London's ethical food & fashion guide

London’s best vegetarian restaurants know there’s much so more to life than goat’s cheese and sweet potato fries. Although, of course, there’s always a time and place for these. They offer top-quality modern cuisine and dairy-free gourmet dishes in stylish and lively settings…

  • Bonninghton

    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.

    visit website
  • Carnevale

    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.

    visit website
  • Ethos II

    Ethos

    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.

    visit website
  • 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.

    visit website
  • Manna

    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.

    visit website
  • Mildreds

    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.

    visit website
  • Sagar

    Sagar

    Top London restaurants
    Covent Garden, Hammersmith, West End, Harrow

    Why go: South Indian vegetarian cuisine proudly cooked by chefs from Udupi, a small town in the coastal region of the Western Ghats. The colourful and flavoursome curries are served alongside rice dumplings with sambar and coconut chutney, soft lentil doughnuts, rice and lentil spicy pancakes.

    Why else: Whatever your dietary requirements – vegan, nut-free, garlic- and onion-free, wheat-free – this restaurant group has got it covered.

    visit website
  • The Gate

    The Gate

    Top London restaurants
    Hammersmith,W6 and Islington, N1

    Why go: ‘Indo-Iraqi Jewish’ is how the owners of The Gate describe their cooking, a blend of Indian and Arabic cuisines with  traditional Jewish food and a touch of European influence – think mezze platters, lentils, and aubergine schnitzels.

    Why else: It’s been going for 25 years and is somewhat of a London institution owned by two brothers, Adrain and Michael  Daniel, who have stayed true to their roots.

    visit website
  • Vanilla Black

    Vanilla Black

    Top vegetarian restaurants
    City of London, EC4

    Why go: Michelin-recommended Vanilla Black offers beautifully-presented modern vegetarian cuisine in a stylish setting.

    Why else: The restaurant comes highly recommended by critics and diners alike for special occasions.

    visit website
  • Wild Food Cafe

    Wild Food Cafe

    Top vegetarian restaurants
    Covent Garden, WC2

    Why go: If your vibe is a healthy diet then this raw-centric cafe is for you. The nutrient-rich dishes are created with passion and served with a smile. Come to eat or come to learn and share ideas with like-minded people.

    Why else: Supporters of independent businesses, ingredients are sourced from local independent suppliers and organic producers, with foraged items thrown into the mix.

    visit website