Being Vegan is Easy in London

Did you know London has over 30 restaurants currently serving animal-free meals? Here are five frequently visited vegan restaurants that offer a variety of food from Indian to Italian to vegan ‘fish’ and chips. They have been hand-picked by the team of herbivores at HostelBookers.com. These restaurants offer such delicious meat-less variety that even carnivores are pleasantly surprised!

Best Indian

For a vegetarian meal served with a smile, head to Sagar’s South Indian Vegetarian Restaurant at 17a Percy Street near the Oxford Circus station. Off the tourists’ path, this friendly neighborhood restaurant keeps customers full and happy so they’ll come back again soon. And who could leave hungry after downing monstrous portions of Naan that accompany the Thalis combination plate loaded with Chana Masala, Saag Paneer and Vegetable Korma? At lunch, the £5 combo dishes include Popadums, deep-fried Aubergine and two Masalas or a selection of three different Curries with rice plus Uthappams (lentil ‘pizzas’) to fill up the edges. Sagar’s little downstairs cocktail bar is also friendly and makes a sweet spot to finish off a meat-free evening.

Best Indian

Best Indian

Best Buffet

Be prepared to choose off a “visual menu” at London’s Tidbits extensive vegetarian buffet at 12-14 Heddon Street, just a short walk from Piccadilly Circus Station. Presented in a self-service, pay-by-weight format, patrons just grab a plate and dish up their favorites from a meatless menu and pay for their meal by the ounce! Choose from Mediterranean, American, Italian, Indian, Thai and Mexican main dishes with standard sides like quinoa peruvian salad, lyonnaise potatoes and dried green bean salad. Serving from 9 AM until Midnight seven days a week (except Sunday, 11:30 AM – 10 PM), there’s plenty of seating inside and a lovely outside patio for enjoying their freshly made juices and desserts.

Best Buffet

Best Buffet

Best “Fast” Food

If the desire to indulge in classic English fish and chips is threatening your meat-free resolve, you’ll be delighted to discover Camden’s Loving Hut at 3 Plender Street near the Mornington Crescent Station. Their vegan flaky fish (soy) planks are battered, deep fried and served with a dash of seaweed on top, a bit of salad on the side and, of course, proper chips. They also have tasty veggie burgers and their “Eat In as Much as You Like” lunch buffet plate is only £4.95 with a take-away lunch box in two sizes for £3.90 or £4.60. Fresh baked cake covered with organic vegan cream (or ice cream) is another pleasure you can indulge in here guilt-free.

Best Fast food

Best Fast food

Best for Raw

Crafting delicious dishes from uncooked foods is an art that has been mastered by the chefs at the in 42 Raw Mayfair. Located in the Royal Academy of Arts lobby near the Piccadilly Circus station, their hands-down crowd-pleaser is the gluten and dairy-free raw lasagna made with zucchini “noodles” layered with organic tomatoes, spinach and cashew cream topped with intense tomato paste sprinkled with nuts and herbs. To experience other raw food creations, try the sampler platter with avocado tapas and Thai noodles or get your daily dose of raw-ness with intriguing smoothie combos (blueberry and basil?) or more traditional strawberry, apple and carrot with a little ginger for kick.

Best for Raw

Best for Raw

Best for Afternoon Tea

With a name like Amico Bio and a motto like “Green Thinking-Better Living,” it’s no surprise this restaurant serves only organic veggies grown on their family farm in Italy. As the purveyor of London’s only vegetarian Italian fare, the head chef and his family delight in introducing patrons to their gluten-free and vegan afternoon tea selection. The cheese is one of the best vegan soft cheeses available and at the moment it’s only served here, it’s exported specifically for the restaurant from Italy.  Made from fermented rice, it tastes so much like the traditional versions that even meat-eaters are impressed. The menu varies since, in the spirit of macrobiotics, they serve only seasonal products while they are at their peak of freshness.

Food photos: Sweet on veg, Ewan Munro

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