We’ve rounded up some of the very best vegan-friendly restaurants in London.
Another year, another attempt to stick to a resolution that will either cure our January blues, do something good for the planet, and/or restore our health to less concerningly low levels. And the best part about Veganuary is that it only has a month-long minimum subscription. So you can enjoy a meat feast in February if you fancy, but you can also carry on and give your life a full meat-free makeover if all goes well.
You’re certainly not short of incredible vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants to try in London. After all, London is the best city in the world for vegans, according to research. We’ve put together a list of the best dishes and restaurants for you this Veganuary, to make sticking to your resolution just that little bit easier.
⭐️ Starred restaurants are 100% vegan.
Veganuary Restaurants: For Vegan Junk Food
1. Biff’s Jack Shack x BrewDog ⭐️
Location: BrewDog, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8BJ
What to expect: The most mouthwatering burgers, wingz and fries.
Why not try: the Samuel Hell Jackson—which comes with chipotle slaw, maple chipotle hot sauce, jalapeños, American cheeze and BBQ sauce—or The Big Jack if you’re after a standard, no-frills burger. Read all about these and more here.
2. Genesis ⭐️
Location: 144 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6NU.
What to expect: all the burgers, salad bowls, tacos and desserts you want in your life, in the sort of groovy, sexy and stunning restaurant you would only expect to find in Shoreditch (featuring the only organic cocktail bar in the UK)!
Why not try: the ‘duck’ salad, rib burger, seitan döner and fries or Korean BBQ wings.
3. Mooshies ⭐️
Location: 104 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6RL.
What to expect: crazy burgers, oozing cheese sticks and many more magical bites can be found at the first vegan burger bar in London.
Why not try: the magic mushroom burger topped with a crispy hash brown and sriracha mayo, or the fillet-om-phish, made used panko fried aubergine, and Mooshies’ own tartare sauce.
4. Unity Diner ⭐️
Location: 60 Wentworth Street, Spitalfields, E1 7TF.
What to expect: amazing 100% vegan food in a beautifully lit diner, bringing a more classy vibe to the vegan junk food scene. Read all about this lovely non-for-profit diner here!
Why not try: their tempura ‘prawnz’, poutine fries, sashimi, UD Moving Mountains burger or one of their many dreamy desserts.
5. Simplicity Burger ⭐️
Location: 202 Brick Lane, E1 6SA.
What to expect: burgers and fries from notable (and previously very meat-focused) chef Neil Rankin – because simplicity is beauty!
Why not try: the Simplicity Burger for just £6! With some mince & gravy fries on the side for good measure.
6. Jake’s Vegan Steaks ⭐️
Location: 102 Holloway Road, Highbury, N7 8JE.
What to expect: the naughtiest vegan cheezesteaks handmade from scratch using the most devilishly delicious seitan.
Why not try: the classic Philly Cheezesteak with cheeze ‘n gravy fries, chick’n nuggets and a mini caesar salad (you know, to make it healthy).
7. Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner ⭐️
Location: Camden Stables Market, Unit 729-731, London NW1 8AH
What to expect: seriously dirty junk food. If you’ve not already heard of Rudy’s, just check out their Instagram feed. Enough said.
Why not try: their homemade sirloin steak, which is on sale every Tuesday and Wednesday for the entire month of Veganuary.
8. Sub Cult
Location: 82 Watling Street, right by St Paul’s.
What to expect: award-winning sarnies made by Ben and Gaz, who met at a rave at the turn of the millennium and built the brand based on their mutual love of the 90’s rave scene that brought them together. Cute, right? Not all of their subs are vegan, which means you can bring your meat-eating mates along without them pulling faces!
Why not try: the Black & Blue, made up of seared seitan and braised portobello mushroom, and topped with vegan truffle mayonnaise, onion jam, chilli oil and vegan stilton.
Veganuary Restaurants: For International Vegan Food
9. Kiss My Grass ⭐️
Location: 123 Lillie Road, Fulham, SW6 7SX.
What to expect: As you can probably tell from the YouTube video, we’re big fans of Kiss My Grass and their pun-heavy menu. Gyoz II Men, Auber-genie in a Bottle, and Gnocchi on Heaven’s Door are just a few of the plant-powered hits to dive into here, with inventive flavours taking your tongue on a globetrotting romp. Plus, some seriously indulgent brunches and desserts that make amazing use of French toast and banana bread.
Why not try: Dear, Dal-ing, a spicy-sweet plate of toor & pea dal with fresh ginger and apple chutney, all topped off with a crispy seared paratha.
10. Cook Daily ⭐️
Location: Arch 358, Westgate Street, London Fields, E8 3RN.
