London's best vegetarian-only restaurants

Looking for a vegetarian restaurant in London? We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to, and compiled a handy list of the best vegetarian restaurants in London. Whatever your budget or taste, SquareMeal is here to help, with a selection of the best vegetarian restaurants in London for every occasion. Read on for our pick of for the top veggie restaurants in London.

Updated on 29 March 2018

London's best vegetarian-only restaurants

Find London’s top vegetarian only restaurants with Squaremeal’s list of the best vegetarian only restaurants in London. Vegetarian cuisine has evolved immensely over recent years and can no longer be considered boring or lacking in flavour and texture. There are so many incredible vegetarian dishes to sample and some very talented vegetarian chefs around, that it’s not just the vegetarians that are enjoying vegetarian cuisine, it is now enjoyed by everyone.

London has a great vegetarian restaurant scene, all featured here in Squaremeal’s guide to the best vegetarian only restaurants in London. Discover London’s amazing portfolio of vegetarian only restaurants and see for yourself just how much vegetarian food has changed over time into an accomplished and impressive cuisine.


The Vurger Co

The Vurger Co

Under £30
Vegetarian
Vegan
Burgers

Unit 9, Avant Garde, Richmix Square, London, E1 6LD

Following a successful run of pop ups across the capital, this plant-based burger joint now has a permanent home in Shoreditch. It’s an intimate if sparse space, with walnut chairs and grey walls, while the menu is equally as concise, consisting solely of burgers, shakes and sides. Unlike other meat-free joints, Vurger Co swaps out quorn or seitan for patties made up entirely of veg. Take the Auburger, which is sandwiched between a fluffy brioche bun and combines a tightly-packed aubergine, chickpea and caramelised red onion patty with hints of fiery Tabasco and a slightly bitter cumin mayo dressing.

There’s the option to enjoy your meal sans bun as a ‘burger bowl’, while sides include crisp, lightly-salted fries and a velvety mac ‘n’ cheese. Drinks wise, a caramel and banana shake swaps out cow’s milk for the almond variety, along with a soy bean base which results in a sweet and satisfyingly slurp-able treat, while there are beers and wine for proper grownups. Slick counter service and reasonable prices are further pluses, and it’s nice to see Vurger Co back up its credentials with compostable packaging, including paper straws.

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By Chloe Covent Garden

By Chloe Covent Garden

Under £30
Vegan
International

Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HA

The first London site for this US chain of hip vegan cafés has been designed with millennials in mind. A pink neon sign reads ‘guac save the Queen’, there’s floral wallpaper in the loos and you can even purchase By Chloe merch (hats sell for £10). For all its bells and whistles though, this is essentially a meat-free fast-food joint. Despite slightly chaotic counter service, By Chloe succeeds with a menu of casual vegan cuisine: mac ’n’ cheese comes topped with chewy shitake ‘bacon’ and a sweet potato and cashew sauce to make it silky, while a juicy meatball sub swaps out mince for mushroom balls slathered in marinara and basil pesto. The in-house range of juices and smoothies match well with the likes of a taco salad mixing lightly-spicy seitan chorizo with crunchy broken taco shells. Despite being geared towards the lunchtime trade, the restaurant was bustling on our evening visit, and with a Tower Bridge sequel already confirmed, we’re likely to see a lot more of this Chloe around town.

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Itadaki Zen

Itadaki Zen

£30 - £49
Vegetarian
Vegan
Japanese

139 King's Cross Road, WC1X 9BJ

Itadaki Zen defines itself as Europe’s first organic and vegan Japanese restaurant. The concept should work (there’s a long tradition of vegan cooking in the home country), but the food here can sometimes lack oomph. Sushi ‘sans fish’ is pretty unexciting, but moreish spring rolls and vegetable tempura get a thumbs up, as does a full-flavoured salad of spinach and tofu. Udon noodles tossed with seaweed, sesame oil and nuts has been a tad bland, although another version, served cold with vegetable tempura and a wasabi-laced dressing, packs a little more punch. Unfussy, minimal surroundings suit the culinary ethic, and pleasant staff add to the calming vibe. Just the ticket for a trendy detox.

