Ten years ago, you would’ve been hard-pressed to find a handful of decent vegan restaurants in the city, but fast-forward to today, and we’re utterly spoilt with veggie restaurants showcasing the best cuisines from all around the world. Whether you want to chow down on flame-grilled Mediterranean dishes or eat your body weight in vegan pizza, there’s something for every palate in this article. Here’s our rundown of delicious vegetarian-friendly restaurants to try in London.
(WA = Wheelchair Accessible)
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Darcie & May Green
First up on our list of delicious vegetarian-friendly restaurants to try in London is Darcie & May Green, the place to go for an Aussie-inspired brunch in the heart of Paddington. Dine on board their floating barge on the canal, painted by iconic pop artist Sir Peter Blake, and enjoy the menu of international-inspired dishes, with plenty of veggie-friendly options, like their award-winning banana bread and corn ribs. You can add on bottomless fizz or just stick to making your way through their extensive cocktail menu.
Darcie and May Green | Paddington | ££ – £££
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Vegetables are well and truly in the limelight at Rovi, where chef and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi focuses on fermentation and cooking over fire to enhance the natural flavours of Mediterranean fare. Expect to be dining on small plates like tenderstem broccoli with miso and yuzu vinegar and butternut crunch pie with crispy sage and bitter leaf citrus salad. Even the cocktails are based on seasonal spices and house shrubs. They’re also big on sustainability and reducing waste; they use recycled heat from the kitchen to heat the restaurant, and leftovers are used to make vegetable stocks, cocktails and vinegar for cooking.
Rovi | Fitzrovia | £££ | WA
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Kin + Deum
At Kin + Deum, Thai siblings are working to bring the diverse flavours of Thailand to London through ancient nourishing recipes. They highlight the flavours of their carefully sourced ingredients, enhancing their natural taste and even creating bold new flavours along the way. They have plenty of veggie-friendly options, like lotus butterfly flower rolls, cauliflower ponlamai curry and emerald banana fritters.
Kin + Deum | Bermondsey | £££
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Plum Valley is a family-run restaurant in the heart of Chinatown that definitely deserves to be on our list of delicious vegetarian-friendly restaurants to try in London. They specialise in mouthwatering Cantonese dishes with a contemporary twist, including vegetarian and vegan options. Enjoy dishes like pan-fried braised tofu with diced peppers, Sichuan Stir-fried hand-torn Chinese cabbage with dry chilli and sweet vinegar, and an assortment of dumplings. They even serve mock chicken dishes, including their fragrant ‘chicken’ in black bean sauce.
Plum Valley | Chinatown | ££ | WA
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This quirky tavern is inspired by Tokyo nightlife and serves a menu of tasty Japanese dishes, bar snacks and cocktails to the backing track of a weekend live DJ. The plant-filled restaurant is stylish and contemporary, featuring plenty of wood, parquet flooring and exposed brickwork – very East London. Their modern menu features plenty for vegetarians and vegans, like sesame corn on the cob, black sesame cauliflower, jalapeño fried tofu salad and sticky miso aubergine. They even have a vegan platter full of tasty treats like cucumber sushi rolls and smokey tenderstem broccoli.
Apothecary | Shoreditch | ££ – £££ | WA
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Veggie and vegan diners don’t need to miss out on delicious, wood-fired pizza since Homeslice can turn any of their non-vegan pizzas totally vegan, like their all-time favourite ‘nduja’ with tenderstem broccoli and mushroom and ‘ricotta’ with pumpkin seeds, chilli and soy truffle glaze. So, you can chow down on mouth-watering Italian pie while doing your bit to save the planet — a tasty win-win.
Homeslice | Multiple Locations | ££
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Get transported to the old Irani cafés of Bombay, where food is prepared and cooked with ingredients and flavour at the core. Although they’re famous for many of their meat-based dishes, the menu is also chock full of delicious vegetarian dishes. Try their tangy house chaat with sweet potato doused in cold yoghurt and topped with pomegranate, beetroot, radish, and carrot, then drizzled in green chutney. The smokey-grilled gunpowder potatoes tossed with aromatic seeds and green herbs is also a must-order. Or, opt for the cold and crunchy bhel with sweet pomegranate seeds, zingy lime, tamarind, tomato and mint.
Dishoom | Multiple Locations | ££ – £££
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Mare Street Market
Last on our list of delicious vegetarian-friendly restaurants to try in London is Mare Street Market. We wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to visit just for the ambience – it’s filled with hanging foliage, neon lighting and a resident DJ spinning hot beats at the weekend. But aside from the immaculate vibes, they also serve a banging menu of tasty dishes with ample vegetarian options. Expect dishes like chipotle black bean burger with white cabbage slaw and sriracha, tofu poké bowls with rice, pickled veg and burnt nori; all drizzled in miso dressing, and a range of sourdough veggie pizzas fresh out of the wood oven.
Mare Street Market | Hackney | ££ – £££ | WA
Plant Power Vegan Food Tour
Grab a spot on London’s only vegan food tour! With your trusty tour guide, you’ll roam Camden’s top plant-based eateries, trying the likes of tasty dim sum, crunchy fried chicken that would 100% pass for the real thing, and a popular pizza spot with the creamiest of mock mozzarella. Even if you’re not vegan or vegetarian, this is a fun way to experience incredibly tasty food you wouldn’t usually order.
Female-owned Rebel Tours runs this experience, which you can book through Love and London Tours and Experiences.
Plant Power Vegan Food Tour | Camden | £££
We have heaps more recommendations for veggie-friendly restaurants in our London itineraries and Casual Tourist Guides, so be sure to check them out if you’re looking for even more veggie places to wine and dine in the city.