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Vegetarians and vegans; tired of being offered vegetarian options that manifest as nothing more than salads and side dishes at London’s best restaurants? If you are vegan or vegetarian, your vegetarianism is not a hindrance it’s a blessing. Long-gone are the days when a dried up nut roast was all you could hope for if you didn’t eat meat. Vegetarian and vegan cuisine has officially gone mainstream, and as a result there are no end of great restaurants to enjoy it. So whether you’ve stopped eating meat permanently, or you just want to see what all the fuss is about, this Top 10 guide to London’s best vegetarian and best vegan restaurants will point you in the right direction. If you are vegetarian but want to enjoy dinner with your meat-eating friends, challenge them to be adventurous with their restaurant choice. Hell, even if you’re not vegetarian, be adventurous!
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Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: Vegetarian
This vegetarian café-restaurant in Soho has been serving up wholesome vegetarian meals for almost three decades now. It's always popular with the young crowds who are no doubt drawn in by the Fair Trade organic coffee as much as they are by the vegetarian and vegan dishes. Varied vegetarian options (from Asian to Mediterranean); we'd recommend the Sri Lankan sweet potato and green bean curry followed by the warm beetroot and chocolate fudge cake.
Notting Hill / Restaurant /
Refuel and energize at Farmacy, an ethical vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Notting Hill. Try a healthy take on indulgent comfort food with the signature Farmacy Burger, made of millet, black beans and mushrooms; or tuck into a plant-based ice cream sundae garnished with raw cacao. Ingredients are carefully selected to create a delicious balance between nutritional value and taste. Farmacy is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Swiss Cottage & Primrose Hill / Restaurant / Cuisine: Vegetarian
This elegant, upmarket restaurant in Primrose Hill is London's oldest vegetarian restaurant (more than 40 years) and in recent years has become completely vegan. They boast an adventurous menu that gushes with creativity, and veganises many dishes such as "nachos especiales" which come covered in a creamy sauce made from cashews. The conservatory aids slow weekend vegetarian dining and they also offer a first-rate selection of organic and vegan wines.
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Vegetarian
If you had to sum up this West End vegetarian restaurant in one word it'd be "wholesome". The vegetarian food is wholesome in a fresh-healthy-and-never-been-alive-or-kicking kind of way. The environment is wholesome as this vegetarian restaurant has a kids' play area, and al fresco dining in the Regent Street Food Quarter. The desserts are even wholesome! Better as a lunchtime vegetarian restaurant so ideal for anyone out shopping between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.
Marylebone / Restaurant / Cuisine: Vegetarian
The Gate has been opened since 1989 and entertaining vegetarians and the diet concious alike with their eclectic menu celebrating the essence of healthy food from the soil. The vegetarian menu is influenced by Indian, Arabic, French and Italian cooking. They source ingredients carefully and ethically, whilst pairing unusual ingredients to intensify flavours of their dishes. From no formal training and no experience of running a restaurant, they now own three branches. The Seymour branch is situated in Marylebone in close proximity to the bustling Oxford Street and Marble Arch area.
Afternoon Tea at Egerton House Hotel
Knightsbridge / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
Egerton House Hotel offers dedicated menus to Vegetarians, Vegans and those looking for Gluten free. As Vegetarian, select the finest leaf teas with homemade cakes including toffee caramel cupcake coated with cream, chocolate orange brownie and blackberry macaroons. As Vegan plunge into freshly cut sandwiches including guacamole and rocket on white bread, chickpea-coronation on granary bread, cucumber on brown bread and tomato and olive tapenade on sun-dried tomato bread whilst Gluten free boasts cakes including coffee and cinnamon cake, chocolate brownie, almond slice, orange cupcake, coconut and lemon cake and fruit tarlet. Book Now to secure a table.
Fitzrovia / Restaurant / Cuisine: Vegetarian
Let your taste buds travel the world with a visit to Ethos restaurant in Fitzrovia - serving an array of global cuisines, with plates including Thai corn fritters, Columbian crema de Aguacata soup and Lebanese green bean salad. Expect abundant displays of beautifully crafted food in a stunning, sophisticated setting complete with indoor silver birch trees. Enjoy nutritious and deliciously different meat-free cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails and everything in between.
Angel & Islington / Restaurant / Cuisine: Vegetarian
Vegetarian restaurant in Angel - One of London's most loved vegetarian restaurants with a unique brand of vegetarian food, combining flavours from all over the world that create dishes that look and taste fantastic. The chefs at this restaurant believe that even though vegetarians don't eat meat, they shouldn't be subject to a diet of indigestible wholefoods. Let them indulge! These aspects have helped The Gate to appeal to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: Vegetarian
Another hidden gem of a restaurant, this time slotted into an unusual spot in amongst the historical buildings near Chancery Lane. Allegedly this was the first vegetarian restaurant to make it into the Michelin guide too, which must have something to do with the impeccable service, cool understated interior, and simple yet exciting vegetarian menu options. It's not cheap, but this is definitely a vegetarian restaurant worth saving up for.
222 Veggie Vegan
Kensington / Restaurant / Cuisine: Vegetarian
Get your fix of greens at 222 Veggie Vegan, one of the capital's most popular vegan restaurants. The menu boasts creative salads, stir fries and roasts, all prepared using organic ingredients which are good for you without compromising on taste. At 222 Veggie Vegan there's no deep-frying and no microwaving, which means all dishes are not only vegan, but also super healthy and prepared to order. All of you out there with an incurable sweet-tooth, try one the irresistible raw desserts on offer.
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