Being Vegan in London
31 August 2021
Being vegan in a new city definitely has its challenges. Luckily for you, you’ve decided to move to one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world - London!
This city has truly embraced veganism, to the point that it is now considered to be mainstream; a true paradise for vegans! Here you will be able to find all sorts of useful information for being vegan in this great city.
Vegan Websites That Will Save Your Life
Happy Cow is always a great place to start when trying to decide where to eat. This website allows you to quickly find food places that are vegan, or vegan-friendly, worldwide. London currently lists 180 restaurants that are fully vegan as well as 766 restaurants that have vegan items on their menu. There are so many options that making the decision on where to eat may funnily enough be a very difficult one to make, who would have ever thought!
Vegan London is a great website that offers you a variety of useful information. You can find anything from vegan events, restaurants, places to shop, jobs, articles, and even places to stay in London. Vegan London is your guide to all that is vegan in this city.
Top picks for vegan restaurants
Iconic vegan restaurant Mildreds has been around for over 30 years and will always make it to the top of our list for delicious grub. Mildreds has locations in Soho, Camden, King’s Cross, and Dalston each of which has their own unique vibe and style. Their mock chick’n is out of this world and is loved by meat-eaters and vegans alike, it is that tasty! Mildreds likes to keep things fresh and so their menu does change from time-to-time, which is a great way to spice things up. They also offer a variety of fresh juice, smoothies, and a wide range of cocktails, depending on what you are in the mood for. Do yourself a favour and visit this London favourite!
Whoever said vegans can’t do pizza right has clearly never been to Young Vegans Pizza Shop. This slice of heaven will change your life with its mouth-watering vegan pizza. This shop makes all their ingredients from scratch from their vegan mozzarella to their mock meats and dough. This is a one-of-a-kind pizza that you will never find anywhere else.
Club Mexicana takes vegan Mexican street food to a whole other level with their tasty burritos, tacos, nachos, bowls, and who could forget, their frozen margaritas. They have locations in Soho and at the Seven Dials Market in Covent Garden. Their venues have a colourful and fun concept, complemented by their buzzing energetic staff, making this restaurant a great place to enjoy yummy Mexican food.
If you’re in the mood for some vegan junk food, then Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner has got you covered! They dish up all your favourite diner junk food classics from cheezy fries, burgers, dirty dogz, ribz, buffalo wingz, caesar salads, mac’n’cheeze, and the list goes on. They have locations in Camden and Islington and are definitely not to be missed!
If you’re craving fried chicken but don’t want the guilt, then Temple of Seitan is the place for you. As you may have already guessed, their specialty is their chick’n. They sell chick’n burgers, chick’n wraps, wings, popcorn bites, crispy chick’n strips, coleslaw, mac’n’cheese, and lots more. They now have locations in Camden, Brixton, Hackney, and Hammersmith.
If you’re looking for vegan groceries to buy, luckily most grocery stores here in the UK will sell vegan products, so they shouldn’t be hard to come by. But if you’re looking for a wider range of selection, more obscure products, or are simply sick of having to check every label while shopping, then these shops can definitely come in handy. It’s worth knowing that most of these stores provide free delivery if you spend over a certain amount.
Green Bay is a fully vegan grocery store located in Earl’s Court, offering in-person shopping as well as delivery. This store is run by vegans, and it shows! They have a wide range of vegan groceries, health and beauty products, drinks, household items, zero waste products and they even deliver your groceries via their carbon neutral delivery partners. This shop sells everything you would be able to find in a conventional supermarket and gives you the peace of mind knowing that everything is vegan and cruelty-free. They also offer a loyalty scheme called “GreenClub” where you can benefit from promotions. This store truly cares about their customers, the planet, and animals.
Planet Organic is a well-known shop that has been around since 1995 and sells organic, natural, and sustainable products that you can trust. They have a massive range of vegan products in all their stores. You can also “shop by lifestyle” on their website and by simply selecting “vegan shop” you will be able to browse through their entire vegan selection which includes groceries, skincare, chocolate, vitamins, supplements, wine, and anything else you can think of. They are well established here in London and have a large number of locations scattered around the city and even have a location on Tottenham Court Road right by UCL’s main campus. They have also launched their own loyalty scheme using payment and loyalty app, Yoyo.
Ethical Superstore is an online only shop that strives to protect our planet and make efforts to find eco-friendly alternatives to everyday items such as fashion, food, cosmetics, and cleaners that do as little harm to the environment as possible. You can shop for vegan items by simply selecting “vegan” in their “free from” category, allowing you to browse through over a thousand products. They even have a “plastic free” section that allows to buy products that are free from plastic and better for our planet.
Vegan Store is an online supermarket that is 100% vegan so you can relax and have peace of mind when shopping here knowing that all items have been certified as vegan. This online shop has been around since 2000 and strives to provide customers with the best and latest vegan products from all around the world. If you’re looking for vegan groceries, cleaning products, proteins, vitamins, and health and beauty products from around the globe, then this shop is the one for you.
Rudy’s Vegan Butcher is the UK’s first fully vegan butcher shop. It may look and seem like a traditional butcher shop but don’t be fooled. It really is 100% vegan and Londoners are loving it! They sell baycon, mortadella, lobstah salad, pastrami, salami, ribz, merguez, turk’y, scrambled v-eggs and the list goes on and on. This shop is what vegan heaven is made of and just visiting the shop is an experience in itself. This butcher shop is brought to you by the same people who own Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner. It has truly grown in popularity, and you may find that their shop in Islington has a queue out the door, so if you want to avoid that you can always shop online as they do deliveries across the UK as well.