London's best restaurants for vegans

Who knew vegan grub could taste so good?

These days, it's all about the veganism... probably the fastest growing culinary trend since somebody suggested that Jeff "Hot Dog" Jones shove his sausage into an abnormally long bread roll.

We've put together a list of what we think are London's best vegan restaurants; they include a multitude of cuisines from around the globe, using ethically sourced ingredients and assembled by some of the capital's most talented and inventive chefs. And the results are mouth-watering.

So read our list, then put on your sandals (only joshing) and get down to one of London's best vegan eateries.

Down To Earth
240-242 High Street Kensington W8 6ND
Region: Kensington
Nearest Station: High Street Kensington (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: The chefs at Down to Earth create gourmet dishes with raw food, in other words it’s been cooked at temperatures lower than 48 degrees centigrade. Dishes like the lasagne made from courgette slices with cashew nut “béchamel”, are full of flavour and very pretty to look at too.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Vanilla Black
17-18 Tooks Court EC4A 1LB
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Chancery Lane (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Although Vanilla Black is a vegetarian restaurant, there is a separate menu for vegans. The only meat-free restaurant in London to be recommended in the Michelin Guide, this is the most haute cuisine option you’ll find in the capital.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 7/10
Itadaki Zen
139 King's Cross Road WC1X 9BJ
Region: King's Cross
Nearest Station: King's Cross St. Pancras (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Itadaki Zen take sustainability very seriously, as the furniture and many of the items that make up the décor have been rescued or hand-made. Grains, seaweeds and pulses feature prominently on the menu; the cuisine is Japanese, so expect vegan sushi, noodles and tempura, and diners are encouraged to take leftovers home to avoid wasting any food.

Bonnington Cafe
11 Vauxhall Grove Vauxhall SW8 1TD
Region: Vauxhall
Nearest Station: Vauxhall (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This co-operative café has a rota of chefs that is constantly changing, as does the menu. It’s vegetarian but one night of the week is reserved for vegan food. It’s also one of London’s cheapest eateries, with all main courses priced at £8, and a BYOB policy with no corkage fee that also helps keep costs down.

5 Station Rise SE27 9BW
Region: Tulse Hill
Nearest Station: Tulse Hill

AIL Says: Wholesome and healthy versions of old favourites like lasagne with a rich lentil-based béchamelare on offer at this tiny, cosy restaurantwith extremely friendly staff. There is no booze, but they do have virgin mojitos and mango lassis.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 9/10
222 Veggie Vegan Restaurant
222 North End Road W14 9NU
Region: West Kensington
Nearest Station: West Kensington (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: At lunchtime they have a buffet service; in the evening there is a more conventional à la carte with things like mushroom and spinach raclette, and seitan stroganoff.

42? Raw
6 Burlington Gardens W1S 3EX
Region: Mayfair

AIL Says: This simple cafe is located within the Royal Academy, and is the second site for the Danish company. They only serve plant-based foods, cooked below 42 degrees as the name suggests, and with no added sugar or preservatives.


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