So, you’ve decided to go all plant-based for Veganuary and after the first, smug, five days where you feel radiant, are excited about making your own houmous and the joys of Holland & Barrett it’s date night and you are PANICKED.
Because you normally go to Nandos. Or Le Relais de Venise. Or Meat Liquor.
Where the fudge do you go when you want to carry on with your vegan diet BUT you really can’t face another night in cooking from Lucy off of Made in Chelsea’s cookbook.
DON’T PANIC. An adopted Londoner since 2003, I’ve been vegan since 2015 with one chunky break while preggo (I know, I know…..) and I am seriously lazy. Which means I like to eat out a fair amount (yep, I know this is why us millennials can’t afford bigger houses so shush.)
Here are my favourite vegan restaurants in London. Some chains, some indie, some east, some west. But all, hopefully, will help you have a dreamy night out while staying vegan (if you want to, obvs, no judgement here.)
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I feel supremely lucky I live within walking distance of this awesome restaurant. Although it’s called ‘Veggie Vegan’ all the dishes are vegan, and some are even raw!
Although the restaurant is quite small, and gets booked up easily, we’ve always managed to get a spot and eat until we pop. The drinks are divine, the desserts BIG and plentiful and the lunchtime buffet (all you can eat yo!) is SUCH good value at £5.50 per person.
South Indian Restaurants
Okay, okay I know this isn’t a definitive restaurant but if you don’t know already, South Indian food is hella vegetarian.
And therefore you can also expect to find stacks of vegan options. Obviously, Indian food is traditionally cooked in ghee but not all dishes are so I find this to be the easiest option when eating out or ordering takeaway.
This was the very first veggie restaurant I ever went to, and it was back when I was a meat eater too. Yet it still impressed me and I’ve had it on my to-eat list ever since.
It’s a Soho classic, so expect to wait!
It might surprise you to learn there are a few chains with a sneaky vegan menu. Out of the ones I’ve tried, Zizzi is amazing – even though they use vegan cheese (!)
It’s pretty small and basically uses a variation on the same ingredients but it’s yummy, creative and great value.
Despite having lived approximately 15 minutes walk from the Gate for about six years now, I only deigned to visit last week. LAST WEEK people!!
I’ve been missing out, because it’s bloody delicious. Not for those on a tight budget this is definitely a special occasion restaurant but the food was divine, and the service excellent.
There’s also branches in Finsbury Park and Marylebone.
I must admit, one of the things I really miss is eating curried goat and jerk chicken (which i basically do annually at Notting Hill Carnival) so I was happy to discover this little gem serving vegan and vegetarian Caribbean food!
Although this is in south London (Tulse Hill), don’t hate on it because it’s worth a visit.
Another east london stalwart, the Black Cat Cafe is a co-operative as well as being 100% vegan. So you can feel all warm and fuzzy while you enjoy a giant portion of fishless chips (the insta-famous dish).
AND, it’s super good value too. But it’s in east London…..ahhh man, I have to break my own rules and trek east sometimes 😉
The cafe is currently closed for refurbishment but will reopen in February 2018.
If you missed the news, this pub is the VERY first vegan pub in London! Maybe the UK?! Anyway, I haven’t visited yet…..because it’s new (as of January 2018) and it’s in Homerton, in the depths of East London (which, as you know, I rarely visit).
Opened by Club Mexicana owner Meriel Armitage, the food is probably gonna have a Mexican vibe. But you know what? I vow to test it out for you guys. I’ll trek to fudging Homerton for you…..gah. I will. Promise.
A funny name for somewhere that does excellent vegan food — it’s not a vegan restaurant, just has vegan options on account of it being a blahdy brilliant Middle-Eastern vibe.
This is another ‘special occasion’ place that has yummy food served in a satisfyingly Instagrammable way.
I just love the name! And it’s pizza. One of my favourite foods in the universe……Located out in Fulham (the other end of North End road to 222 Veggie Vegan), Pickywops serves delicious, creative pizza and does takeaway too.
What do you think? Have I saved your date night?! Let me know in the comments.