The best vegan restaurants in London to try right now

Enjoy inventive plant-based plates and good vibes at Love Shack. Credit: Love Shack

As the demand for plant-based dining grows, London’s food scene is quickly adapting with a huge variety of meat-free and environmentally conscious restaurants. There are groundbreaking sustainable pizzerias in Camden, 100% plant-based East London cafés serving smoked jackfruit tacos and mushroom ‘wings’ and vegan pubs, dedicated to minimising waste, offering British classics like pie ‘n’ mash and Sunday roasts

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For French vegan fine-dining – book at Gauthier Soho in Soho

Vegan black truffle dish with white waine pairing at Gauthier Soho restaurant, London

Black truffle berlingots with truffle-dashi sauce. Credit: Gauthier Soho

Vegan caviar at Gauthier Soho, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

Don’t miss Gauthier Soho’s vegan caviar, made in partnership with Cavi•Art. Credit: Gauthier Soho

A selection of crispy canapés at Gauthier Soho, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

Start your meal off with a selection of crispy canapés at Gauthier Soho. Credit: Gauthier Soho

Acclaimed chef Alexis Gauthier is the creative force behind Gauthier Soho. Set across a three-storey Regency townhouse and operating with silver service, the restaurant has an atmosphere of elegance and luxury. It is widely recognized as the first French fine-dining vegan restaurant in the UK. Expect creative pairings and experimental interpretations here – such as a black truffle berlingot with truffle-dashi sauce or a beetroot risotto with balangal and kaffir lime cream – that will challenge preconceptions about the versatility of vegetables. Together with its casual dining cousins, 123V and Studio Gauthier, Gauthier takes an environmental stance by cutting out large carbon footprint ingredients. Diners can choose between two seasonal set menus, an eight-course ‘Grand Dîner’ tasting menu or a shorter five-course ‘Petit Dîner’ menu, which is available from Tuesday to Saturday at 5pm. Both autumn menus feature the celeriac dauphinois with pulled tuber, sweet and sour grapes, parsley cream, and red wine sauce.

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For good vibes and mushroomy drinks – visit Love Shack in Bethnal Green

Small sharing plates at Love Shack, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

Feast on plant-based sharing plates with your friends at Love Shack. Credit: Love Shack

Brunch plates at Love Shack, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

Love Shack’s brunch menu runs daily from 11 am to 3 pm. Credit: Love Shack

Cosy candle lit corners at Love Shack, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

Cosy candle lit corners and comfy couches make Love Shack the perfect place for a date night or a group hangout. Credit: Love Shack

This lively East London café offers a variety of plant-based dishes inspired by global flavours. Dishes at Love Shack include small plates like oyster mushroom wings, crispy marinated tofu in sesame sauce and smoked jackfruit tacos, along with larger items such as the kimchi burger, the tempeh salad or the Beyond Meat cheese burger with vegan smoked cheese. Fresh smoothies and a selection of mushroom and plant-based lattes complement the food. The café’s vibrant decor makes it a popular venue for comedy nights, music gigs, open mic sessions and parties

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For top-notch vegan Neapolitan pizza – try Purezza in Camden

A plant-based pizza at Purezza, , one of the best vegan restaurants in London

Purezza’s must-try Four Cheese Pizza comes loaded with vegan cheese and topped with plant-based bacon and smoky chilli jelly. Credit: Purezza

A spread of vegan pizzas and small plates at Purezza, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

Feast on stellar plant-based pizzas and small plates at Purezza. Credit: Purezza

Purezza's patio in Camden

Purezza’s terrace is a hidden haven away from the bustling streets of Camden. Credit: Purezza

Having gained numerous accolades as the UK’s first vegan pizzeria, most recently at the 2019 World Pizza Championships, Purezza has become a bonafide London hit. Like its Brighton flagship, the capital’s outpost has built a solid following for its vegan Neapolitan pizza. Deceptively spacious, the 100-seater restaurant is set across two floors that are always packed.  Particular praise has been heaped on the pizzeria’s wholegrain sourdough base for the cooked crust’s fluffy texture and flavour. It is topped with a range of plant-based meat alternatives and cheeses, including a housemade rice-based mozzarella that was in development for two years. Purezza also serves small plates such as courgetti spaghetti, marinated meatballs baked in a homemade tomato sauce with vegan mozzarella, and a creamy mac’n’cheese with vegan pancetta

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For plant-based comfort food – book at Wulf & Lamb in Marylebone and Chelsea

