The 14 best vegan restaurants in London

If you're not already vegan or vegetarian, you probably know a few people who are. And finding somewhere in London that'll cater to the dairy, meat and egg-free people in your group isn't always the easiest thing. Most London restaurants will have a few vegan options on their menu, but they can be a bit on the unimaginative side. Luckily, London's got some fantastic vegetarian and entirely vegan restaurants - and, trust us - they're so good, even the meat-eaters among you won't mind the change of scene. So to save you a bit of time, here's our pick of the best places to eat vegan in north, south, east, central and west London.

Central

1. Mildred's Soho

The vibe: A London classic Mildred's was a bit of a revolutionary arrival when it opened in the late 80s. Most vegetarian dining in the city at the time was focused on the wholesome and worthy. But Mildred's aimed to serve veggie food which was tasty and tempting, while still being good value. Almost thirty years later, their menu still includes an international mix of dishes, including curries, burgers and fresh pasta. And much of the menu is vegan-friendly (including the wine list). They moved to a larger location in 2000, but it still gets pretty busy most nights. And with a no booking policy, expect to queue for a table - and while you do, sample bar's cocktail menu. New branches of Mildred's have also opened in in King's Cross and Camden (and unlike the Soho branch, they're open on Sundays). They're also set to open a Dalston outpost very soon. Website and Twitter Where: 45 Lexington Street, W1F 9AN Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus. Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 12pm-11pm, Sun: Closed

2. Vanilla Black

The Vibe: Award-winning vegetarian fine-dining Vanilla Black was London's first vegetarian fine-dining restaurant. You won't find veggie curries or pasta bakes here - they've truly earned their star recommendation in the Michelin guide, among other honours. They aim to innovative, so their menu is constantly changing. But there'll always be several vegan options, including a 5 course menu with optional wine pairings. Website and Twitter Where: 17-18 Took's Court, EC4A 1LB Nearest Tube: Chancery LaneOpening Times: Mon-Sat: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm, Sun: Closed

3. Itadaki Zen, Kings Cross

The vibe: Organic and sustainable Japanese cuisine Itadaki Zen is a quiet, calm spot in one of London's busiest areas. It was Europe's first organic and vegan Japanese restaurant, and roughly translated "Itadaki" means "to take the food life" and "Zen" means "to fix or mend". Fitting, then, that every item on their menu is designed to nourish both mind and body. You'll find authentic takes on Japanese classics like tofu and tempura, as well as an extensive list of tea. The kitchen's really careful about producing as little waste as possible, and they encourage diners to approach ordering food in a similar way. So, if you've ordered a bit too much, just let your server know. They'll happily box up your leftovers to take away. Look out for their busy events programme too, including art shows and workshops. Website and Facebook Where: 139 King's Cross Road, WC1X 9BJNearest Tube: King's Cross St PancrasOpening Times: Mon-Fri: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm, Sat: 6pm-10pm, Sun: Closed

4. Manna, Primrose Hill

The vibe: London's original veggie restaurant Primrose Hill's Manna was one of London's first veggie restaurants, and celebrates its 50th anniversary in October 2017. The restaurant's menu is very much focused on cosy and comforting dishes like bangers and mash, tarts, enchiladas and nachos. But it's all 100% vegan, including the drinks. They also do cookery classes, and have a bakery and catering service. Website Where: 4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, NW3 3AJ Nearest Tube: Chalk FarmOpening Times: Tue-Fri: 12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm, Sat: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm, Sun: 12pm-8.30pm, Mon: Closed

West

5. Farmacy, Westbourne Grove

The vibe: The most Instagram-friendly veggie place in town If your feeds are full of photos of your food, this is the place for you. Everything about Farmacy is beautiful - from the rustic chic decor, to the perfectly arranged dishes. They're all about the "healthy indulgence". That means the menu's split between perfectly virtuous breakfast and lunch dishes, and indulgent (but just as healthy) takes on things like burgers and ice cream sundaes. And, if you're looking for somewhere for a special event, they've also got a private dining room in the back. Website and Instagram Where: 74 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH Nearest Tube: Royal Oak/BayswaterOpening Times: Mon-Wed: 9am-11am, 12pm-10pm, Thur-Fri: 9am-11am, 12pm-11pm, Sat: 9am-4pm, 6pm-11pm, Sun: 9am-6pm

6. The Gate, Hammersmith

The vibe: Classic East-meets-West dining Hammersmith's The Gate is a bit of a veggie legend in the city; it's been run by Adrian and Michael Daniel since 1989. And, while they've since opened branches in Islington and Marylebone too, the Hammersmith original is their most atmospheric. It was a former artist's studio (and it's right by the Eventim Apollo, if you're looking for a pre-gig dinner). The Daniels draw on their family's diverse cultural background including Indian, Arabic and traditional Jewish food. You'll also find classic European, Asian and American dishes on the menu, and almost everything is suitable for vegans. Website and Twitter Where: 51 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QL Nearest Tube: HammersmithOpening Times: Mon-Fri: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm, Sat: 12pm-3pm, 5pm-10.30pm, Sun: 12pm-9.30pm

