Living a life without animal products isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but contrary to popular opinion you don’t just have to live on salads. Luckily, London has an extensive range of vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants, whether you’re looking for a hearty meal or just want to satisfy your sweet tooth. We’ve picked out some of London’s best vegetarian and vegan cafes and restaurants, offering a delicious range of food that will help you save animals and the planet too.
Naturally, Central London has an incredible range of vegan options catering to all tastes, particularly Soho. After opening as a pop-up shop this Summer, Soho’s Veggie Pret turned out to be so popular that it has now opened permanently, offering a fantastic range of vegan sandwiches to grab on the go including an avocado, hummus and herb wrap, juices and almond protein shakes. Also in Soho you will find Mildred’s London, which is probably the most well-known completely vegetarian restaurant, with an impressive vegan menu of burritos and curries. On Rupert Street you’ll find the cheery Vegan Hippo, serving everything from generous breakfasts including scrambled tofu to hot dogs and kale chips. For a little dessert, head down to Yorica on Wardour Street for delicious dairy-free ice cream, milkshakes and frozen yogurts.
Head just North of central to King’s Cross and you’ll discover Itadaki Zen, Europe’s first completely vegan Japanese restaurant. With a focus on sustainable and organic food, this restaurant is a tofu and tempura lover’s heaven. Further North in Archway is The Loving Hut, which offers a buffet style service of delicious asian food including aromatic ‘duck,’ veggie ribs and drum sticks. Whilst you’re North, make sure to visit Cookies and Scream in Camden Stables and sample their legendary vegan ice cream cookies and chocolate milkshakes.
Stop off at Bethnal Green for the super cosy Gallery Café, offering a varied menu with vegan options including a burger and vegan cheese, vegetable lasagne and superfood quinoa wraps. Also in Bethnal Green is Just F.A.B, which serves Italian street food such as burgers and pizzas and has the added novelty of being located on a red London bus, with an eat-in space on the upper deck. Between Hackney Central and Clapton you will find the Black Cat Café, a completely vegan café known for its generous helping of breakfast, shepherd’s pies and pizzas, as well as a shop where you can stock up on tofu, vegan eggs and chocolate bars. Also in Hackney is the ever-popular Temple of Hackney, London's first dedicated fried 'chicken' shop that has queues out the door on weekends. The chicken is actually made from seitan, literally wheat gluten, which tastes extraordinarly like the real thing. For Mexican fare, Pamelas in Dalston have an exclusively vegan menu, with excellent jackfruit (a fruit that acts as a substitute for pulled pork) and fish tacos. By Dalston Kingsland station, you’ll find another fully Vegan Italian restaurant Fed By Water, and sample one of their charcoal (yes, completely black) pizzas and mouthwatering raw vegan desserts.
Brixton has a very generous amount of vegan options available, the main highlights being Veg Bar, which offers the famous FGV mega burger with 2 meat free patties stacked with onions and ‘cheese’. It’s also a self-styled ‘late-night vegan speakeasy’ probably the only one of its kind. Also make sure to check out Ms Cupcake Bakery on Coldharbour Lane, a fully vegan bakery that offers heavenly red velvet cupcakes and oreo brownies.
In West Kensington you will find 222 Veggie Vegan, which offers a very reasonably priced lunch buffet along with a dinner menu that includes raw appetizers, a vegan roast and mushroom and pumpkin risottos. Saravanaa Bhavan is a popular option in West London, serving a completely vegetarian Indian menu with a vegan-friendly selection of chickpea and mixed vegetable curries, dal and biriyani.