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Fried “chicken”, to-fish tacos, chilli “non” carne… we’ve never had it so good when it comes to vegan grub. Discover the best vegan restaurants in London with our handy guide.

Vegan Restaurants in London Highlights

Want fried chicken just without the chicken part? There’s only one place to go and that’s Temple of Hackney. Ironically located right next door to a butchers, this “chicken” shop actually serves up seitan aka wheat gluten that’s been deep fried and seasoned, and it’s just like the real thing.

Vegan Mexican? It’s happening at Club Mexicana, which you can find at Seven Dials and Carnaby Street. Spice up your life with some hot Baja to-fish tacos and BBQ pulled jackfruit burritos. De-lish.

The Spread Eagle in Homerton is London’s first fully Vegan pub and they go in hard with both their drinks and food offering. If you fancy some ‘cheese’ to go with your Vegan wine then take a pew and order in the shamembert. We have one bit of advice here – do not miss out on the Sunday roast.

The Gate is one of the OG veggie restaurants in London and even after 25 plus years, they’re still going strong with sister sites in Islington and Marylebone. Much of the menu is already vegan but they’re also happy to swap out ingredients on other plates to make them vegan. And they’ve got some bangin’ vegan puds too.

From dairy-free, gluten-free and egg-free pastries at breakfast, salad bowls and wraps at lunch and larger plates like Chili ‘non’ Carne, Ackee Burrito and the Wulf Burger made with a spicy bean and veggie patty topped with cashew aioli, Wulf & Lamb have you covered all day long. They’ve even got sweet stuff from Ruby’s of London so you can treat yourself too.

Clean eating can also be indulgent eating and that’s exactly what Farmacy is all about. There’s vegan and gluten free nachos with guac and refried beans; a millet, black bean and mushroom burger; a spelt sourdough pizza and Austrian Sacher cake with tigernut milk Nice Cream, proving you don’t always have to stick to salads.

MAO CHOW

159A Mare St, London E8 3RD

This is all-vegan Chinese restaurant has just one table. The super small, but very cute, no reservations, walk-ins only knocks out huge tasting and beautifully looking vegan Chinese food and is one of London’s smallest kitchens. Right next door to the notorious Dolphin, on Mare Street. The dumplings are insane, so much so that they regularly sell out and those Dan Dan Noodles are spicy AF. The music is banging and beer is cold. We love it.

BIFF'S JACK SHACK

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston, London N16 8BJ

The guys at Biff’s Jack Shack have a real talent for transforming jackfruit into tasty patties and pieces, and even when fried it still counts as one of your five-a-day…WINNER. We love the Samuel Hell Jackson – a jackfruit burger with chipotle ‘slaw, maple chipotle hot sauce, jalepenos, burger cheese and hot sauce – and the ‘Buff’ Bangin wings, covered in vegan blue cheese and hot sauce. The Bang Bang fries are also a must, topped with cinnamon sweet chilli, miso mayo, nuts, crispy onion and coriander. Found at BrewDog in Stoke Newington. BOOM!

SPICEBOX

58 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4PG, UK

After a successful run on the street food circuit with KERB, SpiceBox opened its first permanent location in Walthamstow in January 2019. The menu is modern Indian with plenty of nods to the iconic British curry house, featuring classic dishes reimagined with a plant-based spin. Highlights from the Street Bites section include the Loaded Onion Bhaji with pickled onions, green chilli, date and tamarind chutney; and puffed puris filled with chickpeas. Mains include Chickn Tikka Massala, a creamy curry house classic with tandoori chickn pieces and crunchy green peppers; the SpiceBox classic Jackfruit Jalfrezi; and the Brinjal Bhaji, charred smoky aubergine and peas in a rich tomato gravy, and a selection of breads and rice, including a Three Grain Pilau – quinoa, bulgar wheat and pearl barley with tempered cumin seeds and onion – mango chutney and seasonal homemade pickles also on offer.

THE SPREAD EAGLE

The Spread Eagle, Homerton High Street, London, UK

Being the OG 100% Vegan pub in London means the Spread Eagle have a lot to live up to. Thankfully, the food continues to be top notch and what’s decent is that they change their menu regularly in order to make the most of foraged and seasonal ingredients, with naughty veggie burgers being a menu mainstay. Of course, their drinks (and interiors) are fully plant-based too and their rotating cocktail list is not one to miss. In warm weather they’ve got a space out back where you can sit along with a pool table inside to test out your skills. One tip – don’t miss the banging roast on a Sunday or you’ll regret it.

HALO BURGER

49 Brixton Station Rd, London SW9 8PQ, UK

Halo Burger is the world’s first restaurant dedicated to the bleeding plant-based burger. They’ve taken the Beyond Burger and added their own secret seasoning, serving it up as a hamburger, cheeseburger, quarter pounder and Halo burger (two patties, onion, cheese and signature sauce), alongside a load of plant-based sides.

