Vegan restaurants in London

If you’re a vegan, it can feel like you’re left with limited choice on London’s restaurant scene. That’s quickly beginning to change though, as more people ditch animal products. To get your next plant-based fix, take a look at our selection of vegan restaurants in London. Whether you’re a full-time vegan, a flexitarian or a carnivore looking for something different, these restaurants are sure to leave you full and satisfied. Scroll down to read our pick of vegan restaurants in the capital. 

Posted on 24 September 2018

Vegan restaurants in London


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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Wulf & Lamb

Wulf & Lamb

Under £30
Vegetarian
Vegan

243 Pavilion Road, London, SW1X 0BP

Housed on a cutesy street by Sloane Square, this two-floor, plant-based restaurant is well suited to the genteel Chelsea crowd. While vegan joints often get a bad rep for sloppy interiors and uninspired dishes, Wulf & Lamb bucks the trend with a smart pastel colour palette and an all-day menu. In the early hours, guests can chow down on grab-and-go breakfasts and pastries downstairs, while upstairs is for those looking to have a lingering lunch or dinner. Despite having all the hallmarks of a restaurant proper, guests here order their food at the counter, which is rather off-putting. Otherwise, Wulf & Lamb impresses; the menu is replete with vegan alternatives to popular dishes, including a spicy, meaty chilli ‘non’ carne served with a dollop of cashew sour cream, and a hearty seitan burger served in a brioche bun and topped with plant-based cheese. From a small selection of sides, we’d recommend the smoky char-grilled broccoli, or the creamy, pull-apart mac ’n’ cheese for those looking for a little more indulgence. Come dessert, guests can pick from a selection of baked goods (including doughnuts and bundt cakes) or the likes of a melt-in-the-mouth mango and passionfruit cheesecake topped with delicate raspberry crumble, and a rich tiramisu topped with a decadent brandy and vanilla cashew cream. To drink, there are wines, Champagnes and gluten-free beers, while the more restrained can sip on cold-press juices or non-alcoholic spirits. Wulf & Lamb hopes to expand its restaurant portfolio – ditch the counter service and this concept certainly has room to grow.

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Genesis

Genesis

Under £30
Vegan
Burgers

144 Commercial Street, London, E1 6NU

If you ever feel like you haven’t gone down the path your family planned for you, spare a thought for the parents of Alex and Oliver Santoro, who have opened this vegan joint despite their family’s 100-year involvement in the meat industry (their father is the largest exporter of pork in Europe).

Joining a handful of vegan restaurants in trend-hungry Shoreditch, Genesis is a two-floor space with peak millennial interiors (Pastel pinks? Tick. Marble, neon signs and rose gold detailing? Tick, tick, tick.) Keeping things casual, guests order at the counter from a menu inspired by street-food favourites, including burgers, hot dogs and tacos, all made without animal products.

The food is good. The best thing we ate was the ‘slaw dog’, a hotdog made with seitan (a gluten-based meat substitute) served in a soft brioche roll and topped with creamy coleslaw, crisp onion rings, jalapeños, gherkins and a tangy barbecue sauce. Elsewhere, sweet-tasting yuca fries come with a garlic mayo dip, and torta milanesa (a Mexican-style sandwich) is packed with a densely textured mix of aubergine, refried beans, chipotle mayo, avocado and tomato salsa.

To drink, there’s a small selection of beers and wines, and cocktails made with all-organic ingredients, alongside a run of kombuchas and milkshakes (the thick and sweet chocolate variety was our favourite). Desserts, meanwhile, include softserve with toppings, or a velvety avocado chocolate mousse.

We found that for such an informal place, the price point was a little high, but Genesis was rammed on our visit, proving that there’s a real market for casual, meat-free dining.   

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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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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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Redemption Bar Shoreditch

Redemption Bar Shoreditch

£30 - £49
Vegetarian
Vegan

320 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DR

If there was ever a way that the movers and shakers of London could both live and party healthily, Redemption might just be it. It’s handful of London branches are packed with hip yogis – positively glowing with health and wellbeing.

Cocktails are presented so prettily that you almost forget the lack alcohol; a Cocorita is certainly more than a pale imitation of its mother, Margarita. If you’re hungry, dive into a vegan menu of kelp noodle and lemongrass laksa with shiitake mushrooms and chilli, or raw beetroot spaghetti with almond pesto. If it all seems a bit right-on, just remember those fresh-faced customers who mark out this out as one of their favourites – and get back to drinking that green juice.

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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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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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Redemption Bar Notting Hill

Redemption Bar Notting Hill

£30 - £49
Vegetarian
Vegan

6 Chepstow Road, London, W2 5BH

If there was ever a way that the movers and shakers of London could both live and party healthily, Redemption might just be it. It’s handful of London branches are packed with hip yogis – positively glowing with health and wellbeing.

Cocktails are presented so prettily that you almost forget the lack alcohol; a Cocorita is certainly more than a pale imitation of its mother, Margarita. If you’re hungry, dive into a vegan menu of kelp noodle and lemongrass laksa with shiitake mushrooms and chilli, or raw beetroot spaghetti with almond pesto. If it all seems a bit right-on, just remember those fresh-faced customers who mark out this out as one of their favourites – and get back to drinking that green juice.

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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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