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Mildreds

Mildreds

£30 - £49
Vegetarian
Vegan

45 Lexington Street, London, W1F 9AN

A trusted friend to discerning vegetarians who demand more than a token nut roast, Mildred’s has been a Soho fixture for nearly three decades, its inventive, globetrotting menu finding success even with omnivores brought along for the ride. Creative starters could include mango, brie and jalapeño quesadilla with sour cream, avocado and sweetcorn salsa or gyoza dumplings with mirin and soy dipping sauce; to follow, the ‘deliciously rich’ mushroom and ale pie topped with crisp pastry is never off the menu, while the apple and fennel burger is another flavoursome treat. Mildreds also caters to wheat-free, gluten-free and vegan diets, with most of the organic wines on the ‘short but sweet’ list also suitable for vegans (try the Argentinian Mendoza or the Pinot Bianco from Veneto). ‘Super-friendly staff’ and an intimate vibe ensure the restaurant is ‘always packed’.

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Manna

Manna

£30 - £49
Vegetarian
Vegan

4 Erskine Road, NW3 3AJ

This veteran vegetarian restaurant recently decided to take its socio-ecological ideals one step further and become completely vegan. Fortunately, the decision doesn’t seem to have hindered the kitchen, which still provides ‘the innovation and inspiration that is hoped for in vegetarian/vegan restaurants’. Even carnivores cheer the bountiful menu that brims with salads and pastas alongside Indonesian tofu satay, spicy potato cakes with coriander chutney, and long-standing favourite fennel and pumpkin-seed bangers with red-wine jus. Ambrosial puds include ice creams (made with nut milks) and a dreamy chocolate almond torte with raspberry and cranberry coulis. To drink, choose from a surprisingly well-priced list of vegan, biodynamic and organic wines. Downsides? The ‘rookie’ service can be clumsy, and the decor could do with a bit of a brush-up.

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222 Veggie Vegan

222 Veggie Vegan

£30 - £49
Vegetarian
Vegan

222 North End Road, London, W14 9NU

Despite its stark location on an ugly stretch of the North End Road, this unassuming spot survives thanks to the quality of its exclusively vegan offering. Back-to-basic, plain-wood interiors might lack character, but the meat-free menu does more than enough to pull in the local veggie crowd. Start with something raw (fresh asparagus with olive oil) or something cooked (sautéed artichoke hearts) before trying one of the cheekily reinvented mains such as a veggie-mince burger, seitan stroganoff or a vegan roast with potato and parsnip mash. To finish, tofu cheesecake might be a step too far, so play it safe with apple crumble or pancakes and chocolate sauce. As you’d expect, there are plenty of smoothies and fruit juices to drink, as well as a couple of lagers and a brace of wines.

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Sagar West End

Sagar West End

Under £30
Vegetarian
Indian

17a Percy Street, W1T 1DU

There’s budget dining and then there’s Sagar, the ridiculously affordable trio of southern Indian vegetarian restaurants. This modest London group has achieved something close to cult status among students and indeed anyone feeling the pinch. The no-frills surroundings don’t exactly inspire reverie, but the lack of show is part of the charm. Expect decent, dependable regional dishes including idli (rice dumplings), dosas and uttappams (lentil ‘pizzas’ with spicy toppings) joined by a full quota of veggie curries, fluffy rice and home-baked breads, best enjoyed with a Kingfisher beer. For unbeatable value, settle on the mini lunchtime thali (£4.50) or pick up one of the unbeatable takeaway lunch boxes (two veggie curries, raita, rice, a paratha nd a tiny salad for just £2.95).

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Sagar Hammersmith

Sagar Hammersmith

Under £30
Vegetarian
Indian

157 King Street, London, W6 9JT

There’s budget dining and then there’s Sagar, the ridiculously affordable trio of southern Indian vegetarian restaurants. This modest London group has achieved something close to cult status among students and indeed anyone feeling the pinch. The no-frills surroundings don’t exactly inspire reverie, but the lack of show is part of the charm. Expect decent, dependable regional dishes including idli (rice dumplings), dosas and uttappams (lentil ‘pizzas’ with spicy toppings) joined by a full quota of veggie curries, fluffy rice and home-baked breads, best enjoyed with a Kingfisher beer. For unbeatable value, settle on the mini lunchtime thali (£4.50) or pick up one of the unbeatable takeaway lunch boxes (two veggie curries, raita, rice, a paratha and a tiny salad).

