Words: Josh Ayles/LDN Vegan Elf
There’s nothing more painful than trying to find good vegan-friendly food in a big city, whether it’s Veganuary or not. It can seem like a mission when you’re the only non-carnivore in the group so if you need some places to satisfy your friends’ taste buds as well as your own or you have a passion for hunting down the best plant-based cuisine then read on.
Mexican, vegan AND with frozen margaritas on tap!? What more could you ask for? It’s also right in the heart of the West End, in Kingly Court and Seven Dials. Generating 4.8/5 in reviews it’s bright pink décor and excellent food and service gets a big thumbs up from us.
Tube stations: Oxford Circus, Leicester Square
A non-profit, zero waste social enterprise in Brixton, Café Van Gogh gives opportunities of on-the-job training for people with learning issues or a mental health problems to provide them with the support and confidence to seek paid employment, often leading to paid work. But aside from that tremendously good stuff, are you a sucker for a roast? This place is critically acclaimed for one of the best vegan roasts in London.
Tube station: Oval
3. Halo Burger
You know when you just want the grease of a Big Mac but not the meat? Say hello to a vegan’s answer to the “junkiest of junk food” (Time Out) at this 100% bleeding burger joint serving delicious Beyond Meat patties, This Isn’t chicken nuggets, pink salt fries and Biscoff shakes. There’s also a Halo Burger in Brighton if you happen to be by the sea.
Tube stations: Brixton and Old Street
Probably one of the most popular and long-established vegan spots in town – it started in the 80s – Mildred’s is the restaurant dining experience that’s even bound to make even the plant-based haters salivate. Now with a new project on the go – the highly rated foodie heaven that is Mallow in Borough Market – the chain seems to be going from strength to strength. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it.
Tube stations: Oxford Street, Kings Cross, Camden, Dalston Junction, Borough Market
5. Vegan Nights
“London’s wildest plant-based party” is a market pop-up at the Truman Brewery in East London with events sprinkled throughout the year mixing over 40 vegan food stalls, live DJs and club nights. They are on hiatus right now but should be back very soon, so we can get our vegan and social fix.
Overground station: Shoreditch High Street