Discover the best vegan restaurants London has to offer spanning a range of cuisines from burgers to bakeries.
Looking for the best vegan restaurants in London to visit when lockdown is finally over? Look no further!
From the best vegan fish and chips to Black-owned businesses to the most Instagram-worthy spots, we’ve got you covered.
London is known as the thriving vegan epicentre of the UK and was even named the most vegan-friendly city in the world for two years running – knocking Berlin off the top spot.
Much more than just a fringe movement, vegan food can be found almost everywhere, with chain restaurants and independents alike adding plant-based options to their menus.
Buckle up, and get ready for a culinary trip around the world, right here in London.
The best vegan pizza restaurants in London
Who doesn’t love a big cheesy vegan pizza? We certainly do! Here are the best vegan pizzas you can find in London.
Originally just Brighton-based, vegan pizzeria Purezza has gone on to take over the South. Now open in four locations: Brighton, Hove, Bristol and London, vegans don’t have to miss out on great pizza.
Purezza’s epic pizza menu is laid out like a season of Friends, with names such as ‘The One That’s Telling Porkies’. Their huge range of vegan pizzas topped with their own recipe mozzarella made from brown rice is unbeatable.
Aside from pizza, the chain also offers a gluten-free lasagne, a cheesesteak calzone, and tempting sides such as cheesy garlic bread and pesto courgette.
45-47 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PN | purezza.co.uk
2. Vegan Dough Co
With locations in Clapham, Covent Garden and Tower Bridge, Vegan Dough Co is here to cover all your vegan pizza needs.
With pizza creations such as The Godfather featuring vegan mozzarella, spicy smoked nduja, broccolini and chilli oil you won’t be missing out.
Fancy a bit on the side? They also offer some epic loaded wedges, chipotle mac and cheese and a caesar salad.
Located at Oxford Circus (4-5 Langham Pl, Marylebone, W1B3DG) and Tower Bridge (One Tower Bridge, 6 Duchess Walk, SE1 2SD) | vegandoughco.co.uk
The best vegan burger restaurants in London
The humble vegan burger is an absolute staple in London, and there are hundreds of epic meat-free options to choose from. Here are just a few of our favourite vegan burger restaurants in London:
1. The Vurger Co
With restaurants in Shoreditch and Canary Wharf, The Vurger Co is the perfect lunch stop or post-work dinner location.
There are five burgers to choose from with a mix of ‘chicken’, ‘beef’ and vegetable-based patties so there is something for everyone. Additionally, the chain usually has a special burger each month with previous themes including Teriyaki, Peri Peri and Indian.
Fancy something on the side? The Vurger Co offer three varieties of chips, house-made mac n cheese infused with truffle oil and vegan parmesan, and either chicken or crispy mushroom dippers.
And who could refuse one of their famous shakes? The Vurger Co has seven shake flavours from the classic strawberry to Oreo to salted caramel popcorn.
Unit 9, Avant Garde Building, 6 Richmix Square, Cygnet Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6LD | thevurgerco.com
2. Halo Burger
Located in Brixton and Shoreditch, Halo Burger has made a name for itself using Beyond Burger patties to create a vast range of irresistible vegan burgers.
On the menu, you can find the epic Halo Burger with 2 Beyond patties, 2 slices of cheese, caramelised onion, lettuce, tomato, gherkins and signature sauce. Other notable mentions include the Smoky Carolina BBQ Burger, and The Flameburger which is definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Treat yourself to Pink Salt Fries, This Isn’t Chicken Nuggets or Crispy Jalapenos on the side, and a Peanut Butter milkshake to wash it all down.
Located at Shoreditch (105 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3JD) and Brixton (Unit S16 Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PQ) | haloburger.co.uk
3. Neat Burger
Any burger joint backed by racing champion Lewis Hamilton has got to be good right?
Neat Burger has four locations across London (with plans to add seven more this year) and serves up classic vegan fast-food that we know and love.
The chain is arguably a ‘vegan McDonalds’, serving up a vegan version of a Big Mac – aptly named The Big Stack – and a Filet-no-Fish burger that rival the fast-food giant’s classics.
