There are masses and masses of vegan restaurants, bar, cafes, shops and even B&Bs in and around London! I’ve listed a few of the ones I’ve been to and my thoughts on them. For a much more comprehensive guide then head to Vegan London where they have built a fantastically detailed and helpful website. You will be amazed at the array of options there are now available. You no longer have to stay at home in your hemp slippers soaking mung beans!
Goodness Direct – online store who can cater to your every vegan, wheat free, lactose free, gluten free needs and desires!
Planet Organic – Food porn for vegans – they sell everything you could ever need for this lifestyle!
Wholefoods – Ditto…
As Nature Intended – quite big high street health shop with stores in Chiswick, Ealing, Balham and Westfield.
Dandelion – great little health food shop on Northcote Road in Clapham
Apples and Bees – lovely little health food shop on Battersea Park Road
Wild Food Café 1st Floor, 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Graden, London WC2H 9DP 020 7419 2014 Really cosy, atmospheric, vibrant café in the heart of Covent Garden. Raw-centric food. Amazing flavours and really creative dishes. Take your most committed carnivore mates there and they’ll love it! Gets very busy so be prepared to cosy up with other people around a communal table…
MILDREDS 45 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AN Tel: 020 7494 1634 www.mildreds.co.uk/ Hugely popular vegetarian restaurant in Soho. They don’t take bookings, so arrive early. Masses of delicious vegan options. Always rammed and has a great atmosphere. Highly recommend a trip here.
AMICO BIO 43 New Oxford Street WC1A 1BH Tel: 020 7836 7509 www.amicobio.co.uk/ Fabulous Italian vegetarian restaurant. Ed took me for my birthday last year and we had a really romantic and cosy night. Great food, amazing breads, lots of vegan options
SAF Restaurant – Kensington branch 1st Floor, Whole Foods Market, The Barkers Building 63-97 Kensington High StreetLondon,W8 5SE
Tel: 020 7368 4555 www.safrestaurant.co.uk Gourmet vegan restaurant above Wholefoods on High St Ken. Absolutely amazing food. Incredible presentation – wish I’d taken camera. Quite pricey though and perfect for special occasion. Spectacular food and if you have any friends who doubt vegan food can be tasty then take them here!
Vanilla Black, 17- 18 Tooks Court, London, EC4A 1LB 020 7242 2622 firstname.lastname@example.org Michelin-recommended, it’s by far the most expensive vegan meal I’ve had. The restaurant is very minimal and you find yourself whispering a fair bit. Really creative food and beautifully presented. Def a special occasion treat experience!
BONNINGTON CAFE 11 Vauxhall Grove, Vauxhall SW8 1TD http://www.bonningtoncafe.co.uk/ – a co-operatively run vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the Bonnington Square Community Centre in the heart of Vauxhall. One of South London’s best-kept secrets tucked amidst the beautiful community gardens of the square, the Café has been open since the early 80’s when it was started as a squat Café to provide a good cheap meal for the community. We’ve had two really great evenings here with super friendly folk, delicious food, ridiculously good value (£3 a starter or pud and £8 a main). Huge portions! Great atmosphere. Really low key, laid back, friendly, warm and inviting. Please go! (Vegan Night is Thursdays)
MAOZ FALAFEL CAFE 43 Old Compton Street, London W1D 6HG Great little vegetarian cafe specialising in falafel. Always busy and vibrant. Eat in or take away.
Clothing & Accessories:
The Third Estate – the most heavenly independent shop in Kentish Town run by the nicest couple in the world. Honestly. Well worth a trip. They stock some gorgeous ethically minded fashion brands and all their shoes are vegan. They are really passionate about what they do and it’s just the nicest shopping experience possible! 27 Brecknock Rd, N7 0BT / 020 3620 2361
Beyond Skin Really good range of women’s shoes, boots and flats – all 100% vegan and all produced in the UK.
Macbeth – sells footwear, apparel and accessories. Ed and I get nearly all our shoes here. They’re really affordable, well made and a great array of designs to pick from.