Whether you’re a proud vegan mama or looking to cut down your meat consumption as a family, we’ve found a scrumptious selection of vegan restaurants and cafes in London which the whole family can savour. From ravishing meat-free Sunday roasts to afternoon teas with a vegan twist, our top ten is ready and waiting for you to tuck into on World Vegan Day (1st November 2019)…
Wild Food Cafe
After the success of Joel and Aiste Gazdar’s Wild Food Cafe in the heart of Covent Garden, the pair have brought their vegan plates to Islington. Boasting a slightly more roomy restaurant, this spot is ideal for meat-free family meals, menus are fully plant-based, raw, vegan and packed with flavour. Chilly days don’t have to mean salads and slaws, go hot and hearty with Italian Meatball pizza cannily crafted from walnut & oyster mushroom meatballs, marinara sauce and and cashew cheese; courgette nodle carbonara smattered with kale, dill and parsley or swing into action with the Samurai burger – a wild spiced olive, wild mushroom & pepper pattie, aubergine, kimchi, wasabi aioli and teriyaki sauce. A dedicated kids menu is short but perfectly formed with faves including rice & quinoa fusilli dressed in marinara sauce with pine nut parmesan and hummus with hefty sweet potato wedges. Be sure to save a spot for the much snapped rainbow cheesecake for pud!
269 – 270 Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UQ
If you’re looking for a comfort food fix, by Chloe doesn’t compromise on flavour, taste or satisfaction. Straight from the streets of NYC, by Chloe now have eateries across London – Covent Garden, Oxford Circus, the O2 and One Tower Bridge. Famed for their Guac Burger, the rich black bean, quinoa and sweet potato patty is loaded with corn salsa, tomato, lettuce, oodles of guac, crisp tortilla strips and slathered in chipotle aioli all served in a whole grain bun…have we tempted you yet? Brunch is baby-friendly with berry packed morning oats, ube pancakes with coconut whipped cream and the AB + B Toast goes down a treat with older kids – a sweet raw almond butter, banana and pure maple mix laid down on 7 grain toast. Cold pressed juices, brews by Good + Proper Tea and kicking coffee makes by Chloe a must-try.
Restaurants across London
Founded in Brighton in 2015 and now nestled in the heart of Camden, Purezza is the UK’s first vegan pizzeria. With pizzas topped with fresh artisan mozzarella delicately crafted from a fermentation of organic Italian brown rice milk but sourdough bases can be swapped for hemp flour or gluten-free options. The Cheesus is a true twist on the Quattro Formaggio and Pesto Manifesto a colourful homage to Italian ingredients. Calzone, lasagne and pesto spaghetti have all been given a pretty impressive plant-based makeover. Parents, need a good excuse to grab good pizza? Here’s one! Children under 10 get a free mini pizza when you order dishes from the main menu. With a huge range of delicious pizzas to choose from, with less fat and more nutritious ingredients than regular pizza.
43 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PN
Club Mexicana at The Spread Eagle
Did you know that The Spread Eagle is London’s first 100% vegan pub? From the fixtures and fittings to the food and drinks, this family-friendly local is entirely plant-based. With food by the brilliant Club Mexicana, they do crazy-good vegan Mexican food that is packed to the rafters with flavour. Fancy weekend brunch with the brood? Club Mexicana at The Spread Eagle go all out every Saturday and Sunday between 12-4pm. Breakfast Tacos are wrapped with love – tempeh ‘bacon’, triple fried potatoes, salas roja, black beans and all the trimmings make this a perfect pick for the grown ups. For nippers, the sides serve up smaller portions – try this Chick’n’Wings and triple fried potatoes with chipotle mayo. Pud purveyors Happy Endings finish proceedings with an unmissable salted caramel ice cream sandwich.
