The 20 Most Romantic London Restaurants for Vegans

Love is in the air and everyone knows that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. So, whether you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day spot or you’ve forgotten your partner’s birthday and you’re now panicking, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite venues to get cute and cosy in.

In absolutely no particular order at all, here they are:

1. The “keep it causal” venue – Club Mexicana @ Spread Eagle

Where is it?

224 Homerton High St, Homerton, London E9 6AS

What’s it like?

*Fully vegan venue

If you’d rather flirt over a few pints in the pub than work your way through an eight course tasting menu, The Spread Eagle is the spot for you! With all food provided by legendary vegan Mexican food gurus, Club Mexicana, this is one of the only 100% vegan pubs in London (perhaps even the only one). From the beers to the tacos, everything here is animal free, apart from dogs who are, of course welcome. This cosy venue is often packed to the brim so you’re guaranteed a buzzing atmosphere but the tables are far away enough from one another that you’ll have your own space too. Grab some spicy snacks and a cocktail or two in the evening or if you’re more into a day date, head down there for their delicious brunch menu!

What to order?

  • Tofish tacos
  • ALL of the cocktails

More information:

Check out the Spread Eagle Instagram or the Club Mexicana Instagram

Make a booking here

 

2. The “night to remember” venue – Pollen Street Social

Where is it?

8-10 Pollen St, Mayfair, London W1S 1NQ

What’s it like?

About as sophisticated as they come, Jason Atherton’s Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair boasts one of the best vegan tasting menus I’ve ever eaten. This isn’t a veggie or vegan restaurant but the chefs certainly know how to cater to a plant-based customer. This is the perfect spot to pop on your finest attire and celebrate a special occasion whilst (elegantly) stuffing yourself full of fancy food.

What to order?

  • The vegan tasting menu (savour every sip of the mushroom broth) – £85pp, for the matching wine flight – £96 for classic, £168 for fine, £260 for iconic

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

3. The “cosy by candlelight” venue – Black Pig with White Pearls

Where is it?

61 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London N16 8EL

What’s it like?

Think rustic furniture, quirky decor, traditional Spanish music playing on the speakers and an endless supply of tapas from their vegan menu, all enjoyed in a room lit by candlelight. Now, if that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is. This is a casual venue, perfect for those looking for something relaxed but intimate.

What to order?

  • Patatas Bravas
  • Croquettes
  • Spanish tortilla
  • Empanadillas

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

4. The “oldie but a goodie” venue – The Gate

Where is it?

370 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NN

22-24, Seymour Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 7NL

87 Allitsen Rd, St John’s Wood, London NW8 7AS

51 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London W6 9QL

What’s it like?

With four different venues around the capital, this restaurant, founded in 1989, is one of the most well known veggie spots in London. It’s sleek and more formal than other vegetarian restaurants around the city, but you’ll still feel relaxed and comfortable dining here. It’s a sophisticated spot for a sip of wine over a romantic, sit down vegan meal.

What to order?

  • Pancakes if you’re there for breakfast
  • Organic red wine
  • Aubergine Schnitzel

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

5. The “ultra romance” venue – Galvin La Chapelle

Where is it?

35 Spital Square, Spitalfields, London E1 6DY

What’s it like?

Oozing charm and elegance, Galvin La Chapelle is regularly voted ‘most romantic restaurant in London’. Set in an old school hall, the venue boats high ceilings and large arched windows. From the moment you set foot in the restaurant to the second you leave, the waiters will ensure you’re given an experience you’ll never forget. Serving traditional French cuisine, they offer a separate vegan tasting menu with a range of beautifully crafted dishes. This is a spot for a super special occasion!

What to order?

  • The vegan tasting menu (my highlight was the risotto) – £55pp or £120pp with the wine pairing

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

6. The “views over London” venue – Bokan

Where is it?

40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9TP

What’s it like?

Set on the 37th floor of the Novotel building in Canary Wharf, this venue boasts some of the best views you’ll find in London. Specialising in European cuisine, the team are happy to create a vegan menu for you if you let them know when you’re booking at least 24 hours in advance. Sip on red wine as you watch the sunset over the city with your date.

What to order?

  • The vegan tasting menu (ask for price when booking- it may have changed since I visited)

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

7. The “under the stars” venue – Cafe Van Gogh

Where is it?

88 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6BE

What’s it like?

*Fully vegan venue

This non-profit restaurant in Brixton is easily one of the cutest, cosiest spots you’ll possibly find in London. Their hearty food is just as good as their morals! They work in conjunction with three charities to run a programme of on-the-job training for people with additional challenges in life  to provide them with the support and confidence to seek paid employment. They also provide paid employment opportunities to these delegates if the opportunity arises. They’re also zero waste and 100% vegan. For the most romantic experience, sit in the dimly upstairs balcony underneath the starry ceiling.

