London’s restaurant landscape is ever-evolving and here, we list the best vegetarian and vegan establishments, from casual brunch spots to fine dining restaurants, to inspire your next booking.
Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, none
Vegetarian, vegan or all-round food lover, if you live in London you’re likely to have heard about Notting Hill’s most talked about new restaurant, Farmacy. Offering plant-based dishes that are refined sugar, dairy and additive free, it’s a popular haunt with west London’s most health conscious and proof that healthy eating can be wholesome. The signature dish is the veggie burger (teamed with chunky sweet potato wedges might we add) and you’ll also find plant-based ‘ice-cream sundaes’ to indulge your sweet tooth. Even the menu is made from recycled hemp paper, but a little indulgence is possible here, as the fully-stocked bar offers organic wine choices and delicious sounding cocktails (we can’t wait to try the Matcha Caipiroska).
Restaurant, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
A little slice of heaven in the heart of Soho, Mildreds offers a cosy, welcoming atmosphere and a delicious vegetarian menu to boot. At dinner time, there’s a queue out the door but it’s easy to appreciate why, as when a restaurant menu changes with the seasons you know it’s only working with the freshest produce available… that, and there might be a new dish you haven’t yet tried. Vegan options are aplenty here too, so whether you’re dining at brunch, lunch or dinner you’ll have a – if you can believe it – choice of dishes to order from.
Restaurant, Healthy, Australian, $$$
Big news this week is that Farm Girl has launched its second London branch and it brings a slice of its west London charm to Soho… to Carnaby Street
to be exact. Warning, there’s a slight disclaimer here, as meat and fish dishes do feature on the menu but all-in-all the offering is nourishing, plant-based dishes that not only taste amazing but also make for a damn good photograph. Interiors are recognisable to those in-the-know (think pink, shabby chic tables, ample plant life and pretty little jars of wild cut flowers). The perfect spot to while away a morning, be it for a weekend brunch with friends or a coffee and work pit-stop, it’s one we highly recommend you add to your bucket list.
Restaurant, Healthy, Vegetarian, $$$
There’s something of relaxed atmosphere behind the doors of Ethos on Eastcastle Street which makes it the perfect place for lunch or a casual dinner, whether you’re dining alone or with friends. The point of difference here is that dishes are priced by weight as opposed to order, and you serve yourself from the buffet-style counter in the room. Interiors are unique, with rows of birch trees running from floor to ceiling and contradicting the marble-topped tables and angular wooden chairs.
Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, none
Spend a few hours in Palm Vaults in Hackney and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported off to the tropical climes of Miami. Leafy, pink interiors are a far cry from the café’s urban surroundings and the dishes are similarly good looking. Not only offering vegetarian and vegan recipes but also a wide selection of free-from options, it’s a clean living paradise with an artsy edge. Drop in for coffee and cake without the guilty aftermath.
Restaurant, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, Swiss, $$$
When it comes to choice you don’t get much more varied than Tibits, the laidback central London buffet that offers over 40 vegetarian and vegan delights to fill your plate with. On Tuesday’s every dish is vegan so you can expect the likes of parsnip gnocchi, tikka veggies and sticky toffee pudding on the menu, each of which you can try making yourself at home – they share some of their creative recipes in the About section on their website.
Restaurant, Healthy, none
Positioned in any London-based vegetarian’s restaurant mecca, Notting Hill
, the kitchen at Nama Foods is not only free from meat but also wheat, dairy and gluten, and no dish is cooked above 42 degrees, so much of what you’ve got to choose from is raw. Clean eating gold. But despite how it might sound, this stylish establishment is not just a salad bar. Expect twists on the classics that don’t skimp on taste (Thai curry iterations and English breakfasts teamed with aubergine ‘bacon’) all served in a bright, modern space that mimics the freshness of the food.
Restaurant, Healthy, Vegetarian, none
Perhaps the most premium restaurant in this round-up, Vanilla Black is the kind of place you’ll want to have in your back pocket and save for a special occasion. It’s the only fine dining vegetarian restaurant in London and it also offers vegan versions of the most popular menu additions which is a nice touch. Expect the unexpected and get ready to treat your tastebuds to some of the most inventive concoctions that we’ve come across, not just from a veggie establishment but from the industry in general.
Restaurant, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
One to watch for the future, New York’s most famous plant-based restaurant, by CHLOE. is set to open its doors in the U.K for the first time in autumn this year – the first of a host of European launches planned for the near future. The establishment will be bringing its flavorsome dishes, nourishing recipes and feel-good attitude to the locals and tourists frequenting Covent Garden
. Expect established dishes such as the guac burger, quinoa taco salad and matcha kelp noodles as well as some newly designed additions.