Best Vegan Restaurants in London for First Time Visitors

Planning a trip to the city of red double-decker buses and tea cups but have absolutely no idea where to start? You’re not alone! I probably receive a message request, on average five times a day asking me for my top three or five London vegan restaurants.

In my humble (and possibly slightly biased) opinion, London is the most vegan friendly city in the world. With hundreds of different vegan options available across  the city, it can feel overwhelming to know where to go!

For that reason, it’s almost impossible for me to choose three or five places for people to visit, but I’ve done my best to narrow the selection down to 27. I know, I know, but it’s like choosing between your kids!

Please don’t see the list below as a complete list of the best vegan restaurants in London, it’s absolutely not. I could sit here for days listing places you should visit, and there are some phenomenal places which aren’t on this specific list, but if you’re only here for a short amount of time, you’re based in Central London and you just want a guide on some well known, popular spots in the area, this should do the trick!

Also, please note that I’m only one tiny human and I haven’t been to all of the vegan spots in London yet so this is just based on the places I’ve personally eaten.

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s my hit list of top spots to visit.

 

 

Purezza – Best Pizza

Where is it?

43 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PN

What’s it like?

This is a cosy, sit down restaurant offering some of the best pizzas in London (Shout out also to Death By Pizza and Picky Wops which are also incredible).  You can order pizza, pasta, salads and desserts. It’s super relaxed and pretty much always busy! The pizzas are truly incredible, so much so that these guys entered a pizza competition against non-vegan pizza companies, and won!

What to order?

  • Parmigiana Party
  • Oreo Pizza

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Halo Burger – Best ‘Meaty’ Burgers

Where is it?

49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ

What’s it like?

This is a little diner style spot in the middle of Pop Brixton. They are focused on recreating the traditional American burger diner, with all of the flavour but none of the animals. They use the Beyond Meat burger to achieve the desired effect and. have recently added ‘THIS’ chicken nuggets and deep fried magnum ice creams to the menu. Their burgers are my favourite in London, alongside the Plant burger at Honest Burger.

What to order?

  • The Halo Burger
  • Pink Salt Fries
  • THIS Chicken Nuggets

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Mildreds – The Original

Where is it?

They have branches in Soho, Camden, King’s Cross and Dalston.

What’s it like?

This is the original London vegetarian restaurant! You’ll be hard pressed to find a veggie or vegan in London who hasn’t been and yet it’s still absolutely packed every single time I visit. I’d recommend getting to the Soho branch early because it can get a bit hectic. They don’t specialise in one cuisine, instead offering a range of different dishes from across the world. The menu also changes regularly with some regular items on there permanently. Please note, that this is a veggie restaurant but they have lots of vegan options. This is a sit down restaurant with a great atmosphere. It’s very relaxed and the service is fairly fast.

What to order?

  • Gyoza Dumplings
  • Sri Lankan Curry
  • Mock Chicken Burger (when it’s on the menu)

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Biff’s Jack Shack – Best Wings

Where is it?

BrewDog Dalston, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BJ

Inside SPAR @ EAT 17, 24-26 Orford Rd, London E17 9NJ

What’s it like?

This is a pop-up style restaurant in the middle of buzzing Box Park. The burgers are hearty, dirty and delicious and the wings are slathered in delicious sauces with a super meaty texture. To be honest, their burgers are just as good as their wings but there were too many burger categories on my list 😉 There is seating available in Box Park but it can get quite busy.

What to order?

  • The Jack Bauer Tower of Power (if you’re feeling brave)
  • One of each of the wingz

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner – Best ‘Junk’ Food

Where is it?

Camden Stables Market, Unit 729-731, London NW1 8AH

What’s it like?

This is a sit down, American style restaurant where you can get any ‘junk’ food item your heart desires. Think burgers, hot dogs, Mac & cheese and the best vegan rueben sandwich I’ve ever had (that includes my trip to New York)!

What to order?

  • Reuben Sandwich
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • Caesar Salad
  • Dirty Burger

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Young Vegans – Best Pies

Where is it?

Camden Market, 60 Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town, London NW1 8AF

What’s it like?

This is a small, takeaway style cafe serving up every single pie you can imagine! They do have a small amount of seating, there’s also more seating available in the market. They’ve got steak and ale, chicken parmigiana, chicken cats, cheeseburger, Aussie and Mac & cheese pies… All vegan, of course! They also serve up a bloody delightful Mac & cheese as a side dish. I’m yet to try their desserts but they’re on my list!

What to order?

  • Cheeseburger Pie (the only one I’ve had so far)
  • Mac & Cheese

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Canvas Cafe – Best Bottomless Brunch

Where is it?

42 Hanbury St, Spitalfields, London E1 5JL

What’s it like?

