London's top vegan spots
Check out our list of some of the tastiest up-and-coming ethical foodstops in town!
Vegan food is one of the most exciting and enjoyable trends in London at the moment, so if you’re into tasty, cruelty-free cuisine you might be interested in sampling the delights of any of the following up-and-coming vegan spots listed below. Each and every one of them serve up delicious food with all-vegan ingredients at a great price. Leave with a full belly and a guilt-free conscience!
Young Vegans, Camden Market
Young Vegans have successfully identified that everyone loves comfort food, whatever their diet. Why shouldn’t vegans, as well as vegetarians and celiacs, enjoy the delights of piping hot pie and mash? Come down and be delighted by the recognisable flavours of their signature seitan and ale pie, with all the hearty taste of its meaty inspiration. The mashed potatoes are rich and silky, and each pie is topped with the crunchy caramelised onions and fresh salad. Also look out for their deserts - the peanut butter and chocolate mud pie is worth the trip alone.
60 Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town, London NW1 8AF
Club Mex residency at The Spread Eagle
Club Mexicana are all about flavour: spicy, succulent, citrusy flavour inspired by classic Mexican street food. You’ll barely notice the absence of meat in their delicious tacos (especially the “Al Pastor” with its marinated jackfruit standing in for pulled pork). What’s great about Club Mexicana at The Spread Eagle is that they have paired up to create the first 100%-vegan pub in all of London, with everything from spirits to beer, fittings to food being sourced animal-free. If you want to sample the full panoply of vegan delights, this might be the pub for you.
224 Homerton High Street, E9 6AS
Temple of Seitan
This unpretentious spot dedicates itself to massive portions of vegan-style fast food. Their chicken wings, burgers and mac-n-cheese have become local favourites thanks to the great taste and value of the familiar favourites. With locations in Hackney and Camden, as well as pop-up stalls throughout London, their brand of delicious and affordable vegan stalwarts will be on the radar for every woke fast-food lover. Take your meat-eating friend along and show them that they can have their drunken favourites at a minimum of the environmental cost!
Hackney: 10 Morning Lane, E9 6NA
Camden: 103a Camley Street, N1C 4PF
Biff’s Jack Shack residency at The Haunt
Perhaps you’re noticing a bit of a theme in this list: indulgent meaty pleasures given the vegan treatment so that they can be enjoyed by everyone. So what’s so special bout Biff’s Jack Shack? Well, reader, it provides the filthiest vegan junk food in town. Not one for the waist-watchers, this, as all of Biff’s recipes come loaded to the rafters with mouth-watering flavours and naughty extras like loaded chips and bourbon BBQ sauce. The main meat-substitute is jackfruit (one of your 5-a-day!) so you can tell yourself that this indulgent fare is totally compliant with your diet. Luxury munch for a special occasion or simply to be enjoyed with friends over a gluten-free beer.
182 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7UY
Wild Food Cafe, Covent Garden
If the other restaurants on this list give you your carnivorous fix without the guilt, the Wild Food Cafe in Neal’s Yard is all about the joy of unprocessed, raw foods. They celebrate the tastiness and nutritional benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables in a modern restaurant setting, with an emphasis on well-being and happiness through healthy eating. They don’t use over-processed ingredients like gluten or soy and try to show diners how to craft a meal with the simplest of ingredients without sacrificing strong flavour. Upmarket without the price tag and a novel introduction to the intriguing world of fresh-food restaurants. Not to be missed.
1st Floor, 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP