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The best vegan-friendly restaurants in London

If you’re meat-free, dairy-free or at one with nature and prefer to stay plant-based, London has loads of great restaurants for vegan food

Sarah Cohen
Written by
Time Out London editors
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Sarah Cohen
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Meat-and-two-veg meals are so last century – everyone and their nan is a vegan these days, and London has stepped up to serve them. Some of the capital’s best restaurants offer fantastic meat-free dishes and there’s been an explosion of vegan-only joints. 

Naturally, salad and veg are prominent on vegan menus, but inventive chefs have created plant-based versions of all our fave comfort food too, from burgers and hotdogs to fried chicken and kebabs. Check out our list of London’s best vegan-friendly restaurants to decide where to enjoy your next ethical feast.

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The best restaurants in London for vegans

  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Shoreditch

Sibling to cured-fish specialist Ceviche, Old Street’s Andina litters its menu with unfamiliar ingredients and unusual combos – but that’s part of the fun. Native Peruvian specialities add extra zest to vegan-friendly dishes ranging from avocado and beetroot ceviche with asparagus shavings and amarillo tiger’s milk to braised aubergine adobo with smoked panca chilli.

Black Cat [VEGAN ONLY]
  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Clapton
  • price 1 of 4

Run as a not-for-profit workers’ cooperative, this ethical vegan-only café and bookshop in Clapton is a top spot for budget plant-based food. The menu always features a beef-style seitan and soya-mince burger, a barbecue tofu sandwich, pancakes, curries and meatless lasagne, plus a host of seasonal salad plates involving kale, beetroot, quinoa, noodles and other hip favourites

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Bonnington Café
  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Vauxhall
  • price 1 of 4

Vauxhall’s green-living, eco-minded community café – a former squat – depends on a rolling roster of cooperative members/cooks from different nations, who take turns to prepare and serve globally minded vegan and vegetarian food at rock-bottom prices – check the website to see who’s at the stove. Look for lighter options on the menu if you’re on a health kick. Cash only. BYOB (no corkage but 50p donation per glass).

  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Hackney
  • price 3 of 4

This solo venture from former Pidgin chef Adolfo de Cecco is not only one of the best-value tasting-menu gigs in town but also offers a full vegetable menu that’s guaranteed to get those vegan juices going. If combos such as asparagus, lovage and green strawberry or pink fir potato with escarole (broad-leaved endive) and claytonia (winter purslane) float your boat, head down to Casa Fofò and soak up its neighbourly vibe.

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  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

Although this small but sexy Peruvian hotspot is known for its marinated meat and fish (hence the name), it also actively caters for those who choose to eschew animal-based products. It even does a vegan ceviche involving beetroot, avocado, asparagus shavings and sweet potato crisps. Otherwise, check out the wild mushroom stew with choclo (Peruvian corn) purée, and don’t miss the cassava fries.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Mayfair
  • price 3 of 4

Now firmly bedded down into its capacious premises near Bond Street, Chisou’s Mayfair flagship is a truly lovely spot, and it’s worth shelling out for its top-notch take on the Japanese classics. Vegan-friendly dishes aren’t flagged up on the menu but be savvy and you’ll find plenty of possibilities – from daikon and red radish salad with ume (plum) dressing to robata-grilled asparagus with yuzu miso.

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Comptoir V [VEGAN ONLY]
  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Kensal Rise
  • price 2 of 4

The vegan offshoot of nearby Comptoir Mezze, Comptoir V promises globetrotting plant-based cuisine with lots of exotic nuances and the odd jokey dish name such as It’s No Jerk (a three-bean burger with barbecue sauce). The decor references the Middle East, but the menu covers everything from jackfruit nuggets and beetroot houmous to roti-style curried chickpeas with Moroccan bread. Drinks are vegan too.

  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

Copita neatly sidesteps the tapas clichés in favour of less familiar ideas, and there are always at least a dozen veggie items on the menu. The flavours are big and often unexpected: satisfy your vegan cravings with a plate of runner beans, olives, citrus and pumpkin seeds or grilled courgette and artichoke with tahini. Be warned, though: Copita can get cacophonous.

