You can't really comprehend how massive London is until you're actually there and realize that every restaurant takes 40-60 minutes by train to get to. This sprawling European city is jam packed with vegan restaurants, ice cream stores, and pubs! We had trouble deciding where to even eat because it seemed like the options were never-ending, but luckily, vegan blogger and my personal friend Quarry Girl pointed us in the right direction many times! London has an innovative and inspiring vegan culinary scene. Los Angeles needs to take notes!
The Coach & Horses
When in London, you simply have to try a veganized version of a British classic: fish & chips. We were told that Coach & Horses in Soho offered a pretty good version of this fried favorite, so we ducked out of the London rain to give it a try. This cozy pub has a wide selection of beers available, as well as an entirely vegetarian and mostly vegan menu! We decided to split the Tofish and Chips and the veggie burger. The portions were GIANT! We couldn't finish all of it! The "fish" wasn't exactly reminiscent of actual fish (it was quite obviously a piece of tofu wrapped in seaweed and deep fried) but it was tasty! It's served with a homemade tartar sauce that I couldn't get enough of. You'll be asking for more sauce throughout your meal! The veggie burger was big and flavorful. I liked it more than the fish and chips but compared to other veggie burgers I've had around the world, it wasn't my all-time favorite. If you're craving a cold beer and a big warm meal, Coach & Horses is your spot!
29 Greek St, London W1D 5DH, United Kingdom
Cookies & Scream
When you go to check out the Camden Lock Markets, look for the long ass line that's twirling around the stalls and food stands and you'll have found Cookies and Scream. This all-vegan and totally gluten-free bakery specializes in homemade massive cookies and vegan ice cream. Let that soak in for a second...HOMEMADE MASSIVE COOKIES AND VEGAN ICE CREAM. Friends, I've found vegan heaven. I tried a chocolate chip cookie topped with a towering mountain of vanilla ice cream drizzled in warm salted caramel sauce. UGHHHH it was SO good. When your sweet tooth hits, Cookies and Scream has got you covered--just be aware of the long lines! This place is POPULAR!
The Market Hall, Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AF, United Kingdom
Fed by Water
Fed by Water is a cool Italian restaurant that's in the process of going 100% vegan (YESSSS!!). Located in Dalston, it offers a separate vegan menu that's filled with everything from appetizers, to pizzas, to pastas, and drinks. The pesto pasta was so delicious; the al dente linguini noodles were smothered in a creamy, flavorful pesto sauce. They bring nutritional yeast to the table for the pasta and OMG, sprinkling that on top takes it to the next level! The Silly Pizza (vegan sausage and broccoli) was also insanely good. They let you customize the pizza to your liking by asking you how you'd like it cooked (soft, medium, crunchy--we did soft), and what type of cheese you'd like on it (house made vegan mozzarella or purchased vegan cheese--go for the house made mozzarella). Visit Fed by Water when you want to splurge, because the pizzas, pastas, and appetizers are all worth trying.
Dalston Cross Shopping Centre, 64 Kingsland High St, London E8 2LX, United Kingdom
The Gallery Cafe
When in England, eating a full English breakfast is a must! I asked my Instagram followers for tips on where to get the best vegan English brekky, and all signs pointed to Gallery Cafe. Boy, were my followers right! The Full English at The Gallery Cafe comes complete with hash browns, vegan sausage, baked beans, toast, broiled tomatoes, tofu scramble, and mushrooms (which I exchanged out for more hash browns since I have a huge aversion to mushrooms haha). They make a good oat milk latte to wash down your giant breakfast with, too. At just 8 pounds, this breakfast is a steal! It's super filling and so good that we returned to the Gallery Cafe twice just to eat it!
St. Margarets House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Rd, London E2 9PL, United Kingdom
Proper Food Cafe
I quite literally stumbled upon Proper Food Cafe as I was looking for The Lion Pub to get my vegan Sunday roast (see below). I was craving a little pre-lunch pastry and walked into Proper Food hoping they offered something sweet and plant-based to satisfy my craving. When I asked the barista if they offered any vegan pastries she looked at me with a confused expression and said, "What do you mean? Everything here is vegan!" And that, my friends, is when I went crazy. I ordered a croissant as well as a grilled cheese (keep in mind this was just before I was meat to eat a giant vegan Sunday roast down the street, LOL!) and oh my god, the grilled cheese was phenomal. It was my first experience with VioLife vegan cheese and I'm obsessed. It was so stretchy and gooey and sandwiched between two thick, delicious pieces of bread. This hidden gem of a cafe is a must-try!
378 Kingsland Rd. London E8 4AA 020 7254 0405
The Lion Pub
After spending an afternoon with a London local, we were advised to try and find a vegan Sunday roast since that's a uniquely British meal. Quarry Girl pointed us in the right direction when she suggested The Lion, a pub located in Stoke Newington. The vegan Sunday roast was GIANT! It came with delicious potatoes, crispy and steamed greens, a nut loaf, roasted carrots, and gravy. This meal was a bit more expensive than others at 13 pounds for the one plate, but man it was filling. I wouldn't say The Lion Pub is a must-try, but if you want the experience of a traditional Sunday roast, stop by and give it a shot!
132 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0JX, United Kingdom
I met up with Quarry Girl at Yorica in SoHo. This place is super awesome because it's completely allergen free! They offer both froyo and ice cream as well as a bunch of different toppings like vegan gummy bears, sprinkles, and a variety of sauces. I decided to try the vanilla frozen yogurt with raspberry coulis and fresh strawberries. It was light and sweet! Perfect for a mid morning snack!
130 Wardour St, London W1F 8ZN, United Kingdom
Other notable eateries:
Rasa: Rasa is a fantastic vegetarian Indian restaurant in Hackney. Order several different plates to share so you can taste everything. Make sure you try the potato dosas!