Aside from a range of vegan burgers, you can also order the popular Neat Dog, and Neat Nuggets with your choice of dip.
Oh and don’t forget to try one of their epic shakes! Choose from Strawberry, Chocolate, Oreo, Biscoff or Brownie flavour – what’s not to love?
Located at Princes Street (4 Princes St, Mayfair, W1B 2LE), Camden (44b-46 Camden Lock Market, NW1 8AF), and Soho (33 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JU) | neat-burger.com
4. Unity Diner
Earthling Ed’s non-profit restaurant Unity Diner deserves a spot on this list for the three epic burgers that don’t just taste great but help animals too.
You can choose from the classic Moving Mountains Burger featuring ‘beef’ patties, cheese, bacon, and all the trimmings. There’s also the VFC Burger – a vegan take on the Southern-fried chicken patty with cheese, bacon, and a hash brown.
For something different, try the Tofish Stack. Featuring a tofish fillet with baby gem, pickled cabbage and chunky tartare sauce, it’s served in a striking activated charcoal sesame bun. What’s more, it comes complete with calamari rings and vegan tempura prawns!
Unity Diner also has an extensive vegan menu with plenty more non-burger treats to try. If you love great food and supporting vegan activism, Unity Diner is definitely worth a visit.
Vegan cookbook authors So Vegan are big fans of Unity Diner. Check out their review below!
60 Wentworth St, Spitalfields, London E1 7AL | unitydiner.co.uk
5. Rudy’s Vegan Diner
If you’re looking for over-the-top vegan junk food that will convince even the most ardent of meat-eaters, then look no further than Rudy’s Vegan Diner.
The Camden Market-based diner offers all the staple US diner classics from The Dirty Burger to The Dirty Dog. Rudy’s even offer a Reuben sandwich with all the trimmings, including sauerkraut and Russian dressing.
Moreover, there’s also a weekly changing menu of American comfort food specials. Delicious dishes you can expect to see include Vegan Meatloaf, Philly Cheese Steak, and Spicy Vegan Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheeze.
In fact, Rudy’s convincingly meaty products proved so popular that they opened the UK’s first 100% vegan butchers in Islington.
729-731, Camden Stables Market, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH | rudysvegan.com
The best vegan fried chicken restaurants in London
1. Temple of Seitan
Few vegan eateries have caused such a stir as the wildly popular Temple of Seitan. The eatery bought seitan to the masses when it opened its first restaurant in Hackney in 2016.
As indicated by their name, Temple of Seitan uses seitan to create crispy vegan ‘chicken’ wings, fillets and bites. You can sink your teeth into a box of chicken and chips, or try one of their fried chicken burgers.
Test out your heat threshold with the Temple Spicy burger with chipotle mayo, coleslaw, cheese, jalapenos and sriracha. Hot damn!
On the side, treat yourself to a pot of housemade coleslaw or creamy mac n cheese topped with bacon bits and fresh chives.
Vegan chef and YouTube star Gaz Oakley visited Temple of Seitan when it launched. Check it out here!
Located at Camden (43 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PN), and Hackney (5 Morning Lane, E9 6NA) | templeofseitan.co.uk
2. Biff’s Jack Shack
Multinational brewery and pub chain BrewDog and Biff’s Jack Shack recently joined forces to open their first all-vegan pub. In a bid to bring plants to the mainstream, BrewDog launched a fully vegan menu in collaboration with Biff’s in 100 BrewDog pubs and bars around the UK.
Unlike Temple, Biff’s use jackfruit for their fried ‘chicken’ burgers and famous wingz on a sugarcane bone.
Try one of Biff’s eight jackfruit burgers, or get yourself four pieces of chicken-style wingz in a choice of five varieties.
Our favourite burger is the Father Jack, featuring Biff’s famous smoky bacun jam, onion rings, bourbon BBQ sauce, smoked gouda cheeze and iceberg lettuce – what’s not to love?
