Are there any great Vegan Restaurants in London? Of course, it’s one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the planet!
London is a genuine world city, with art, culture, and cuisine from all parts of the globe. If you are a vegan living or visiting London, you will have no problem finding somewhere tasty to eat out. It was tough work trying to whittle down the long list of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in the big smoke, but we’ve had a go. We are always happy to hear your own opinions on what we’ve chosen and to hear your own personal favourite vegan restaurants in London.
Black Cat (Clapton)
This not-for-profit workers’ cooperative is an ethical vegan-only café that also serves as a bookshop in Hackney. It is one of the best places in the whole of London for healthy, delicious, plant-based food if you’re looking to eat out on a budget. The salad plates are absolutely incredible and are ever-changing. Expect to see variations of salad including pesto, kale, beetroot, and much more. There are more than just salads to choose from here though, and the ‘beef-style’ burger that is made from soya and seitan mince is delicious, as are the countless vegan pastries that you can pick up from the counter.
After closing the original venue on Princes Street, the team behind Chisou reopened at a much bigger and more spacious venue in Mayfair, and it is certainly paying off. The new site near Bond Street is the perfect place if you are searching for the highest quality of sushi. If you are unsure of where to start, we’d say that the strongest part of the menu comes in the cold dishes, with particular delight found in the seaweed salad and the avocado sushi rolls. It might not be food on a budget (it’s definitely at the higher end of the scale in terms of vegan prices), but it is worth the investment when you try out the tofu steak or vegetable tempura.
Farmacy (Notting Hill)
This hip vegan restaurant that welcomes the trendy, cultured meat-free crowd has become an icon on the scene. The cool interior design makes it the perfect setting for the artsy crowd (in the most positive use of that word), and the menu has been developed to deliver healthy dishes that not only provide plenty of nourishment, but also taste damn good. The Mexican Bowl is one of the most popular dishes on the menu, and the black bean, mushroom, and millet burger is fantastic. The best thing is, the idea behind the raw chocolate tart dessert is that there is no additives, chemicals, or refined sugars so you should definitely leave enough room for it!
Temple of Seitan (Hackney and Camden)
A royalty in the world of vegan fast-food, and with two stores due to its popularity, the Temple of Seitan is a place that you have to get in early, or be willing to queue up outside, it is that good! The beauty of this place is that the team understood that just because you are vegan, that doesn’t mean you don’t sometimes want something that feels a little unhealthy and deep fried. Junk food hasn’t always translated well in the vegan world, but at Temple of Seitan you can expect amazing vegan fried ‘chicken’ or one of the range of juicy Temple burgers. Don’t forget to order some of the fries with Chipotle salt, or some popcorn bites.
Manna (Primrose Hill)
One of the oldest vegan restaurants you’ll find anywhere, Manna was one of the first meat-free eateries in Europe when it opened its doors 50 years ago. Since then it has continued to evolve, developing the menu into ever-more interesting ways as the popularity of plant-based eating gained traction with the wider public. There is a real joyous angle to the menu at Manna, combining organic and local produce to deliver healthy and adventurous raw tacos in lettuce leaf shells, vegan nachos, through to more hearty mains such as bangers and mash or warm rainbow Panzanella.
Biff’s Jack Shack (Dalston)
Biff and Christa (the team behind Biff’s Jack Shack) just didn’t like the look of most of the burgers they found in vegan restaurants and wanted to do something about it. Over the last few years they have gone from successful spots at KERB in Camden and Haunt in Stoke Newington, to have several permanent branches open. The idea is to deliver proper junk food, without compromising on flavour and portion size, just as you would see at a junk food joint for meat-eaters. The Crispy Fried Jackfruit is braised in a secret spice mix, dipped in panko and creates the tasty burgers and wings that you see on the menu. Vegan food really doesn’t have to be healthy, and at Biff’s Jack Shack you’ll find out exactly why!
Vegan curry got a little bit more exciting when SpiceBox came onto the scene. Since the expansion into a permanent location after successful stints at Camden’s KERB, you can see the detail and the thought behind taking classic Indian dishes and serving them within the plant-based world. Much of the best Indian cuisine is vegan or veggie, but at SpiceBox you’ll also find staple meat-based Indian dishes given an exciting plant-based twist, including Jackfruit Jalfrezi and Brinjal Bhaji.