Helping you to celebrate World Vegan Month and World Vegan Day on Thursday 1st November, we’ve shared some of our favourite places to eat at in the capital. From North to South and East to West, there’s no shortage of cafes, bars, pubs restaurants and fine dining establishments in London, voted the number one vegan friendly city by HappyCow.
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We’ll be reviewing more restaurants in London and adding those here so do check back again for an update and leave a comment to recommend your favourite establishment.
At Nobu there are plenty of vegetarian dishes on the menu that can be made vegan on request. Now it wouldn’t be my first choice if I was dining with other vegans, but it’s an absolutely great choice when you are outnumbered by omnivores and pescetarians..and you don’t want to get FOMO.
The place has a real buzz, the restaurant is reached via a sweeping staircase, with a DJ at the top playing dance music (but not too loudly), and there are no windows as it’s in the basement, so you won’t realise the time and that you are still at the bar drinking cocktails at 2am. The angular shaped bar is said to be the longest in east London and has an impressive collection of vintage sakés, limited-edition Japanese whiskeys and rare champagnes. Read reviews.
If you didn’t know already The Ned is a huge hotel and members’ club from the people behind Soho House.
Malibu Kitchen has so many delicious vegan dishes on the menu, you’ll want to eat them all! I have been there 3 times now and have (just about) worked my way through it. This is one of 9 restaurants within the hotel and has the most emphasis on vegan food, Californian style.
The concept is healthy – think superfood salads and plenty of raw dishes, alongside fresh juices and smoothies. The food is flavourful and very moorish, the portion sizes are truly American and it is very easy to over order. As for dessert, we loved their gluten free raw chocolate cake.
This is another fab restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere and live band in the evenings from a raised central stage. It’s a great night out along with eating delicious vegan food. Book in advance as the Ned is busy at all hours.
Café Forty One at La Suite West Hotel offers a unique vegan dining experience showcasing delicious and inspired vegan cuisine that defies the stereotypes surrounding plant-based food.
Offering a deliciously unique vegan twist on classic favourites that cater for everyone not just vegans. A crossroad between fine dining and café style ambiance. The menus focus on seasonal, healthy, fresh and sustainable ingredients for breakfast, lunch, all-day desserts and Afternoon Tea.
At the heart of the Café are contemporary vegan alternatives to French pâtisserie favourites. We’ve been here once for vegan Afternoon Tea and can’t wait to go back to check out their new autumn/winter menu.
Throughout World Vegan Month they’ll be supporting World Vegan Day and World Vegan Month with a special lunch offer where you can choose one main course and one dessert from the Autumn Winter Menu for just £15.75. And if you book Afternoon Tea during November they will include free flowing non-alcoholic fizz. Read reviews.
Farmacy supports both a vegan and vegetarian diet, free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. Their philosophy is to opt for organic as an organic, plant-based approach to eating comes with an array of benefits: increased energy and well being, improved gut health and cognitive function as well as being kinder to the environment.
With a focus on ‘clean indulgence’, the menu is not just made up of salads and protein boosters, there’s also a selection of healthy comfort foods and cocktails.
As Autumn draws closer and winter gets nearer, try their signature autumn dish from their new Autumn menu – the forager’s pie. A comforting combination of chard, mushrooms and Jerusalem artichokes topped with oven-baked sweet potato mash – comfort food does not have to be unhealthy!
Cutting no corners Farmacy also shakes up a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from their Alchemy Bar, using ingredients known for their medicinal benefits including flaxseed oil, cayenne pepper and even cannabis oil to give you a good and proper healthy boost. For a healthy, guilt free dinner, Farmacy is just what the doctor ordered. Read reviews.
Mother in Hackney Wick is a firm favourite for vegans in the east, with fresh juices, vegan burritos, burgers and bagels. It opened its doors in 2016 with a passion to make wholesome plant-based food that doesn’t cost the earth. They understand the importance of organic ingredients and source over 90% of their products and produce from organic suppliers. If we lived closer we’d definitely go there more often.
We discovered gem after seeing a post on instagram of their gluten free bagel smothered with cashew cream cheese and smoked carrot ‘salmon’ topped with dill and lemon. It looked so delicious we just had to go and eat it ourselves..which we did and we were not disappointed. Their juice and smoothie menu is phenomenal too
In the summer months it’s great as you can sit outside by the river as there’s plenty of grassy areas to sit on. Read reviews.
Located in Mayfair, Texture restaurant and champagne bar is housed in a beautifully restored Georgian building. The theme is set on emphasising the wonderful aspects of our local nature and this is evident in the white décor and bare white trees and striking floral/twig arrangements.
Their mission is to create meals that involve all of our senses while encouraging their guests to explore different textures of food and wines – at the centre of the dining experience.
We tried the delicious and fragrant seven course tasting and wine pairing menu. The food blends contemporary European cuisine with Scandinavian influence, focusing on contrasts and textures, with each ingredient carefully selected to create show-stopping dishes. Read our review.
Their head chef is Franco Casolin, who previously worked at none other than Vanilla Black, which made waves for being one of the first genuinely contemporary vegetarian restaurants in the capital.
You could miss Wulf & Lamb unless you know this area of Chelsea well as it’s hidden down the pedestrian only Pavilion road, just off the Kings road and Sloane Square.
On the 100% plant based menu, there’s the classic “Chili’non’Carne” with cashew sour cream, a signature spicy bean burger that they’ve dubbed the Wulf Burger and delicious mouth watering desserts.
The concept: ”Run with the wolves, eat with the lambs”. Why is it called Wulf & Lamb we ask? The lupine and the ovine…traditionally not the best of friends. Typecast as the enemy and the innocent. Predator and prey. Their story, and their aim, is about sweetly slaying misconceptions. And surprising harmony – amongst people, flavours and our place in the world.