What to expect: to bump into some notorious grime artists amongst other famous people on your trip to the establishment that played a huge part in the rise of vegan eating culture in London. From Skepta, JME to Emeli Sandé and Lily Allen, nobody can get enough of King Cook’s internationally-inspired vegan dishes!
Why not try: Da Infamous (Mummy’s green curry recipe from way back in the day), or perhaps the Caribbean-inspired chick’n and mushroom pie, Cook’s own favourite dish growing up. Cook’s Lao heritage, French training, and shifts in a Thai restaurant have given his cooking the gift of diversity that you will find in few other places. Enjoy the UK grim artists he blasts from the speakers in his kitchen, and watch in awe as vegan mastery unfolds.
11. Amrutha Lounge ⭐️
Location: 326 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW18 4EJ.
What to expect: beautiful vegan soul food which really does care for everyone’s wellbeing. BYOB, fair price policy, and meals for people who can’t afford it if they take part in some volunteering. Before Christmas they even gave out free lunch! So basically you’re looking at one of the most heart-warming restaurants in the world.
Why not try: a buddha box filled with chickpea, lentil and coconut curry, brown rice, sesame-slaw, crispy pakoras, satay and sweet chilli dips.
12. Mao Chow ⭐️
Location: 159A Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3RD.
What to expect: noodles so thick and tasty you just will not believe they are vegan.
Why not try: the Mapo Doufu made up of Sichuanese braised tofu and jasmine rice, and a crispy oyster mushroom bao if you’re feeling extra peckish.
13. Rogue Vegan ⭐️
What to expect: two lovers sharing their love through Caribbean and Creole food. We do love a romance!
Why not try: crispy jack nugs with BBQ tamarind sauce are a must, followed by sweet plantain soup and fried shiken and chips. Or try the deep-battered oyster mushrooms served with fries topped with a peri drizzle sauce, spring onions, peppers & Rogue slaw!
Locations: Nem Nem in Islington, Nom Nom in Hoxton.
What to expect: an entire menu dedicated to vegan and vegetarian Vietnamese goodness.
Why not try: vegan spring rolls to start, followed by homemade vegan spicy ‘scallops’ marinated with king mushrooms and mixed seasonal vegetables, and served in a vegetable broth.
15. SpiceBox ⭐️
Location: 58 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4PG.
What to expect: food better than you get at your local curry house, all completely plant-based!
Why not try: a Full Indian or a plate of the doffles (dosa waffles) for brunch, with a side of ‘KFC’ nuggets. If you’re visiting a little later, try the jackfruit jalfrezi, chick’n tikka masala or cashew & coconut chick’n korma for dinner, with a side of loaded onion bhajis, of course.
What to expect: this veggie-vegan restaurant normally has a great variety of vegan dishes on the menu, but this Veganuary they’re going even bigger, making the entire menu vegan – including food, drinks and desserts!
Why not try: the new Banh Mi, a soft baguette packed with char siu mock duck, house made sashimi mayo, crunchy bean sprouts, carrots, cucumber, mint and coriander topped with roast peanuts! Pair this with their totally vegan, booze-free old fashioned made with house made black chai syrup, smoked tonka bitters, and Scotland’s first ever non-alcoholic whisky, Faragaia!
Veganuary Restaurants: For Cleansing Vegan Food And Brunches In Quirky Cafés
Location: 11 Dispensary Lane, Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1FT.
What to expect: a Bali-inspired restaurant serving delicious, guilt-free vegan food. Read all about it here.
Why not try: for savoury palettes, the ‘salmon’ bagel with a Himalayan salted coffee will go down a treat. Sweeter eaters can try the caramelised peach and walnut pancakes with a peanut butter coffee, or one of many freakshakes, smoothies and juices!
18. The Canvas Cafe ⭐️
Location: 42 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, E1 5JL.
What to expect: a creative community café serving breakfast and lunch all day everyday!
Why not try: their bottomless brunch on a Saturday, including any one of their delicious vegan main meals and 90 minutes of bottomless bubbles!
19. Smashing Kitchen ⭐️
Location: 1a Bayford Street, Hackney, E8 3SE.
What to expect: to leave the café feeling re-energised after enjoying delicious and healthy plant-based dishes made with love and care.
Why not try: a tasty, rainbow-coloured salad, with a ‘berry berry good’ smoothie to re-vitalise your body after the festive period. For hot dishes, try the spiced chickpea wrap, or their weekly choice of soup.
20. The Muddy Puddle
Location: 142 Albion Road, Stoke Newington, N16 9PA.
What to expect: A bit of everything!
Why not try: The Full Vegan breakfast, containing homemade beans, sausages and hash browns. For more of a lunch dish, try the Mapo Tofu, bringing Szechuan flavours to Stoke Newington.
