We don’t have any beef with our vegetarian friends.
Because London’s green scene has everything from quaint cafés and all-you-can-eat-buffets, to Michelin-recommended veg and 38th-floor views. This list could therefore, quite simply, be called ‘some really, really, really, really, really great places to eat around London’, but that would be too lengthy, so behold –
The Best Vegetarian Restaurants In London.
As you were.
The Gate | Marylebone, Hammersmith, Islington
As far as aesthetically pleasing vegetarian restaurants go, The Gate has the highest cheekbones. And a selection of à la carte starters, mains, and desserts that span cuisines. Think miso glazed aubergine topped with toasted cashew nuts, ponzu sauce, coriander, and sesame seeds; or goat’s cheese and beetroot ravioli served with sage butter and braised spinach. For drinks they have an all vegan list of Champagne, wine, and beers, as well as a number of cocktails and mocktails.
Address: Marylebone: 22-24 Seymour Place, W1H 7NL; Hammersmith: 51 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QL; Islington: 370 St John St, London EC1V 4NN | Opening times: vary | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
The Temple of Seitan | Camden and Hackney
Ok, so it’s not a fully-fledged restaurant, however it is home to some devilishly good vegetarian grub, so worth a mention. There’s actually two of them now, the original in Hackney and then a second one in Camden, although the offering’s the same at both sites: seitan-based fried chick’n, either in strips, wings, popcorn bites, or burgers, alongside a couple of basic sides. It’s tastes like the real thing too – all of the flavour yet none of the guilt. The only down slide is that we’re not the only ones to have realised that, so it’s not unusual to find a queue. They’ve also got limited tables, and those they do have are outside. Pack your umbrella and your patience and you’ll be absolutely fine.
Address: Camden: 103a, Camley Street, N1C 4PF; Hackney: 5 Morning Lane, E9 6NA | Opening times: Monday-Saturday, 12-9pm; Sunday, 12-6pm | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
Mildred’s | Soho, Covent Garden, Kings Cross, Dalston, Camden
If you’re a London-based vegetarian, Mildred’s needs no introduction. For everyone else, it’s one of the most renowned veggie restaurants in the capital. There’s actually four of them now: Camden, King’s Cross, Soho, and Dalston, all of which serve a range of internationally-inspired veggie dishes in a relaxed, easy-going setting.
Address: Camden: 9 Jamestown Road, NW1 7BW; King’s Cross: 200 Pentonville Road, N1 9JP; Soho: 45 Lexington Street, W1F 9AN; Dalston: 1 Dalston Square, E8 3GU | Opening times: vary | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
Facing Heaven | Hackney
Facing Heaven (named after an upwards-growing chilli pepper) is run by founder & owner Julian Denis, who was raised in LA by a Haitian & Puerto-Rican father, and a Portuguese mother. The unique blend of culinary influences that left him with is poured out into the menu here, with dishes like Macau-style baked oyster mushroom fried rice; spicy & numbing Jerusalem artichokes with careen chilli; whole sizzling aubergine; and Malta caramel & strawberry powder ice cream sundae. The space is small but colourfully kitschy, and has a handsome circular table with a lazy Susan at its centre…
Address: 1a Bayford Street, E8 3SE | Opening Times: 6-10pm Fri & Sat, 6-9:30pm Tues-Thurs | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
Bubala | Shoreditch & Soho
Welcoming, unpretentious, and thrumming with flavour, Bubala has come in swinging to the East London food scene, and it’s a belter. It’s even landed a central London twin in Bubala Soho. The kitchen is headed up by chef Helen Graham, who’s manned the pans at such titans as The Palomar & The Barbary, and here she’s put together an all-vegetarian (or all-vegan if you prefer) menu of Middle Eastern goods. Highlights are tough to narrow down, frankly, because there are just too many. From cloud-like Laffa flatbreads, to silky burnt butter hoummus, to fried Halloumi bathed in black honey, to the extraordinary potato latkes, with their mille-feuilles-like folds… it’s all a highlight.
Address: 65 Commercial Street, E1 6BD | 15 Poland Street, W1F 8PR | Opening times: 12-3pm, 6-11pm Mon-Sat (12-4pm Sun) | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
Stem + Glory | Barbican
It’s the London counterpart to a highly-regarded all-vegan spot in Cambridge, a laid-back, fresh-faced affair, serving globally-inspired food, breakfast through to dinner. Kimichi pancakes with daikon pickle salad (a Stem + Glory favourite) sit alongside pulled jackfruit tacos, and BBQ jackfruit BAO buns. The drinks menu on the other hand includes a wide selection of craft beers (some fo which are limited editions); vegan wines, cocktails, mocktails, and more.
