If you’re a vegan coming to London and wondering where you can eat, look no further!
In the past month I’ve been lucky enough to spend a few gloriously sunny weekends in lovely London. With each visit I’ve tried to visit as many of the vegan restaurants in London as possible to make the most out of the choice on offer in the capital.
I love London and try and return whenever I can; I’ll update my post here as time goes on and I’m able to find more eateries.
When I saw that Pret a Manger had recently opened a ‘Veggie Pret’ completely dedicated to veggie and vegan food, I had to make it top of my to-do list. I’ve actually been twice now, I couldn’t stay away!
On my first visit I opted for the Chakalaka Wrap, an Almond Protein Power smoothie, Dairy-Free Chocolate Chia Pot and a Vegan Brownie. May as well take advantage of there being so much choice right?! All of the food was really tasty but the Vegan Brownie with gooey salted caramel was incredible. It was genuinely nicer than most of the normal brownies I had eaten before going vegan.
On my second visit to Veggie Pret I managed to get hold of some Vegan Mac & Greens – these had completely sold out when I first visited. I can see why this is one of the most popular dishes, the ‘cheese’ sauce is creamy and very realistic. Be warned that the price of Veggie Pret food can be a little on the steep side when you choose to eat in. Hopefully the costs get subsidised when Pret realise the demand for the veggie food is here to stay!
Wild Food Cafe, Neal’s Yard
I was recently in London to see Disney’s Lion King show in the West End with my boyfriend (who eats meat). We chose to stay close to Covent Garden for dinner so we only had a short walk to the theatre afterwards. Neal’s Yard was the best option for us; I ate at the Wild Food Cafe and my boyfriend grabbed a few pizza slices from Homeslice next door!
I’d browsed through Wild Food’s menu online before we arrived and it all looked amazing. I finally decided on ‘Spiral-way-to-Heaven’ which was a sort of pasta dish made entirely from celeriac and parsnip with a sage & lemon creamy sauce. It was incredibly filling.
For dessert I had the matcha cheesecake which was really creamy and had citrus flavours. I heard good things about the white chocolate tart from the customer next to me as well. All of the dishes were presented beautifully and proved that vegan food can look sophisticated!
An old friend from university recently recommended we try Andina, a Pervuian Tapas restaurant in Shoreditch, for brunch.
I was impressed that Andina had its own vegan menu but the choice for breakfast was a bit limited. I had the ‘Pudding de Doña Pepa’ which was made from chia seeds, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, chancaca syrup and blueberries. It was lovely but very sweet so I was glad I had avocado on sourdough toast alongside. The toast wasn’t actually on the menu but the waiter very nicely offered it as an additional dish.
The tapas and evening menu looked like it had more choice, but I was definitely satisfied with the two plates I had for breakfast as well as my soy latte.
There are three Mildreds restaurants in London: Soho, Camden, and King’s Cross. I visited the Camden branch the other day and had a few small plates with my veggie friend. The gyoza dumplings were lovely and I could easily have eaten a tub of the sweet chilli dip it came with. There’s plenty of vegan, veggie and gluten free choices on the menu. Mildreds doesn’t take bookings but a table is worth a wait.
Camden is a haven for vegans. Most of the stalls in the market have at least one vegan option available and it can become a bit overwhelming! I don’t think you can go far wrong with any of the savoury choices but for dessert, it has to be Cookies and Scream. Approved by The Vegan Society, Cookies and Scream has become an institution for vegan cakes in London.
The Cookies and Scream sandwich (dairy-free ice cream sandwiched between two cookies) is what the bakery is known for and there’s always a sizeable line on weekends and people taking photos of their cookies. Menus change daily but the sandwich is a staple.
I tried the chocolate orange cake, a chocolate brownie and a peanut butter doughnut. The chocolate orange cake was my favourite as it was very smooth and rich in flavour. Considering vegan desserts are few and far between, I think you’d be happy with whatever you chose in honesty!
I passed by Borough Market on a Monday morning around lunch time and couldn’t resist stopping in to look at the stalls. Amidst all the burgers and sausages there were actually some decent vegan choices. I had some vegetable gyoza dumplings from L’ailOlive, a sweet potato wrap from Gujarati Rasoi, and coconut pancakes from Khanom Kork. Another stand, Veggie Table, is also available in the market Thursday-Saturday and sell meat-free burgers.
Of course, there are plenty of chain restaurants in London that do vegan options such as Zizzi’s, Bella Italia, and ASK Italian. You can get chain food pretty much anywhere though and I love when independent restaurants do vegan food, it always feels as though more effort has gone into the creation of the dishes. Plus, the owners of vegan stalls or restaurants tend to be vegan themselves so they’re dedicated to providing flavoursome choices.
Let me know if there are any other great options for vegan food in London, I’m always looking for an excuse to try them out…