Where to Eat.... the best vegetarian and vegan cafes and restaurants in London ..... Last updated 23rd February 2014
Although there are over 100 vegetarian restaurants and cafes in the London area, we list below those that cater well for vegans and where you can get great vegan food.
Extensive details and reviews of vegetarian cafes and restaurants in London and elsewhere in the world can be found at HappyCow.net
Open MonThu 11am to 1am: Fri - Sat 11am - 2am: Sun 11am - 12midnight
Vegetarian cafe specialising in falafel. Falafel, plus help yourself salad bar, from about £3.00. We understand that all the falafel and salads are vegan apart from the coleslaw and the optional mayonnaise. Eat in or take away.
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This small cafe/takeaway is located in the heart of Berwick Street , where there is a market most days. Food is served in cardboard cartons rather than on plates. Plenty for vegans (just ask the assistant which items aren't vegan!). Price of carton, containing a mixture of hot and cold dishes such as vegetable stir fry, curry, salads etc, is: £4.70 - £7.20. Has some vegan cakes.
Berwick Street Market, London W1F (tube: Oxford Circus; Picadilly Circus; Tottenham Court Rd.)
Falafel stall in Berwick Street
Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm
NEW - haven't tried this out yet. £3.50 for a falafel.
A very popular vegetarian retaurant. They don't take bookings, so arrive early.
Many vegan dishes, which are clearly marked, including veggie burgers, salad, falafel, stir fries. Vegan desserts include double chocolate pudding and tofu cheesecake. Worth visiting
12 - 14 Heddon Street, London W1B 4DA Tel 020 7758 4110 (Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus) www.tibits.co.uk
Vegan items clearly labeled (pay by weight )
Mon - Wed 09:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thurs - Sat 09:00 am - midnight
Sun 11:30 am - 09:00 pm
Located just off Regents Street, Tibits offers a range of tasty vegetarian and vegan salads and hot dishes. All items are labeled to indicate if vegan or contains dairy etc. They have at least one vegan dessert (vegan sticky toffee pudding available most days, and delicious mango cake available at the counter!). You pay according to the weight of your plate so take this into account when ordering.
Very clean, nicely decorated. Large seating area downstairs and can sit outside in nice weather.Vegan lager, cider and wine available. Worth visiting
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
31 Neal Street, Covent Garden, WC2H
9PR. Tel: 020 78369072.(tube: Covent Garden; Leicester
Open daily til about 8pm
Small yet atmospheric long-established vegetarian cafe. The standard vegan meal is stir-fried vegetables on rice plus one or two other vegan mains.They have vegan scones and usually a vegan crumble for desserts. Vegan options are clearly marked. It's small so you may need to share a table with strangers! Once you've eaten you really need to vacate your table due to shortage of space.
Pizza /salad Beware - non-vegan ghee added to many items
Self service vegetarian cafe run by the Hari Krishna organisation. Indian buffet (rice, dahl, salad and bean dish) . Salads. No egg, garlic or onions used. Sometimes have vegan fruit cake. Have been told by someone who used to work there that they add dairy ghee to many items including the rice so check with the manager
London's first vegetarian pub. Vegetarian food menu with vegan options. Afternoon teas - can provide a vegan afternoon tea with advance notice. Not all the beers/ciders are suitable for veg*ns. Vegetarian wine only available by the bottle!
Central London ( Euston/ Bloomsbury/ Kings Cross areas)
Monday - Friday:11.45 AM - 3 PM
Saturday 12 Noon till 5 pm, Sunday: 12 noon till 10.45 PM. Short walk from Euston Station. Buffet lunchtimes, a-la-carte rest of time. Need to ask waiters which items have dairy. Good selection for vegans.
THE VEGETARIAN PARADISE
59 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AP Tel: 020 7278 6881 (tube: Russell Square)
Open daily. Don't have opening times
Located opposite Alara Healthfood Shop. Bhel Poori House - lunchtime buffet £4.95. Evening a-la-carte £5.95.
Only been there twice at lunchtime. Buffet was very tasty and consisted of three curries (was told they are all vegan), dhal, rice , bhajis, salad, popadom, chutneys, plus naan bread. Was initially told that the naan bread was vegan, then when I double checked was told it had a little butter in it. They may not fully understand what "vegan" is!
ALARA Health Food Store 58-60 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB Tel: 020 78371172 (Tube: Russell Square) http://www.alarashop.com/Organic-Cafe-Take-Out
Health food shop
with vegetarian takeaway
Monday - Saturday
Has a vegetarian takeaway and salad bar. Vegan items clearly marked. Outside seating only.
