(This post is not sponsored. It is intended for informational purposes only. I visited all of these restaurants at my own expense - with the exception of the two hotels at the end about whom I did write separate sponsored articles, but loved their food enough to include them in this post. Enjoy!)
London is one of the easiest cities in the world to be vegan. Whether you're looking for burgers, ice cream, fine dining or afternoon tea, this city has it all. You'll find a huge range of vegan restaurants in London to suite any taste. Whether you're on a budget or treating yourself, there are plenty of food options all over the city. If you're wondering where to eat plant-based in the Big Smoke, this post is for you.
I'm originally from the UK and journey back there regularly myself. When I visit I always make an effort to try as many restaurants as I can! That said, this isn't an exhaustive list of London's vegan restaurants. It's subjective (these are my personal favourites) and also includes two hotels I'd highly recommend for their vegan afternoon tea experiences. This list was current when I last visited (April 2019).
London is a huge city and there are many more vegan eateries than I've been able to list here. I'd urge you to try as many as you can! And check back here - I update this list of vegan restaurants in London each year when I visit. Happy travels and happy eating!
My favourite new restaurant find when I returned to London this year. Located in Homerton in East London, The Spread Eagle is a 100% vegan pub specializing in Mexican food. Not the typical pub food you'd expect, but utterly delicious. Food was packed full of colour and taste, and the pub surroundings were beautiful (think deep blue walls and mustard sofas). I'll absolutely be returning to this one!
No list of vegan restaurants in London would be complete without a mention of Mildreds. This vegetarian eatery has been around for a LONG time. I remember eating at their Soho restaurant when I was at university in 2004 (!). Nowadays they've expanded, with restaurants in Camden, Kings Cross and Dalston. Mostly vegan (some vegetarian dishes), their menu features a wide variety, from grain bowls to curries to jerk tofu. For a cosy, authentic experience, try their original Soho location - you might have to wait for a table but it's worth it.
A welcome vegan spot near the museums in South Kensington, Wulf & Lamb does comfort food really well. Alongside burgers and hand-cut fries, you'll find more whole food dishes like shepherd's pies and hearty soups. The ambience is lovely as well, with big windows and lots of light (particularly upstairs). Don't miss their delicious desserts, like vegan Eton Mess, or their cake cabinet (cupcakes, donuts and other sweet treats!).
Redemption is quite cool really. It's all sleek with lots of cool grey, marble and green tones throughout, from the tables to the walls. They also make delicious vegan dishes from a host of whole food ingredients. The kale caesar salads are delicious, as well as the daily buddha bowls. Their breakfast menu is to-die-for however, with offerings such as toasted banana & chocolate bread, and delicious buckwheat pancakes. Go to enjoy a healthy but indulgent brunch followed by a stroll around Notting Hill.
WAVE (We Are Vegan Everything) will seduce you. If not with its ridiculously gorgeous baked goods counter, then with its beautifully decked out patio space. Unusual for East London, their courtyard feels like a spacious little oasis outside the city, with hammock chairs you won't want to get up from and a calming atmosphere. Their menu is utterly beautiful and of course delicious (try the Brekkie Bowl), but I was a sucker for their raw desserts and baked goods. In particular the brownie.
A great spot for lunch with girlfriends, Farmacy has one of the most lovely interiors of any restaurant I've been to in London. Think flowers around the bar, lots of exposed wood and comfy booths. As with many other plant-based spots in Notting Hill, the emphasis is on whole foods and nutritionally balanced bowls. A little more expensive than some other vegan eateries, go here for the atmosphere. If you're on a budget, try the slightly cheaper brunch menu.
This will always be one of my favourite vegan restaurants in London. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the simple yet delicious food is reasonably priced. For anyone who follows the deli's namesake, this spot is a must-visit. It truly feels like an extension of the Deliciously Ella brand and the ethos of wellbeing shines through. Try the turmeric latte and make up your own salad bowl.
All food at this vegetarian buffet restaurant is paid for based on weight. Whilst being a danger to those of us with eyes far bigger than our stomaches, it does mean you get to try a wide range of vegan dishes. Particular favourites include sausage rolls, vegan coq au vin and raspberry cheesecake. The spaces of the two locations are lovely too - big and comfy. And because it's a buffet you never feel rushed.
For vegan afternoon tea...
La Suite West doesn't only offer a vegan menu: the hotel itself is totally vegan. It's a great place to stay if you'd like for once to be able to eat a hotel breakfast buffet (vegan croissants, pastries and cashew cheese etc.!). What I love about it however is the afternoon tea the hotel offers. The gourmet treats on offer really are delicious, from vegan BLT sandwiches to tarts and scones with coconut cream. This boutique hotel is a low-key, quiet and modern place to enjoy this traditional British ritual. For my full sponsored review of the hotel, click here.
For a vegan afternoon tea full of glamour and excellent service, Egerton House can't be beaten. The hotel is located near the V&A Museum in South Kensington and its lounge is cosy but sumptuously decorated with rich fabrics and flowers. In short, it looks exactly as you'd expect a traditional English hotel in a beautiful neighbourhood of London to. The afternoon tea is plentiful and filling and you'll feel totally pampered by the kind staff. Think traditional cucumber sandwiches, sponge cake and raisin scones washed down with pot after pot of tea. For my full sponsored review of the afternoon tea experience, click here.