From people, music, professions, hobbies and of course, food – the city of London is a melting pot of new trends, people and culture. There is certainly no shortage of new things to try, see and do in the UK capital. As you’ll have noticed, one big movement in the food industry that is growing in popularity in London (and pretty much everywhere!) is vegetarian and veganism.
If you haven’t got stuck into some vegan or veggie food, we think it’s about time you did. With so many restaurants and street food stalls offering up scrumptious plant-based munch all over the city, we think you’d be crazy not to. So, take a look at some of the best vegetarian restaurants in London, below:
Trend Watch: Vegetarian and Veganism
From pop-up vegetarian brunch, vegetarian afternoon tea, vegetarian street food – London is home to lots of great restaurants and street stalls to grab affordable and super delicious vegetarian and plant-based food. We’re highlighting some of these to-die-for, tasty meat-free eateries so you can indulge until your heart – or tummy – is content.
Did you know? Demand for meat-free food in the UK increased by 987% in 2017 and going vegan was predicted to be the biggest food trend in 2018. Veganism has also quadrupled in the 5 years between 2012 – 2017 according to Google. It now gets almost 3 times more than vegetarian and gluten-free searches.
1: Vegetarian Breakfast – Farmacy
For those wanting some gut greatness in the morning, you’ll want to delve into the probiotic menu that’s on offer at Farmacy. The perfect place to grab a conscious bite to eat so that you get all of the flavours you need, whilst powering your body for the day.
We recommend grabbing their fancy-sounding Berry Ripple probiotic jar and Truffle Potato Rosti with Seasonal Greens. Or, another great option is the Farmacy Benedict with a Melt-Away syringe shot – YUM!
2: Vegetarian Brunch – by CHLOE.
Another popular and #trendy thing to do in London at the moment is “brunching”. If you’re looking to see what all the fuss is about we recommend making your way to by CHLOE, a famous vegan restaurant, popular with the young trendsetters looking for something tasty to eat in a quirky location. Some of the best options on their Brunch menu include The Sunrise consisting of scrambled tofu, spicy seitan chorizo, black beans, salsa, avocado, tofu crèma and whole wheat tortillas. Wash it down with a Pretty in Pink smoothie or Matcha Cappuccino.
With plenty of options on the menu for all eating times, don’t limit a visit here to just brunch. Here you can also find delicious burgers, smoothie bowls, and pastry.
3: Vegetarian Sunday Lunch – The Gate
Transitioning from a meat-eater to vegetarian or vegan can prove tricky. Especially when it comes to giving up the beloved British “roast dinner”. This dish stereotypically consists of a cut of meat and a plate of veggies covered in a bucket full of gravy. At The Gate in Marylebone, there’s no need for you to give up your love for a Sunday lunch.
Swapping meat for veggies and plant-based proteins, you can find dishes like Artichoke Terrine for a starter, Wild Mushroom & Tarragon Roasted Stuffed Onion with mash and greens for a main and Peanut Butter Brownie with vanilla ice-cream for dessert.
4: Vegetarian Cafe – Wild Food Cafe
Looking for raw and wholefood? Wild Food Cafe is a go-to. Grab some quick lunch with lots of popular options including pasta, pizza, light snacks and of course, an array of mouth-watering desserts. Two puddings that are particularly popular are the Banoffee Pie or Rainbow Cheesecake.
As well as being a famous vegetarian cafe in London, Wild Food Cafe also hosts a bunch of great events to educate their audience of healthy, wholefood eating as well as how to find, create and grow better products for home cooking. So if you’re looking to get clued up on all things healthy eating, this is the spot for you.
5: Vegetarian Afternoon Tea – Cutter & Squidge
Afternoon tea is a much loved British staple and provides a great insight into British food culture. For decades us Brits have been tucking into delectable sandwhiches and pasty It’s the perfect way to pass an afternoon relaxing after a morning of sightseeing. A great place to grab vegetarian afternoon tea is Cutter & Squidge. Their food is made from 100% natural ingredients meaning their afternoon tea is healthier than traditional recipes. Plus, in their “Potion Room”, you get a completing captivating dining experience of wizardry and magic.
If you, your friends or family are a big fan of Harry Potter, this is the perfect place to come and grab a bite to eat. From galaxy-inspired drinks, lemon-potions served in cauldrons, magical Knickerbocker bites, plus plenty of other surprises, you’re seriously in for a treat.
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6: Vegetarian Afternoon Tea – Cake Boy
Another great place to retreat to from the hustle and bustle of the busy city is Cake Boy. It’s a cake lover’s haven which thanks to the owner, Eric, now offers vegetarian and vegan options within this cake emporium.
Although perhaps slightly expensive compared to the typical backpacker budget, Cake Boy offers a great experience and once you’ve had the first smell of the sweet delicacies you’ll be more than satisfied.
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7: Vegetarian Dinner Restaurant – Mildreds
If you’re looking for a spot to spend your evening enjoying an affordable, vegetarian dinner, check out Mildreds in Camden. Pretty much all options on the menu are vegetarian-and vegan-friendly! Choose from an array of starters, mains and desserts all at affordable prices.
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As you can see, there are plenty of vegetarian restaurants in Central London that you provide delicious and affordable food. Eating veggie or even vegan doesn’t have to be an issue in the English capital. Meat-free, dairy-free or not, vegetarian food is challenging the majority’s taste buds by surprising many people with the flavoursome taste you can get without meat or dairy products.
Now that you’ve filled your tummies with some of these tasty treats, sort a place to stay. That way you can try more of the best vegetarian restaurants in London, that we’ve mentioned above. We have two hostels in London to choose from, Clink78 Backpackers Youth Hostels in King’s Cross and Clink261 Budget Hostel in London. We offer group accommodation as well as rooms for single-travellers – both at budget prices, without comprising on quality.
Alternatively, if you’d like us to recommend some fun activities or any other tips, you can get in touch with a member of the team.