Whether you like it hot, smothered in mayo, or downright bonkers, Biff’s has got you covered.
Find your nearest Biff’s Jack shack at biffs.co/get-biffs
3. Oowee Vegan
Oowee is the king of vegan fried chicken burgers, using house-made seitan lovingly coated in a signature blend of herbs and spices.
Choose from the epic Baconator piled high with house-made baconaise, smoked gouda cheese, a hash brown, crispy bacon and lettuce, or the BBQ Cluckin Sandwich featuring sweet BBQ sauce, American cheese, a crispy onion ring and lettuce.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling extra, opt for the Chick’n Kiev Burger – fried seitan tossed in garlic butter with cheese, lettuce, ‘honey’ mustard dressing and mayonnaise.
But it’s not just vegan chicken that Oowee serves as they also offer belly-busting Beyond Meat ‘beef’ style burgers. So if vegan chicken isn’t your thing, try one of those instead!
You can find Oowee in Brixton and Dalston – what are you waiting for?
Located at Brixton (Unit 91-92, Brixton Village, SW9 8PR), and Dalston (50 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB) | ooweevegan.com
The best vegan fish and chip restaurant in London
Sutton and Songs Vegan Chip Shop
Award-winning fish and chip shop Sutton and Sons broke with years of tradition when it re-opened as a fully vegan chip shop in Hackney in 2018. The vegan menu has proved so popular that Sutton and Sons has added extensive vegan menus to their Stoke Newington and Islington branches too.
Their famous vegan menu not only offers deliciously golden battered banana blossom ‘fish’ but also features a ‘prawn’ cocktail, battered sausage, ‘scampi’, and even vegan ‘calamari’ strips.
Other vegan dishes include classic chip shop favourites such as mushroom pie and mash, vegan battered sausage and chips and ‘fish’ cakes.
218 Graham Rd, Hackney, London E8 1BP | suttonandsons.co.uk/vegan
The best Black-owned vegan restaurants in London
1. All Nations Vegan House
If you love epic vegan Caribbean food, All Nations Vegan House is the place to be.
This family-owned Caribbean spot in Dalston serves up 100% plant-based Ital grub that pays homage to their Rastafari background.
On the menu, you can find traditional Caribean mains such as Ackee and Mushroom, Pinto Bean Stew, Callaloo and Cho-Cho. Pair your main with Coconut Red Rice, Quinoa with Peas, Kingston Cous-Cous or Black Rice.
And on the side, you have to try the authentic Fried Plantain or Pholourie. You won’t be disappointed!
8 Sandringham Rd, Dalston, London E8 2LP | allnationsvegan.co.uk
Craving vegan Ethiopian food? Beza is your new best friend.
Ethiopian cuisine naturally contains many vegan-friendly dishes. This is because the Orthodox Tewahedo Church prescribes frequent fasts, during which followers may not consume any animal products.
At Beza, choose from a variety of authentic Ethiopian dishes to spread across your injera (large sourdough flatbread). The menu includes dishes such as Misir Wot, Mung Beans, Beetroot and Potato, Ethiopian Salad, Tikil Gomen, and Kidney Beans.
Load up your plate with the colourful foods of Ethiopia in a relaxed setting and taste the vibrant sense of community Beza has to offer.
8A Sayer St, Walworth, London SE17 1FH | bezaveganfood.com
3. Eat of Eden
With four locations in London, Eat of Eden brings together Caribbean Ital and European recipes, creating fun vegan food that you won’t want to miss.
Named PETA’s Best Vegan Mac & Cheese, Eat of Eden’s Macaroni Pie is somewhat legendary in London. It’s rich, creamy and baked in the oven with a cheesy Caribbean-inspired topping.
Other highlights on the menu include the Pumpkin Curry, Seaweed Fritters and Callaloo Patty. You can also choose platters of any 12, 7 or 5 items to create your dream meal. How could you say no?
Find your nearest location at eatofeden.co.uk
The best vegan Asian restaurants in London
1. Rosa’s Thai Café
While not 100% vegan, Rosa’s Thai Café has plenty of plant-based options to tickle your tastebuds.