Homerton Hight Street, E9 6AS
Cafe Van Gogh
Hailed as ‘London’s best vegan Sunday roast south of the river’ by The Metro, Brixton’s Cafe Van Gogh is a real gem of a find. Not only are they driven by ethical practice and social purpose being a not-for-profit organisation but there seasonal changing menu is a plant-based delight. Weekday lunches are packed with world flavours from tofu bahn mi to tamarind glazed pumpkin pepped up with tomato black Dahl and flatbread. Sunday’s come alive with their acclaimed vegan roast – nut and butternut squash wellington comes iron rich with kale and pumpkin seed pesto, seasonal veggies and a lush red onion gravy. Gluten-free puddings include cashew and chocolate pots and a classic apple, berry and ginger crumble with lashings of vegan custard.
88 Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
Notting Hill’s Farmacy is not only steeped in style but promises a menu overflowing with ‘clean indulgence’. Supporting both a vegan and vegetarian diet, the choice is plentiful and the dishes colourful. Their cult Earth Bowls are not only Insta-worthy but packed with wellness, our favourite – the Kimchi Spring Bowl, a pickle fanatics dream of soba noodles, spicy kimchi, sautéed spinach stems, raw seasonal asparagus, raw brine carrots, marinated mushrooms, and radish sprouts. Tiny diners will melt for the Mac’N’Cheese (vegan to boot!) and the starter size pizzettas are a great dinky dining option for smaller tums.
74 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH
If you’re looking for a deliciously different meat-free meal whilst out for a Christmas mooch around Oxford Circus, then take a hop, skip and a jump to Eastcastle Street to feast on the wonders of Ethos. With marble for days and stripped birch trees lining the restaurant, this stylish pay-by-weight eatery is not only rich with vegetarian dishes but also specialises in vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free treats. With oodles of choice, kids can pile their plates with goodness including corn on the cob oozy with vegan butter and spring onions, moorish Thai sweetcorn fritters and an abundance of scrummy salads. For a divine treat, the dessert table is heavenly – peanut butter bombs, raw caramel flapjacks and gooey chocolate brownies are just the tip of the sugar-free iceberg.
48 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8DX
A cafe with a conscience and kicking vegan bites to boot, MOTHER in Hackney Wick understands the importance of organic ingredients and they proudly source over 90% of their products and produce from organic suppliers. From breakfast to dinner, food is flavoursome and entirely vegan. Bagel fiend tots will go nuts for their peanut butter and banana gluten free bagel with cinnamon + date syrup, for lunch spice up November with a Sri Lankan inspired curry with shredded jackfruit, sweet potato and spinach and coconut rice and for sleep-deprived mamas The Kick Starter smoothie laced with coconut Mylk, espresso, cacao, dates, cashews and cinnamon is a dream and perfect for that one-handed parenting at mealtime juggle!
1 Canalside, Here East Estate, E20 3BS
A new mama herself, Ella Mills has gone from strength to strength since launching her blog Deliciously Ella way back in 2012. From personal project to household name, Ella’s plant-based recipes, snacks and meals have revolutionised the way families can easily enjoy vegan food in the comfort of their own home. Did you know Deliciously Ella have a deli tucked around the back of Oxford Circus? Serving plant-based dishes think corn fritters, smoky beans and avocado smash; chia puddings with peanut butter and fruit compote and homemade smoothies for breakfast. Big salad bowls, hearty stews, dhals, soups and grains for lunch, and there are always lots of cakes, brownies, treats, organic cold-pressed juices, matches, turmeric lattes, coffee for mamas on-the-go.
18 Weighhouse St, Mayfair, W1K 5LU
Vegan Afternoon Tea at Cafe Forty One
Time for tea? If you’re bound for Hyde Park to celebrate the best of the festive season at Winter Wonderland, why not wrap up a family day out with a quintessentially contemporary vegan afternoon tea. Cafe Forty One at La Suite West trailblazed London’s first vegan French patisserie filled tea and is notably one of the finest in the capital. Coronation jackfruit, tofu mayo and cress fill finger sandwiches, vegan scones are ready to be slathered with whipped coconut cream and topped with seasonal fruit compote and the chef’s cake stand is resplendent with vegan sweet treats for the whole family. At £35 per person, gluten-free options are also available give 24 hours notice.
41-51 Inverness Terrace, W2 3JN