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Crispin
  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Spitalfields
  • price 3 of 4

A handsome glass-and-zinc construction on a Spitalfields backstreet, this minimalist canteen-restaurant comes from the people behind the Lundenwic coffee house. Whether you’re here for brunch, lunch or dinner, there’s always a couple of vegan dishes on offer (plus some vegan-friendly veggie options) – think dal with squash, coconut yoghurt and kale or baked cauliflower with yeast and finger lime.

  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

Lawyer-turned-cook Asma Khan is now rated as one of the capital’s top chefs, and her first permanent site, in Carnaby, is a showcase for home-style food and family recipes inspired by her Calcutta childhood. There’s always plenty of vegan stuff on offer among the mutton, venison and prawns – try the chana chaat, the Bengali spiced croquettes with beetroot or the Hyderabadi tamarind dhal.

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Dinings SW3
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Belgravia
  • price 3 of 4

Vegans are in for a treat at this sleek, glossy Japanese fusion joint that has a smattering of really creative plant-based items on the menu – from grilled shiitake mushrooms to green-tea soba noodle salad with sesame vinaigrette, or soy-creamed seasonal greens with truffle and soy cheese.

 

Dishoom
  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Kensington
  • price 1 of 4

A tribute to Bombay’s 1930s jazz age with colourful booths, swinging soundtrack and photos of iconic musicians on the walls, the Kensington branch of Indian mini chain Dishoom puts out a full vegan menu alongside its regular offer. Start the day with The Vegan Bombay fry-up, or arrive later for chole puri, Chowpatty Beach-style (unbuttered) corn on the cob, channa chaat salad and the bizarre kala khatta gola ice in kokum syrup.

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Farmacy
  • Restaurants
  • Global
  • Notting Hill

Owned by well-connected glamour puss Camilla Al-Fayed (of Harrods fame), Farmacy sells ‘clean indulgence’ to an eager audience of moneyed Notting Hillbillies and aspirational hedge-fund wives. It’s a happy, joyful, free-from kind of place – no dairy, no sugar, no additives, no meat, and lots of plant-based stuff lurking in its signature Earth Bowls. Even the most virtuous dishes taste luxurious here.

The Gate
  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Marylebone

Understated, sleek and minimalist, the Marylebone branch of this plant-based pioneer still manages to feel super-comfortable and its wide-ranging menu is a good fit for the surroundings. Global themes and influences loom large, and there’s always plenty in the mix for vegans – from tofu red Thai curry or aubergine teriyaki to wild mushroom risotto cake.

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Gauthier Soho
  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Soho

Alexis Gauthier is a vegan chef who practises what he preaches. His classy Soho townhouse restaurant satisfies plant-crazy evangelists as well as fans of Gallic gourmandising. The vegan line-up might run from golden glazed swede with citrus marmalade and miso-infused dressing to tempeh and corn with kaffir lime, popcorn and bean shoot salad – all calorie-counted for nutritional impact.

  • Restaurants
  • Pan-European
  • Portobello Road

Arguably the best-looking and scene-iest place in west London, fashionable lifestyle hangout Gold also delivers some surprisingly good food. More than half the menu is taken up with salads and veg-based small plates, so vegans will have a field day dipping into dishes such as roasted delica squash with farro, pomegranate, radicchio and dandelion.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Global
  • King’s Cross
  • price 2 of 4

Located above the Wolf & Badger boutique on the upper concourse of Coal Drops Yard, Hicce is home to ex-Murano chef Pip Lacey. Hands-on small plates are the order of the day, and the menu’s ‘veg’ selection is a happy hunting ground for vegans, with plant-based ideas like harissa cauliflower with pistachio yoghurt, quinoa, and feta, as well as charred broccoli with black garlic, taggiasche olives, and potato. Also don’t miss the little jars of colourful pickles.

Honey & Co
  • Restaurants
  • Middle Eastern
  • Warren Street

Vegans can always count on one thing at this super-cute Middle Eastern café in Fitzrovia: incredible falafel. In fact, just about everything on H&Co’s mixed mezze platters is vegan-friendly and there’s always a plant-based main course – perhaps roasted mauve aubergine with a barbecue tahini crust and jewelled rice salad. The menu changes seasonally and we’re hooked on the friendly vibe too.

