Mildred’s – While not strictly vegan, this Soho stalwart is ground zero for vegetarian food – a bit like The Ivy for veggies. The light and airy town house dining room is lined with plain wooden tables and furturistic plastic pendant lighting, with a menu that globetrots from Mexico to Sri Lanka to Japan.
By Chloe – Plant-based is the buzzword du jour and By Chloe is one of the buzziest plant-based restaurants across the pond. They’ve made quite a splash in Covent Garden, with a dining room as colourful as the cuisine. Millennials have been queueing up for the Mac ‘n Cheese (sweet potato, cashew sauce, shiitake bacon, almond parmesan) and the Guac Burger (black bean, quinoa and sweet potato patty with corn salsa, guacamole, tortilla and chipotle aioli).
Temple of Seitan – Dodging hipsters in Hackney is almost impossible, particularly at the Temple of Seitan, which arguably kicked off the whole vegan junk food trend in London. The faux fried chicken swaps out poultry for wheat-based seitan with a piquant barbecue sauce to dip it in.
Cook Daily – Perched on the top floor of Boxpark on Shoreditch High Street, Cook Daily has cultivated quite a cult following with its Thai and Laotian tofu and soy-based bowls and vegan takes on British and Jamaican staples.
Farmacy – Launched by Camilla Fayed and inspired by her trips across the pond, Notting Hill’s Farmacy puts plant-based bistro fare in the spotlight. The interiors are slightly distressed with lots of greenery and the menu runs the gamut from salads to bowls and beyond.
Kaspar’s at the Savoy – For those with a soft spot for gilded glamour, The Savoy will always hold a special place in the heart. And for vegans, Kaspar’s offers a seasonal menu alongside its seafood offering with a variety of succulents including laksa, samosas, burgers and the like. All plant-based of course.
Club Mexicana – Another hotspot for the young and restless, Club Mexicana created quite a stir when it popped up in Dalston’s Pamela. These days you can catch it at the Spread Eagle in Hackney, where it continues to beguile the animal-free with its menu of plant-based Mexican.
Flat Three – This Holland Park eatery trades in dishes that splice Japanese and New Nordic cuisine to dizzying effect. Chef Pavel Kanja specialises in tasting menus – with vegan options running alongside the non-vegan and dishes like sand carrot with jus and pickled carrot.
Delamina – Launched in Marylebone by the husband and wife team behind Strut & Cluck (Limor and Amir Chen), Delamina is a restaurant that’s easy on the eyes and on the taste buds in equal parts. Drawing inspiration from Israel and the Levant, the menu promotes healthy eating by grilling, roasting and deploying spices in a celebration of raw ingredients and the vegetable in particular.
Govinda’s – One of the OG vegan restaurants alongside Mildred’s, Govinda’s is run by the hare Krishnas and serves an amazing array or curries, dahls, papads et al. And there’s a good chance that you’ll catch a joyful live performance to boot.