Italian vegetarian restaurant. Sister restaurant to the one listed below, but this brnach also does pizzas! WARNING:a customer claims he found cheese in an item marked as vegan, so double check with staff if item is suitable for vegans.
Haven't tried this one yeat. Located in a west London hotel this restaurant offers "tastefully designed, contemporary new health focused option" + vegan afternoon tea
INDIAN VEGETARIAN BHELPOORI HOUSE
92-93 Chapel Market, N1 9EX. Tel 020 7837 4607 (tube: Angel)
Very Cheap & Tasty
At £5.50 for an all you can eat buffet. One of the cheapest vegetarian Indian meals in London.
We love the fact that it has brown rice as well as white, and that they sell non-dairy lassis (in three flavours) - mango is my favourite. One of the curries/salads may contain milk or yoghurt (but not always) so check with the waiter. Also the green chutney contains dairy. Worth visiting
9 Chapel Market, N1 9EZ. Tel 020 3302 8226 (tube: Angel)
vegetarian coffee shop/cafet
New vegetarian cafe, vegan items clearly marked. Home made Veggie burgers, wraps, soup. Also some vegan cakes
Monday to Thursday 10:00 - 22:00; Friday to Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 (late); Sunday 10:00 - 23:30
Vegan cafe in the heart of Camden Town, with lots of cooked and raw food choices. Wonderful cakes. The best vegan icecream. Order from the counter and take a seat overlooking Camden Lock. Live music in evenings so can be crowded and noisy then. Sells alcohol. Worth Visiting
Bank Holiday 12:00~20:30
Friendly staff. Serves a variety of vegan Mediterranean dishes, fresh juices, coffees and cakes
DOU DOU RESTAURANT
6 Kentish Town Road, London NW1 9NX Tel 020 7284 4004 . (tube: Camden Town)
Thai / Chinese
open daily till about 10am
Chinese/Thai buffet restaurant offering cheap vegan food and lots of fake meats. Price £5.90 - £6.90 plus 10% service or £3.50 for a takeout box. Went there recently - all food in the buffet vegan but desserts and wine may not be - check with waiter. cash only
Daily 6pm to Last Order 10pm.
Daily Buffet 6.30pm to 9pm Arrival.
(Buffet close 10pm)
Sunday Lunch Buffet 1pm to 2.30pm Arrival
(Buffet close 3.30pm)
Choice of a-la-carte or buffet - our recommendation is go for the buffet. Dairy and wheat free dishes clearly marked. No eggs are used at all. Perhaps the best bhel poori in London. The buffet changes daily and typically includes their bhel poori, three hot starters (eg samosas, pakooras), plain and savoury rice, pooris or chapatis, and various curries and chutneys, salad and fruit salad. Buffet about £15. Worth visiting
Excellent Chinese vegan restaurant. Buffet lunchtimes £5.95, including brown rice and noodles plus 10+ other dishes (curry, etc.)
Dinner a la carte - either a set meal from £14 per person or choose items from the extensive menu of 83 vegan items. Many items on menu contain tofu or soya immitation meats, eg soya prawns, soya duck etc. No MSG is used. Vegan desserts. Worth visiting
Mon, Wed, Thurs,- Fri 12 noon - 2.30pm / 6.00pm -10.30.
Sat - Sun 12 noon - 3pm / 6.00pm -10.30.
Buffet every lunchtime apart from Tuesdays, and in evening Mon, Wed, Thursday. Closed Tuesdays
Vegan Chinese restaurant. Vegan Buffet available lunchtimes and some evenings. A-la carte menu also available in evenings with Chinese and Japanese menu (vegan sushi!) plus vegan burger and vegan fish & chips. Vegan desserts available. Takeaway menu also offered. Buffet price: £5.90 - £7.90 per person. They also have an "all-you-can eat from the menu" in evenings for £12.99. Worth visiting
161 Stroud Green Road, N4
3PZ Tel: 020 7272 1680 (tube: Finsbury Park)
noon-10.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-11pm Fri, Sat.
vegetarian Indian food, very cheap and bring your own wine (small corkage charge).Main courses £4.90-£13. Set lunch £5.90
GLOBAL FUSION at Stoke Newington Farmers Market
St Paul's Church, Stoke Newington High Street N16 7UY Tel: 020 8252 4066 (tube: Dalston Kingsland; rail: Rectory Road) http://www.globalfusion.co.uk/
Saturdays 10.00 - 2.30pm
Amazing vegan breads (such as banana bread and oth fruit breads) as well as vegetable fritters.
