As plant-based diets become increasingly popular, London leads the pack with some of the most innovative vegan food in the world. Join Stasher as we go in search of the best vegan restaurants in London as part of a two day London itinerary.
Wulf and Lamb
With two locations in the city, Wulf and Lamb offers surprisingly affordable, gourmet vegan fare. The restaurant’s 100% plant-based menu features creative versions of Shepard’s Pie, Thai curry, and a hearty vegan stew. For folks with a healthy appetite, Wulf and Lamb offers economically-priced comfort food like their mammoth veggie burger combo and full vegan brekkie.
London’s WAVE (We Are Vegan Everything) serves up a diverse menu that the owners characterize as “divinely guilt-free.” WAVE’s tasty vegan dishes range from bagels with plant-based lox to macaroni and cheese with coconut “bac’n.” Originally founded as a bakery called “Cupcakes and Shhht,” the restaurant offers a lip-smacking selection of freshly-baked vegan pastries, dairy-free shakes and craft coffee. The cozy atmosphere at WAVE features hammock chairs and regular events like live music nights, yoga classes and life-drawing sessions.
Since Mildreds first opened in 1988, this vegetarian restaurant has expanded to several locations throughout London. Though not strictly vegan, Mildreds offers an extensive selection of delicious animal product-free dishes from around the world. The restaurant chain has even published a cookbook so you can make some of Mildreds’ signature dishes at home. Go early, and be prepared to wait for your table in a nearby pub. Mildreds fills up fast and takes no bookings.
Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner
You’ll find vegan junk-food galore at Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner. The restaurant serves up a decadent menu of American munchies complete with meatless Reubens, spicy vegan buffalo wings, and Rudy’s sloppy-and-delicious Dirty Burger. Recently relocated to a new location in the Camden Market, Rudy’s has added a quirky Shake Bar that will delight any vegan with a sweet tooth.
Itadaki Zen gives vegans a taste of the true spirit of Japanese teishoku-style cuisine. Located in King’s Cross, Itadaki Zen holds the title of the first organic, vegan Japanese restaurant in Europe. The restaurant’s expert chefs meticulously craft each dish to order, following the tradition of the great sushi masters. Itadaki Zen also offers free workshops in organic cooking and sustainable architecture as well as monthly art and music events.
Head to Purezza for plant-based Italian food at its finest. Founded in 2015, Purezza takes pride in being the UK’s first 100% vegan pizzeria. Purezza offers delicious, cruelty-free calzones, pizzas and lasagna, lovingly baked in a traditional wood-fired oven. Purezza is dog-friendly and provides plenty of raw and gluten-free meal options.
Located in the Shoreditch area of London, Unity Diner serves the ultimate in vegan comfort food. Highlights include a full English Breakfast for vegans with hearty appetites. The restaurant is plastic-free and runs entirely on a non-profit basis. Unity Diner’s proceeds fund animal rights campaign work and the development of an animal rescue sanctuary. Dog-lovers can bring their furry companions to Unity Diner, which provides free vegan treats.
Club Mexicana takes the concept of Mexican street food to a higher level. Veggie-lovers will find some of the best vegan Mexican food outside of Oaxaca at the restaurant’s three London locations. From Baja tufish tacos to fully loaded nachos, Club Mexicana brings just what you need to spice up your day in London. If you’re looking for more of a pub atmosphere, have a pint at The Spread Eagle, whose snack menu features dishes from Club Mexicana.
The Coach and Horses
The Coach and Horses reserves the title of SoHo’s first vegan pub. Clients can quaff down frothy pints accompanied by a mouthwatering array of vegan snacks. Many foodies consider the pub’s signature dish as London’s best vegan fish and chips. Situated in a historic 19th-century building, the Coach and Horses traditional pub atmosphere is a favorite among local artists and journalists. The pub regularly hosts amusing events, such as a piano sing-along on Saturday nights.
Don’t let the name fool you. Vegans should bring a big appetite to the gourmet buffet at Tidbits. Dedicated to cruelty-free cuisine, the upscale vegetarian restaurant serves an 80-percent vegan menu. The selection at Tidbits changes with the seasons, and the restaurant charges by weight. The ample buffet features a full spread of 100% vegan dishes every Tuesday. Diners wishing to imbibe can choose from a creative assortment of artisanal cocktails, craft beers, and a carefully-selected wine list.
If you still haven’t had your fill after trying London’s best vegan restaurants, drop off your luggage with Stasher, and discover the city’s endless banquet of vegan street food.