Located in the charming neighbourhood of Notting Hill, Farmacy is an all-vegetarian restaurant where the dishes are incredibly well thought out and filled with vibrant and colourful ingredients. Walking into Farmacy is like stepping into a plant-filled paradise of tumbling vines, while the central circular bar, simple wooden floors and whitewashed walls give it a sort of boho-elegance. With a focus on ‘clean indulgence’, Farmacy’s food is free from dairy, refined sugars, and additives but the menu is not just made up of salads and green vegetables. ‘Clean’ versions of our favourite junk food make up a large section of the menu, such as burgers, calzone and nachos, although if you are a super health-concious veggie there are options like the ‘Macro Bowl’ (quinoa, avocado, sauerkraut, sweet potato and seasonal greens) or the Farmacy Salad.
Mildred’s is one of London’s coolest and most talked about vegetarian restaurants, and it’s easy to see why. If you manage to get a table after waiting in line for a while (maybe try not to go at peak eating times if you don’t want to wait) you’ll be seated in the cosy, rustic dining room and presented with a menu with a wonderful assortment of veggie dishes. Mildred’s is the home of hearty vegetarian comfort food like beetroot burgers, pasta primavera, and mushroom and ale pie with fries and mushy peas. This is the perfect place to show someone that vegetarian food doesn’t always just mean salads.
Fed By Water is one of London’s only fully-vegan Italian restaurants, where the food is so good you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything you would normally find in a great Italian place. The extensive menu includes things like ‘cheesy’ garlic bread (using soya cheese), Lasagne, Carbonara, and a huge range of pizzas. The primary focus of Fed By Water is one of sustainable living and eating, using locally sourced produce and chemical-free water to prepare the insanely delicious dishes. Although the food looks and tastes as if it should be terrible for you, it is all created with nutritional value in mind. So you can eat all the pizza without any of the guilt!
Despite being located just off the notoriously busy Oxford Street, Ethos has an incredibly calming atmosphere. The interior is bright and airy with white marble tables (perfect for your Instagram shot), and mini-forest of silver birch trees in the middle of the room. Ethos is a self-service buffet-style restaurant, so all the colourful salads, aromatic hot food and pretty desserts are attractively displayed in large bowls or plates from which you help yourself. The pricing is calculated by weight, but at £2.50 per 100g, it’s very reasonable for a restaurant in this location. There is a mixture of vegan and vegetarian dishes with allergens clearly labelled beside each bowl.
Tibits - Mayfair
Tibits is another self-service vegetarian restaurant where the menu is regularly updated to bring its customers new fresh and flavoursome dishes. There is a huge range to choose from at Tibits with dishes like barbecue aubergine, Bangkok peanut curry noodles, Thai veggie meatballs and sweet and sour tempeh. The recipes are fun and imaginative and will leave you wanting to return again and again to see what new creations appear. Tibits also offer breakfasts of pancakes, homemade Bircher muesli, pastries and fresh juices. Although this warm and welcoming diner caters to both vegans a vegetarians, every Tuesday the menu is exclusively vegan.
Wild Food Café - Covent Garden
Tucked away in Neal’s Yard, the Wild Food Café is a cute and quirky plant-based eatery with super friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. After climbing a staircase you’ll find yourself in the small and cosy restaurant with communal picnic-style tables adorned with colourful flowers in miss-matched glass vases. If the weather is nice the large green-framed windows will be open so you can look down onto the quaint courtyard below. The philosophy of wellbeing and vitality, which is reflected through the menu, which is comprised of dishes like the ‘Rainbow Asian Noodle Salad’, the ‘Goddess Bowl’, and a shockingly delicious raw ‘pizzette’. Dessert is not to be missed with healthy treats such as the salted caramel slice or the ‘Wild Banoffee Pie’ on offer.
Vanilla Black - East London
Often vegetarian dining is a laid-back, casual affair, but if you’re looking for something a little more refined and upmarket, Vanilla Black is the place for you. As one of the only vegetarian fine-dining restaurants in London, Vanilla Black puts an emphasis on using vegetarian ingredients to create innovative and exciting dishes, rather than just your standard veggie comfort food. Owners Andrew and Donna are adamant that none of the dishes will ever rely on ‘pasta, meat substitutes or heavy spicing’, which has resulted in the creation of sensational dishes like the iced and charred avocado with olive crumb to start, followed by mains such as fried shiitake, pine nut purée and crispy cous cous or fried porridge, wild garlic and broad beans. The desserts are just as unusual but remarkably delicious, with options like the sweetcorn parfait, miso butterscotch and peanut butter cookie, or the Gianguja chocolate brownie and roasted hazelnut icecream.