What to order?

  • Butternut squash mac n cheese
  • Special of the day – They always have amazing specials!
  • A bottle of vegan wine

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

8. The “fancy but affordable” venue – Tredwell’s

Where is it?

4A Upper St Martin’s Ln, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NY

What’s it like?

Run by some of the best chefs in the game, this Covent Garden is the perfect spot for a classy dinner date that doesn’t feel stuffy. They have a vegan wine pairing option which is rare, so make sure you take full advantage of it. The menu is focused on seasonal British food with sustainability at the heart of its offering. This is a perfect spot for foodies who want a classy date but don’t want anything over the top.

What to order?

  • The tasting menu (£42pp)
  • …with vegan wine pairing if you’re feeling swish (+£29)

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

9. The “sharing is caring” venue – Morito Hackney

Where is it?

195 Hackney Rd, London E2 8JL

What’s it like?

Nothing says ‘caring’, like sharing, and there aren’t many menus which cater to this better than Morito. With cool tones, stone walls and super trendy staff, this place is everything you’d expect from a Hackney restaurant. The menu draws influences from Southern Spain, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean and is delivered in small plate portions, so you can try a bit of everything. The plantbased offering is very impressive and they also run ‘Vegan Mondays’ if you’re in the area then. Overall, this is a great spot for a casual, laidback date.

What to order?

  • Banaganoush
  • Hummus
  • Seared oyster mushrooms
  • Patatas bravas
  • Fattoush salad
  • Deep fried aubergine
  • Spinach, courgette & sweet pepper tortilla

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

10. The “trendy meets cosy” venue – Cub 

Where is it?

153 Hoxton St, Hoxton, London N1 6PJ

What’s it like?

This is my favourite spot in London and has been for a good year now. For me, this is Michelin star quality food but in a trendy, modern setting. The best thing about these guys is how much they care. They care about every ingredient that goes into the food, with a focus on local, seasonal and an (almost) vegan menu. They care about flavour and they know how to match everything to perfection. They care about service and go to great lengths to ensure you are waited on hand and foot. They care about the environment, and show this by using all parts of their ingredients, making their lampshades out of paper mâché and making sure the flowers on the table are trimmings from location flower shops. The menu changes with the seasons and I’ve never been let down in all four times I’ve been there. They boast an open kitchen so ask for a yellow booth facing it, order the tasting menu and prepare to be taken on a journey of food and drink.

What to order?

  • The tasting menu – £67pp (includes drinks)

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

 

11. The “let’s get spicy” venue – SpiceBox

Where is it?

58 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4PG

What’s it like?

*Fully vegan venue

After moving around for a couple of years, London’s first and only fully vegan restaurant finally found a permanent home. Their spot in Walthamstow is bright and colourful during the day and dimly lit, cosy and romantic in the evening.  Their food is good enough to convince any meat eater to go vegan so if your partner wants to go out for a romantic meal but is a little reluctant to embrace veganism, this could be a great option for you! Yes, it’s a little way outside of central London but it’s absolutely worth the trip.

What to order?

  • Pani Puri
  • Potato & pea samosas
  • Cashew & coconut korma
  • Chana masala
  • Chick’n tikka masala
  • Saag aloo

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

12. The “feeling fancy” venue – Texture

Where is it?

34 Portman St, Marylebone, London W1H 7BY

What’s it like?

Sometimes you step inside a venue, and immediately realise that you should have worn your posh frock. Texture is fancy from head to toe, and probably the most formal of all the Michelin star restaurants I’ve visited in London. Whilst it isn’t the most atmospheric, the flavour combinations are incredibly unique – modern European meets Scandinavian. I loved some of the dishes and wasn’t sure about others but it’ll definitely challenge your tastebuds in one way or another. So, if you and your partner are looking for an excuse to dress up, this is your chance!

What to order?

  • The tasting menu – 2 courses for £62pp, 7 for £99pp, wine tasting for £79pp, prestige wine pairing for £105pp

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

 

13. The “treat yo’ self” venue – Oxo Tower

Where is it?

Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH

What’s it like?

Oxo Tower is the South Bank based restaurant offering panoramic views over the Thames and the city. This was one of the first places I ever experienced a formal dining vegan menu and it’s changed a lot since I visited. They now offer a range of options from vegan scotch eggs to grilled pear tarts. The prices aren’t astronomical but they’re not cheap either, but you do get what you pay for – Excellent service, great views and some interesting dishes. If you’re looking for a daytime date, they also offer a vegan afternoon tea which is pretty reasonable! If you’re here on a date, make sure you step outside to take full advantage of the romantic views.

What to order?

  • The menu has changed since I was there but I’m intrigued by that vegan scotch egg…

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

14. The “burgers are my idea of romance” venue – Simplicity Burger

Where is it?