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The Gate Hammersmith

The Gate Hammersmith

£30 - £49
Vegetarian
£30 - £49

51 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QL

An invigoratingly inventive and "incredibly busy" veggie veteran set in a converted artist’s studio behind the Hammersmith Apollo, The Gate is accessed via a labyrinth of courtyards, hallways and staircases. Following its 2013 refurb, the pale-hued dining room now seems brighter and lighter than before with its big picture windows, a high vaulted ceiling and one wall artily decorated with a collage of wooden blocks. Meanwhile, the kitchen continues to scour the globe for "subtly flavoured", eclectic ideas with a refreshing seasonal bias – think pickled fennel and cucumber tagliatelle with pomegranate molasses, red chard and mint or sweet potato and sweetcorn tortillas with goats’ cheese, baked beetroot, guacamole and black bean salsa. There are mezze platters and creative salads too, plus mainstream desserts such as bitter chocolate tart with vanilla-poached pear. The excellent wine list is also worth a splurge.

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Pamela

Pamela

£30 - £49
Mexican
Bars

428 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AA

You’ll be hard-pushed to find a Pamela here: like Phyllis, Pearl or Peggy, it’s not a common name among twenty-somethings – the average age at this hole-up from the owners of (equally retro-named) Rita’s in Hackney. Pam’s pared-down decor relies on style-conscious locals to provide the colour. Squeeze onto a mushroom leather banquette and watch Dalston’s Dazed & Confused strut the catwalk from pavement to bijou bar. The cocktails are also model mixes, including an elderflower and beetroot-infused Collins; Des Barres (jalapeño-infused vodka, kiwi juice and coconut-water ice) and Waste Market, an El Jimador Reposado, Aperol and rhubarb Margarita. Open late from Tuesday to Sunday, Pamela is a name that might just catch on again.

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Rasa N16

Rasa N16

Under £30
Vegetarian
Indian

55 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0AR

The birthplace of Keralan chef Das Sreedharan’s spice-infused restaurant empire, this bright-pink, rather womb-like venue has been keeping vegetarians happy and others pleasantly surprised for nearly 20 years. It specialises in the meatless cooking of the Nair community, and you’ll find an array of dishes far removed from the usual curry-house repertoire. Munch on tiffin treats such as pappadavadai (pimped-up poppadoms with extra crunch) before moving on to vibrant dishes such as beet cheera pachadi (beetroot and spinach in a yoghurt sauce with coconut, mustard seeds and curry leaves), not forgetting the punchy homemade pickles and chutneys, crispy dosas and rice in a range of flavours. There’s chilled Cobra on tap, and a choice of lassis and freshly squeezed juices. Across the road, Rasa Travancore has the same homespun charm, with the addition of meat and fish to the menu.

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Sagar Covent Garden

Sagar Covent Garden

Under £30
Indian
£30 - £49

31 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JS

There’s budget dining & then there’s Sagar, the ridiculously affordable trio of southern Indian vegetarian restaurants. This modest London group has achieved something close to cult status among students & indeed anyone feeling the pinch. The no-frills surroundings don’t exactly inspire reverie, but the lack of show is part of the charm. Expect decent, dependable regional dishes including idli (rice dumplings), dosas & uttappams (lentil ‘pizzas’ with spicy toppings) joined by a full quota of veggie curries, fluffy rice & home-baked breads, best enjoyed with a Kingfisher beer. For unbeatable value, settle on the mini lunchtime thali (£4.50) or pick up one of the unbeatable takeaway lunch boxes (two veggie curries, raita, rice, a paratha & a tiny salad for just £2.95).

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Tibits Bankside

Tibits Bankside

Under £30
Vegetarian
Vegan

124 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SW

With the rising popularity of meat-free diets, it’s no surprise that plant-based restaurant Tibits has launched a second London site in Bankside. The build-your-own concept is spot on for the location, where busy office workers can fill a container with an array of fresh, colourful vegetarian and vegan fare to take away, while diners with a bit more time can enjoy drinks or a sit-down meal in the convivial surrounds. After a lap of the signature buffet station, we filled our plates with a variety of hot and cold dishes, including a creamy paneer curry, vegan sausage roll and a healthy dollop of tangy guacamole. Dessert came in the form of a tooth-achingly sweet, vegan sticky toffee pudding. When it comes to paying, however, Tibits' appeal and popularity can actually work against it. Long queues, during which time any hot food rapidly cools, and weight-based pricing mean it’s easy to rack up a sizeable bill for lukewarm food. But, when the food is this wholesome and tasty, we’d say it’s worth the wait, and the weight. 

