Full disclosure: we LOVE to eat. With a Cameroonian mom who is probably the best cook in the world (yes, we're unashamedly biased), we have been in the kitchen since we were young, whether we wanted to be there or not.
And while we’re not master chefs, along the way we’ve picked up some pretty helpful tips in making our meals a bit yummier and healthier.
So it was a bit inevitable that we became more and more aware and cautious of what we were cooking, what we were putting in our bodies, and what we were feeding our families.
In a bout of curiosity, we both decided to give a plant-based diet a try to see if it made a difference in our well-being.
Ultimately, we both really enjoyed it and have started have both been eating a mostly plant-based diet since the summer of 2017. At first we thought it was going to be incredibly difficult and restrictive, but surprisingly, we found that wasn’t the case, especially when making meals at home.
Let us know in the comments, we’re happy to share some of our recipes here on the blog if you want to see!
However, we did find that the bigger tackle was finding those same flavour options outside of our own homes. London is a such a dynamic city and it seemed such a shame that we wouldn’t be able to continue eating out and sampling the full range of culinary delights that London had to offer simply because of our diet.
Luckily for us, right now veganism a lifestyle that is sweeping London by storm.
While the selections aren’t always perfect, everyday we see more vegan and plant-based options pop up in the city. Without further ado, here is our list of some of our favourite restaurants that are either completely vegan friendly or with some quality vegan-friendly and plant-based options on the menu: from a sumptuous night out on the town to a quick lunch break within meetings.
The Best Vegan Restaurants in London (and Veggie Restaurants, too!)
in no particular order
One of our favourites. With a pay by weight system, this is perfect for both a light bite or for a larger feast. Perfect place to go with friends so everybody can try what they like. And the atmosphere is incredibly warm and inviting. Leave room for the sticky toffee pudding.
Let’s just say the ‘chicken’ burger here is one of the best vegan burgers we’ve have ever had. EVER. Hands down. Both of our hubbies love it. And with four restaurants across town, you CANNOT miss Mildreds. It’s just too good.
Wulf & Lamb
The food is good, the decor is instagrammable, the feel is upscale, but friendly. Based in Chelsea, it’s a chic and yummy place for a lunch out with your girlfriends or a for a Saturday lunch after shopping on Sloane Square.
While there’s some controversy with the restaurant surrounding its owners, the food is really good at a decent price. It has a colourful, American disco diner feel. It’s a little heavy with the 90s crowd so we wouldn’t go for a business meeting, but the food is worth it, definitely for a fun lunch.
It’s a gorgeous environment with crystals and plants overflowing from the walls. While the food is good, the simple plant-based and veggie-friendly menu isn’t really the main draw. Make sure to look your best as you might peep some A-Listers in this West London draw.
A lovely option in Primrose Hill for some quality vegan and vegetarian food. Romantic and healthy, this is a great choice for date night.
Based in Kensal Rise, this vegan restaurant is small, but mighty. Definitely go for brunch and try the “Full English.” We haven’t tried the night menu, but it’s definitely in the diary.
FED by Water
We had some of the best pasta ever here since we changed up our diet. With its consistent 4 and 5 star ratings, this Dalston-based fully vegan Italian restaurant will make you a believer.
Right near Oxford Street, Ethos is a central spot for plant-based and vegetarian food, especially great for the health-conscious. We went for afternoon tea and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
With an upscale feel and gourmet dining, if you are looking for hearty, British fare, you can’t go wrong with The Gate.
The Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker
No, you don’t have to miss out on a roast dinner anymore! After a successful run of a vegan pop up at their location, this British pub now has a completely vegan food menu. With seitan burgers and grilled cheese on the menu, it’s like a piece of home.
With locations in Shoreditch and Notting Hill, you can feel good and healthy all over town. Known as London’s healthiest bar, the 100% vegan menu is a treat, but go for their tasty smoothies and shakes.
Dirty Bones - Dirty Vegan pop up
We couldn’t leave this one out as the Dirty Vegan pop up at Dirty Bones was, for both of us, our FAVOURITE vegan dining experience in London so far. Starters. Mains. Sides. Dessert. All a 10/10 for £25? The chicken (cauliflower) and waffles was a winner. And the cocktails were so fun and delicious. We certainly hope that they turn the pop up into a full restaurant as we think the demand would be high enough from plant-based dieters and meat-eaters alike. Until then, add us onto the top of the list when this rolls out again!
And we know that you don’t need a sit down meal every time you want to eat, so here are some of our favourite fast and fresh eateries that either cater to plant-based diets or have a pretty good selection when we are out and about, usually for less than a tenner:
Temple of Seitan
Try the Temple Burger with Fries.
The bestselling steak and ale pie with mash certainly hits the spot.
How they make these risotto balls vegan will remain a mystery, but they are damn good.
Veggie Pret (and Pret)
There pretty much a Pret on every corner, so we are thankful that they continue to expand their vegan and vegetarian menu. And that dark chocolate almond butter cookie? To die for.
If you are looking for sushi or a quick meal at lunch, head into itsu for a good variety of vegan mains and sushi bites.
Leon impresses us everyday with their ever expanding menu - just when we thought their vegan wrap was the best thing on their menu, they came out with meatless meatballs and knocked it out of the park. Definitely in our lunch rotation.
Have we forgotten a banger of a restaurant? We’re always looking for new places to check out. Admittedly, we don’t have many options south of the river, but do we need to head down there and sample some goodness? What’s your favourite vegan restaurant? Let us know in the comments below!
Lots of Love,