This is a not for profit vegan cafe, tucked off of Brick Lane. It’s a welcoming, bright space with lots of seating as well as a garden. They don’t only offer brunch, they serve food all day long, including vegan fish and chips, but I visited for their bottomless brunch and it was dreamy. This is the kind of place you could sit down for hours with your laptop and drift into your own world. The bottomless option is a bargain at £25 for 90 mins and includes 1 breakfast item, unlimited toast and unlimited Prosecco. Hope you’re thirsty..

 What to order?

  • The Full English
  • Blueberry Pancakes

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Lele’s – Best Breakfast

Where is it?

50 Lower Clapton Rd, Clapton, London E5 0RN

What’s it like?

This is an adorable little cafe, decorated to perfection. It’s the definition of cosy! They serve up some incredible menu items but also have a counter with freshly cooked items including vegan croissants, quiches, salads, sausage rolls etc. Their coffee is also delicious!

What to order?

  • Full English
  • Buckwheat Pancakes
  • Oat latte

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Eat Chay – Best Bao Buns

Where is it?

Unit 48, Boxpark Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, London, London E1 6GY

What’s it like?

In the mood for some bold East Asian flavours? Eat Chay is a pop-up style restaurant located in Box Park. The seating is not specifically for the restaurant so it can be hard to find a spot in busy times. Their bao buns and dumplings are my weakness but to be honest, you can’t go wrong with anything on this menu!

What to order?

  • Char Siu Rice
  • Steamed Bao Buns
  • Pan Fried Dumplings

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Vurger Co – Best Veggie Burgers

Where is it?

Richmix, 9, Avant Garde, Cygnet St, London E1 6LD

What’s it like?

These lovely guys have been around for ages but they are focused on constantly evolving and improving their menu. They have a spot in the middle of busy Shoreditch where they serve up beautiful burgers filled with natural patties (as well as one option with the Beyond Meat patty which they’ve just introduced). Their milkshakes are some of the best I’ve had, as is their creamy mac & cheese. You can also order their burgers in ‘bowl’ form.

What to order?

  • Aubrger
  • New York Melt
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Skin on Fries
  • Salted Caramel Popcorn Shake

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Mooshies – Best Mozzarella Sticks

Where is it?

104 Brick Ln, Spitalfields, London E1 6RL

What’s it like?

These guys are the original London vegan burger masters. They were doing it before it was cool! Their burgers use natural ingredients but still feel indulgent which is a lovely balance! They also have the most incredible mozzarella sticks which are gooey and creamy without tasting sickly.

What to order?

  • What’s Your Beef?
  • Magic Mushroom
  • Mozzarella Sticks

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Cafe Van Gogh – Best Roast

Where is it?

88 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6BE

What’s it like?

I have so much love for Cafe Van Gogh, and they’re totally worth the trip outside of Central London. This is a not for profit cafe and they reinvest all of their profits back into the local community with dedicated programmes including food and nutrition workshops. I honestly recommend almost anything they put on their menu. The food is phenomenal, but whenever anyone asks me for the best roast in London, I always recommend CVG. It is absolutely delicious! They change the menu regularly and it’s never let me down.

What to order?

  • The Roast
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Honestly, anything you order will be brilliant!

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

SpiceBox – Best Curry House

Where is it?

58 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4PG

What’s it like?

There are SO MANY amazing, authentic Indian restaurants in London including all of the ones on Drummond Street, Sagar, Rasa, Indian Veg and a host more. However, Spice Box is a little different – Its is a vegan take on the Indian curry house you find in cities all across the UK. This is a beautiful restaurant in Walthamstow (another one which is worth the journey). It’s been decorated in the most stunning way and it feels cosy at night, bright and colourful during the day. It would be a great spot for a date night! Rather than only focusing on vegetarian Indian dishes, they recreate some of the classics you find in curry houses here including “chicken” korma and “chicken” tikka masala. They also have a brunch which I’m dying to try!

What to order?

  • Chick’n Korma
  • Chana Masala
  • Potato & Pea Samosas
  • Pani Puri

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

What The Pitta – Best Kebab

Where is it?

Box park, Unit 52, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GY

What’s it like?

These guys made a splash a few years ago now when they announced they were launching the first vegan döner kebab, which was unheard of at the time! They also offer falafel wraps, mezze boxes and baklava.

What to order?

  • Vegan Döner

More information:

Check out their Instagram and website

 

 

Cub  – Best Fine Dining 

Where is it?

153 Hoxton St, Hoxton, London N1 6PJ

What’s it like?

This isn’t strictly a vegan restaurant but there’s a very heavy focus on plants and their vegan tasting menu is insane. This and Michelin starred Pollen Street Social’s are my favourites in London but I’ve chosen Cub purely because it’s more affordable but to the same standard, I believe. There’s also a focus on sustainability and sourcing locally in both their decor and their food. Prepare your tastebuds for some dainty dishes with elegant texture and flavour combinations.

