Vegan Restaurants In London: The Top 10 Picks
We are incredibly fortunate to have an increasing number of London vegan restaurants, and the city is fast becoming one of the easiest and most convenient places to go vegan. I’ve tried everything from Thai vegan stir fries to hearty burgers to vegan afternoon tea in London, and here are my top picks for those wanting to get some great eats from vegan restaurants in London!
You may wish to check out my posts on why I went vegan and this cheat sheet on 10 things I found that made going vegan easier for me. I’ve also rounded up some lovely vegan gifts in this post!
222 Vegan Cuisine
This 100% vegan eco-conscious restaurant is a haven for vegans everywhere. With a sumptuous lunchtime buffet from 12-3.30 at just £11.50, this is somewhere to fill up guilt-free and enjoy wholesome food (no frying here!) at a great price.
A la carte options include seitan stroganoff, pumpkin and pine nut risotto and an asparagus burger topped with truffle mayo. Their dessert menu is to die for, too- make room for warm banana cake with whipped coconut cream, chocolate torte on a date and almond base, traditional apple crumble and many more.
Visit at 222 North End Road, Kensington, W14 9NU. Call on 0207 381 2322.
Mooshies London Vegan Burger Bar
Set in the trendy Brick Lane, Mooshie’s burger bar serves up thick and hearty burgers that have been given a vegan makeover. Choose from the ‘magic mushroom’ (not that sort!), a black bean beef-style patty, pulled pork-style jackfruit or an aubergine fish-style burger with vegan tartare sauce. Yes please!
Mooshie’s also serves us thick vegan milkshakes, side dishes and nachos, making this a seriously good shout for those hungry after shopping the local markets.
Visit at 104 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RL or call 0207 247 0753.
Cafe Forty One
Cafe Forty One is the only vegan French patisserie in London and a real hidden gem. Enjoy a smorgasbord of vegan culinary experiences from a vegan afternoon tea to a aromatic vanilla millefeuille or a hearty Bourguignon pie and mash. The surroundings are peaceful, with the restaurant nestled in a row of London townhouses near Hyde Park.
Sandwiches include tofu and cress, cashew cheese and pickle, pea and mint hummus and more- and the coconut cream heaped on warm vegan scones is to die for! Cafe Forty One also caters for parties and corporate events, including vegan celebration cakes in vanilla or chocolate plus gluten free options.
Visit at La Suite West hotel, 41-51 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park. Call on 0207 313 8484.
Although a very popular and trendy vegan London restaurant, Manna is currently undergoing refurbishment- I’ll let you know when it’s back up and running!
Wulf & Lamb
With a motto of “fiercely kind food” and recommended by Vogue, it’s easy to see why this vegan London restaurant is increasing in popularity. Food at Wulf and Lamb is trendy and hipster but prices are very reasonable considering the quality- with dishes such as home-made granola and spiced pineapple starting at just £4.50.
Lunch and dinner options include the ‘Wulf’ seitan burger with cashew aioli and house sauerkraut, sourdough pizzas or the pulled jackfruit pie, and for those with a sweet tooth there’s peanut butter brownie, Eton mess and mango cheesecake, among others.
Visit at 243 Pavilion Road, London, SW1X OBP or call on 0203 948 5999.
Young Vegans in Camden
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Do you love pie? Vegan pie? Then visit Young Vegans, London’s first vegan pie and mash shop, located at Camden Market.
The eatery specialises in iconic and unique British pies, including vegan steak and ale pie (tender chunks of vegan steak marinated in a rich dark ale), vegan chicken parmigiana pie (succulent vegan chicken cooked in marinara sauce and topped with vegan cheese), katsu curry pie (tender vegan chicken cutlets cooked in a Japanese curry), all day breakfast (scrambled tofu, seitan sausage patty, caramelised onions and smokey baked beans) and cheeseburger (a big fat beef burger-style patty topped with our cheese, sweet tomato relish and gherkins, all in a pie).
The pies are served with tasty non-dairy sides of your choice – mac’n’cheese, cheesy fries, mashed potato, minted peas or gravy.
The pies and mash can be ordered at the shop or online and delivered to your home. The shop is small but still has enough indoor and outdoor seats to enjoy your meal.
Don’t miss their mouthwatering desserts – pumpkin pie, apple pie, banana muffin, white chocolate cookie and peanut butter mud pie.
The prices are reasonable too, £7 for a pie and mash, desserts from £2. Visit at Camden Market, NW1 8AF. Call on 07512 786 869.
With four trendy London locations to choose from, Mildreds is becoming increasingly popular with those seeking a quality vegan restaurant in London. Hungry vegans can choose from light bites such as mango and edamame summer rolls and sticky gyoza dumplings, or tuck into thick teriyaki chick’n burgers with pickled red onion and brioche buns.
There are some vegetarian (as opposed to vegan) options on the menu but the majority of the food is vegan.
Visit in Soho (W1F 9AN), Camden (NW1 7BW), Kings Cross (N1 9JP) and Dalston (E8 3GU). Call on 0207 494 1634
Eat by Chloe
“Classic taste, plant based” is the name of the game at this funky American-style diner that spans both the USA and Europe. Plant based delights include tofu ‘fish ‘n’ chips’, spicy Thai salads, tempeh burgers and even a traditional vegan roast dinner.
Soups, desserts and an inspiring range of delicious drinks top off the menu and you can chow down at one of their four London vegan restaurants.
Visit at Covent Garden (WC2B 5HA), One Tower Bridge (SE1 2SD), Oxford Circus (W1B 3DG) or the O2 (SE10 0DX).
Black Cat Cafe
This volunteer-run cooperative cafe serves up fresh homemade vegan food inspired the multicultural city in which it stands. A regular menu is supplemented by daily specials and a selection of political and vegan books to purchase at reduced cost and mull over while you eat.
Offerings include deli sandwiches layered with seitan cold cuts, cheese and mustard; jerk tofu stew and seitan steaks with mash and house gravy. Salads, soups, bagels and curries are also up for grabs so there really is something to cater for every taste. The Black Cat venue is also available to hire for events and they also offer catering for special occasions.
Visit at 76A Clarence Road, London, E5 8HB or call 0208 985 7091.
Essential Vegan is a community hub and Brazilian-inspired vegan cafe in the heart of Shoreditch. Unusual and delicious vegan dishes include Brazilian coxhina (potato dough stuffed with jackfruit ‘chick’n’), rissoles and plantain casserole. Freshly baked cakes are always available, and you can bring your own booze if you’d like to enjoy Essential Vegan’s food with a glass of something special.
Dogs are also welcome, lending to the laid-back vibe of this vegan London cafe. Vanessa Almeida, the vegan chef responsible for all of the cafe’s delectable creations, is the author of the popular ‘Essential Vegan Cookbook’ so you know that when you walk in the doors you are in for a treat!
Visit at 6 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, E2 7JP or call 0207 739 3628.