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Hoppers
  • Restaurants
  • Sri Lankan
  • Marylebone

With its vintage-modern interior and focus on street-food dishes from vegan-friendly Sri Lanka, this offshoot of Hoppers in Soho ticks all our boxes. The eponymous hoppers (bowl-shaped savoury pancakes) are crisp and chewy in all the right places, the karis are full of flavour (try the squash and parsnip version) and the winter vegetable kothu roti is a vegan must-have. Sides and sambals also hit the spot.

Itadaki Zen [VEGAN ONLY]
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • King’s Cross

Japanese, vegan and organic? What’s not to love – and, rest assured, we do love this cool little miracle near King’s Cross station. Only the slurping of udon noodles disturbs the Zen-like tranquillity, as punters dip into a virtuously healthy menu that makes the most of a few key ingredients (expects lots of tofu and seaweed). Laid-back staff go with the flow, while zealous foodie workshops make Itadaki even more lovable.

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  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Mayfair
  • price 4 of 4

Jamavar’s vibe suggests a smart colonial-era gentlemen’s club, but don’t let that put you off. What makes it worth a serious punt is the food – a succession of luscious, delicately spiced dishes bursting with purity and depth of flavour. And yes, you can eat like a vegan here, especially if you stay with small plates such as the warm barley and corn salad or potato tikki with spiced white peas. Pricy but worth it.

  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Bermondsey
  • price 2 of 4

A laidback, minimalist space serving up big helpings of thrilling, Bangkok-inspired food with the help of some genuinely lovely staff, Kin + Deum is also a box-ticker for spice-hungry vegans. The menu is packed with plant-based possibilities, from banyan spring rolls to panang curry with tofu. Many other dishes can also be given a vegan tweak.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Chelsea
  • price 3 of 4

Tucked away on a quiet backstreet just off the King’s Road, ex-Trishna and Jamavar chef Rohit Ghai’s first solo venture is a good-looking townhouse restaurant with plenty of polish. Vegan-friendly dishes aren’t flagged up on the menu, but there’s no mistaking the plant-based appeal of the apple dhokla (made with fermented batter), jackfruit kofta with spinach, or rice or lentil khichadi with wild mushrooms.

  • Restaurants
  • Burmese
  • Shoreditch
  • price 2 of 4

You can take the road to Mandalay without leaving the East End by visiting this achingly stylish Burmese star. You can satisfy your vegan cravings here too. Most of Lahpet’s zingy signature salads are plant-based, but also look out for kidney bean and ginger fritters, silky tofu soup and lentil chow chow (red lentils with glass noodles, sweet potato and chilli jam). Great value and fun.

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Laksamania
  • Restaurants
  • Malaysian
  • Fitzrovia
  • price 2 of 4

A friendly pit stop rather than a destination, this Malaysian joint just off Oxford Street is crazy about laksa but offers much more besides. An entire section of the menu is devoted to vegan mains, from hot-and-sour ramen with mock shark’s fin to melaka curry laksa and deep-fried tofu with spicy mango kerabu sauce. There are rich pickings among the vegetables too.

Lost Boys Pizza (Camden)
  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Mornington Crescent
  • price 1 of 4

A vampire-themed pizza restaurant that takes almost all its cues from the eponymous bloodsucking ’80s classic and serves up its pizzas on black charcoal-infused bases, Lost Boys is also a nourishing shout for vegans. Try Kale All Vampires or The Coffin Dodger for size (the latter comes topped with broccoli, artichokes, mushrooms and super-trendy nutritional yeast). Bonus points for the spicy green pineapple relish too.

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Loving Hut [VEGAN ONLY]
  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Holloway Road

The London outpost of a small chain that focuses on vegan dishes inspired by pan-Asian cuisine, Loving Hut in Archway professes to use organic vegetables and non-GMO products, with ingredients sourced locally where possible. You'll probably recognise much of the menu – including barbecue vegetable ribs and crispy aromatic ‘duck’, as well as a vegan cheesecake.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Asian
  • Mayfair
  • price 4 of 4

Gordon Ramsay’s hot-ticket reboot of Maze overlooking Grosvenor Square serves as a pimped-up pick ’n’ mix of all your fashionable pan-Asian faves in well-groomed Mayfair surroundings. Vegans have their own menu, with lots of plant-based dim sum, tempura, salads, sushi and rice dishes along the lines of watercress dumplings with green chilli sauce or warm aubergine with miso and nori. For afters? It has to be the Lucky lollies.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Bank
  • price 3 of 4

A slice of California in the City, Malibu Kitchen promotes guilt-free clean eating within the swanky surrounds of The Ned’s hotel-club complex. The menu favours veggie and vegan over meat and fish, although there’s something for everyone here – think courgette and almond flatbread, poké bowls and zesty colourful salads. For that full-on LA trip, wash it all down with some lip-smacking green juice.

