London is on the cutting edge of all culinary trends, it ranks among the world's top vegetarian cities with a great plant-based dining scene. Sure, this city is a mecca for vegans and vegetarians who can choose from fast-casual to small-plate meat-free dishes. London boasts a number of vegetarian-friendly places from affordable cafes to special-occasion restaurants. Read the article and find out the best 10 London's restaurants serving the most delicious vegetarian dishes.
Purezza is the first vegan pizzeria in the United Kingdom. The restaurant has won numerous prestigious awards, including National Pizza of the Year and a top prize at the World Pizza Championships. It provides a 95% gluten-free menu and recycled materials.
Bear in mind that local chefs cook unique wholegrain sourdough and innovative cheese. Come to Purezza to eat proper Italian vegan-style pizza on a tomato base with rice-based mozzarella.
Cafe Van Gogh is a non-profit organization with an important social mission to provide people with learning difficulties and disabilities with on-the-job training and paid employment opportunities.
It also adopts the zero waste principle: all their coffee cups and takeaway containers include no plastics, they are fully recyclable.
Besides that, this place supports the "pay it forward" scheme. It means that you can buy any drink from the non-alcoholic menu for guests on low incomes who can claim it later.
The cafe serves just incredible BBQ Seitan ribs with homemade barbecue sauce, roasted Jerusalem artichokes with green sauce and sunflower seed butter and mac-n-cheese with butter squash. Mushroom stroganoff is a must to try here, it comes with suet dumpling, buttered rice and pickled cucumbers.
This place is another non-profit cafe that is aimed to promote an ethical lifestyle. Black Cat provides a number of political and vegetarian books for sale at moderate prices.
The cafe is an ideal choice to enjoy a 100% vegan English breakfast, sausage rolls, chickpea dishes, and delicious lasagna. Here, you can drink a peanut butter milkshake, a Club Mate & Fritz Kola soft drink from Germany, or a cup of Zapatista coffee. Come here to degust a variety of desserts, including a walnut cake, muffins and peanut butter cookies.
It's a semi upscale place with moderate prices. Downstairs has a cafe-like style whereas upstairs is quite sleeker and best suitable for a leisure dinner. It's really great that you can save time by ordering ahead here.
Wulf and Lamb is well known for surprising plant-based ingredients and interesting flavours. Vegan versions of classic meat dishes are served here. The cafe's specialities are hearty burgers, vegetarian meatballs, mushroom pasta, healthy salads, fluffy pancakes, and so on. Chili non carne with vegan sour cream is just exceptional here.
Spread Eagle is the first London's fully vegan pub that works with local suppliers, runs a seasonal menu and follows the minimal waste principle. The place does its best to replicate the classics of British pubs and create outstanding desserts out of vegetarian ingredients. It's a nice family place, by the way, it's pet friendly.
Among the staples of Spread Eagle, you can find pie mash in liquor, sticky toffee pudding, TSE burgers, roasted spice potato, beet Wellington, and a ploughman's board. Furthermore, order a 100% vegan drink from the impressive cocktail list, or choose between small-batch wines or beverages of cult brands.
Rebecca McGuinness, this restaurant's founder, moved from Melbourne, Australia, in 2015. In London, she decided to foster the UK vegan scene and established Temple of Hackney (now it's known as Temple of Seitan) in 2016 where the first UK vegan fried chicken was served. It was called one of the best UK vegan restaurants at VegFestUK Awards in 2017.
Seitan is a mixture of water and wheat, it contains high protein and low carb. Temple of Seitan offers fantastic buffalo chicken wings and crispy chicken fillets that have a chewy texture that's so close to being a real fried chicken. Order coleslaw, tots or fries as a garnish and a cookie, caramel or vego shake for a dessert.
Our next stop is another vegan cafe called Gallery Cafe. It was opened in 2006 as a Buddhist vegetarian cafe. Nowadays, Gallery Cafe is an affordable place that is well known for its healthy juices, locally grounded coffees, and sweet treats. It has cinema screenings and a chapel-like area around.
This restaurant serves one of the best London's brunches and it comes with a great full English breakfast: tofu scrambled eggs, beans, sausages, kale mushrooms, roasted mushrooms, and lovely hash browns. Besides that, pay attention to a superfood breakfast bowl with muesli, cherries, nuts and coconut yoghurt.
This place is located at Boxpark - a popular place for eating out in Southern London. Boxpark is a shopping centre made out of refitted shipping containers and it offers a number of shops, restaurants and communal seating.
What The Pitta is a paradise for vegan kebab lovers. They cook amazing plant-based freshly baked wraps stuffed with salad, hummus, tzatziki and jalapeno peppers. Other signature dishes are döner gyros, and a falafel mezze box. Furthermore, there's a meal deal: you get one meal, one drink and a dessert, baklava, for just £13.45.
This place is the first European liquid nitrogen ice cream bar. Chin Chin Labs makes fantastic vegan ice cream with liquid nitrogen. Its kitchen looks like a science lab where a broad range of experimental flavours is created in front of your eyes. The cooks whirl cascades of billowing liquid nitrogen that freezes in a flash and form their top-hit ice cream. It's truly one of the coolest London's hotspots so keep in mind that there are always queues.
For instance, you can treat yourself with Valrhona Chocolate or Burnt Butter Caramel topped with grilled white chocolate, glossy cherries or marshmallow fluff. Try its exceptional hot chocolate, as well.
That's all about vegan-Mex flavours. Club Mexicana has an open kitchen so you can view all cooking processes in real time. This restaurant provides gift vouchers for £10.00 that allow you to make pleasant tiny gifts to your friends. By the way, you can acquire a T-shirt or bag with the restaurant's logo here.
There's a line of meat-free burritos and tacos that are made with beer-battered tofish (vegan fish), sticky glazed jackfruit ribs, hickory-smoked BBQ sauce, red onions, slaw, salsa verde, and other ingredients. Take a closer look at frozen margaritas and piña coladas as well as refreshing lime and chilli-laced Mexican beers.
Enjoy London and have a nice vegetarian meal!