This past decade has seen a boom in veganism in the UK, with more than 3.5 million British people identifying as vegan. Long gone are the days when being a vege or vegan made eating out a dull or even impossible choice. Here’s the very best London has to offer.
The Temple of Seitan, 10 Morning Ln, London E9 6NA, UK
If you like your food dirty, The Temple of Seitan serves up some convincing seitan “chicken” perfected by husband and wife duo. Last year the vegan couple opened their very first shop in Hackney.
Seitan, aka wheat gluten (sorry coeliacs), has a chewy texture comparable to meat. We recommend the hot wings in spicy buffalo sauce accompanied by ranch mayo (£5) and a side of mac & cheese (£5), they also sell vegan sweet treats – don’t miss the cinnamon buns. There is limited seating outside – if you can’t find a table, join other diners on the pavement.
Dough Society, 11 Dispensary Lane, London E8 1FT, United Kingdom
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London’s original vegan doughnuts rose to fame on the East London Market scene – we first encountered Lauren Watts and her fried goods at Brick Lane Market and Hackney Downs Vegan Market. Lauren has recently opened a cafe in Hackney Central. The brioche doughnuts are deep fried and hand glazed, memorable flavours include the Custard and Jam, the Cherry Bakewell and the Notella.
Young Vegans, 60 Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town, London NW1 8AF, UK
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Don’t miss vegan pie, creamy mash and gravy for £8 next time you’re in Camden. Expect vegan takes on your traditional favourites like the Steak and Ale, alongside some more unusual flavours such as Chicken Katsu and All Day Breakfast. The “steak” is made of seitan marinated in rich ale. There’s limited seating inside the shop, so join other market-goers by the lock.
Treat yourself menus
Wulf & Lamb, 243 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP, UK
Wulf & Lamb serves vegan gastro-pub food and brunch classics in a contemporary space. Among the popular offerings is the Wulf Burger (£14.95) – a seitan patty with sauerkraut, cashew aioli and plant-based cheese in a brioche bun. For early risers, the fluffy American pancakes (£9.95) served with maple syrup, vanilla cashew cream and mixed berries or the beetroot hummus on toast hit the spot.
Gauthiers Soho, 21 Romilly St, Soho, London W1D 5AF, UK
A French restaurant that’s vegan-friendly? I know…
You won’t find foie gras here. The 5-course vegan tasting menu (£45) comprises of innovative seasonal produce, expect expertly crafted dishes like truffled cauliflower velouté, Korean-inspired Fennel Kimchi, stuffed courgette flowers, rainbow ravioli and a watermelon and chocolate mousse.
Vanilla Black, 17-18 Took’s Court, London EC4A 1LB, UK
Established in 2004, Vanilla Black was one of London’s first high-end vegetarian restaurants to offer Michelin-recommended nouvelle cuisine. The restaurant opened well ahead of the vegan boom and the head chef, Andrew Dargue works hard to smash the stereotypes of dull vegan food “if you want a big bowl of vegetable curry – don’t come here,” says the chef. The 5-course vegan menu (£55) features mouthwatering dishes like fried shitake, pine nut puree couscous infused with lemongrass and masala spices, and for pudding a coconut sorbet with toasted rice mousse.
Hackney Downs Vegan Market
Every Saturday between 11am and 5pm at Hackney Downs Studio on Amhust Terrace E8 2BT
Sean O’Callaghan, the author of Fat Gay Vegan, founded Hackney Downs Market to help support independent vegan businesses. Regular traders and customer favourites include Cafe SoVegan, Big V London, Vegan Delice, Battered vegan fish and chips and Young Vegans.
Soho Vegan Market
Every Saturday. 11am to 4pm, Street Food Union on Rupert Street
A stone’s throw away from Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street is the new Soho Vegan Market, featuring a small but well-curated selection of regular traders thar include Jake’s Vegan Steaks, Lele’s Vegan Patisserie and Eat Chay Club, which serves up authentic Vietnamese food.
Spread Eagle Pub, 224 Homerton High St, London E9 6AS, UK
Homerton is home to London’s first 100 % vegan pub, which is family-friendly and welcomes dogs. The food comes from the much coveted Club Mexicana – expect colourful variations on street food classics like tacos filled with beer-battered “tofish.” Drinks include a rotating choice of local vegan cask ales, lagers, a cocktail menu and a wine list. The venue regularly hosts live music and quiz nights.
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