  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Hackney
  • price 1 of 4

It’s never easy to find proper Chinese food in vegan form, but this typically cheery hipster hangout in Hackney really nails it with a short menu of terrific Sichuan dishes. Current hits range from smacked cucumber with black vinegar, sesame oil and crushed garlic to dan dan noodles topped with vegan mince made to a secret recipe. Prices are pay-packet-friendly – just remember it’s cash only.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • King’s Cross
  • price 1 of 4

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Clean eating feels like fun at this second branch of Maple & Co. Order downstairs, then take your lunch box up to a blond-wood dining area dotted with fairy lights. Vegans should go topping-free (or plump for tofu), which allows more room for nourishing salads such as turmeric-roasted cauliflower in a green goddess basil dressing with parsley and currants.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • East Dulwich
  • price 2 of 4

How come this down-and-dirty homage to red-blooded burgers and X-rated booze is on a list of vegan-friendly restaurants? Well, the guys at Meat Liquor are savvy enough to include some plant-based options among the carnivorous dude food. Look for the green PB on the menu and you’ll find everything from vegan chilli dogs to the Burgaloo (an awesome patty of spiced potato, beetroot and black beans).

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Megan’s by the Green
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Global
  • Parsons Green
  • price 2 of 4

One for the (vegan) ladies who lunch on Parson’s Green in Fulham, Megan’s is famed for its open, deconstructed kebabs, but you don’t have to go down the doner or chicken route – there’s a plant-based riff involving charred cauliflower and peanut dukkah, as well as one with vegan chorizo and pine nuts. There are plenty of vegan possibilities when it comes to flatbreads and pizzas too. Very cute, very cosy.

Mien Tay
  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Hoxton
  • price 1 of 4

There are many Buddhists in Vietnam, so it’s no surprise that this café-restaurant in Hoxton is big on vegan dishes. In fact, the extensive menu has around a dozen regular options, from Vietnamese tofu curry served in a clay pot to stir-fried mock beef tofu with black bean sauce. Just be sure to check that your chosen dishes are 100 percent free of animal-based ingredients such as fish sauce.

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Mildreds
  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Soho

Forget leaden brown food and stone-age bread, Mildreds is all about creative meat-free cookery – an idea it’s been peddling in Soho for nigh on 30 years. Get the vegan juices flowing by ordering some celeriac skordalia with roast leeks, pumpkin and tomatoes or a teriyaki chick’n burger with kale – plus some salads from the bar. No bookings, but you won’t mind queueing. Branches in Camden, King’s Cross and Dalston.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Global
  • Soho

Walk into this upmarket sit-down sibling of the Ottolenghi deli-café chain in Soho and you’ll always find plenty of vegan stuff on the menu, from vegetable combos such as green beans, edamame, freekeh, miso and nigella seeds to mains such as shiitake and mizithra mushroom rotolo with bagna cauda and kale. Eating here can be pricy, but it’s never boring.

 

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Pachamama East
  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Shoreditch
  • price 2 of 4

A Shoreditch offshoot of the Marylebone original, Pachamama infuses classic Peruvian cuisine with exciting ingredients from across the globe – so expect creative small plates piled up with a rainbow of flavours, colours and textures. Vegans can pick ’n’ mix from the ‘soil’ section of the carte or plump for the plant-based tasting menus – how about sweet potato ceviche or spinach with fried leeks, wasabi and citrus dressing?

Pastaio
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

Dreamed up by Stevie Parle (of Craft London fame), this cheap and cheerful pitstop bashes out small plates of fresh pasta with gutsy sauces. Everything is handcrafted (of course) and all its extruded pasta is produced without eggs, so vegans have nothing to worry about on that front. You can also find Pastaio at Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush.

