/when I make it to England. thanks for doing all the GF research 🙂
Yess!! Hope you can make it to London at some point and that this is helpful 🙂
I love afternoon tea too and have worked my way around many of the tea-tastic offerings here in Sydney. When I’m in London I always go to Fortnums – it’s just an all round tea-riffic experience from the food to the service, and of course, the tea. You really do get what you pay for, it’s worth every penny 🙂
It seems like that’s everyone’s fave!! I really need to get there!
What a fantastic gluten free resource!
I seriously think they need to bring afternoon tea to Chile, it’d go down a treat! … having said that, I can count the number of times I’ve had afternoon tea on one hand. I’m so unBritish, oops!
Thanks Marcella!! Haha they should bring afternoon tea EVERYWHERE tbh.
I’d totally be up for afternoon tea on a bus but then again, those prices are rather steep!!
It was suuuuuch a cool idea. But yeah I think the prices were too steep, especially considering the poor service when we went. Although they did have a special offer of gin and sushi on the bus this month…. which was tempting until I thought of the potential for car sickness hahah
Oooh these look so good. Especially the first one look so cute and yummy, without spending too much money! I went to sketch and for me it was still pricey, but i’d say the cute pink interior paid them off! :”)
Yes I still definitely want to make it to Sketch some day… maybe for nibbles instead of a full blown afternoon tea, but I really want to see the bathroom pods hahah
I have never had tea in London (or anywhere). I know it does sound alright and I know I need to fix that one way or another. Wow, the places you have shown in here, how gorgeous! I need to visit two or three of those. #wanderfulwednesday
I hope you can try it someday!! Even just a pair of scones and tea down south at a little cafe, nothing too fancy, is still wonderful 🙂
Tea in London, that should be in my bucket list by now. Nothing like the perfect excuse for having sweets and tea! xx
Yess put it on the bucket list!!
You can’t beat a good gluten free afternoon tea! I’m researching the best ones in Sydney so maybe we should link up in some way 🙂 I’ve not had many in London, but the one at the Intercontinental was very good. I do not recommend the one at the Berkeley, but Kelly swears by Claridge’s. If you haven’t read Kelly’s blog she’ll have a wealth of info on all the gf afternoon teas: https://www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com/
Ahh we definitely should! I’ve been thinking for a while we should do some kind of gluten free travel related link up, the gf travel community seems to be quite spread out so would be good to have some kind of collated/regular resource!! Ahh yes I always see Kelly’s posts first on Pinterest when I search GF in new cities!!
nice choices! and great that you included the price too:)
Thanks Tanja ! Yes it took some hunting to find the prices but (at least for me) they are so important and I personally enjoy posts that list the prices of the things they promote!
And it all looks so delicious.
I know right??
Oh I wanted to try Bluebird for ages 🙂 Very useful list, saved it for later. Still on a hunt for good sugar-free afternoon teas
I’ve had a wander through before but never tried it – it’s definitely one of the cheapest so high on my list!! Good luck with the sugar free hunt 🙂
I looooove afternoon tea and took myself on a tea tour around London when I lived there too. Ichi Sushi & Sashimi Bar do a good one as well – I took a mate with a peanut allergy and they were very accommodating.
I’m confused, it doesn’t sound like you’ve actually tried all these places? How am I supposed to know it is good without actual reviews of the gluten free goodies?
As I say in the title and in the post, this is my bucket list 🙂 I did internet research and called places and have listed some restaurants that serve gluten free afternoon teas. Researching before travel is a big aspect of gluten free traveling so I’m hoping with this post I’ve made it a bit easier for celiacs by collating the info available on various websites.