21. Kalifornia Kitchen ⭐️
Location: Fitzrovia and Fulham.
What to expect: all things plant-power in a pretty all pink café.
Why not try: pulled BBQ tacos followed by a Klassic Kalifornia Burger, and a chocolate orange mousse cake for dessert.
22. Cafe Van Gogh ⭐️
Location: 88 Brixton Road, SW9 6BE.
What to expect: delicious and hearty vegan food in a cosy café.
Why not try: the aubergine and red pepper shakshuka with marinated crispy tofu, tahini, zhoug and flatbread looks divine. Alternatively, you can’t go wrong with a roast to warm up over winter!
Veganuary Restaurants: For Vegan Pizza or Pasta
23. PickyWops ⭐️
Locations: Shoreditch and Brixton.
What to expect: modern Italian pasta and pizza to die for.
Why not try: the BBQ CKN pizza or the Carbonara, with a side of their Tricolore fries topped with pesto, cheese and bolognese!
24. Grazie Dio ⭐️
Location: Unit 81, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS.
What to expect: the most heavenly vegan pasta dishes you have ever seen.
Why not try: any/all of their pasta dishes – and definitely go to one of their boozy breakfasts to try their huge sausage sarnie or scrambled tofu and bac’n croissant!
25. Young Vegans’ Pizza Shop ⭐️
Location: 393 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9RA.
What to expect: their pizzas stick to a dark and devilish theme, from their seitan chickun pizza Dead Barbie, to the seitan pepperoni Devil’s Coglioni, and the Holy Ghost with whipped ‘ricotta’, red onions, spinach and mozzarella, mixed together with marinara sauce and a sprinkling of oregano.
Why not try: a Filthy Weekend with seitan ham and (debate pending…) pineapple, or simply go Butt Naked with ‘mozzarella’, marinara sauce and fresh basil.
26. Purezza ⭐️
Location: 43 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PN.
What to expect: Purezza on Parkway serves up nothing but vegan pizzas, with toppings like fried aubergine, seitan and smoked beetroot. Their pizzas are made with sourdough, but you can also opt for a HEMP flour base or a gluten free base.
Why not try: the Cheesesteak Calzone, the ‘Pesto Manifesto’ or the ‘Here Comes Truffle’ with a black truffle base, mozzarella, wood smoked tofu, mixed wild forest mushrooms and finished with micro herbs.
Veganuary Restaurants: For British Vegan Food
Location: 218 Graham Road, London E8 1BP.
What to expect: VEGAN FISH AND CHIPS. Need we say more? If you want more, you can read our article about it.
Why not try: the ‘prawn cocktail’ to start, because these prawns look better than real ones. For main, keep it traditional with tofish and chips, mushy peas, curry sauce or onion gravy, washed down with a local Hackney lager if you fancy.
28. Young Vegans Pie Shop ⭐️
Location: Camden Market, 60 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF.
What to expect: the quirkiest vegan pies ever!
Why not try: keep it traditional with a vegan steak and ale, or go to the opposite end of the spectrum with the vegan katsu curry pie, the cheeze burger pie, or the sweet and sour chick’n.
Veganuary Restaurants: For A Fine Dining Vegan Experience
29. The Gate
Locations: Marylebone, Angel, Hammersmith and St. John’s Wood.
What to expect: lovely vegan and vegetarian food created by the people who have been pioneering plant power since 1989.
Why not try: the shiitake ginger gyoza, the aubergine schnitzel or the beetroot cheese burger on a pretzel bun. Head to one of their vegan supperclubs for exclusive dining, innovative recipes and vegan wines to complement each dish!
30. Pied à Terre
What to expect: a seven-course vegan tasting menu for just £60 – not bad for Michelin-starred food in the heart of Fitzrovia.
Why not try: their latest vegan dish? It’s curried cauliflower with cous cous, almond and ras el hanout emulsion.
Veganuary Restaurants: For Vegan Sweet Treats
31. Nora and Nama
Location: Unit 596, 598 Camden Lock, Camden, NW1 8AF
What to expect: The sweetest of sweet treats (and a few savoury treats too)!
Why not try: their ‘chicken’ panini with a fairtrade coffee, followed by a slice of the banoffee pie, because it’s scrumptious (and also gluten free)!
32. La Gelatiera
Locations: Covent Garden or Stratford
What to expect: London’s finest gelato, with many vegan flavours always on offer!
Why not try: Vegan Lotus biscuit, vegan chocolate and orange, and vegan apple toffee and bourbon are just a handful of flavours that you may come across!
[Featured image: @eatgenesis]
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