Most London restaurants offer vegetarian options, but there are also plenty of dedicated vegetarian London restaurants. Take your pick from London's best vegetarian restaurants, whether cafes serving light bites or high-end restaurants conjuring up inventive takes on veggie-only dishes.
Enjoy high-end food created by passionate chefs at Vanilla Black – there’s not a pasta bake or mushroom risotto in sight! Delve into vegetarian food that’s both delicious and creative, such as cauliflower dumplings with parsley and walnut crumbs, and tomato shortbread with sheep’s milk, broccoli and egg yolk. The dining room is as grown-up as the food with sophisticated hues, wooden tables and hand-picked artwork. Book now
Treat your taste buds to an inventive use of flavours at Mildreds. This Soho stalwart has been popular with London’s vegetarians since it first opened in 1988 – since then it has taken its international food to Camden and King’s Cross. It’s easy to understand why it’s among the best vegetarian restaurants in London with gems on the menu such as the Sri Lankan sweet potato and green been curry. Its focus on regularly changing international dishes keeps things interesting at this no-bookings restaurant – if you need to wait for a table, make sure to grab a cocktail at the bar.
First set up in the 1980s as a co-operative to feed the artistic squatters in Vauxhall’s leafy Bonnington Square, Bonnington Café maintains the same community values today. Discover regular rotations of cooks from all over the world, who create menus inspired by their homelands, from Japan to North Africa. The welcoming feel and incredible vegetarian food (Thursdays are fully vegan) keep regulars coming back time and time again; it also doesn’t hurt that you can bring your own bottle of wine to drink without any corkage charge – cheers to that.
Sample food inspired by a host of cuisines at The Gate in Hammersmith. Drawing on inspiration from their Indo-Iraqi and Jewish heritage with some French and Italian flair thrown in for good measure, brothers Adrian and Michael Daniel opened the neighbourhood favourite in 1989. Choose from a menu of refined food with bold and unexpected flavour combinations, such as the beetroot and quinoa burger served in a pretzel bun, and aubergine schnitzel layered with smoked cheddar and basil pesto. You can also try The Gate Islington and The Gate Seymour.
Pretty in pink is an apt phrase for Hackney’s Palm Vaults, a place frequently described as London’s most Instagram-worthy cafe – think vintage Miami with foliage tumbling from hanging baskets, a soft pastel colour-scheme and food that looks (almost) too good to eat. Munch on the mainly plant-based food, with lots of vegan treats also on the menu, including a decadent avocado fudge cake, as well as healthy salads and nutritious breakfast bowls packed with chia seeds, fresh berries, coconut yoghurt and granola.
It’s hard to miss the bright pink front of Rasa N16 when walking down Stoke Newington Church Street, which is a good thing because everyone should head in for a taste of authentic South Indian cuisine. Be treated to Kerala’s fragrant spices – think cardamom, ginger, turmeric and black pepper – as the chefs weave together intricate flavours to create delicious food. Take your pick from vibrant beetroot curries, vegetables simmered in fennel and ginger and delicious dosa.
The Waiting Room
Feast on vegetarian snacks and small plates, such as veggie hotdogs topped with the intense chilli heat of Deptford Death Sauce, at The Waiting Room cafe in Deptford. More rock'n'roll than your average veggie cafe, you’ll not find a detox salad in sight. Instead, don’t be surprised if the sounds of 1980s heavy metal fill the air as you sit back to enjoy cake and a cup of tea.
Laden your plate with all the veggie goodness that takes your fancy, pay by weight and sit down to feast on lots of delicious titbits at self-service eatery Tibits – it’s all in the name. Just moments away from Regent’s Street, this vegetarian buffet is the perfect way to refuel after a day’s shopping, particularly for those who can never decide which dish to choose. The whole selection is vegan on Tuesdays, and you’ll soon be able to enjoy Tibits in Southwark as it opens a new branch there in summer 2017.
The Coach & Horses
Savour filling and comforting pub fare alongside more exquisite dishes at this vegetarian-friendly pub in Soho. The signature vegan tofu fish and chips makes the journey to The Coach & Horses worth the trip alone; while vegan alcoholic beverages are handily labelled on the menu, allowing guests to drink pints worry-free as they soak up the lively ambience of this old haunt complete with old-fashioned decor.
Wild Food Café
Head to colourful foodie hub Neal’s Yard, where you’ll discover vegetarian food paradise Wild Food Café. The food here is as colourful as the environment in which it’s served: find dishes bursting with fresh ingredients, pretty touches of edible flours and dashes of bright sauces adorning plates. The menu is 100% plant-based and raw-centric with ingredients that change with the seasons. Communal tables and a passion for food make this a happy place to while away a sunny afternoon, just moments away from the bustle of Covent Garden.