I spent a few months backpacking in Europe this year and spent the majority of my time in London. Some of the vegan food spots in London is one of the reasons I liked Europe so much: it’s the most vegan friendly city in the world.
And they do vegan cheese really well, so all of the pizzas, burgers, and other dishes that normally have cheese do come with vegan cheeses. You’re welcome.
I didn’t eat out too much because it was a low budget trip, but the food that I did eat was incredible. Here are my favorite restaurants and dishes that I tried.
1. Unity Diner (vegan)
Nearest Tube Station: Old Street, 6 minute walk
This is my hands down my favorite restaurant in London. Not at all because I have a crush on the co-founder Earthling Ed but because the food is amazing. Okay, maybe it’s a little because of the crush. But really, the Dirty Nachos (gf) are ridiculously yummy, and at the weekend brunch my friend and I got the Fruit Pancake Stack (gf) and the Full English Breakfast.
If you’re curious about the main photo up top, that’s The UD Tofish & Chips.
It’s also non-profit! All profits go to the animals rights organization Surge as well as a rescue sanctuary outside of London. Can it get any better than that?
Tip: If you go at night you might want to make a reservation; it gets pretty busy.
2. Wulf and Lamb (vegan)
Nearest Tube Station: Sloane Square, 5 minute walk
Wulf and Lamb it has the BEST vegan Mac N Cheese I have ever tried. It’s THAT good. Trust me.
It blew me away and I grew up in Southern Illinois where we take Mac N Cheese very seriously. It even has a nice crust on the top! You won’t want to share it (I took my friend there and we ordered more!).
Though I wasn’t crazy about the Wulf Burger, their desserts and pizzas are great (especially the Broccoli & Artichoke Pizza). Next time, I’m definitely going for brunch. Because pancakes. <3
Tip: It seems like an upscale restaurant and is great for nice dates!
3. Vurger Co. (vegan)
Nearest Tube Station: Shoreditch High Street, 4 minute walk
YES to milkshakes! I went here a number of times by myself just for the milkshakes. I have a biiiit of a sweet tooth and the Chocolate Hazelnut Shake really helps out with that. As does the Oreo Shake. And the Biscoff Shake. And the Sweet Potato Fries (gf). Mmm.
The Kentucky Dunkers (gf) had a tough texture, but the taste of chicken fingers was spot on.
The burger patties (gf buns available) are made entirely of vegetables, which means I got a break from the more processed veggie patties. It made me feel a little better about the amount of shakes I was getting from there.
Tip: Add whiskey or rum to any shake!
4. by CHLOE. (vegan)
Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden, 6 minute walk
The Pesto Meatball Sandwich has the best vegan meatballs I’ve had, and frankly they are good meatballs vegan or not. The Guac Burger (gf available) and Sweet Potato Fries (gf, air baked not fried!) are a match made in heaven. They have beet ketchup and chipotle aioli too!
Chocolate craze: I ate too many Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chlostess Cupcakes from here. Pair them with the hot chocolate and you might actually ascend to chocolate heaven. I think I did. Have I mentioned how much I love chocolate?
And it doesn’t taste like the healthy cacao vegan chocolate you’re used to. It tastes like non-vegan milk chocolate goodness.
Ooo and for your furry little friends, they have organic peanut butter dog treats and pupcakes!
Tip: I haven’t been but they have tea time in the afternoon and brunch on the weekends!
5. Banana Tree (ask for vegan menu)
Wow, the Malaysian Kajang Satay cannot be overlooked. Your taste buds will thank you and so will all of your non-vegan friends. I actually had to ask if it was vegan because it felt like I was eating something that I shouldn’t.
And the Vietnamese Lettuce & Herb Wraps are so fun to put together! They give you a little instruction card to teach you how.
My friend and I followed up those appetizers with two main combos: Thai Green Curry and Tamarind Spicy Aubergine. I got mine without tofu and with extra aubergine because it might be the best aubergine ever (I’m torn between Banana Tree and Burma Love in SF on aubergine). The combos come with sesame crackers, sweet corn cakes, spiced rice, and a salad. It’s worth it.
It might sound like too much food for two people, but the portions are totally reasonable, and most of the food is so light and low calorie that it doesn’t feel like a lot.
6. Purezza (vegan)
Nearest Tube Station: Camden town, 4 minute walk
Purezza is the #1 on the list of vegan food spots in London on Happy Cow but I haven’t been there yet. I had to put it on this list because many friends told me that the pizza is out of this world.
And they also have dessert pizza?! How did I NOT go here?
7. Wildwood (ask for vegan menu)
Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden, 4 minute walk
It’s a really classy restaurant that would be perfect for a romantic night, or before an opera show (it’s directly across from the Royal Opera House). But I just went by myself and read a book.
Some of their pizzas can be made into calzones so I got the Mushroom & Truffle Oil Calzone. So. Yummy. And my first calzone since becoming vegan!
The only downside is they don’t have any vegan desserts, so you can walk to by CHLOE for dessert which is only a 2 minute walk away.
8. Wild Food Cafe (raw vegan, gluten and soy and peanut free)
Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden, 4 minute walk
The food here is super creative and beautifully presented.
I had the hummus plate which was wildly delicious, and their desserts are great! The burger was alright, but it looked cooler than it tasted. The Sweet Potato Wedges on the side were SO good.
I wish I would have tried their cheese board but I was way too full.
9. Wicked Vegan (vegan)
Nearest Tube Station: Balham, 4 minute walk
They have a lot of great options here, but the Beyond Burger is the best choice. I got mine with Sweet Potato Fries (I’m obsessed with sweet potato fries, they are everywhere in Europe), and my friend was AMAZED that the burger was vegan.
It was probably the best vegan burger patty I’ve had. Either that one or VeganBurg’s in San Francisco. I haven’t decided.
10. Redemption (vegan, gluten free)
Redemption seems like a great place and one I haven’t made it to yet. It’s a restaurant and bar that is completely alcohol free, and their cocktails look AMAZING. How cool is that?
My friend told me it’s her favorite vegan food spots in London so I have to recommend it.
Bonus: Whole Foods, Kensington (vegan options)
Nearest Tube Station: High Street Kensington, 3 minute walk
I had to put this on here because I went here a number of times when I was in London. The hot food bar on the ground floor has AMAZING vegan Mac N Cheese. It’s really good, and you will LOVE it.
It’s not a typical Mac N Cheese, but it’s still delicious. Also, if you can find the Vegan Pistachio Brownies (gf) in the baked goods section, you’ll be set.
Tip: All of the restaurants on the top floor have vegan options and most of their free samples around the store are vegan!
Bonus: Leon (vegan options)
If you’re ever short on time in London and want fast food, Leon is a great choice. There are numerous locations around the city and they make a great vegan burger. They also have vegan desserts.
Vegan in London
Honestly, there are so many good vegan food spots in London you really can’t go wrong. If you only have a short amount of time though, Unity Diner has to be on your list. And if you see Ed, tell him I’d love to share a vegan milkshake with him. How romantic.<3
In all seriousness though, you won’t want to go home after being vegan in London. You’ll feel spoiled by all the lovely food here! Going back to San Francisco was hard for me, but I hope to be back in London soon.
You’ll love it!
For all of my gluten free friends I tried to mark as many things gf as I could. Anything not marked gf I’m not sure about so you’ll need to check with the restaurant.
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