A plant-based burger at Wulf & Lamb

The BigWulf burger, with vegan cheese, pickled onion, shallots and burger sauce, is available at both Marylebone and Chelsea locations. Credit: Wulf & Lamb

A vegan mac'n'cheese at Wulf & Lamb in London

Add a vegan mac’n’cheese side to your main for the absolute comforting meal. Credit: Wulf & Lamb

Cosy booths and dining tables at Wulf & Lamb in London

Cosy booth and bright hues make Wulf & Lamb the perfect spot for a relaxing lunch or dinner. Credit: Wulf & Lamb

Wulf & Lamb takes familiar comfort fare and puts a vegan spin on it. Highlights at the restaurant’s Marylebone location include a Beet Wellington, served with beetroot mash and brussels with gravy, a baked aubergine with spinach and chickpea salad topped with plant-based feta and the the banana blossom ‘fish’ burger and tartare sauce. The Chelsea‘s menu feature the signature Chilli ‘non’ Carne with spicy mushrooms, lentils and beans on rice with cashew cream, a smoked tofu Ceasar salad and a creamy vegan ‘Nduja pasta topped with crispy onions and plant-based parmesan. With cool, neutral fixtures and floor-to-ceiling windows, which act as an extension of the outdoor seating, both locations are ideal places to spend a few hours people-watching and enjoying the calm atmosphere. 

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For inventive dishes from breakfast to dinner – try Plants by Deliciously Ella in Mayfair

A spread of plant-based dishes at Plants by Deliciously Ella, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

The menu is designed to be shared at Plants by Deliciously Ella. Credit: Plants by Deliciously Ella

A spread of plant-based dishes at Plants by Deliciously Ella, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

Plants by Deliciously Ella celebrates the diversity of plants in inventive dishes. Credit: Plants by Deliciously Ella

A plant-based dessert at Plants by Deliciously Ella, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

Make sure to leave room for the beautifully-presented desserts at Plants by Deliciously Ella. Credit: Plants by Deliciously Ella

Ella Mills, the woman behind the famed UK plant-based food and wellness platform, Deliciously Ella, opened Plants by Delicious Ella in 2021. Since then, diners have returned time again for small dishes showcasing a particular vegetable or fruit in innovative ways; think beetroot hummus, okra fries with peanut sauce or rhubarb mille-feuille with almond crumb. If you’re here in the morning, be sure to order the vegan vanilla pancakes, or enjoy a pumpkin dish with roasted figs and smoked chilli jam for lunch. Even the condiments, including cultured vegan butter and crushed walnut cheese, are made in-house.

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For cutting-edge Indian fare – go for the vegan options at Farzi in Piccadilly

The outdoor space at Farzi in London

Farzi’s chic space calls for a relaxed afternoon with friends. Credit: Farzi

Indian cooking at Farzi in London

Enjoy regional Indian cooking at Farzi. Credit: Farzi

A cocktail at Farzi in London

Don’t miss the signature cocktails at Farzi. Credit: Farzi

This Central London restaurant has a vegan menu inspired by regional Indian cooking and European flavours. Go for the fried momo dumplings filled with vegetables and served with spicy sauce, the aubergine salan curry with pepper and coconut sauce or the creamy tandoori soya chaap with pepper coulis. Cocktails such as the signature Farzi royale (a blend of Belvedere Infused elderflower, Piper-Heidsieck NV Brut and Chambord), is a highlight here. Enjoy it in Farzi’s chic space featuring exposed brick and wooden floors, juxtaposed with brass fittings. It’s the kind of place you want to spend a relaxed afternoon with friends.

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For a 100% plant-based Thai menu – go to Mali Vegan Thai in Earls Court

A spread of Thai appetizers at Mali Vegan Thai, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

Pick your favourite dish from a vast array of Thai appetisers at Mali Vegan Thai. Credit: Mali Vegan Thai

A colourful vegan Thai dish at Mali Vegan Thai, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

Chef Pam Suntrajarn dishes are inspired by her mother. Credit: Mali Vegan Thai

A vegan Thai dish at Mali Vegan Thai, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

The menu at Mali Vegan Thai is completely vegan. Credit: Mali Vegan Thai

Mali Vegan Thai’s is a neighbourhood gem nestled in a vibrant green mews house tucked away from the high street. Chef Pam Suntrajarn cooks dishes from her childhood, inspired by her mother who has been a chef for more than 40 years. The little Earl’s Court spot has a welcoming and intimate ambience, and the menu showcases a vast array of Thai appetisers, salads, soups and curries – all of which are completely vegan. Take, for example, drunken noodles with mock duck, holy basil, mushroom, and fresh peppercorns, or som tum Thai, a fragrant green papaya salad with tomato, carrot, beans and peanuts. 