CLUB MEXICANA

Kingly Court, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Vegan Mexican? It’s happening at Club Mexicana, which you can find inside KERB Seven Dials and at their first proper restaurant in Kingly Court. The restaurant, inspired by the street-side joints in LA and Mexico City, features an open kitchen so you can see the vegan al paastor spit in all its sizzling glory, as well as a bar where you can sip on margs and palomas on tap, pickle juice-spiked Micheladas and Mexican beers. The menu features a range of plant-based tacos, small plates and some Club Mexicana classics including the beer-battered Tofish tacos, BBQ short ‘rib’ tacos, and corn & black bean salad with jalapeno lime dressing. OLE!

FARMACY

74- 76 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH, United Kingdom

Clean eating can also be indulgent eating and that’s exactly what Farmacy is all about. There’s vegan and gluten free nachos with guac and refried beans; a millet, black bean and mushroom burger; a spelt sourdough pizza and Austrian Sacher cake with tigernut milk Nice Cream, proving you don’t always have to stick to salads.

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WULF & LAMB

243 Pavilion Road, London SW1X 0BP, United Kingdom

From dairy-free, gluten-free and egg-free pastries at breakfast, salad bowls and wraps at lunch and larger plates like chili ‘non’ carne, ackee burrito and the Wulf burger made with a spicy bean and veggie patty topped with cashew aioli, Wulf & Lamb have you covered for vegan eats all day long. They’ve even got sweet stuff from Ruby’s of London so you can treat yourself too.

THE GATE

51 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QL, United Kingdom

The Gate is one of the OG veggie restaurants in London and even after 25 plus years, they’re still going strong with sister sites in Islington and Marylebone. Much of the menu is already vegan but they’re also happy to swap out ingredients on other plates to make them vegan. And they’ve got some bangin’ vegan puds too.

BLACK CAT

76A Clarence Rd, London E5 8HB

This community-run cafe cooks simple and fresh food at affordable prices, and can you really ask for more than that? Their beef style burger, made with seitan and soya mince is levels above the rest but they’ve got everything from moussaka to deli sandwiches to lentil shepherd’s pie on the menu.

PALM GREENS

1 Westgate St, London E8 3RL, UK

Run by Kali and Mem, Palm Greens is a plant based salad bar that’s been trading at the likes of KERB, Broadway Market and Victoria Park Market, and has now set up shop inside NTs. Salads make up the bulk of the menu and draw inspiration from around the world, like the Middle Eastern Super Freekah (with roast cauliflower, broccoli, dried fig, barley and tahini) and the Mexican Arroz Con Pinto (with red rice, black beans, red cabbage and charred jalapeno black bean hummus). They don’t skimp on portion sizes here and if you bring your own lunchbox, they’ll give you a little discount too. On weekends Palm Greens is also serving up vegan brunch with dishes including Avo Salsa Toast, Scallion Pancake and Apple Tahini Toast.

OOWEE VEGAN

££
50 Stoke Newington Rd, London E8 2DS, UK

The OG Oowee Vegan began in Bristol and word of its greatness spread across the UK. They landed in Dalston next and now have two spots, with the second opening in Brixton Village. This is American vegan junk food at its realest – give this to a non-vegan and they might just mistake it for meat. Known for serving up massive burgers including their signature The Big Oovee; a quarter pound Beyond Meat patty, Oowee Dirty Sauce, American cheese, hash brown, gherkins & lettuce. There are also chick’n burgers, loaded fries milkshakes and more. Basically this is like heaven for a hungover vegan.

222 VEGAN

222 North End Road, London W14 9NU, UK

Going since 2004, 222 was doing vegan way before it was cool. Their all-you-can-eat lunchtime buffet comes in at £11.50 and they do an a la carte menu in the evening, featuring the likes of seitan stroganoff, pumpkin and pine-nut risotto, egusi, and apple crumble.

THE VURGER CO

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

Afetr killing it on the festival and street food circuit, The Vurger Co finally went perm in Shoreditch in 2018. The restaurant serves up a full menu including the Tabasco Auburger, made from aubergines, chickpeas, red onion and vegan cheese, as well as the Classic, the Mexican and the MLT, packed full of baked mushrooms and rocket and topped with walnut and sundried tomato paste. Oh and there’s also the infamous mac’n’cheese and milkshakes.

COOKDAILY

2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London E1 6GY, UK

Cookdaily is back at Boxpark in Shoreditch with an express-style menu of vegan bowls – that means five permanent dishes, including the pad thai, the infamous green curry and the chickpea & sweet potato Yoga Fire, with a special rotating each week. With options to add veggies, chickn, and puff tofu, you defo won’t miss the meat.

TEMPLE OF SEITAN

5 Morning Lane, London E9 6NA, UK

Vegan fried chicken. Yep – it’s a thing. The “chicken” is actually made from seitan, which is wheat gluten deep-fried and seasoned just like the real thing. You can get it as a chicken burger, a wrap, wings and as a two-piece with fries, and they even do gluten-free nuggets too. Trust us, vegan or not, this meatless joint is worth the visit.

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