London's ethical food & fashion guide

London restaurants are, quite rightly, world-renowned for their creativity and innovation. Whether you’re looking for fine-dining in Mayfair, fast(ish) food in Brixton, a trendy Shoreditch opening or established Soho staple, the capital has all your culinary desires covered.

For meat lovers, the organic movement is bigger than ever and the nose-to-tail revolution offers a seemingly never-ending choice of dishes and interesting cuts sourced from farms who strive to provide truly superior animal husbandry. The options on offer for vegans and vegetarians has never been wider – with vegetable dishes even playing a starring role at restaurants that serve meat. Plus, new zero-waste and sustainable enterprises are now catering for the environment-conscious, too.

When it comes to the best restaurants we believe the recipe for success is a fairly simple one: sourcing top-quality ingredients and knowing exactly how to serve them (ideally with a friendly smile and a good wine recommendation)…

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    Restaurants for meat lovers

    You’ll feel like you’re dining in a friend’s kitchen in this burger restaurant in Charlotte Street.

    Even if their rare-bred beef burgers weren’t SO good it would be worth going for the starters and sides – salt & pepper crispy squid, chilli-chocolate latticed bacon, fillet steak strips…

    Order the alligator or kangaroo burgers if you’re in the experimental mood & wash them down with a couple of Old Fashioneds.

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    Bonnington Cafe

    Top London restaurants
    Vauxhall, SW8

    Why go: Each night brings a different chef with a different menu to this vegetarian and vegan restaurant run by a collective of member cooks to Bonnington Square Community Centre. But every night holds the promise of good-value and a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere.

    Why else: Set amongst the beautiful community gardens of the square, candle-lit dinners and burning fires add to the intimate atmosphere. Plus it’s bring your own bottle, and no corkage is charged.

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  • Carnevale


    Top London restaurants
    Barbican, EC1Y

    Why go: This independent Mediterranean restaurant offers a warm welcome and hearty selection of dishes in the City. Options include marinated helium and fig kebabs, aubergine and red pepper harissa casserole, and chickpea, lentil and spinach curry.

    Why else: If you a like cosy restaurants and home-style cooking then this is the restaurant for you.

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    Restaurants for meat lovers
    Various Locations

    You don’t get a much more simple farm-to-plate journey than these two cafes-come-delis in Notting Hill & Pimlico. The meat, bread & cheese comes from Daylesford’s two incredible organic farms in the Shires.

    I challenge you to arrive for brunch and leave without a bag full of goodies for ‘later’.

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  • Ethos II


    Top London restaurants
    Oxford Circus, W1

    Why go: Deliciously different is Ethos’, well, ethos. From the bright Scandi-style interior with trees dotted around the room, to the extensive, colourful menu which is inspired by dishes from around the globe, they have achieved just that. It’s self-service and pay by weight, but don’t let this put you off –  relaxed it may be, but their approach to food is anything but lazy.

    Why else: Everything is made from scratch in their kitchen from locally-sourced products and about half of their dishes are vegan. Plus, they serve wine and beer.

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    Restaurants for meat lovers
    Various Locations

    When you’re in an unfamilar part of town, a familiar name and menu is never a bad thing.

    With 56 restaurants all over the UK, Gourmet Burger Kitchen is perfect for a casual catchup or quick bite.

    They hand-select their beef from small indepedent farms because they believe that quality meat only comes from good animal husbandry.

    The proof is in The Mighty burger.

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  • Hawksmoor


    Restaurants for meat lovers
    Seven London restaurants and one in Manchester

    Did you know that the best beef in the world originates from British breeds?

    The guys who started Hawksmoor do, which is why their steak comes from cows bred using traditional farming methods. They also know that a good steak goes best with good sides, good wine & good company- including the servers.

    Expect to waltz in & waddle out of any of the seven restaurants across London.

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    Restaurants for meat lovers
    Various Locations

    Hix Soho has one of the coolest basement bars in London. If you’re the grazing type then its bar ‘snax’ are as exciting as its cocktails. Upstairs, the restaurant menu changes weekly, offering fresh & seasonal British food.

    There are Hix outposts across the capital, each offering something slightly different but all underlined by the same quality.

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  • Itadaki Zen

    Itadaki-zen London

    Top vegetarian restaurants
    Kings Cross, WC1X

    Why go: Itadaki-zen cuisine is based on the healing qualities of plants and food – Itadaki means ‘to take the food life’; Zen means ‘to fix, to mend’. Their sushi, tempura, noodles and soups are vegan and organic.

    Why else: You can learn more about the food and agriculture of Japanese cuisine at the free workshops held at the restaurant. Plus, look out for live music nights.

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    Restaurants for meat lovers

    Good things come in threes, and the quality tapas-style offerings from acclaimed Spanish chef José Pizarro are testament to that.

    You can’t book at the intimate José Tapas Bar in Bermondsey Street, but you can at Pizarro Restaurant across the road and the newly launched José Pizarro in Broadgate Circus – a slick operation for the city crowd, with good ethics at its heart.

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  • Manna


    Top London restaurants
    Primrose Hill, NW3

    Why go: With restaurants in London and LA, Manna’s ethos is healthy dishes with ‘connoisseur taste and gourmet presentation’. Expect dishes such as spaghetti and veatballs, polenta tarts, maki rolls and arancini.

    Why else: Everything at this vegan restaurant is made in-house, including the bread. All ingredients are sourced from socially responsible producers and even the wines and beers are organic and vegan.

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  • Mildreds


    Top London restaurants
    Soho, Camden, Kings Cross

    Why go: The people behind Mildreds have been reinventing the vegetarian scene since 1988, offering a variety of salads, curries and cakes in trendy and lively settings.

    Why else: They use organic ingredients and small businesses for their supplies.

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