202 Brick Ln, London E1 6SA

What’s it like?

*Fully vegan venue

If you’ve been following me for a while, this category won’t surprise you at all. There are no occasions where a burger is not appropriate. Plus, it only felt right to celebrate the fact that London finally has a Shoreditch vegan burger joint which isn’t a fast food style restaurant, but a trendy destination where you can spend the night sipping cocktails. Simplicity belongs to renowned chef Neil Rankin who has placed his focus on natural ingredients, with patties made from fermented mushrooms and miso barley.

What to order?

  • Cheeseburger
  • Salt & pepper fries
  • We didn’t try any of the cocktails but they looked delicious!

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

15. The “sweets for my sweetheart” venue – Cafe Forty One @ La Suite West

Where is it?

41-51 Inverness Terrace, Bayswater, London W2 3JN

What’s it like?

*Fully vegan venue

All. Day. Desserts. Need I say more? This is one for all of the cake  lovers out there. Located within La Suite West Hotel in Bayswater, this fully vegan restaurant has got all of your sweet needs covered, from croissants to millefeuille and all of the cakes in-between. They also offer a range of dinner options as well as an afternoon tea. This is the perfect spot to whisper sweet nothings whilst munching on sweet treats, but don’t bother being cute and sharing, you’re going to want one each (at least).

What to order?

  • As many sweet treats as you can fit in your stomach

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

16. The “slick ‘n’ sexy” venue – Yauatcha Soho

Where is it?

15-17 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DL

What’s it like?

Turns out dim lighting and dim sum make for a winning combination! If you’re looking for ultimate romance, you’ll want to head to the lower ground floor to be surrounded by swanky decor and twinkling lights. The food here is delicious, the cocktails are exotic and the restaurant is effortlessly cool. Hopefully though, you’re on a date that you never want to end, because the service can be slow!

What to order?

  • All of the dumplings
  • Stir-fried soybean with cloud ear mushroom

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

17. The “high end… literally” venue – Sushi Samba

Where is it?

110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

What’s it like?

Take your relationship to new heights with a date at one of the best sushi bars in town! Situated on the 38th and 39th floors to the Heron Tower, this restaurant boasts 360 degrees views over the city through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Make sure you position yourself at the front of the lift on your way up, to enjoy incredible views as you ascend, and ensure you visit the orange tree on the balcony for a tipple. The restaurant offers a separate vegan menu

What to order?

  • Kappa maki
  • Mushroom tobanyaki

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

18. The “proper Parisian romance” venue – Gauthier

Where is it?

21 Romilly St, Soho, London W1D 5AF

What’s it like?

French chef Alexis Gauthier has recently taken more of an interest in veganism and, in turn, has placed a strong focus on plants in his Soho restaurant with dishes including smoked tofu & corn or endives farcies. We dined on the lower floor which feels a little like a posh living room. The atmosphere isn’t the buzziest but it’s a great place to focus on the food while you wine and dine your love interest!

What to order?

  • Eight course tasting menu – £70 or food and wine tasting for £120
  • Three courses – £60
  • Whatever you do, just make sure you get the truffle tortellini

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

19. The “long term partner” venue – Mildreds

Where is it?

Soho – 45 Lexington Street, London, W1f9AN

Camden – 9 Jamestown Road, London, NW17BW

Kings Cross – 200 Pentonvile Road, London, N19JP

Dalston – 1 Dalston Square, London, E83GU

What’s it like?

Probably the most well known veggie restaurant in London, Mildred’s is always a reliable choice for a casual date. You know what you’re getting and you know it’ll be tasty. There’s something for everyone, from pies to salads and it’s another great option for people who are new to vegan food. Book a table here if you’re in the mood for a relaxed, informal date night.

What to order?

  • Sri Lankan curry

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here

 

20. The “fancy pants vegan” venue – Vanilla Black

Where is it?

17-18 Took’s Ct, Holborn, London EC4A 1LB

What’s it like?

I was in two minds about whether to include this restaurant because… I’ve never actually been! However, it’s been on my list for years now and so many people I know have been and loved it, so it just didn’t feel right leaving it off! Vanilla Black is a gourmet vegetarian / vegan restaurant and a bit of a London vegan institution. They pride themselves on getting creative with vegetables – no pasta bake or risotto to be found here. It receives glowing reviews from vegans and meat-eaters alike. So, if my boyfriend is reading this… consider this a hint 😉

What to order?

  • Vegan 5 course menu – £55pp, wine pairing £32pp

More information:

Check out their Instagram

Book a table here


Here’s a map with all of the above restaurants on:

 


So, if you’re as passionate about food as you are about your partner, I hope you get the chance to check out one (or all) of these venues at some point! Let me know if you make it there and what you think. If anyone gets proposed in any of them, I’d love an invite to the wedding 😉

TLLV x

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