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10 of the Best Vegan Restaurants in London


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10 of the Best Vegan Restaurants in London

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As World Vegan Day approaches on 1 November, we bring you our pick of London’s best vegan hotspots…

It’s no secret that Veganism is having a moment, with more people than ever ditching animal products for a plant-based diet – whether for health or moral reasons. The Veganuary charity movement has had great success, encouraging people to go vegan for the new year and reap the benefits, with the hope that they then stick to it.

Wondering what the benefits are? We spoke to Anastasia Bertacca, a Nutritionist/Naturopath from Pollen + Grace about why eating a more plant-based diet is so good:

‘‘The universal reason that veganism is so great is that it’s more sustainable – consuming meat on the scale that we currently do is not sustainable, nor compliant with animal welfare. In terms of your health, most people would thrive on a plant based diet, as you’re getting more nutrients from the plants, and reducing your intake of toxins, which are more prevalent in meat due to production methods. If planned properly, and including ingredients such as mushrooms, seaweed and a variety of legumes, a plant based diet can help across the spectrum – from skin and hair health, to energy levels and gut health.”

With all the exciting vegan offerings in London, there’s never been a better time to try it out – forget dull salads, think fried “chicken” and exciting flavour combinations. We bring you the best vegan restaurants in town, to ensure your health kick is as tasty as possible…

The Best Vegan Restaurants in London

Farmacy

Farmacy

This Notting Hill spot is where all the trendiest veggies and vegans congregate – thanks to the cool interiors as well as the wonderful food on offer. Farmacy is the brainchild of Camilla Fayed, who worked with experts to develop a menu of nourishing, healthy dishes that are also mighty tasty. The guacamole is one of the best in town and should be ordered as a side no matter what you’re eating, and is especially good when accompanying the sweet potato falafel starter. The Mexican Bowl is a standout with its bright purple potatoes and ‘sour cream’, while the burger is a classic, made from millet, black beans and mushrooms. Pair with a few cocktails (with added medicinal benefits, or Cannabidiol) from the Alchemy Bar, and save space for the raw chocolate tart. With no refined sugars, additives or chemicals, you can indulge guilt-free. 74 Westbourne Grove, London W2 farmacylondon.com

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Temple of Seitan

Temple of Seitan

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This vegan fast food joint really is temple-like, with queues around the block and a loyal following of customers who return time and time again for the finger-lickin’ good vegan fried “chicken”, which is actually made with seitan. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that vegans too crave a deep-fried treat once in a while, and Temple of Seitan has proven so popular that they’re soon to open a new restaurant in Camden. Head to Hackney for yourself to make your Veganuary rather more enjoyable… 10 Morning Lane, London E9 templeofseitan.co.uk

Deliciously Ella

Deliciously Ella

By now a household name, Instagram sensation Deliciously Ella has been credited with making the vegan lifestyle cool again. She now has three delis in London serving her recipes and giving visitors the chance to get her famous glow. Boost your mood (and vitamin count!) by digging into wholesome dishes such as Thai yellow coconut curry with brown rice, harissa aubergine with broccoli and quinoa, and seasonal falafel – or if you can’t decide, build your own bowl and combine the lot. Pop in for the delicious new breakfast range, add a fresh smoothie and you’re good to glow for the day. 18-20 Weighhouse Street, London W1; 288 Milkwood Road, London SE24; 21 Seymour Place, London W1 deliciouslyella.com

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Essence Cuisine

Essence Cuisine

For those looking to go one step further, Essence Cuisine in Shoreditch is London’s prime raw vegan food destination. With a menu developed by US chef Matthew Kenney, the leading figure in refined vegan cooking, expect to find a variety of his signature dishes including Raw Pad Thai, Heirloom Tomato Lasagna, Bangers & Mash and Cacio e Pepe tagliatelle, all executed with creative flair and impeccably presented. But go with an open mind – the lasagna doesn’t have any pasta, the ‘bangers’ are made from activated walnut and portobello mushroom, and the Cheese Board is nothing like what you devoured at Christmas. The venue is space-age and futuristic, and while the restaurant is perhaps rather niche, it’s the undisputed London mecca for raw vegan devotees. 94 Leonard Street, London EC2 essence-cuisine.com

Manna

Manna Restaurant

The 50 year-old restaurant is one of Europe’s first meat-free eateries, evolving its menus alongside the rise of plant-based eating. And there’s much more than salad going on. Manna is closing the gap of gourmet, meat-free options with classic and creative dishes made from fair trade products when available and organic and local products whenever fresh and viable. There is some real joy in the starters at this place. Adventurously healthy types might go for the raw tacos with lettuce leaf shells, sunflower seed chorizo, guacamole, carrot salsa & cashew sour cream, while comfort seekers will be tempted by the vegan nachos. The selection of mains boasts enchilada bake to bangers and mash and warm rainbow panzanella. 4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, London NW3 3AJ mannav.com BL

by CHLOE.

by CHLOE.

