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Our Top 10 Vegan Restaurants In London

20 May 2022 by Sophie White

Read time: 6 mins.

 

Veganism has become increasingly popular in the UK in recent years, with The Vegan Society finding that over 1% of the British population now follows a vegan diet.

With the numbers of vegetarians, flexitarians and those who enjoy plant based food also increasing, many restaurants have now added great vegan options to their menus, making it much easier to eat out than it once was.

In fact, Deliveroo recently showed that roughly 15,000 restaurants across the UK added plant based dishes to their menus in 2021.

A bowl of vegan food

Vegan and plant based food is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash.

 

But there are also some fantastic fully vegan restaurants out there showcasing vegan cuisines from all over the world.

To showcase some of this brilliant vegan cuisine, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of London’s best vegan restaurants for you to explore.

 

Here are our top 10 vegan restaurants in London…

 

  1. Holy Carrot, Knightsbridge

We recommend for: a celebratory meal with friends.

Cuisine: Varied.

    • An all-day dining restaurant in Knightsbridge with a warm, inviting feel.
    • A focus on ethically sourced produce that follows the seasons.
    • Highlights include their ‘seafood’ options, raw plates and salads.
    • Sunday brunch and afternoon tea options are available.
    • All dishes are also gluten free and sugar-free, as well as being free from additives and preservatives.
    • Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 12pm – 10pm and Sundays 11am – 5pm.

££

 

  1. Mallow, Borough Market

We recommend for: a birthday treat.

Cuisine: Around the world.

    • A cosy restaurant located in Borough market serving fresh, vibrant food.
    • A focus on serving seasonal and sustainable food sourced from small businesses, with minimal waste.
    • Named after the mallow plant, which is entirely edible including its roots, leaves, flowers and stems.
    • Specialises in small plates, as well as breakfasts, brunches and desserts.
    • Food is cooked freshly to order.
    • Onion and garlic free menu options are available.
    • Opening weekdays 8.30am – 11pm, Saturdays 9am – 11pm and Sundays 9am – 10pm.

££

A dessert from Mallow vegan restaurant London

A Lemon meringue pie dessert from Mallow.

 

  1. Gauthier in Soho

We recommend for: a special anniversary meal.

Cuisine: French Gastronomy.

    • An intimate fine dining restaurant (think silver cloches!) with a focus on great service.
    • Seasonal menus paired expertly with vegan wines by sommeliers.
    • Choose from their ‘petit diner’ with canapes followed by 6 courses, or their ‘grand dinner’; canapes followed by 9 courses.
    • Founded by Michelin Star chef Alex Gauthier, winner of PETA’s Compassionate Chef Award in 2019.
    • Voted best vegan/vegetarian restaurant at the 2019 London Restaurant Awards.
    • Open Tuesdays to Thursdays 5pm – 10pm and Fridays to Saturdays 5pm – 10.30pm.

£££

 

  1. Farmacy, Westbourne Grove

We recommend for: a weekend catch-up meal and drinks with friends.

Cuisine: Around the world.

    • A focus on serving healthy, seasonal food ‘as nature intended’.
    • Using ingredients grown on their biodynamic farm in Kent, delivered to their site once a week by electric van, or sourced from local, sustainable suppliers.
    • Their aim is to challenge the assumptions of modern eating.
    • As well as biodynamic dishes, they service organic and refined-sugar free cocktails.
    • All meals are free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals.
    • Open Mondays to Fridays 12pm – 10pm and Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 10pm.* *Closed between 4pm and 5pm daily between lunch/brunch and dinner services.

££

Farmacy has a selection of refined sugar-free cocktails. Photo by James Langley on Unsplash.

 

  1. Manna, Primrose Hill

We recommend for: a relaxed Sunday brunch.

Cuisine: Varied.

    • An informal restaurant and deli with al-fresco dining.
    • London’s ‘oldest’ vegan restaurant.
    • A focus on using seasonal and organic ingredients to create high-quality nutritious plant-based meals.
    • Highlights include their pastries, Manna full English and satisfying Sunday roast.
    • Changing menus to reflect the seasons and showcase different cuisines.
    • Low salt, low sugar and allergen aware menu.
    • Gluten free options are available.
    • Currently open for brunch and lunch, opening soon for evening dining.
    • Open Wednesdays to Sundays 12pm – 5pm.

££

Manna was founded in 1967. Photo by Mark Hillary. Some rights reserved.

 

  1. En Root, Peckham

We recommend for: a flavourful weekend lunch.

Cuisine: Indian.

    • Serving nourishing Indian street food in Peckham and Clapham.
    • Uses fresh seasonal vegetables and pulses to create their nutritious aromatic dishes.
    • A focus on providing a fun flair with their soulful dishes.
    • Highlights include their Masala Dosa pancake and generous sharing platter.
    • Live music performances.
    • Gluten free options are available.
    • Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to Sundays 12pm – 10pm.

££  

 

  1. The Gate Restaurants, Hammersmith, Islington, Marylebone and St John’s Wood

We recommend for: impressing a partner on date night.

Cuisine: Varied.

    • High quality plant-based dining in a relaxed open setting.
    • Creating healthy dishes from locally and sustainably sourced produce.
    • Their menu is inspired by the Arabian, Indian and Jewish flavours that the founders enjoyed whilst growing up.
    • Gluten and nut free options are available.
    • Named the best vegetarian restaurant in the world by Epicurious.
    • Opening times vary by location, please consult their website for details.

££  

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The Gate has a range of impressive dishes across its 4 sites.

 

  1. Comptoir V, Kensal Rise

We recommend for: a satisfying group meal for your vegan and carnivore friends.

Cuisine: Middle Eastern inspired.

    • A cosy cafe serving innovative Moroccan inspired cuisine.
    • A focus on creating inspired plant-based food using natural ingredients.
    • Vegetable lead dishes as well as vegan meat and fish dishes to please every palate.
    • Highlights include their slow cooked smoked Aubergine Zaalock and Moroccan pancakes.
    • Gluten free options are available.
    • Open Mondays to Fridays 12pm – 10pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 10pm.

££

 

  1. Itadakizen, King’s Cross

We recommend for: an introduction to Japanese plant-based dining.

Cuisine: Japanese.

    • A cosy casual restaurant with locations in London, Shrewsbury and Ludlow.
    • A focus on the healing power of good food - ‘Zen’ means to fix or mend.
    • Specialising in organic authentic Japanese cuisine.
    • Plenty of small plate options for sharing.
    • Highlights include their homemade Japanese curry and their Mochi ice cream.
    • Open Tuesdays 5.30pm – 10pm, Wednesdays to Fridays 12pm – 2pm and 5.30pm – 10pm, Saturdays 5pm – 10.30pm.

££