5 of the best vegan restaurants to try in London this Veganuary
The UK's capital has been voted the most vegan-friendly city in the world
Even just a few years ago, a list of the best vegan restaurants in London would have been pretty short. Now, it’s hard to narrow them all down – with the plant-based revolution only expected to gather momentum in the year ahead.
London has just been voted the world’s most vegan-friendly city by online vegan restaurant guide HappyCow, with 152 meat- and dairy-free eateries now in business in the capital.
Over 250,000 people are expected to take part in Veganuary 2020 across the UK, while the number of vegans in the UK has quadrupled during the past five years (*Vegan Society statistics). Why are we moving towards plant-based diets?
Not only has cutting animal products out of your diet been scientifically-proven to benefit both your health and the planet, but there are some seriously tasty options out there.
So whether you’re a lifelong convert to the vegan pledge or dipping a toe into the clean eating pool as a new year experiment, Food Tribe has selected five of London's best vegan restaurants are to try out this month. Bon apetit — and yes there's a French restaurant on the list!
London location: W2
The flagship restaurant opened in Notting Hill in 2016 way ahead of its time. One of the first establishments in London to offer a more refined vegan meal, Camilla Fayed’s Farmacy in Westbourne Grove is now well-regarded as clean eating's original spiritual home.
Start with the CBD-infused cocktail There’s Something About Mary and mezze to share before digging into the hearty – but healthy – mains, which range from the now famous Farmacy burger to gut-friendly macro bowls.
Its abundant menu is alive with truly delicious and healthy seasonal food, all served in a beautiful setting and sourced from the restaurants very own farm (hence the name). A firm staple on the London vegan trail it's a good idea to book ahead as it's always packed.
Also Farmacy Kitchen NYC launched in SoHo in September last year with a six-month residency.
London location: EC2A/ WC2H/ E9
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The promise made by Club Mexicana is simple: "100% vegan and totally banging Mexican-inspired street food" in the form of burritos, nachos and tacos.
Its plant-based Mexican menu is full of quite possibly the best late-night vegan food (they're open until 11pm) in London, so if you're ignoring dry January this month keep this place in mind for effective — and Veganuary approved — post-pub soakage.
All of the fillings for their homemade corn tortillas are delicious, but the pulled jackfruit with pico de gallo, pink onions, and salsa verde is definitely worth a shot.
With three restaurants dotted around in London — Shoreditch, Hackney and in the new and very hip Seven Dials food court in Covent Garden — there's every excuse to go back more than once.
Book a table here now.
London locations: W2/ EC1V/ WC2H
If you're looking for feel good fancy food this veganuary keep Redemption on your radar.
The alcohol-free gastrobars started out as a pop up in London in 2013 and there's now three successful and permanent bar restaurants in Notting Hill, Shoreditch and Covent Garden described by The Guardian as "the best-executed booze-free bars in the world".
Founded by Catherine Salway who set out to create the world’s healthiest bar restaurant, it serves up vegan, sugar-free and wheat free food with an alcohol-free bar.
Acknowledging our habit of sticking to what we know: “the toughest decision you make is to come, and after that you can’t make a bad decision for yourself or the planet,” says the website. If you take a chance on this place, you won’t be disappointed.
The mezze plate is a menu highlight with protein fuelled falafels, juicy olives and raw seeded crackers to dip in sweet potato hummus, coconut tzatziki and tahini dressing.
If that feels a bit summery for this time of year choose from warming dishes such as the pulled jackfruit "buff burger," pad Thai and a hearty bolognese served with brown rice or pasta. For the first time this winter Redemption launched its Sunday roast, a smokey tempeh wellington with puff pastry and all the trimmings, which has been a sell out so far.
The drinks and desserts are meticulously designed and Food Tribe can vouch for deliciousness across every sip and bite here. They’re also a waste-free restaurant. Feel good vibes all round.
Book a table now here.
Pied a Terre
London location: W1T
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Pied à Terre is not only one of the area’s longest-standing restaurants in London's buzzing Fitzrovia area, it also boasts one of the city's longest-held Michelin stars, awarded in 1993, just two years after it first opened.
Founder David Moore has always kept one step ahead of his peers by refusing to entertain the stiff formalities and starched service that come with other Michelin-starred restaurants.
There's a level of comfort to be found in the generous leather booths, light reflecting copper plated walls and friendly staff. None of which is by accident. The name of the restaurant is French for “having your feet on the ground”.
It’s the sophisticated 10-course vegan tasting menu, launched almost three years ago with the appointment of head chef Asimakis Chaniotis, that proves this place is unafraid to move into new territory — light years away from the meat-focused kitchens of the 90s.
The menu is £94 per person (10-courses) and £55 for seven courses and includes celeriac rose, black winter truffle, burnt red pepper and black garlic consommé with Piedmont hazelnuts and there's even a vegan cheese board and 100% chocolate mousse on the menu.
Book at table here now.
London location: WC1X
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Europe's first organic and vegan Japanese restaurant, and the team at Itadaki Zen take their responsibility to nurture our minds and bodies seriously. Itadaki means "to take the food life" and Zen means "to fix, to mend".
Vegan sushi might sound like an oxymoron – but this calming little nook in King’s Cross, one of London's busiest areas, not only makes it possible, but also genuinely delicious.
Order the set menu with a side of perfectly crispy tempura and a glass of fermented rice wine flavoured with oriental herbs and feel rest assured you're in good hands. The menu is made up off a balance of grains, vegetables and seaweeds as well as rice, root vegetables and soya beans designed to have you feeling tip top.
The restaurant embraces a philosophy around the powerful healing benefits of food and a belief that what we eat affects our day-to-day health and our quality of life. Deep stuff, but also fascinating and refreshingly relevant at this time of year.
The kitchen preparation here falls under the umbrella of "slow food" and there are regular workshops and art events if you want to dive in and learn more about a mindful way of eating.
Keep updated on upcoming events and book here.