To start you off, Rosa’s has a vegan take on the classic prawn cracker using pumpkin, served with a gorgeous sweet chilli dip. Not your thing? Opt for authentic crispy Sweetcorn Cakes or Fresh Summer Rolls instead!
For your main, Rosa’s offers four vibrant vegan Thai curries in varying spice levels and several stir-fries including the classic Stir Fried Aubergine with chilli, soy sauce and Thai basil.
But it wouldn’t be a Thai restaurant without the infamous Pad Thai. Rosa’s version features tamarind, palm sugar and crushed peanuts, and can be ordered either with tofu or vegan chicken as your protein.
Find your nearest Rosa’s Thai Café at rosasthaicafe.com/locations
CookDaily is headed up by King Cook and serves up what is essentially an Asian food version of Subway.
Customers choose their protein, sauce/curry and noodles and any extras to create their own vegan bowl. Choose from options such as Thai Jungle Curry, Jerk Stir Fry, paired with vegetables, tofu or vegan chicken.
Alternatively, King Cook offers his famous CookDaily Pad Thai. This vegan take on a classic features ‘egg tofu’ and homemade ‘vegan fish sauce’ with either vegetables, tofu or ‘chicken’.
The restaurant has locations in Shoreditch Boxpark and Bethnal Green, so there’s no excuse not to check it out!
Unit 56, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, Boxpark Shoreditch, E1 6GY | www.cookdaily.co.uk
3. Eat Chay
Asian fusion restaurant Eat Chay offers up a trio of Korean-style steamed Bao Buns with fillings such as kimchi, sweet chilli chick’n and crispy fried tofu in gochujang sauce.
Not your thing? Try a Vietnamese-style Banh Mi sandwich, Spicy Vegan Pork Dumplings or a Korean Bibimbap with BBQ seitan.
Located in Shoreditch Boxpark, you can treat yourself to some vegan Asian grub with music blaring and an alcoholic beverage in your hand.
Unit 48, Boxpark, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, E1 6GY | eatchay.com
4. Mao Chow
Tucked away in Hackney and Holloway, this 100% vegan kitchen serves up authentic Chinese food that will certainly tickle your tastebuds.
Start with the iconic Smacked Cucumber, doused in black vinegar, crushed garlic and sesame oil, or the Meaty Veg and Chinese Chive Dumplings served with fragrant chilli oil.
For your main, slurp on the Dan Dan Noodles packed with sesame and peanut flavours and topped with vegan mushroom mince and cucumber.
If you like it hot, try the Wan Za Noodles – spicy garlic wheat noodles with mushroom mince, braised soybeans and pak choi, but be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted!
159A Mare St, Hackney, London E8 3RD | mao-chow.com
The best vegan brunch cafés in London
1. The Canvas Café
Who doesn’t love a social enterprise that doubles up as an amazing vegan café?
The Canvas Café supports not-for-profit and sustainable projects and encourages customers to ‘pay it forward’ and help those in need.
The team serve up some epic brunch options including the Full English: sausages, tofu scramble, mushrooms, hash browns, beans and more!
If a big plate isn’t your thing (I don’t know why it wouldn’t be) then you can opt for either avocado toast or tofu scramble instead.
And for dessert (yes even breakfast warrants a dessert), tuck into one of the team’s decadent homemade cakes and brownies.
42 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JL | thecanvascafe.org
2. The Fields Beneath
This 100% vegan cafe’s mission is to make veganism normal and make it delicious. And we think they’ve definitely succeeded!
Serving up vegan sweet and savoury filled croissants, The Fields Beneath is the perfect food spot for something a little different.
Choose from the Welsh Rarebit style croissant featuring tahini cheese sauce, caramelised onions, pesto and tomato. As well as offering the Welsh favourite, there’s also a Tofu Egg Mayo stuffed with tofu ‘egg’ and pickled cucumber.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try the Almond Croissant or Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant dusted with icing sugar.
