Best Vegan Restaurants in London

 
 
 
 
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Redemption Bar: Shoreditch & Notting Hill

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Redemption Bar: Shoreditch & Notting Hill
Plates London
The Vurger Co
Tibits
Tibits
ROKA
Wildflower
Wildflower
Essence Cuisine
Essence Cuisine
Pi Pizza Battersea
Rehab Hackney
Yeotown Kitchen
Yeotown Kitchen
The Spread Eagle: Club Mexicana
Vegan Nights
Genesis
 

© Claire Menary

Plant-based eating is trending in London. From burgers to Michelin style menus made entirely meat-free, the capital is full of brilliant options and Vegan Nights is fast becoming London's most hip night out, offering DJs and music as well as delicious food.

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Redemption Bar: Shoreditch & Notting Hill

Colourful mocktails and food that's free from alcohol, dairy, sugar and wheat.

32 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DR

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

With the mantra 'spoil yourself without spoiling yourself', Redemption serves food that's as easy on the eye as it is the body. With two London branches - one in Shoreditch and one in Notting Hill - the restaurant serves up healthy, Instagram-worthy food that's free from alcohol, dairy, sugar and wheat. Diners can tuck into dishes such as sweetcorn and red pepper pancakes, brown rice penne pasta in a rich tomato and garlic sauce, a maki rolls platter and wild mushroom black rice risotto. 'Good for you desserts' include spiced pumpkin pie, acai berry and vanilla cheesecake and ruby forest gateau while drinks include a range of colourful mocktails.

 
 
 

Genesis

Organic, GMO-free vegan food in Shoreditch.

144 Commercial Street, London, E1 6NU

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 
 

Adding to the vegan options sprouting up across London, Genesis brings organic, GMO-free vegan food to Shoreditch. Opened by the Santoro brothers, Alex and Oliver, the duo behind vegan food company Raw Imagination, the restaurant aims to appeal to vegans and meat-eaters alike while also supporting organic farming practices in order to have a positive impact on diners' health and the planet's ecosystems. The menu is made up of a selection of sharing plates, salads, soups, tacos, burgers and hot dogs, all created using organic fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Inspired by dishes found across the world, dishes include Indian street food snack of Aloo Tikki Chaat; Tel Aviv Cauliflower with tahini, almonds and cranberries; Shawarma with Israeli salad, chilli, pickles, garlic sauce, tahini dressing and sumac; and Char Kway Teow, a popular Malaysian dish of brown rice noodles, stir-fried vegetables and black bean sauce.

 
 
 

Plates London

Plant-based food meets Michelin-star techniques to create food that's a work of art on a plate.

93 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AG

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

Spearheaded by siblings, Keeley and Kirk Haworth, Plates is where plant-based food meets Michelin-star techniques to created food that's a work of art on a plate. During the week, the dual-purpose space in Shoreditch is a food studio, working with brands. On Saturdays they throw the doors open to the public, showcasing a five-course set menu, designed to take guests on a culinary journey. Executive Chef Kirk has previously worked at some of the world's finest restaurants, including The French Laundry, Restaurant Sat Bains, The Square and Quay in Sydney. Living with Lyme disease, she says, she has had to, "completely re-think the way I cook and the ingredients I use". Combining his own plant-based diet and years training with Michelin chefs, you get a fine dining experience with the menu updated every three to four weeks where dishes are made using only organic or wild ingredients with all menus created without meat, fish, diary, gluten or refined sugars.

 
 
 

Essence Cuisine

Shoreditch restaurant serving meat-free, plant-based food from celebrity US chef Matthew Kenney.

94 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

Tricolour quinoa, layers of courgette and tomato and raw pad Thai, made from kelp noodles and marinated kale are just three dishes on the Essence Cuisine menu, a Shoreditch restaurant serving meat-free, plant-based food. Vegans will love this minimalist restaurant with its rough cement plaster walls, folding tables - designed by Swedish architect Andreas Bozarth Fornell - and the absence of animal products on the menu. But it's not just for vegans. All dishes are dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free so the menu caters for healthy eating fans too. It's been developed with celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, who has gained cult status in the industry with Forbes describing him as, "one of the top entrepreneurs in his field".

 
 
 

The Spread Eagle: Club Mexicana

London's first entirely vegan pub partners with Meriel Armitage, founder of Club Mexicana.

224 Homerton High Street, London, E9 6AS

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 
 

One of London's oldest pubs, The Spread Eagle in Homerton focuses on premium liquor, fine food and good vibes. Partnering with vegan street food specialists Club Mexicana, the pub was given a very modern twist in 2018 by becoming London's first 100% vegan pub. Founder of Club Mexicana, Meriel Armitage, brings her cult Mexican inspired dishes to the venue, including jackfruit, Baja tofish, beef barbacoa and pork al pastor tacos as well as beer battered tofish and chips, Mexican friend Chick"n torta and a deep fried taco dipped in chocolate, rolled in nuts and stuffed with ice cream. There's also 16 tap vegan beers, a vegan wine list and a vegan cocktail menu.

 
 
 
 

Wildflower

An informal vegetarian and vegan canteen within Peckham Levels.

Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4TG

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 
 

Set within south London creative hub Peckham Levels, Wildflower is an informal vegetarian and vegan canteen serving up healthy brunches, lunches and dinners. Appealing to both the venue's in-house community and the local neighbourhood , the calming space serves dishes such as smoked tofu with samjang sauce, bok choi and sesame; caraway and goats cheese donut with local honey; sweet potato gratin, rhubarb chutney, Beenleigh Blue and bitter leaves; and grilled king oyster mushroom with Szechuan and shitake broth, chilli oil and red cabbage.

