Hidden amongst the idyllic community gardens in Vauxhall, cooperatively run Bonnington Cafe emits nothing but suitably homely comforts. There’s no pretence and fuss, just delicious food and wonderfully informal service. Usually vegetarian, Bonnington Cafe have labelled Thursday ‘Vegan Day’ and luckily so. Make sure you get there early as, in an effort to minimise waste, they have a small menu and can run out of options before the day is done.
Bonnington Cafe, 11 Vauxhall Grove, London, UK, +44 7552 475535
Nama Foods does something a little special. Creating an eccentric menu from purely organic, raw and vegan ingredients, they turn the misconception that vegan food is restricted on its head. It may sounds a little intimidating for newcomers, but the staff are friendly and are there to guide you through the menu patiently.
Nama Foods, 110 Talbot Road, London, UK, +44 20 7313 4638
The Waiting Room
This cosy, down-to-earth cafe, complete with a stash of books and old copies of Viz, serves a great variety of treats for a perfectly lazy afternoon. Inspired by American cuisine, the menu at The Waiting Room features a range of hot dogs, bagels, pancakes and brownies at incredibly reasonable prices.
The Waiting Room, 142 Deptford High Street, London, UK, +44 7968 036562
The Gallery Cafe
Part of the wider community hub that is St. Margaret’s House and an easy stroll away from the nostalgia-inducing Childhood Museum, The Gallery Cafe is a must-try for the creative foodie. Their vegan full English breakfast alone is worth migrating towards; however, they also frequently host music and film nights as well as art exhibitions each month. This place is definitely worth visiting.
Black Cat Cafe
Cooperatively run and 100 percent vegan, Black Cat Cafe is an exemplary example of an ethical business. The choice of hot drinks is plentiful, and the ever-evolving menu features goodies like pies, burgers, healthy salads and hearty soups to savour. With friendly staff and the laid-back atmosphere, the cafe attracts a diverse array of customers.
Black Cat Cafe, 76 Clarence Road, Hackney, London, UK, +44 20 8985 7091
Vantra Vitao is truly an unexpected eco delight in the heart of the metropolis. When inside, the atmosphere is instantly calming, with a combination of bamboo walls, chairs made from tree trunks and warm chalet lighting. Enjoy a delicious juice and either fill a box or plate from the wide range of curries, salads, veggies and sides that are all 100 percent vegan and organic.
Vantra Vitao, 25-27 Oxford Street, London, UK, +44 20 7439 8237