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The Gate Marylebone

The Gate Marylebone

Under £30
Vegetarian
Vegan

22-24 Seymour Place, London, W1H 7NL

The owners of this small vegetarian chain originally based its homely style and eclectic flavours on the cooking they grew up with: a blend of Indian, Arabic and Jewish cuisines. 25 years on however, the menu offers veggie takes on dishes from around the world – from Mexican tortillas or truffled mushroom risotto, to Thai green curry. Intense flavours abound: citrusy ponzu offsets the richness of the miso-glazed aubergine; smoky paprika sauce in the shakshuka is spooned straight from the pan. The dining rooms blend sharp, minimalist design with lots of light and a bustling, open feel. Service is generally “excellent” throughout and the vegetarian wine list includes a host of competitively priced natural, biodynamic and organic bottles. Ironically, it’s a carnivorous customer who best nails The Gate’s all-round appeal: it offers “vegetarian food that will please the most discerning meat-lovers”.

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Vanilla Black

Vanilla Black

£30 - £49
Vegetarian

17-18 Tooks Court, London, EC4A 1LB

After years of enduring the dreaded 'veggie option', vegetarians should be giddy with excitement when faced with the remarkable creativity on show at Vanilla Black. There's not a pasta bake or soupy bean stew in sight. Instead, diners are treated to imaginative combinations such as a multi-layered dish of cornmeal, beetroot and horseradish with aged garlic oil, artichokes in hay, parsley root and hazelnut milk or dried-yeast ice cream with red pepper and almond milk purée, cured yellow pepper and avocado brioche – proof positive that experimental technique isn't the preserve of carnivore establishments. Some say Vanilla Black's unapologetically complex food has "a high opinion of itself", and the bill will certainly come as a shock to those who equate vegetarian fare with cheap prices – though the set lunch (£19.50 for two courses) will impress both bean counters and bean eaters.

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The Gate Islington

The Gate Islington

£30 - £49
Vegetarian

370 St John Street, EC1V 4NN

Located opposite Sadler’s Wells Theatre, this second branch of the ground-breaking Gate takes the same clean-lined, eclectic approach as the Hammersmith original. Design-wise, the attractive corner site is very much of its time with bare filament bulbs, wooden floors, enamel pendant lights and windows all round, while owners Michael and Adrian Daniel continue to thrill with their cross-cultural, globally inspired vegetarian food: grilled halloumi in chermoula with freekeh, pomegranate and mint salad; sesame-coated smoked tofu with coriander pesto, pickled vegetables and seaweed; leek, trompette and Stilton tart; tortillas with two fillings, guacamole, sour cream and black-bean salsa – no hippie stodge here. Desserts are slightly more conservative – raw vegan cheesecake with prune jam, for example. Also look out for daily lunch/pre-theatre deals, weekend brunch, an all-day bar menu and an eclectic wine list bristling with organic, biodynamic and vegan bottles.

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Farmacy

Farmacy

£30 - £49
Vegetarian
Vegan

74-76 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5SH

The hot new thing in Notting Hill, Farmacy is putting the joy into healthy food with delicious plant-based cooking free from dairy produce, refined sugars and additives. Filled with sunshine and flowers, the large airy room is a magnet for well-off locals of all ages during the week, with queues from further afield at the weekend. Along with soups, juices and snacks, there are hearty ‘earth bowl’ dishes of various sorts: try quinoa with avocado, seaweed, sauerkraut, greens, sweet potato and sesame ginger dressing. Burgers are made from millet, beans and mushrooms, ice cream from naturally sweet African tiger nut, and pizzas involve spelt sourdough and macadamia ‘cheese’. The menu is studded with on-trend ingredients, while drinks include proper cocktails and sulphur-free biodynamic wines. Despite her glamour and connections, owner Camilla Al-Fayed (of Harrods fame) is no spoilt little rich girl with a new toy: this is ‘clean eating’ in a fun and fashionable setting – and it works. 

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