The atmosphere is casual and relaxed with tables on two floors. You order you food at the counter downstairs and pay before you eat but there is table service for drink. There are also salad bowls, wraps and sandwiches when you have less time to spare. Choose from chargrilled broccoli with colourful radishes, coronation cauliflower in a wrap or the New York Reuben on rye with sauerkraut. For that sweet tooth you can grab a dairy-free, gluten-free and egg-free pastry or vegan cake. Read our review.
Celebrated Chef Theo Randall prepares rustic Italian fare with the finest seasonal ingredients in London’s best Italian restaurant. He produces delicious food that is seasonal and uses only the best ingredients available.
Theo Randall is one of the best chefs in the city and we are rather excited as we have been invited to try out the vegan menu at the fabulous restaurant located within the prestigious InterContinental Hotel on Park Lane next week.
Having taken a sneak peek at the menu it’s made up in Italian style of Antipasti, Primi, Secondi and Contorni – we have already looked and mentally chosen our dishes. We have our eye on the risotto di zucchini e pomodoro (that’s risotto with courgettes, San Marzano tomatoes and basil) and the linguine con funghi (that’s pasta with portobello and porcini mushrooms, garlic and parsley). Read reviews.
Gauthier Soho is renowned for its traditional French cuisine but chef and owner Alexis Gauthier has steadily turned his attention to vegan fare. Gauthier began to ditch animal products in 2015 following protests by animal rights charity PETA, which ultimately led to him going vegan.
Now, the two-star Michelin chef has revealed that he wants to make the restaurant 100 per cent vegan. Dining in the restaurant is quite an exquisite experience, never before have we seen someone grate a carrot with a machine at the table wearing silk gloves! Read reviews.
To Book During World Vegan Month
020 7494 3111
21 Romilly Street, London W1D 5AF
The Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social offers beautiful vegan and vegetarian tasting menus, alongside its tasting and a la carte menus.
They do an amazing 8 course vegan tasting menu which we went for (they also do some a la carte options and a 5 course tasting menu).
Jason Atherton can do little wrong, and he can now count vegans among his legions of fans. A star of this seasonally-charged show is a very English risotto of pearl barley, New Forest mushroom and autumn truffle (vegans like a bit of luxury sometimes, you know). Read reviews.
Circus, as some of you may know, is a Pan-Asian restaurant accompanied by “cabaret” entertainment. They’ve got aerialists, fire-eaters, magicians and dancers. Its new Vegan Tasting Menu is the latest plant-based gem to hit the London restaurant scene, a four-course extravaganza served to share and including a glass of prosecco each (also vegan!)
The brainchild behind this latest vegan menu is executive chef Andrew Lassetter who has created something quite exceptional here. It’s not just good, it is a very good plant-based menu.
The food is refined and flavoursome, bound to please vegans and carnivores alike. Each dish is extremely tasty and well presented with colourful garnish and edible flowers. I absolutely adored the Chilli Crusted Tofu. Perfectly cooked, it is crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Heaven on a plate even if you are not a tofu fan.
We also loved the Mango Sorbet Eaton Mess (made with aquafaba) as well as the Date & Water Chestnut Gyoza and Truffle & Mushroom Spinach Parcel. Every dish was perfectly balanced with dips or sauces. Read reviews.
To Book During World Vegan Month
020 7420 9300
27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BA
The Ham Yard bar and restaurant has now joined the vegan revolution with the launch of their Vegan Afternoon Tea London, a healthier take on the quintessentially Brit spread. There’s even a sugar free and gluten free option available on request.
It looked so pretty presented in a three-tier cake stand piled high with savouries, homemade cupcakes, dairy free blueberry cheesecake, freshly baked warm scones and vegan clotted cream.
There was far too much food for the two of us but I am sure over a few hours the whole lot could of been demolished. Read our review.
To Book During World Vegan Month
020 7559 3007 | firstname.lastname@example.org
4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3DH
With a name like Rabbit and a rustic restaurant known for its farm to table meat and fish dishes, one would never expect a vegan menu to be served here, and an extremely delicious one too. Talking of Rabbit, it’s actually cockney rhyming slang for ‘talk’, think of the expression ”she would not stop Rabbitting!”, which makes more sense now given its location on the Kings Road, where the Sloaney’s live, eat, drink and gossip.
Rabbit restaurant, is the second restaurant from the three Gladwin brothers, Richard, Oliver and Gregory. All the produce at Rabbit is ethically and sustainably sourced from the Gladwin family farm in Nutbourne, Sussex. Read our review.
Whilst there might not be an actual nursery, the Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden outpost has, at its heart, a lifestyle store and florist – one of those gorgeous shops where everything looks super stylish, chic and you want to buy it.
La Goccia follows the ever-so-trendy tapas style of dining; plates are reasonably priced in the £10 (give or take) range, and servings are small/average sized but reasonable based on the quality of food and the restaurants location.
Vegans can indulge from the “garden” section, with ample vegan-friendly options and the best onion and rosemary focaccia ever. Best to go here in the summer months and sit in the beautiful courtyard that has a fun and relaxed vibe. Read reviews.
For National vegan month, the Long Arm Pub & Brewery situated at the Worship Street is launching a new vegan menu. Currently the pub also serves a wide range of vegan food offerings such as a Vegan Platter which includes vegan sliders, Kentucky Fried Cauliflower, and vegan nuggets.
Not only is the east London watering hole committed to sustainability through eliminated kegs, casks and bottling, but now they’ve also launched an Avocado Stout just in time for World Vegan Month, 100% Vegan and infused with Avocado. Brewed from start to finish on site and available from the 5th of November. Read reviews.