What to order?

  • Vegan Tasting Menu with paired drinks (non alcoholic option available) – £67

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Unity Diner – Best Caesar Salad

Where is it?

5 Hoxton Market, Shoreditch, London N1 6HG

What’s it like?

This is a not for profit restaurant run by Earthling Ed (you may have heard of him). When I first visited, I wasn’t super impressed but the food has improved more and more over time and when I visited last time, I swore that it was the best Caesar salad I’d ever had. Their menu is varied and focuses on comfort food including nachos, burgers, hot dogs and fish & chips.

What to order?

  • The UD Caesar Salad
  • Surf & Turf Dog

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

The Green Vic – Most Ethical

Where is it?

46 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EP

What’s it like?

The Green Vic aims to be the world’s most ethical pub. They believe in the planet over profit so for every drink you buy, a percentage is donated to charity, they only use ethical suppliers, they employ staff from disadvantaged backgrounds and their “junk” food is all vegan – supplied by the team at The Green Grill. All of the drinks are vegan too! Their chkn shish wrap is an absolute game-changer!

What to order?

  • Chkn Shish Wrap
  • Mighty Meaty Burger

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Club Mexicana at The Spread Eagle – Best Pub

Where is it?

224 Homerton High St, Homerton, London E9 6AS

What’s it like?

The Spread Eagle was London’s first vegan pub, so all of their drinks are vegan, as well as the food, supplied by Club Mexicana. The pub has an amazing atmosphere and is decorated in a quirky way – Just what you’d expect from a trendy Homerton boozer! Club Mex’s food is just amazing – It’s Mexican-inspired and hearty as it gets. The fish tacos are one of my favourite dishes in London.

What to order?

  • Tofish Tacos
  • Their brunch menu

More information:

Check out Club Mexicana’s Instagram or The Spread Eagle’s Instagram

 

 

Temple of Seitan – Most Famous

Where is it?

Located in Hackney and Camden

What’s it like?

I’m sure you’ve heard of Temple before, unless you’ve been living under a rock! Temple was the first place in London to serve vegan fried chicken and they got a lotttt of publicity for it. The food is very indulgent and (as the title suggests) focuses on seitan as a chicken substitute. Their Hackney branch is a takeaway style shop with some seating whilst their Camden branch is more of a sit down diner. It aims to replicate the traditional chicken shops you see all across the city, and I wouldn’t mind betting it’s busier than most of them. You can’t come to London without visiting this famous spot!

What to order?

  • Mac & Cheese
  • Twist Wrap (I personally prefer this to the burgers)
  • Hot Wings

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Genesis – Most Instagrammable

Where is it?

144 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6NU

What’s it like?

Coming to London to get some snaps for the ‘gram? Well, look no further than Genesis. With splashes of pink, beautiful illustrations across the wall and very photogenic food, you’ll be racking up the likes! The menu is HUGE. The team have been inspired by food from their travels across the world and also focus on creating these dishes in a healthy way. Lots of their dishes are gluten and nut free, and they label well too. It feels like a buzzy, trendy, modern American diner.

What to order?

  • Chocolate milkshake (life-changing)
  • It’s been a while since I’ve visited but the tacos and hot dogs were tasty when I went!

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Itadaki Zen – Best Sushi

Where is it?

139 King’s Cross Rd, London WC1X 9BJ

What’s it like?

There aren’t many places serving up decent vegan sushi in London, and I know because I’ve looked. I will say that Sushi Samba and Sticks n Sushi offer up some nice vegan options but this is the only place I know of serving up purely vegan Japanese food. It’s a cute, authentic Japanese style restaurant which gets super busy so I recommend booking!

What to order?

  • Spring Rolls
  • Sushi – 12 Piece Set to share
  • Kitsune Udon Set
  • Okara Balls

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Vegan Nights – Best Vegan Event

Where is it?

150 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL

What’s it like?

Forget all of the vegan stereotypes you’ve heard, Vegan Nights is out to prove that veganism is cool, and it does a great job! This night is on once a month, just off of Brick Lane. It’s a huge venue packed with street food vendors, bars and DJs. My tip is to arrive early because the queues can get insane, eat as much as you can from as many different vendors and then head to the dessert hall. Afterwards, grab a drink and get involved with the dancing in the main room.

What to order?

  • As much as you can from as many different vendors (they change every month)

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Comptoir V – Best Natural Food

Where is it?

Keslake Mansions, Station Terrace, Kensal Green, London NW10 5RU

What’s it like?

Yes, it’s out West. Yes, it’s worth the visit! This is easily some of the best vegan food I’ve had in London. They describe themselves as international vegan cuisine, offering up dishes from hummus to moroccan spinach, to tanginess and macaroni cheese. There’s quite a range and you’ll have a tough time choosing because the menu is great!