 
 
 

The Vurger Co

The vegan junk food pioneers have their first permanent site, a 30-seat restaurant in Shoreditch.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 
 

After a number of well-received pop-ups both at festivals and throughout London, along with an incredibly successful crowdfunding campaign, The Vurger Co has its first permanent fixture in Shoreditch. Offering burgers as they should be - fresh but indulgent - the vegan junk food pioneers serve their full menu at the 30-seat restaurant including their best-selling Tabasco Auburger, made from aubergines, chickpeas, red onion and vegan cheese, as well as their famous mac'n'cheese and shakes. Other soul satisfying highlights from the menu will include the mouth-watering Classic, the Mexican and the MLT, made with baked mushrooms and rocket and topped with walnut and sundried tomato paste.

 
 
 

Tibits

Displaying over vegetarian 40 dishes, tibits showcases a colourful centrepiece at its two London restaurants.

124 Southwark Street, London, SE1 OSW

Tube: Southwark Station

 
 

No newcomer to the scene tibits has been in the little black book of Londonvegans for10 years and celebrates a decade of trading in 2018. Make a beeline for the Garden Room of theirBanksiderestaurant on Sundays in summer forbottomless brunch and live music.Launching on Sunday 27th May 2018, first up is Sakura, whose musical style is beautiful melodies backed by stunning live guitar. Followed by Ste Forshaw, who has carved a name for himself with an uplifting folk style. Enjoy summer afternoons indulging in some of tibits finest fare whilst the new talent perform their newest music.

 
 
 

ROKA

Enjoy a Japanese-inspired take on all things green via the vegan tasting menu.

37 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RR

Tube: Goodge Street Station , Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

ROKA, best known for its superb sushi and seafood, has have created a gluten free, all vegan tasting menu. A Japanese-inspired take on all things green, the special menu is an experiment with different flavours and textures that are also visually stunning. Vegan starters, mains and desserts include grilled tofu with shiitake mushrooms, lemon and chilli; rice toban with Japanese mushrooms, mountain vegetables and shaved truffle; peanut, vanilla and chocolate sundae with poki sticks and banana tempura. The dishes are intended to be shared. The new Vegan Tasting Menu is at each of its four London outposts: Charlotte Street, Aldwych, Mayfair and Canary Wharf. Opt for the all vegan tasting menu (60) or choose from the a la carte.

 
 
 

Pi Pizza Battersea

Artisan pizza in a vibrant restaurant with a real tree growing inside.

4-6a Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1ED

Tube: Clapham South Station

 
 

There's an entire menu of starters, pizzas and desserts suitable for vegans at Pi Pizza, a gloriously flower-filled pizza parlour in Battersea. The first thing visitors see when they arrive is a colourful ceiling made from hundreds of dried flowers - a six-person, 80-hour creation. The ceiling sets the summery tone for the rest of the restaurant, where the main dining room has a glass ceiling, a vibrant blue tiled wall, cheery yellow sofas and even its own in-house tree. A third dining room has walls that fully open onto the streets of Battersea while the crowning glory is an open kitchen with a huge, glowing pizza oven. From the oven comes delicious artisan pizzas with a perfectly thin base, doughy yet crispy crust and an imaginative array of toppings. Can't decide? Guests can go half and half on a pizza for one or split a pizza for two into halves or thirds and the lemon meringue is the perfect fresh and zesty conclusion.

 
 
 
 

Rehab Hackney

Serving medicinal, organic plant-based goodness from their small kitchen in Hackney.

271 Well Street, London, E9 6RG

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 
 

Since November 2017, Rehab has been serving medicinal, organic plant-based goodness from their small kitchen in Hackney. Alongside a full vegan plant based menu, made with added super-foods and free from refined sugar and dairy, they also have a vegan wine list, local craft beer and cider. Drinks are made with no added refined sugar but plenty of health benefits. Their espresso martini, for one, contains MCT oil - a natural ingredient that increases the ketone levels in your brain and supports your hormonal system. Ginger Gin is made with kombucha and served with edible flowers. Rehab is on a mission is to provide delicious, organic, homemade, vegan produce, as locally sourced as possible but they're not preachy and do it all with a sense of community and fun.

 
 
 

Yeotown Kitchen

Relax and recharge with a 5-minute guided meditation at this wellness cafe on Chiltern Street.

40-42 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7QN

Tube: Baker Street Station

 
 

Serving up deliciously nutritious food and detoxifying freshly pressed juices, Yeotown Kitchen is an extension of the Devon-based wellness retreat Yeotown. It comes from husband and wife team, Mercedes Sieff, one of the UK's leading vinyasa flow yoga teachers and positive psychology coach, and Simon Sieff, avid surfer and yogi. More than just a cafe, the two-level space on Chiltern Street includes a meditation station where you can relax and recharge with a 5-minute guided meditation. Pre-meeting nerves? Settle them with The Bravery Break in a mood-boosting meditation pod. They also serve a lovely range of vegan food, desserts include the forever raw chocolate cake, signature brownie and a raw cheesecake of the day. The perfect spot to indulge in tasty vegan treats.

 
 
 

Vegan Nights

The meat free food festival became a monthly fixture in 2018.

93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 
 

Not a restaurant but a monthly fixture, Vegan Nights takes place at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane and features 30 or so delicious vegan traders. Hosted by the Truman Markets and King Cook of Cook Daily fame (the widely popular vegan cafe and Instagram account), its regulars include Arancini Brothers, V Burgers, Biff's Wing Shack - serving fiery jerk and sweet mango pulp sprinkled over with crunchy plantain chips - and Miss Sheri's plant based Elusive Juices, served from a pink van. One off collaborations mean you may find a focus on ice cream one month and the chance to win your bodyweight in avocados the next. It's all delivered in a festival atmosphere with DJs on the decks and a curry-oke van where you provide the tunes.

 
 
 

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