From “fried chicken” to dairy-free banoffee pie, there are plenty of delicious and inventive vegan options to choose from at these top vegan restaurants, listed in no particular order.
As well as dedicated vegan restaurants, you can find vegan menus at other London eateries.
1. Unity Diner
2. Holy Carrot
3. Temple of Seitan
Following the success of vegan fried chicken stall Temple of Seitan, you can now indulge at one of two permanent locations in Hackney and Camden. Try the Temple Burger – a crispy fillet burger with bacon, cheese, lettuce, pickles and mayo, or go for a chicken shop classic of hot wings (and, of course, chips).
Try vegan Japanese food at Itadaki-Zen in King’s Cross, which makes its dishes as healthy as possible by using only organic ingredients. The result is a tempura that is light and perfectly golden, while grilled spring rolls are crisp rather than greasy. Go for a set menu to sample all there is on offer, from vegetable sushi to udon noodles.
6. The Retreat Kitchen
Brunch lovers delight at this plant-based cafe in Richmond. The brunch omelettes and smashed avocado are favourites, as is the daily selection of cakes and sweet treats found at the counter. The Retreat Kitchen's smoothies are as lovely to look at as they are to drink, or for something a little stronger, it has a good choice of vegan wine.
Enjoy healthy yet indulgent food at Redemption, a vegan, sugar-free, wheat-free and alcohol-free restaurant. It's expanded from its original Notting Hill outpost and now has venues in Seven Dials and Shoreditch. Tuck in to a barbequed pulled jackfruit with smashed avocado, followed by pavlova with passionfruit and berries. Order from the extensive mocktail list to complete your meal.
8. Vegan Express
Aiming to make vegan cuisine mainstream, you’ll find an extensive plant-based pizza menu, plus Vegan Express's popular “tofish” (vegan fish and chips) served with mushy peas, at this Tooting restaurant. Add in a range of smoothies, desserts and even a vegan cheeseboard for a full-on vegan feast.
9. Wild Food Cafe
10. By CHLOE
Get a vegan fast food fix at By CHLOE, an American, plant-based eatery. By CHLOE serves vegan burgers, salads, brunches and cupcakes, with a few London specials (including a roast dinner) on the menu. Join its busy Covent Garden venue, try its London Bridge outpost near Tower Bridge, or tuck in at Oxford Circus and ICON Outlet at The O2.
11. The Spread Eagle
Find London’s first completely vegan pub, The Spread Eagle, in Homerton in east London. Serving up British food with a minimal-waste ethos, options include pie, mash and liquor, ploughmans and burgers, plus a Sunday roast. All drinks (including cask ales, cocktails and wines) are vegan too. Reservations recommended.