What to order?

  • Dynamite Shrimp
  • Moroccan Buddha Bowl
  • Southern Style Battered Mushroom Ribs w/ Macaroni Cheese
  • Ghife Bread
  • Cheesecake

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

The Sanderson Hotel – Best Afternoon Tea

Where is it?

50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG

What’s it like?

This was a tough call between The Sanderson and OXO Tower as they both do a really great afternoon tea option and whilst the OXO Tower is more fancy and offers views of the river, in terms of the food, The Sanderson just edges it for me. Plus, it’s an Alice in Wonderland theme. What’s not to love? This is set in a hotel and if you go when the weather is nice, I recommend sitting in the garden at the back for the best experience.

What to order?

  • Vegan Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Greedy Khao – Best Street Food

Where is it?

They move around, check their Instagram for up to date info!

What’s it like?

You’ll have to be lucky to catch these guys as they are still only popping up at certain street food markets but if you get a chance, GO! You won’t regret it. They create the best Thai food I’ve ever had, their portions are generous and they’re a lovely team too!

What to order?

  • Red Curry
  • Green Curry

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

 

Tibits – Best Buffet

Where is it?

Located in Mayfair and Bankside

What’s it like?

This is another tough call. You’ve got two well-known veggie/vegan buffets in London – Tibits and Ethos. I just find the atmosphere at Tibits a bit more relaxed and welcoming and the two times I’ve visited, their vegan options have been more varied than Ethos’. I would say that Ethos has a focus on healthier ingredients whilst Tibits is more about the comfort food. I won’t lie, these buffets aren’t cheap so I recommend doing one small round and then going back if you’re still hungry.

What to order?

  • All of the vegan things your heart desires

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

We Are Vegan Everything – Best Vibes

Where is it?

11 dispensary Lane, Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1FT

What’s it like?

This is an absolute hidden gem. Tucked away on a little alleyway in the middle of Hackney, this vegan paradise is the dictionary definite of ‘zen’. You can relax on a swinging chair, nibble your food on a rug (picnic style) or whip out your laptop and tuck yourself away in a little nook. Doesn’t hurt that the food is absolutely delicious too!

What to order?

  • Mac & Cheese
  • Sunset Bowl
  • Banana Caramel Pancakes
  • Peanut Butter Coffee

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

Here’s a map with all of the above restaurants plotted out (apart from Greedy Khao as it’s a pop-up):

 

 

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! I wanted to also mention some of the restaurants I love which didn’t make the ‘officical list’ and which I haven’t already mentioned anywhere above.

  • What The Fattoush – Absolutely delicious Palestinian food
  • Kalifornia Kitchen – Great comfort food in a bright pink setting!
  • Club Cultured – Street food stall run by tempeh wizards!
  • Grazie Dio It’s Vegan – Some of the best vegan Italian food I’ve eaten
  • Mao Chow – Traditional Chinese food, veganised
  • Palm Greens – Banging out some of the most epic salads I’ve ever tasted
  • Smashing Kitchen – Healthy food which is also filling and comforting. Beautiful!
  • Ethiopiques – A street food stall serving amazing Ethiopian food
  • The Gate – A sit down restaurant for when you’re feeling a little fancier
  • Rogue Vegan – The most insane Caribbean food!!
  • Plant Hub – Natural, creative vegan food
  • The Muddy Puddle – The most adorable cafe in Stoke Newington!
  • Morito – Their vegan Monday menu is extraordinarily good
  • V Belly – Beautiful vegan comfort food
  • Wicked Vegan – Comfort food in Balham
  • Nem-Nem – A Vietnamese restaurant with four pages of vegan options
  • Tell Your Friends – Repping West London, their hot dog is amazing!
  • Wulf & Lamb – A solid burger and Mac & Cheese
  • Redemption – For those of you who want to digest some pure health
  • Vegan Express – Some of the best tofish and chips I’ve had
  • Kahani – Fancy, Indian dining! Fantastic food.
  • Loving Hut – A global sensation, we have one in North London!
  • Twisted – Their “chicken” burger is one of the best I’ve had
  • Cafe Forty One – Incredible pastries and desserts (but pastry chef has left now)
  • Cinnamon Kitchen – Delicious Indian food with a twist
  • Arancini Brothers – Arancini burgers, balls, wraps, stew and salads
  • The Athenian – Their vegan gyros souvlaki is incredible
  • Bokan – Fine dining with a view over the city – they can cook vegan on request
  • The Birds – An awesome pub with tonnes of vegan burger and junk food options
  • Nanny Bill’s – Vegan burgers and banana blossom fish and chips!

 

There are still SO many more which I’m sure I’ve forgotten but I’ll be here all night if I keep going. I hope this list helps you out when you visit London!

 

 

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