Address: 60 Bartholomew’s Close, Barbican, East London, EC1A 7BN | Opening times: Monday-Saturday, 11am-11.30pm | Your can find out more, or make a booking via their website here.
Spicebox | Walthamstow
It’s an 100% vegan curry-house in Walthamstow. They do brunch on weekends, otherwise it’s all about dinner, where you can feast on everything form onion bhaji and parsnip pakora with cranberry chutney, to jackfruit jalfrezi with bombay potatoes and tarka dahl, as well as an array of homemade chutneys and pickles.
Address: 458 Hoe St, Walthamstow, E17 9AH | Opening times: Tuesday-Friday, 5.30-10pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-3.30pm and 5.30-10.30pm | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
Andu Cafe | Dalston
Hidden amongst the chaos of Dalston’s Kingsland Road is this small, cafe-style Ethiopian joint, serving up tasting platters of traditional Ethiopian food at just £6 a head. There’s actually only one dish on the menu: a mix of spicy lentil and split bean stews, vegetable dishes likes tikil gomen, and folds of injera bread to mop it all up, so it’s near impossible to spend more. Plus they’re BYOB and don’t charge corkage, making it hands down one of the most valuable veggie joints in London.
Address: 528 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E8 4AH | Opening times: Mon-Sun, 12-10pm | Andu Cafe don’t currently have a website however you can call them on 0207 254 1780 to make a reservation.
The Gallery Café | Bethnal Green
An independent charity run vegetarian and vegan cafe where – in addition to serving a selection of homemade wraps, salads and sandwiches, Nude espresso, baked goods and a rotating list of house specials – they host spoken word and poetry, intimate, outdoor live music nights, book launches, film screenings and a number of other events.
Address: 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL | Opening times: Monday-Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday, 9am-8pm; Sunday, 9am-7pm | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
Club Mexicana Taqueria | Soho
Club Mexicana has gone from street food trader to pub resident to permanent, finally landing a bricks-and-mortar space in Carnaby’s Kingly Court. Here they’re serving up a Mexican-inspired menu including BBQ ‘short rib’ tacos with jackfruit and hickory smoked BBQ sauce; cheezeburger burritos; and fully loaded nachos with ground ‘beef’, guacamole and pickled jalapeños. Vegan doesn’t always have to be healthy, right?
Address: Kingly Court, W1B 5PW | Opening times: Open daily for lunch and dinner | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
The Bonnington Café | Vauxhall
A co-operatively run, BYOB vegetarian and vegan restaurant maintained by an active collection of member cooks; so you never really know what’s going to be on the menu. Except vegetables.
Address: Vauxhall Grove, Vauxhall, London SW8 1TD | Opening times: Monday-Sunday, 12-5pm and 6.30-10.30pm | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
Naifs | Peckham
Relatively new to the London vegetarian restaurant scene is Naifs. It’s the brainchild of ex-Vanilla Black chef Tom Heale and his partner Anne Stokes who have taken over a simple, no-frills kind of space in Peckham, to serve up beautiful, refined vegetarian food, alongside classic cocktails, locally-brewed beers, and mostly natural and biodynamic wines.
Address: 56 Goldsmith Road, Peckham, SE15 5TN | Opening times: Wed-Sat, 6-9pm; Sun, 12-4pm | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
Persepolis | Peckham
A bright yellow, comically chaotic corner shop-cum-cafe, brimming with everything from falafel makers to olive oil soap, as well as nine and a half tables from which you can feast on a selection of Middle Eastern-inspired dishes including big sharing platters of meze, from brunch until dinner.
Address: 28-30 Peckham High Street, SE15 5DT | Opening times: 10.45am-10.30pm | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
222 Vegan | West Kensington
222% vegan with an all-you-can-eat lunchtime buffet and a made to order dinner service using fresh, natural (and where possible), organic ingredients.
Address: 222 North End Road, West Kensington, W14 9NU | Opening times: 12-3.30pm and 5.30-10.30pm | You can find out more, or make a booking, via their website here.
Last Updated: 16th November 2021 | Main image: Ethos
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