Since we went vegan, going out to eat is not as straightforward as before. We either do some research beforehand and have a proper meal or go to the first restaurant we can find and have chips with some chips on the side (it doesn’t sound too bad, does it?!). We may also get lucky and find cafes with vegan food and desserts, especially the ones in Shoreditch or central London. And a piece of advice: unless the menu items are clearly marked as vegan, ask. I was surprised a few times by things that looked vegan but contained cheese.
If you’re in the same situation yourself or you have vegan friends that you’d like to share a meal with, here’s a few places we tried so far.
9 Places to visit if you’re a vegan in London
1. Vegan Hippo – Soho (52 Rupert Street, W1D 6DS)
The best thing about Vegan Hippo? You don’t have to ask; you don’t have to look at the ingredients, you don’t have to worry about the food. It’s 100% vegan.
What I ate: egg salad sandwich, polish dumplings with cabbage and mushrooms, coleslaw and cookies. Except for the dumplings which weren’t impressive, I liked it all. Including the location and service.
Update: Vegan Hippo closed :(.
2. Mildreds – Soho (45 Lexington Street, W1F 9AN)
Very good location if you’re going to the theatres, Mildreds is both vegetarian and vegan (the vegan dishes are marked on the menu, so no guesswork needed). There are a few other sister restaurants across London, but we only visited this one. We had the classic burger with vegan cheese and chips and the blue corn tortillas with salsa. It was like a party in my mouth. We’ll give it 10 out of 10, but do have in mind that the restaurant is always busy and you may need to queue or share one of the big tables with other people – we did, the food was too good to care about it.
3. CookDaily – BoxPark (2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY)
I’m a creature of habit, so I always order the same thing – noodle bowl with tofu and veggies, medium spicy. And I always finish the entire bowl because it’s delicious. You can eat there, take away or order via UberEats (which I did quite a few times at the office). And if you’re going to BoxPark with other non-vegan friends, you can all order from the preferred restaurant and eat together on the big terrace.
Update: They moved out of Boxpark, but no info on location yet.
4. What the Pitta (Boxpark)
Another place in Boxpark that is 100% vegan. Serving mouth-watering vegan kebabs and baklavas. WE LOVE IT.
5. Redemption Bar – Shoreditch (320 Old Street, EC1V 9DR)
Redemption is vegan, gluten-free, no added sugar and organic where possible. Pretty much heaven for a health nut. I had the Californication (sweet potato with mushrooms and spinach) and a smoothie. The meal was ok, but the smoothie… OMG. Definitely, the best one I had so far. I also tried the cashew “cheesecake”, and it was obvious that they don’t add any sugar. It was good, but it wasn’t sweet at all. The base of the cheesecake was really good though. And you can’t miss the big mural outside – perfect for Instagram pictures, don’t forget the hashtag #redemptionBar.
6. Pizza Express – Bankside (Unit 1 Benbow House, London SE1 9DS)
If you’re walking along the river, maybe after visiting Tate Modern or Shakespeare’s Globe, and you’re dying for a pizza, you’re in the right place. Pizza Express has one single menu item that’s vegan, but that’s all you need, right? It’s pretty much a vegetarian pizza with no cheese. Easy. Well done to Pizza Express for allowing groups to dine together even if they have different dietary requirements. All the restaurants across London have the same menu, so you can go to any of them, not necessarily the Bankside one.
7. Zizzi – Bankside (Southwark Bridge Rd, London SE1 9HA)
We love this place! And you can go to any Zizzi restaurant; the Bankside one is just for reference. They have a separate menu for people with dietary requirements, so just mention that you’re vegan and you’re going to get a menu of vegan dishes only. We tried the pizza, the spaghetti Pomodoro and the calzone dessert and they were all delicious. Here’s the link to the menu if you want to have a look.
8. Wild Food Cafe (1st Floor, 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DP)
A small heaven in the heart of London. Have a look here. This place is definitely something else, and if you’re craving some junk food, this is not where you want to be. Healthy, but delicious.
If you’re in the city and you want something quick, cheap and delicious, go to Abokado. They have a vegan wrap, veggie gyozas, miso soup and some vegan sushi. So both hot and cold food, whatever you’re in the mood for.
Do you know any others? If you have any recommendations, do tell. I’m going to continue my vegan adventure across London and blog again soon!