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Purezza [VEGAN ONLY]
  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Camden Town

The name means ‘purity’ and that’s what you get at this London outpost of the UK’s first vegan pizzeria. The setting is buzzy, modern and relaxed, while the terrific plant-based toppings involve everything from wood-smoked tofu and shaved seitan to rice-based mozzarella and beetroot carpaccio. You can also indulge in some good old-fashioned gluttony by ordering a wicked Oreo pizza for pud.

Rabbit
  • Restaurants
  • British
  • King’s Road

A vegan-friendly restaurant called Rabbit? Really? Yes, this fashionable Chelsea sibling of Notting Hill’s Shed is happy to roll out the green carpet by offering a plant-based menu alongside its regular fleshy items. Mouthfuls of breakfast radish with pickle gel might give way to the likes of courgette tartare with chimichurri or seaweed-salted heritage tomatoes with lovage pesto and candied chilli. Not your usual bunny food!

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Rovi
  • Restaurants
  • Middle Eastern
  • Fitzrovia
  • price 3 of 4

More spacious than Islington’s Ottolenghi, warmer and buzzier than Soho’s Nopi, this smart-casual outlet from Yotam Ottolenghi sizzles with bright ideas on small plates. A big chunk of the menu is veg-based, so vegans can dive in and lap up the eclectic global flavours – from baked beetroot with green tomato and jalapeño salsa to tempura stems and herbs dressed with mandarin and lime leaf vinegar.

  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Camden Market

This Camden diner, which we reviewed at its old site in North Yard, serves up hefty portions of US-style junk food. It’s all about the carbs here, with dishes like the Dirty Burger – made using a soya mince patty, fake bacon and cashew cheese – and the Rudy’s Reuben, a vegan version of the classic US sandwich usually made with corned beef or pastrami, swiss cheese and sauerkraut. It’s frill-free comfort grub.

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  • Restaurants
  • Malaysian
  • Holloway Road
  • price 2 of 4

Like many of the capital’s coolest restaurants, this Malaysian laksa bar started out as a street-food stall. Meat and seafood are the main events, but it also does a full vegan laksa with charred aubergine and sautéed potato – although you’ll fare equally well by ordering a few plant-based small plates such as gado-gado salad or courgette fritters. Cheap, cheerful and great fun.

Scully
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Global
  • St James’s
  • price 3 of 4

Born in Malaysia, raised in Sydney and formerly Yotam Ottolenghi’s head chef, Ramael Scully has eclectic blood in his veins and a penchant for global flavours. More than half his seasonal menu is veggie or vegan, so pick from the likes of spiced cauliflower with smoked almonds, celeriac and tahini or yellow date salad with smoked pears, maple shiitake, hazelnuts and bitter greens.

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  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Soho

You’ll know what to expect from the name – that’s right, another Peruvian joint specialising in zesty marinated fish and meat. However, Señor Ceviche also offers solace for veggies and vegans: there’s a ceviche made from barbecued jerusalem artichoke, fennel and samphire, as well as a similar riff utilising heritage tomatoes, but also check out other options such as the asparagus and sweet potato anticuchos skewers.

Stem + Glory [VEGAN ONLY]
  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Smithfield
  • price 2 of 4

‘Plant-based food that’s delicious enough to turn anyone vegan’ is the bold clarion call at this London outpost of a Cambridge-born restaurant. If you don’t believe it, try a small plate of kimchi pancakes, banana blossom mock duck or Sichuan sea-spiced tofu with agave dressing. Main-course bowls, bao and katsu curry are equally compelling, as are the weekend specials and bottomless Sunday brunch.

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Sushisamba Covent Garden
  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • Covent Garden
  • price 4 of 4

It’s not quite as high in the sky as its big brother in the City, but this Covent Garden offshoot of Sushisamba still mixes great rooftop views with a Brazilian-Japanese fusion menu that’s kind to vegans. There are clever plant-based versions of nigiri sushi and maki rolls, plus small plates including a white corn ceviche, and even some robata-grilled specialities such as heritage carrots with quinoa and tofu emulsion.

Sutton and Sons
  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Stoke Newington

Sutton & Sons are London fishmongers of repute, so freshness is guaranteed at this high-end chippy across the road from its Stokey shop. Regulars still come here for the usual battered fish suspects, but local vegans are rewarded with a full menu of plant-based imitations involving everything from banana blossom to Japanese potato starch. Sure, it doesn’t taste like the real thing, but it’s a tasty alternative.