52a Prince of Wales Road, Kentish Town West, London, NW5 3LN | thefieldsbeneath.com
The best vegan dessert shops in London
1. Vida Bakery
A gluten-free haven, Vida Bakery offers vegan treats for everyone.
In their kitsch pink and rainbow-themed café, the Vida Bakery team serve up epic vegan layer cakes such as Lemon Curd, Rainbow, Peanut Brownie, Carrot, Red Velvet and Cookies and Cream.
If cake isn’t your thing, don’t worry, as Vida also offer cookies, brownies, milkshakes and luscious hot chocolates. You can definitely get your sweet fix in Shoreditch!
139 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, London E1 6SB | vidabakery.co.uk
2. Doughnut Time
Every Londoner has heard of the notorious Doughnut Time. Although not 100% vegan, this doughnut chain has several irresistible vegan treats that make transitioning to a plant-based diet easy.
On the vegan menu, you can find the Ice Ice Bae Bae with vanilla buttercream, cookie pieces, chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate drizzle.
Additionally, the hilariously named Gordon Jamsay is a truly epic doughnut that lives up to its punny name! Filled to the brim with jam and dipped in strawberry glaze, it’s also rolled in a Jammie Dodger and Pink Wafer biscuit crumb. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s even topped with a Jammie Dodger and swirled with buttercream!
Finally, if you’re a Biscoff addict (who isn’t?), you’re in for a treat. Indulge in the David Hasselhoff featuring a caramel glaze, chocolate drizzle, stuffed with Lotus Biscoff spread, and topped with a Lotus biscuit.
Find all these and more vegan doughnuts at one of Doughnut Time’s many chains across London.
Find your nearest Doughnut Time store at doughnuttime.co.uk/pages/stores
3. Floozie Cookie
New kids on the block Floozie Cookie offer up 100% vegan stuffed cookies in five flavours, with a sixth changing seasonal variety.
Choose from the fixed flavours of Cinnamon Crunch, PB & J, Celebration Cake, Pecan Pie and the classic Chocolate Chunk. Or opt for the current seasonal treat: Pretzel Peanut Butter. Who else is drooling already?
Furthermore, you can also treat yourself to a Floozie hot chocolate if you fancy something warm. Choose from either toasted hazelnut white hot chocolate with whipped cream and a crispy wafer rim. There’s also the classic dark hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and a chocolate chip cookie.
Based in Covent Garden, Floozie Cookie is the perfect sweet treat to get you through hours of wandering around the markets.
5 James St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8BH | flooziecookie.com
The most Instagrammable vegan restaurants in London
1. Eat Genesis
With pink faux-leather sofas and rose gold accents, Eat Genesis is one of the most Instagrammable vegan restaurants in London.
Tuck into 100% plant-based food such as the Korean Street Sandwich packed with panko aubergine, kimchi, and Korean BBQ sauce. As vegans enjoy some dirty comfort food too, there’s even a Shawarma stuffed with seitan doner to tempt you.
As well as offering a range of savoury options, Eat Genesis also makes sure you can get your sugar fix too. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try the Ice Cream Sundae topped with honeycomb, brownie pieces, strawberries and various syrupy sauces. Additionally, they offer four fruity smoothie bowls for those looking to get their 5-a-day.
*Eat Genesis is currently in the process of relocating | eatgenesis.com
2. Café Van Gogh
This social enterprise doubles up as having one of the most beautiful ceilings in London. The spiral staircase laced with fairy lights leads up to the upper floor seating. As it is set underneath a painted ceiling reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, it provides the perfect backdrop for diners.
Café Van Gogh serves up seasonal, comforting food as well as permanent favourites such as the Van Gogh Burger. Living up to its vibrant name, the burger is comprised of a beetroot, chickpea and pumpkin seed patty with beer onion relish, gherkins and lettuce.
Looking for some classic comfort food? Try the Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese complete with crispy onions and chives.
Best of all, it is a non-profit restaurant, meaning all profits from their delicious food are reinvested into the local community.
88 Brixton Road, London SW9 6BE | cafevangogh.co.uk
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