Full English breakfasts, luxurious flat whites and comforting desserts — they’re all still available for those seeking an alternative to London’s status quo of cafe culture. These independent cafes have a great deal of vegan options and are scattered around London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.