6:00pm to 11:30pm. Saturday Lunch 12:00pm to 3:00pm Dinner 6:00pm to 11:30pm Sunday Lunch 12:00pm to 3:00pm Dinner 6:00pm to 10:45pm
Indian vegetarian restaurant. Part of a chain, but other restaurants not vegetarian
Corner of Allen Road and Shakespeare Walk, Stoke Newington N16 Tel: xxx xxxx xxxx ( rail: Stoke Newington)
Vegetarian Coffee shop with vegan cakes, samdwiches and snacks
Newly opened. This has been recommended to us, but we haven't been there yet.
QUEENS PARK / KILBURN
NAMA artisan raw foods
19 Lonsdale Road, Queens Park, London NW6 6RA Tel: 07870 140864 (tube:Queens Park, Kilburn High Rd) Facebook Page
Raw vegan cafe
Tues-Fri 9.30am - 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm:
New raw vegan cafe. Starters, mains and cakes and smoothies. Very nice food, great presentation. Most people sit at the counter but there is also a small table for 4 people. Mains from about £8. Had most wonderful raw vegan cheesecake.
55 Station Road, Harrow HA1 2TY Tel: 020 8861 6632 (tube:Harrow on the Hill; Harrow and Wealdstone) www.yummyv.co.uk
Tues - Sat: 12.30pm - 2.30pm
5.30pm - 10.30pm
Sun: 5 -10pm
Chinese vegetarian, seems to be mostly vegan. Haven't tried this one yet.
5 / 8 Dominion Parade, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2TR Tel: 020 8863 3399 (tube: Harrow on the Hill)
Quite a lot of the food is vegan but you'll need to check with the waiter which items are vegan is as It's not clearly labelled. Not my favourite of the Indian Vegetarian restaurants but handy if you happen to be in Harrow
Rotis and wraps £3.50, sandwiches, rolls. Choose from vegan cheese, sausages, bacon, chick pea or veg fritters, roasted mixed veg, curried chick peas, curried veg, seasoned tofu and pumpkin, sprouted seeds and salad. Soup of the day £3-4. Organic raw veg and sprouted seeds platter £4.50.... and lots more
Very nice restaurant situated overlooking the Thames (sit downstairs for best views). Extensive range of dishes, 75% vegan. Booking advised to avoid disappointment. Vegan & Vegetarian Society members get a 10% discount
222 North End Rd, West Kensington, London W14 9NU Tel: 020 7381 2322 (Tube: West Brompton, West Kensington, Fulham Broadway) www.222veggievegan.com
Open daily. Buffet 12:00-15:30.
Dinner a la carte 17:30-22:30
Wonderful vegan restaurant. Lunch buffet £7.50 to eat in (or £5.50 take away). Evening a-la-carte. Dessets include vegan pancakes! Friendly staff and a nice place to spend a lunch or an evening. Licensed, with organic vegan wines and lager. Worth visiting
Gourmet restaurant in Hammersmith. Vegan items clearly marked
86 Uxbridge Road W12. Tel077950 80418 (tube: Shepherds Bush)
One of a group of Chinese/Thai buffet restaurants in London offering cheap vegan food Lots of fake meats. Price about £6.50 plus 10% service or £3.50 for a takeout box . It has been reported that this restaurant uses genetically modified oil!!!
Starbucks and all the other main coffee-shop chains (eg Nero, Costa etc) offer soya milk in addition to cows milk.
PIZZA RESTAURANTS - Warning!
Many vegans wrongly assume that all pizza without cheese is vegan. In some pizza restaurants in the UK the pizza base or the tomato sauce contain dairy or other animal-derived ingredients. Also, pasta dishes are often made using egg pasta! A summary of the main pizza restaurants follows.
Pizza Expresshave written to us (see letter) to confirm that that their pizza bases are suitable for vegans, as is their tomato base which is simply fresh tomatoes, salt, pepper and fresh basil. They state it is important for you to mention how strict your diet is to the manager on duty, so as the chef can implement all necessary procedures to avoid cross contamination. (We further understand that on request the dough balls, bruschetta and garlic breads can be made without dairy ingredients, substituting olive oil instead).
Ask Restaurants (ASK) have confirmed that that their Margharita, Mushroom, and Vegetariana pizzas (ordered without cheese, of course!) are suitable for vegans. Dominos Pizza have a number of vegetarian pizzas listed on their website but the pizza bases contain milk!
Pizza Hut: they have reformulated their pizza bases - Pan and Italian bases are suitable for vegans providing that the
toppings you order do not contain cheese and meat products. (per email from them dated 30th November 2010)
CHAIN OF CAFES & RESTAURANTS I'm a little loathe to include omnivorous restaurants on these web pages. However you may occasionally find yourself in a part of London where there isn't a veggie restaurant nearby. You may then find the following website, courtesy of @TheAllAnimalVegan, very helpful. It lists the chain restaurants that have vegan menus or vegan options.