Not just for the summer… with more and more people in London tighten up their diets and turn to veganism and vegetarianism, the ever-expanding pool of high-quality restaurants and pop-ups responds accordingly. I mean even our own menu at Qbic is putting vegetables centre-stage, there is no shortage of fantastic veggie-friendly and even veggie-only spots that have honed the craft, whipping up a kale-storm that could sweep away even life-long carnivores.
Below are our pick of the best within a short tube ride’s distance from Qbic London and some of the touristic hotspots.
Led by two female entrepreneurs who asked themselves why socialising should always be at the expense of health, which led to the creation of Redemption.
Their main challenge was to create a space away from temptations and toxins that still felt like a treat… sounds impossible right… wrong! Redemption is exactly that, literally the healthiest restaurant in London – serving vegan, sugar-free and wheat-free food with an ultimate alcohol- free bar!
Their motto is ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself‘ and their ethos is rooted firmly in caring for the planet, its animals and the human race!
So really, you have no choice but to try them
320 Old st, EC1V 9DR | Closest Station: Old Street
90 DEGREES MELT
For all the lovers of gooey, stretchy, grilled cheese , 90° MELT have combined TAPAS style dining with AMAZING Grilled Cheese sandwiches, (or MELTs) so the customers don’t have to choose!
But of course it’s not just grilled cheese they serve, they swear by their simple yet wholesome comfort food which constantly brings vegetarian or vegan American goodness – without the excessive meat.
Food for everyone you just need to bring an open mind and an empty stomach!
235 Mile End Road | Closest Station: Mile End
THE TEMPLE OF HACKNEY
Ok this one is by far the most fascinating… London’s very first veganchicken and chip shop!
Temple of Hackney (originally called Temple of Seitan) replaces poultry with a meat substitute called seitan – a meat-free substance made from wheat gluten. They have been selling their ‘vegan fried chicken’ at food events since the spring, making seitan from scratch and seasoning it to closely resemble actual fried chicken.
If this isn’t worth turning vegan for (asides from beliefs)… we don’t know what is !
10 Morning Lane, London, E9 6NA| Closest Station: Hackney Central
The cheap, but undoubtedly delicious option. Home to a fine selection of South-Indian dishes, Sagar is a totally vegetarian and predominantly vegan haven. Main dishes include a variety of rice and lentil-based Dosa pancakes with various fillings and lentil-based ‘pizzas’ called Uthappams, which are served with delicious vegetable stew ‘sambar’ and a creamy coconut chutney.
31 Catherine St, WC2B 5JS | Closest Station: Covent Garden
You know when a restaurant is throwing around the word ‘contemporary’ in it’s website’s mission statement, that sh*t is gonna get crazy. Vanilla Black is the Picasso of vegetarian restaurants in London, taking the creative process to the next level. Take, for example, the deconstructed cheesecake pictured above (now retired from the menu unfortunately). Each element is separated, and displayed in an abstract manner. Whatsmore, the flavour combination is left up to the customer. Power is finally back in your hands – grab it with all your might.
17-18 Tooks Court | Closest Station: Chancery Lane