VEGAN FOOD

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.

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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.

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ALTER

15 Leman St, London E1 8EN, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • 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: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

There’s plenty of vegan spots in London and Alter is one you want on your radar, not just for Veganuary but for life. After a successful residency in Clapham, founder Andy Goodwin (who trained under Andrew Wong, as well as worked at the likes of Dabbous and Som Saa) has planted Alter’s roots on the top floor of the Leman Locke Hotel in Aldgate East. Everything on the menu is entirely plant-based and plant-derived, so you won’t find any meat and dairy substitutes here and it’s all the better for it. Goodwin has drawn inspo from pan-Asian flavours and textures, marrying humble veggies and tofu with spices, herbs and other adornments. There’s big flavours and playful techniques put on the plate at Alter and we love to see it. Drinks-wise, it’s the same kind of vibe. we’re talking yuzu sake negronis and gin, guava & Thai basil cocktails. Start with the izakaya pickle plate and then move onto the Chengdu street tofu with bamboo sauce, perhaps the sexiest tofu we’ve ever eaten; the charred Jordan cabbage with kolae coconut curry and the Khao-Soi noodle laksa with oyster mushrooms. Alter is giving the veggies often shunned to the side plate the glory they deserve. Take your vegan friends, take your not vegan friends – just go.

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MALLOW

££
1 Cathedral St, London SE1 9DE, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Borough Market has finally got a 100% plant-based restaurant thanks to the Mildreds team, who have opened new concept mallow. The menu for the all-day spot has been designed to be as low waste as possible, with many ingredients like vegan feta and labneh to garden pickles and jams made on-site, as well as vegan wines and cocktails on the drinks list. While you can go down the starter and main route, we reckon sharing everything is the best way to eat at mallow, mainly because the small plates section is so good – we’re talking dishes like cauliflower chaat with coriander yoghut; son dumplings with kimchi & gochujang dip; porcini truffle croquettes with ailoi; and charred hispi cabbage dressed with tahini and chilli bean oil. The market thai, with masala market vegetables, kiri hodi, red lentil dahl, pumpkin methi pickle, chana basmati and flatbread is also a winner, and save room for puddings too, especially the kumquat lemon meringue pie – you’d never know it was vegan!

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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!

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THE SPREAD EAGLE

££
The Spread Eagle, Homerton High Street, London, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM

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 from Head Chef Gina Hopkins, previous of Zucca, Head Chef at Brunswick House, Drapers Arms and Wright Brothers Soho, who is at the helm of the vegan menu. 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 and one tip we’d give you is not to miss out on one of the best Sunday roasts in London, which you will find here, or you’ll regret it.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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FACING HEAVEN

1a Bayford St, London E8 3SE, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 6:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Vegan Chinese spot Mao Chow has upped sticks and moved just around the corner – and become Facing Heaven in the process. And yes it’s still tiny, although at 28 covers, it’s double the size of the original spot. Despite the small size, it’s a fun vibe in there with brightly coloured yellow tables, black and white chequered floors, neon lights and a great soundtrack. Everything at Facing Heaven is still 100% vegan but founder Julian Denis has developed the menu to fuse Chinese dishes with his multicultural upbringing in LA, with Puerto-Rican, American and Portuguese twists shining through. Don’t miss the smacked cucumber, seaweed toast, dumplings in chilli oil made with ‘omnipork’,Chongqing cauliflower and the dan dan noods, and be sure to order a couple of MSG Margs to wash it all down with.

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PLANT CLUB

49 Green Lanes, Newington Green, London N16 9BU, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 1:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 1:00 – 8:00 PM

If dietary requirements have you missing out on delish authentic Italian food, Plant Club is a restaurant to get on your list. Thanks to its owners’ Italian gluten-free and veggie backgrounds, Plant Club has crafted a menu of favourites from the cuisine that cater to intolerances while still tasting great – yes, it is possible. Their menu reads like a classic Italian trattoria, with arancini, pasta dishes such as gnocchi cacio e pepe, a range of pizzas with rice flour bases and the likes of tiramisù and gelato to finish. And, of course, there’s a list of organic wines to pair with your organic meal. Cin cin!

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