As a veggie, I know how frustrating it can be sometimes for my dates who fear they'll be in for another tofu-packed evening. Although we're incredibly spoilt for choice in London when it comes to great vegetarian restaurants, here are some other cool options that go beyond your regular run-of-the-mill.
A high-protein vegan cooking class
Tell your date they can expect to get their hands dirty... at a cooking class with Urban Kitchen. The amazing Toral runs her Bermondsey-based class for chefs of all abilities. It's a lot of fun, interactive and gives you a great insight into all of the ingredients used as well as the benefits of healthy eating and using organic products. The class lasts for the best part of three hours and costs £65 per person.
A vegetarian supperclub
Sick of going to the same old restaurants together? Try a supper club. Tabl are one of London's top supperclubs and have some great veggie nights that seem to sell out really quickly. April nights are sold out, but some of the top events coming up in May include a vegan raw dinner in Hackney and a variety of veg-centric plate tasting nights.
Vegan speed dating
Single but ready to mingle with someone who shares your love for fungi? Vegan speed dating is now a thing. You can now spend your evening getting to know others who will never drag you to a barbecue restaurant against your will, forcing you to eat beans and sweet potato fries for dinner (not that this happened to me or anything). Tickets are £14.95 with the first one is happening on April 12 through SpeedDater.
Hackney City Farm
A great place for a brunch date, Hackney City Farm's Italian café Frizzante offers a really good menu for veggies including the creatively named 'Vegetarian Breakfast' and 'Vegan Brunch'. If the sun's out (or not if you're hardcore) you can also pay a small donation to the farm and hang out with the animals for a bit.
Some of us just want to stick to what we know, so no veggie list would be complete without Tibits in central London. The food's great, the staff are friendly and even non-veggie other halves will find something to make them happy.