Vegan restaurants are springing up everywhere and cater to all tastes and cravings that could possibly exist. Here are eight vegan restaurants that serve delicious food in great atmospheres so that wherever you are in London, there will be one for you. There's even a cookie bar thrown in there too.
Being vegan is the new lifestyle choice and way to eat. It comes with numerous amazing health benefits, such as contributing to more youthful looking skin, maintaining a healthier and steadier BMI and it is also proven to prevent diseases related to the heart, high blood pressure and types of cancer.
Veganism is a lifestyle that also has an enormous impact on the planet. Besides saving the lives of countless animals, it saves around 1,100 gallons of water per day and a huge amount of carbon dioxide, whilst helping to lower the levels of greenhouse gases that are caused by animal agriculture. It is something that doesn't just affect personal food choices, but impacts things such as the clothing and makeup industry greatly, meaning that fairer treatment of animals can be put into place.
However, going vegan doesn't only help the environment. It can help you to vary your meals and eat foods that you may not have considered before. There are plenty of vegan substitutes that replace animal products that taste just as good (we found ten recipes that look delicious).
But being vegan doesn't mean that you have to restrict yourself to home cooked meals. There are plenty of vegan restaurants that push the boundaries when it comes to food in general and you'll soon realise that going vegan really is a great thing to do. When it comes to vegan cuisine in London, these eight restaurants should help to get the ball rolling when deciding where and what to eat.
Off Oxford Circus
With a range of vegan, gluten free and dairy free dishes, Ethos caters to just about everybody. A selection of hot and cold dishes means that you'll never be stuck for choices, whilst their menu boasts cuisine from all over the world and works in a very cool way when it comes to paying. Instead of set prices, you pay for your food by weight meaning that you can have exactly what you want.
Norman's Coach and Horses
Labelled as London's first vegetarian and vegan pub, Norman's Coach and Horses knows how to do it right. Their menu is full of dishes such as shepherds pie and a tofu substitute of fish and chips that would satisfy all savoury cravings.
222 Veggie Vegan Restaurant
222 Veggie Vegan pride themselves on cooking in a way that preserves taste and nutritional value. They even run a lunch buffet so that you can fill your boots with their selection of tasty and healthy dishes. By serving vegan alternatives to dinner classics such as a roast and stroganoff, being vegan never tasted so good.
The Gate prides itself on creating new and exciting flavour combinations whilst drawing on French and Italian influences. Their menu demonstrates the way in which varying flavours can be used to create something different to the usual vegan alternatives, particularly the aubergine schnitzel, which sounds incredibly moreish.
Cookies and Scream
Here's a place for those of you with a sweet tooth. Cookies and Scream serve delicious sweet treats such as vegan cookies, bakes and milkshakes that can be enjoyed at both their Camden and Holloway bakeries. Their Holloway destination offers a more relaxed and retro vibe whilst their Camden bakery has a bit more hustle and bustle to it.
Mildreds offers internationally inspired dishes that are all very reasonably priced considering the amount of high quality ingredients that they use. Their main dishes are exciting and combine different ingredients to create a taste that will leave you coming back for more time after time. They have four different locations across London so you can be sure that wherever you are, you'll be able to stop in for some tasty food.
Fed by Water
Fed by Water is a restaurant that is pushing the boundaries of what it means to go vegan by creating authentic Italian cuisine whilst bringing awareness to the nutritional importance of pure, clean water. They believe that it makes their food taste better which is a good thing because their portion sizes are 50% bigger than normal restaurant portions (winning).
The Full Nelson
Full Nelson's selling point is its menu of veggie/vegan junk food and that statement alone is about all I need to get myself down there pronto. With a selection of savoury classics like vegan burgers, mac and cheese and a tasty sounding reuben, what's stopping you?