Whether you are a vegan or a sworn carnivore, odds are you enjoy good food. We all have vegan friends and truth is that they do struggle to find a decent amount of interesting options in your standard restaurant. So next time you’re going to dinner with your vegan friends, take one for the team and try one of the vegan restaurants around London. We’ve done some legwork for you, so you won’t be really taking one for the team: you’ll just be enjoying some seriously delicious food (minus the meat and all animal products). You’ll even be doing some good to the environment.
222 Vegan Cuisine, West Kensington
If it’s too healthy, it probably doesn’t have much taste, everyone knows that. 222 Vegan Cuisine is basically proving everyone wrong. They are all about clean eating and transforming everyday- yummy food to vegan friendly- everyday-yummy food. We are talking tofu pancakes, almond cheese, asparagus and petit-pois burgers, and coconut whipped cream. They are ready to serve anyone with any special dietary requirements. They choose to keep it healthy, by cooking low fat, low salt, non-GM and organic. Keep an eye out for their amazing lunch buffet (from £9.50 per person)!
(222 North End Road, West Kensington, London W14 9NU, 020 7381 2322)
Picky Wops in The Queen’s Head Pub, Brixton
Two Italian brothers have recently taken over the kitchen of The Queen’s Head Pub in Brixton and they are making all sorts of very Italian, very plant based pizzas. All sorts of vegan cheese and vegan meats are on offer. And that’s not even the best part: you can pick from kamut, turmeric, burned wheat, multigrain, or even hemp dough for your pizza. They were voted as the best vegan pizza in the world in 2017 (HappyCow app). Now they are offering pizza dough making classes, as well, in case you wanted to have some world-class pizza dough baked in your kitchen. Interesting fact: “Wops” was a racist term used to discriminate Italian immigrants and the Picky Wops are embracing diversity and inclusion. Whether it is about people or pizza doughs!
(144 Stockwell Rd, Stockwell, London SW9 9TQ, 020 7737 3519)
Riverside Vegeteria, Kingston
The idyllic location and the huge chalkboard of daily specials make going out of your way to get here definitely worth it. Especially on a sunny day. You will find a big variety of vegan, vegetarian, organic, wheat, and gluten free dishes from all around the world. All products are organic and Fair Trade and 90% of the menu is fat free. Sounds great for a healthy lunch after a walk in Hampton Park or along the riverside on a sunny Sunday.
(64 High St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HN, 020 8546 7992)
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An almost picturesque corner store in Peckham, Persepolis is part cafe, part restaurant, part deli. With just nine tables between its aisles and fridges, they offer a good selection of Persian/ Middle-Eastern cuisine. It is a vegetarian, not a vegan restaurant, but it does have options for vegans, as well. As you may have guessed, at Perspolis they are all about meze. What does that mean? Share your food. Order a few dishes for everyone to share, try different tastes, socialize, and save yourself from the stress of choosing one single dish. The good thing about this place is that once you have finished eating all of the delicious food and are full of inspiration for your next culinary adventure, all kitchen supplies are at your fingertips. Basically like killing two birds with one stone.
(Persepolis, 28-30 Peckham High Street, SE15 5DT, 020 7639 8007)
Full Nelson, Deptford
If you’re trying to convince your burger loving friend to turn vegan, this is the place to take them. In the Full Nelson eating vegan doesn’t exclude eating delicious junk. They claim to have the best vegan burger that money can buy and if we’re being honest, there are not many competitors in sight. Enjoy it with a side of loaded fries and a smooth milkshake. Who said being vegan is not fun?
(47 Deptford Broadway, Deptford, London SE8 4PH)
Other vegan options….
Dishoom is a fun Indian restaurant chain (you can find one conveniently located as you walk around London) that has a great variety of vegan options with a even a specialized “vegan” menu.
Farmacy is a hip, fancy option if you are walking through Notting Hill and for some “people watching” entertainment. Everything here is plant-based and is free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals.
If you are thirsty, stop into CPRESS TriYoga Shoreditch, a café at a yoga studio using 100% organic ingredients for the yummy cold pressed juices and smoothies