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For stellar vegan empanadas – book a table at The Muddy Puddle in Stoke Newington

A vegan dish at The Muddy Puddle, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

The Full Vegan breakfast is available every Sunday at The Muddy Puddle. Credit: The Muddy Puddle

The Muddy Puddle's cute little entrance, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

The Muddy Puddle’s cute little entrance promises a lovely meal with friends and family. Credit: The Muddy Puddle

The little back garden at The Muddy Puddle, one of the best vegan restaurants in London

The little back garden at The Muddy Puddle. Credit: The Muddy Puddle

At The Muddy Puddle in Stoke Newington, co-owners Phoebe Last and Ben Ulrich, have taken their roots and extensive travel experience to inject bold and playful flavours into their small but punchy rotating menu. Inspired by Ulrich’s Argentinian background, The Muddy Puddle buys ingredients from Argentinian suppliers, including the vegan dough used for its empanadas. Fillings such as jackfruit and tempeh helped them gain a cult-like following during the pandemic. A vegan umami white sauce replaces the cheese in versions such as the humita, a beloved Buenos Aires staple. The restaurant is refurbishing its basement into a cosy 70s-inspired space, with lots of artwork and plants. Don’t miss the top-notch brunch menu, and the live Latin music nights with local artists bringing together salsa, samba and food.

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For vegan Caribbean fare and R&B music – visit Jam Delish in Angel

A spread of vegan Caribbean dishes at Jam Delish in London

A vegan spread of dreams: don’t miss the jerk ‘chicken’ skewers at Jam Delish. Credit: Jam Delish

A vegan Caribbean dish at Jam Delish in London

The callaloo “codfish” is served with spinach rice, chargrilled okra and cassava herb dumplings. Credit: Jam Delish

Cosy velvet seating at Jam Delish in London

Cosy velvet seating and R&B music keep the party going at Jam Delish. Credit: Jam Delish

This vegan Caribbean spot has come a long way since its start as a Wimbledon delivery kitchen during the pandemic. Sibling owners Jordan and Chyna Johnson now operate their critically acclaimed restaurant amid the hustle and bustle of Angel’s Tolpuddle Street. The menu is inspired by the siblings’ vegan upbringing and their grandparents’ traditional Caribbean recipes. That means plant-based codfish with chargrilled okra and spinach rice and fried jerk “chicken” with garlic mashed potatoes and Jamaican gravy. A delightfully flaky roti begs to be dipped into a trio of spring onion and chilli butter, plantain hummus, and sweet jerk butter. Cocktails such as Antiguan Zombie (passionfruit purée and three kinds of rum) and Blue Lagoon (white rum, blue curaçao, and pineapple juice) continue the Caribbean vibes. Cosy velvet seating and R&B music keep the party going at Jam Delish.

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For fish-free sushi at one of London’s best vegan restaurants – try 123V in Oxford Circus

A meatless burger at 123V in London

Vegan owner, Alexis Gauthier, uses tasty meat alternatives at 123V to recreate fast food classics. Credit: 123V.

The bar at 123V in London

Fun youthful décor and a chic Bond Street location gives 123V a trendy hotspot vibe. Credit: 123V.

Vegan sushi at 123V, one of London’s best vegetarian restaurants.

Bottomless sushi at 123V is a popular choice for vegan diners. Credit: 123V.

123V is another venture by MICHELIN-star awarded vegan chef, Alexis Gauthier, one of London’s best vegan restaurants for high-end takes on fast-food classics. The restaurant is in the chic Bond Street shopping area and has a streetside terrace and neon-infused decor to give it a fun, trendy feel.

Diners can sign up for bottomless vegan sushi at £30 per person and enjoy as many sushi plates as they can eat within a two-hour window. Sushi plates are loaded with Japanese-inspired treats, like vegan salmon and avocado maki or vegan prawns fried in a light, crispy tempura batter and served with lime. If vegan sushi doesn’t take your fancy, you can sink your teeth into a California burger made with a Beyond Meat patty and topped with crunchy lettuce, onion, pickle, and vegan cheese. Perfect for an indulgent treat.

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Whether you’re looking for a plant based alternatives to pub classics or a vegan feast, London has a whole range of stellar plant-based joints, meat-free menus and environmentally conscious gems to try. 

 

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