One of my favourite things about planning a weekend break or day in London is deciding which vegan restaurants to eat at while I’m there. There are so many wonderful vegan places to choose from. PETA have recognised London as the most vegetarian and vegan friendly city on the planet and it’s easy to see why. There are new vegan eateries opening all the time and it can be hard to keep up with them (especially as I love to keep on revisiting my favourite ones too!) therefore I find restaurant websites such as SquareMeal useful for finding the best vegan restaurants in London. There are so many I could list but lets start with five vegan restaurants in London (click here to find lots more):
Mildreds Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants serve internationally inspired dishes from around the world (they also provide gluten free options). My top vegan choices on their current menu would be the Bourbon Buffalo Chicken Burger, a Bourbon Buffalo mock chicken burger, ranch dressing, onion, gherkin, iceberg lettuce, charcoal brioche (hot or not) and their Christmas Main Large Plate, Wild mushroom wellington, roasted parsnip and potato, Brussels sprouts, carrot and swede mash, smoked chestnuts and port jus.
They have a no-booking policy (except for parties of 10-14 guests) so expect a wait, but it will be worth it!
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Mildreds prices are reasonable with starters from £3 and Mains from £8. You can find a Mildreds in Soho, Camden, Kings Cross and Daiston.
Genesis, a new vegan restaurant in Shoreditch, is a 100% plant based alchemy restaurant concept specialising in fast casual dining and organic comfort food. As well as delicious food there is also an instagrammable interior featuring pastel pinks, marble, neon signs and rose gold detailing, resulting in both a culinary and visual delight.
My top choice from their menu would be 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 (£) with sweet-tasting yuca fries (with a garlic mayo dip) on the side. Inspired by the flavours of the world, they also serve tacos, noodles and Indian street food.
Mains prices start from £4 (per Taco). Find Genesis at: 144 Commercial Street , London, E1 6NU
3. Redemption Bar
Redemption Bar claim to be the world’s healthiest bar restaurant, serving up vegan, sugar-free and wheat free food with an alcohol-free bar.
My top choices from their menu would be the Buff Burger, shitake mushroom, black beans, walnuts and ruby beet burger, served in an oat bun with tomato, lettuce, caramelised red onion marmalade with turmeric superslaw and sweet potato chunky fries (£12.95) and the Zucchini Pasta Con Pesto, raw courgette spaghetti tossed in basil and pumpkin seed pesto, rocket and cherry tomatoes topped with brazil nut ‘parmesan’ (£14.50). My belly is rumbling at the thought. The alcohol free cocktails are presented so beautifully you will not miss the alcohol content.
Prices start from £5.95 on the day menu, and from £5.95 for a starter and £9.75 for a main during the evening. You can find a Redemption Bar in Notting Hill, Shoreditch and Seven Dials (opening 17th December).
4. 222 Vegan Cuisine
Often described as one of London’s favourite vegan restaurants, 222 Vegan Cuisine’s aim is to welcome everyone with satisfying, delicious food which is also very good for you. You may have guessed by now that I love a vegan burger. Therefore my top choices from their menu would be their 222 Fresh Burger (£12) or their Seitan Stroganoff (£12).
A Lunch Buffet is served between 12 – 3.30pm (£11.50) and the Evening A La Carte Menu is available from 5.30pm. Starters are available from £5.50 and mains from £10.50.
Find 222 Vegan Cuisine here: 222 North End Rd, Hammersmith, London W14 9NU.
5. Vanilla Black
When Vanilla Black opened in 2004 they set some standards for the food: no dish would rely on pasta, meat substitutes or heavy spicing and they have certainly achieved that. Dining at Vanilla Black is a real treat for both vegetarian and vegan foodies. It’s pricier than most vegan establishments so save it for a special occasion. Examples of the vegan food served are Fried Shiitake, Pine Nut Purée and Crispy Enoki and Malted Barley, Potato Cake and Greens.
Save money by opting for the set menu: Two courses £23 per person, three courses £28.50 per person.
Find Vanilla Black here: 17-18 Took’s Court, London EC4A 1LB.
What are your favourite vegan restaurants in London?