7. 222 Veggie Vegan, West Kensington

The vibe: Eco-conscious dining. With a great lunchtime buffet. Opened in 2004, 222 Veggie Vegan is one of London's most popular vegan restaurants. Especially at lunchtime, when they do an excellent buffet, followed by a classic, candlelit a la carte menu in the evening. All dishes are low-salt, low-fat and non-GM, and they never deep-fry or microwave, so it's all pretty healthy. But don't worry - you'll still find a good, lengthy list of desserts. If you're feeling indecisive, go for the 222 Pancake. That's their signature pudding, which is smothered in vanilla and chocolate sauces and vegan ice cream. Website Where: 222 North End Road, West Kensington, W14 9NU Nearest Tube: West Kensington/West Brompton (Overground)Opening Times: Mon-Sun: 12pm-3.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm

North

8. Haunt, Stoke Newington

The vibe: Stylish bar with great burgers Stoke Newington is one of London's hottest dining destinations right now. So, of course the neighbourhood's got a great vegan place. Haunt's kitchen serves an entirely vegan menu. And it's also got a lively bar, which regularly hosts gigs and cabaret shows. Among the highlights are their burger selection, particularly the jackfruit burger, which is meaty enough to satisfy even non-veggie diners. Website and Twitter Where: 182 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7UY Nearest Tube: Rectory Road (Overground)Opening Times: Tue-Thur: 5pm-11pm, Fri: 5pm-2am, Sat: 11am-2am, Sun: 11am-9pm, Mon: Closed

9. Cookies and Scream, Holloway

The vibe: Gluten-free sweet treats Think going vegan means giving up the sweets? Head to Cookies and Scream on the Holloway Road - an all vegan, all gluten free bakery. Their products are prepared fresh every day, so the menu's constantly changing. However, you can expect to find a tempting range of cookies, pies, donuts (oven-baked rather than deep fried for extra lightness) and thick shakes - made from vegan and gluten-free ice cream and milk. Website and Instagram Where: 130 Holloway Road, N7 8JE Nearest Tube: Holloway RoadOpening Times: Sun-Thurs: 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-9pm

East

10. 90 Degree Melt, Stepney Green

The vibe: American-style comfort food For more vegan-friendly comfort food, check out Stepney Green new arrival, 90 Degree Melt. Offering vegetarian versions of American diner classics, most items on the menu can be ordered vegan style. And, considering that they've got eight different types of grilled cheese sandwich on their menu, that's pretty impressive. Best of all, much of their menu is served tapas-style, so you can try a bit of everything. Website and Twitter Where: 4BJ, 235 Mile End Road, E1 4AANearest Tube: Stepney GreenOpening Times: Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm, Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 11am-4pm

11. Fed By Water, Dalston

The vibe: Italian cuisine Fed by Water is London's first all-vegan Italian restaurant. In fact, its vegan versions of traditionally meat and dairy-heavy dishes taste as good as the real thing. And there's an added scientific twist. Everything at Fed by Water is prepared with purified water (which inspired the restaurant's name), apparently for the taste and nutritional benefits. We can't comment on the latter, but we do know that their carbonara pasta and pizzas taste very, very good. Website and Twitter Where: Dalston Cross Shopping Centre, 64 Kingsland High Street, E8 2LX Nearest Tube: Dalston Kingsland (Overground)Opening Times: Mon-Sun: 11am-11pm

South

12. The Waiting Room, Deptford

The vibe: Cool and cosy coffee bar The Waiting Room is a cool and cosy little vegetarian/vegan cafe and coffee shop just under the arches by Deptford Station. Get a caffeine kick to see you through the morning commute, or stop by at lunchtime and try one of their excellent bagels. Or if you're feeling really indulgent try one of their burgers or hot dogs. Food and drinks are available to takeaway, but if you can find a free seat in this intimate little space, it's worth taking the time to eat-in. They've got a well-stocked book exchange to browse through, and their super-cool playlists come highly recommended. Facebook and Twitter Where: 142 Deptford High Street, SE8 3PQ Nearest Tube: Deptford (National Rail)Opening Times: Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun: 10am-4pm

13. The Full Nelson, Deptford

The vibe: Cocktails, junk food and great deals The Full Nelson is found on Deptford Broadway, just a few minutes' walk away from its sister restaurant The Waiting Room. Offering cocktails, beers and junk food, the bar's menu includes vegan-friendly takes on fried chicken, burgers and corn dogs. Be warned, this intimate bar can get pretty busy, but the drinks, food and friendly atmosphere are all worth braving the crowds for. As is their Wednesday night bargain burger, fries and drink deals. Website and Twitter Where: 47 Deptford Broadway, SE8 4PH Nearest Tube: Deptford Bridge (DLR)Opening Times: Wed-Fri: 4pm-11pm, Sat: 12pm-11pm, Sun: 11am-4pm, Mon-Tue: Closed

14. The Calabash of Culture

The vibe: Chilled-out cafe and art gallery Originally the Honey Hive cafe, the Calabash of Culture has grown from a small pop-up in the back room of an art gallery, to taking over the entire venue. All their food is vegan, and is broadly Caribbean-inspired. The menu is divided into grains, mains and salads, which you can pick and choose from to suit your own tastes. Be sure to take the time to admire the artwork on the walls while you're there. And to also perhaps take a look at the dessert menu, which includes classic cakes and impressive ice cream sundaes. Website Where: 21 Sydenham Road, SE26 5EXNearest Tube: Sydenham (Overground)Opening Times: Mon-Wed: 12pm-8pm, Thurs-Sat: 12pm-10pm, Sun: Closed Do you have a favourite vegan or vegan-friendly restaurant in London? Let us know your tips in the comments section.