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  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Covent Garden
  • price 2 of 4

Old-fashioned English chop house meets fiery, smoky Indian small plates – that’s the deal at this Covent Garden charmer. If you’re vegan-inclined, bypass the crispy lamb chops and keema naan in favour of a beetroot seekh kebab, tandoori mushrooms with coconut, chickpea roti or corn and tomato kachumber salad. You’ll be totally won over by the cheery, smiley service too.

Temple of Hackney [VEGAN ONLY]
  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Hackney
  • price 1 of 4

London’s first vegan chicken shop (yes, you heard right) was born out of Hackney’s Temple of Seitan street stall. It’s all about ‘meaty’ wheat gluten (aka seitan) here, whether you order peppery popcorn-style nuggets, battered strips or a burger. Add-ons such as zingy red slaw or vegan mac ’n’ cheese with smoky facon cubes are bang-on too. If you want indoor seating and a tad more comfort, try Temple’s sibling in Camden.

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Terra Rossa
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Islington
  • price 2 of 4

Although it’s rooted in the traditions of Puglia’s cucina povera, this family-run Islington Italian is also in tune with London’s trends when it comes to plant-based dishes. Check out the velvety broad bean purée with wild chicory and toasted bread or the dark, nutty grano arso pasta (made from burnt grains and served with yellow tomatoes, black olives and broccoli purée). It also does a vegan pizza.

Unity Diner [VEGAN ONLY]
  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Hoxton
  • price 2 of 4

‘The future is vegan’, says a neon sign on the wall of Unity Diner – a hugely popular Hoxton eaterie that donates all its profits to an animal rights charity. Fake burgers, dogs and wings make inventive use of seitan, and the menu also touts poké bowls and creative salads involving in-vogue ingredients such as tempeh. Lovely staff add to the feelgood vibe.

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The Vincent
  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Hackney
  • price 2 of 4

A sheeny all-day eatery from the guys behind the now-glorious Sebright Arms in Bethnal Green, The Vincent in Hackney serves up everything from late breakfasts to dinners with lots of inventive veggie and vegan trickery – don’t miss the vegan buns (chickpea patty, tomato, smashed avocado, red onion) or mushroom balls with brown rice (a regular brunch winner). Just add a vegan-friendly house salad dressed with agave vinaigrette.

  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Peckham
  • price 1 of 4

An impeccably hip drop-in in Peckham selling seriously delicious pizzas by the slice from 22-inch New York-style whoppers. The hours are long, portions are gigantic and the menu is downright wacky. Bypass the Giorgio Moroder and Hot Mix 5 in favour of Vegan Queen (artichoke hearts, green olives, red onion, sun-blush tomatoes and green sauce), or try a ten-inch brunch pie topped with wild mushrooms and cherry tomatoes on a soy yoghurt base.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Hackney

The name is an acronym for We Are Vegan Everything, and this trendy café from the team behind Cupcakes and Shhht proves its point with a menu of brekky bowls, Bali bowls, mac ’n’ cheeze, mock-salmon bagels, innovative salads and mighty looking freakshakes. With its chic but cosy tropical-meets-Scandi decor, this is a strong shout for a vegan lunch in Hackney, especially if you stick to the savouries.

What The Pitta! [VEGAN ONLY]
  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Camden Town
  • price 1 of 4

Head down to the Camden branch of this mini-chain, where cooks marinade soya chunks in secret spices to create the restaurant’s signature kebab ‘meat’. You’ll find them in the headline act: a vegan doner where the ‘meat’ comes packed in flatbread, with salad, soya yoghurt, tzatziki and houmous. Portions are huge, but you can take any leftovers home. Check out the syrupy and sweet baklava, too.

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  • Restaurants
  • Lebanese
  • Soho

Cosy vibes, faultless service and terrific food seal the deal at this modish self-styled purveyor of Beirut-inspired street food, which offers plenty of easy options for vegans – especially if you stick to the mezze platters. Falafel wraps go down a storm with the lunchtime takeaway crowd, and it’s also worth ordering the zingy fresh salads with Lebanese bread. There’s an offshoot in Fitzrovia.

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