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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The best vegan restaurants in London to book right now – read on for the full guide
For French vegan fine-dining – book at Gauthier Soho in 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.
For good vibes and mushroomy drinks – visit Love Shack in Bethnal Green
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.
For top-notch vegan Neapolitan pizza – try Purezza in Camden
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.
For plant-based comfort food – book at Wulf & Lamb in Marylebone and Chelsea
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
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.
For cutting-edge Indian fare – go for the vegan options at Farzi in Piccadilly
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.
For a 100% plant-based Thai menu – go to Mali Vegan Thai in Earls Court
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.
For stellar vegan empanadas – book a table at The Muddy Puddle in Stoke Newington
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.
For vegan Caribbean fare and R&B music – visit Jam Delish in Angel
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.
For fish-free sushi at one of London’s best vegan restaurants – try 123V in Oxford Circus
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.
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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