Yes. It has finally happened. NYC’s best-loved vegan restaurant has arrived in London, finally quelling vegan Londoners’ envious Instagram scrolls of the infamous burgers and salads at by CHLOE. The entire menu is vegan, and in the best way: Guac Burgers, Quinoa Taco Salads, Avocado Pesto Pasta, Sweet Potato Fries… The restaurant is also free of artificial flavours and preservatives, a claim to which the beetroot ketchup and chipotle aioli testify mightily. Your celebration of Pesto Meatballs made with portobellos and Spicy Thai Salad with apricot-siracha glazed tempeh should be two-fold as by CHLOE. has now opened two London locations. The Covent Garden and Tower Bridge locations also celebrate the individual flavours of the city with a special Fish n’ Chips (crispy tofu), Royal Roast (sea salt roasted celery root) and, of course, sticky toffee pudding with coconut whipped cream. A host of sweet treats will have you staring at the glass case for ages, but don’t overlook the freezer where you’ll find Push Pops: mini ice creams with toppings including Chocolate topped with Chlostess cupcakes, Salted Caramel topped with banana bread, Matcha Coconut with matcha chocolate babka and Birthday Cake topped with funfetti and rainbow frosting. One Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2SD and Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HA. eatbychloe.com BL

Redemption Bar

Redemption Bar

Ah, the best for last. Redemption Bar is the final word on big flavour that is vegan as well as sugar, wheat and alcohol-free. This vegan oasis has all the goods you look for in any outstanding health food spot such as smoothies (and smoothie bowls), avocado toast, buddha bowls, flax bread and veggie burgers. What sets these dishes apart from every other Instagram you’ve ever seen is that they are the ultimate version. New gold standard for burgers? The buff burger, made with  protein-packed, fibre-boosting shitake mushroom, black bean and ruby beet, served in an oat bun with tomato, lettuce, caramelised red onion marmalade. Turmeric superslaw and chunky sweet potato fries on the side, naturally (no pun intended). Will you go for sweet: buckwheat pancakes tossed in coconut oil and topped with natural coconut yoghurt, seasonal fruit and maple syrup? Or savoury: roasted sweet potato and red onion hash with mushrooms, kale, spinach, rosemary and a squeeze of lemon? Whatever you do it should definitely include sipping on a Skinny Cacao. The organic Boca pure bean to cup cacao, served iced or hot in nut milk puts hot chocolate to shame (and thats without any sweetener). 6 Chepstow Road, London, ​W2 5BH and 320 Old Street, London, ​EC1V 9DR redemptionbar.co.uk BL

Tell Your Friends
Tell Your Friends

Lucy Watson has provided an anecdote to South London’s lacking vegan scene and friends, we’re telling you about it. Tell Your Friends excellently tows the line between healthy food, free of anything animal, and comfort food, the kind that doesn’t feel super vegan. Skeptics, start with the ‘chicken’ bites (hemp & sunflower crumbed jackfruit bites with BBQ sauce) and split the Mac’n’Cheese with cashew cream. Cue your transformative experience. Will you go for a gold plated, traditional veggie burger: Turtle bean patty, cheddar cashew cheese, salad, caramelised onions, sundried tomato ketchup, aubergine bacon & chips? Whatever you do, leave room for a giant vegan doughnut or refined sugar free banana bread that will have you wondering what butter really ever did for you anyway. 175 New King’s Rroad, London, SW6 4SW tellyourfriendsldn.com BL

Biff’s Jack Shack at Boxpark Shoreditch

Biff's Jack Shack

After proving hugely successful in both KERB Camden and Haunt in Stoke Newington, vegan hotspot Biff’s Jack Shack is getting its first permanent home just in time for World Vegan Day. Disappointed at the sad-looking bean burgers on offer in most restaurants, Biff Burrows and Christa Bloom set out to change the conversation around plant-based food  and they’ve succeeded. Biff’s pride themselves on serving up the ‘filthiest’ vegan junk food in the UK: the menu is based around Biff’s unique Crispy Fried Jackfruit, which is braised in secret spice mix and triple-dipped in golden panko to create a selection of tasty burgers and wings. If you really want to indulge, go for the ‘Jack Bauer Tower of Power,’ a double jackfruit patty with deep fried vegan cheese, potato rosti and vegan aioli, served in a toasted brioche bun. Disclaimer – not all vegan food is healthy! Opens 1 November. Unit 49, Boxpark, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY biffsjackshack.com 

The Vurger Co

The Vurger Co

Plant-powered vegan burger restaurant The Vurger Co began its journey in July 2016 as a market stall in Bethnal Green. After gaining popularity with vegans and non-vegans alike, they opened a permanent venue in Shoreditch, with another due to launch soon in Canary Wharf. There are four core burgers to choose from with rotating monthly specials go for their bestselling Auburger, made from aubergines braised and baked in Tabasco Chipotle sauce paired with cumin mayonnaise. Still hungry? Pop some crispy sweet potato fries or mac n cheese on the side, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty Chocolate Hazelnut shake. The Vurger Co, Unit 9, Avant Garde Building, Cygnet Street, Richmix Square, E1 6LD thevurgerco.com 

Looking for vegan recipes to try at home? Why not try The Abundance Bowl from Pollen + Grace – find the full recipe here.


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