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London’s best vegan restaurants for a plant-based Veganuary

We’ve rounded up the best plant-based restaurants for you to try this January.

We’ve rounded up the best plant-based restaurants for you to try this January.

For the culinary curious, the Veganuary warriors or omnivores after an interesting meal, we’re spotlighting London's best meat-free options where you can kick-start your year. These six establishments have the edge with their vegan plates, from clever twists on classics to edible art. Whether you're going vegan just for January or a dedicated herbivore, maybe it’s time to try something new?

Holy Carrot, Knightsbridge

The food at Holy Carrot is magnificent all year round, but they have something special for January this year. In partnership with the documentary makers behind Netflix’s Seaspiracy, Holy Carrot has created the ultimate ‘seafood’ platter. Reworkings of pescetarian classics include ‘crab’ croquettes, freshly ‘caught tofish’, ‘scallop’ maki and ‘calamari’ of palm hearts and buffalo sauce. A percentage of the profit from each platter sold goes towards the fight to save aquatic life. On the main menu, you’ll find other enticing options like oyster mushroom carpaccio with black radish, tempeh ravioli and miso-infused parsnip risotto. This entirely meat-free restaurant is based inside the wellness and beauty centre Urban Retreat in Knightsbridge, so you can truly trust their healthy food offerings.

Urban Retreat, 2-4 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, SW1X 0LH | Website | Visit their Instagram


Farmacy, Westbourne Grove

Well established on the plant-based scene, Farmacy has challenged the assumptions of modern eating since 2016. Dishes are nutritionally curated for their powerful health and healing benefits, and all the ingredients are organically and biodynamically grown, many from Farmacy’s own farm in Kent. Free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals, the menu offers clean and indulgent options that make you feel nourished. Choose from seasonal soups, salads, earth bowls and uplighting Farmaceutical teas and superfood lattes. The restaurant itself is as beautifully designed as the menu.

74-76 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH | Website | Visit their Instagram | Read more on Domus Nova

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Mother, Hackney

Based on the canalside in Hackney Wick, Mother calls itself a cafe with a conscience. The vegan menu offers colourful, creative, organic vegan options that aim to present healthy, spins on classic cafe options. Think green shakshuka, sprouted porridge, tempting latkes, kimchi toasties and homemade halva brownies. One key aim of Mother is to reduce waste, so all the vibrant juices and kombuchas are sold in glass bottles, and discounts are offered to reward anyone who brings their own.

1, Canalside Here East Estate, London E20 3Bs, London E20 3BS | Website | Visit their Instagram

Rovi, Fitzrovia

One of Yotam Ottolenghi’s family of restaurants, Rovi celebrates fresh, organic cooking and the use of fire in the kitchen. While Ottolenghi’s restaurants are all hospitable places for vegetarians, Rovi has the edge with its innovative options. Drawing influences from various global cuisines, the creative menu includes dishes like celeriac shawarma, coffee-roasted beetroot, roasted pumpkin with a smokey Korean ssamjang sauce, and a flavourful Jerusalem mixed grill. Save space for the spiced pear and pumpkin fritters with coconut sorbet. There are also meat and fish options on the menu, so omnivorous friends are really spoilt for choice. Accompanied by one of the five exquisite cocktails on the menu that contain zero alcohol, it’s the perfect place to start a healthy new year.

59 Wells Street, W1A 3AE | Website | Visit their Instagram 

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The Gate, Islington

The Gate has four locations – Hammersmith, Marylebone, Angel and Islington – where diners can come and enjoy pioneering vegetarian and vegan food. From the weekly Sunday roasts to the daily dishes inspired by flavours from all around the world, The Gate has something to satisfy every palette. Beetroot tartare, jackfruit tortillas, chestnut wellington and aubergine schnitzel are on the a la carte menu, as well as a selection of fresh juices and sweet treats. Open since 1989 and one of London’s earliest entirely vegetarian restaurants, The Gate was way ahead of the game.

370 St John Street, EC1V 4NN | Website | Visit their Instagram

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Bubala, Spitalfields

Just around the corner from Liverpool Street station, the casually-chic Bubala serves complex flavours and textures inspired by the food of Tel Aviv and the Middle East. Stripped-back interiors and trendy furniture add to the hip atmosphere, while bold flavours, sultry spices and colourful plates really stand out. Bubala started out as a pop-up hosting London supper clubs but its success has made it a permanently popular option. Enjoy a selection of their small sharing plates, including charred oyster mushroom skewers, za’atar falafels and whipped carrot. Can’t choose what to have? Just opt for 'Bubala Knows Best' set menu, and allow the chef to decide.

65 Commercial Street, E1 6BD | Website | Visit their Instagram


Looking for something to take home? Rudy’s in Islington sells interesting plant-based meats from a vegan butcher counter to cook in your kitchen. The Fauxmagerie, an entirely plant-based cheesemonger and deli on Cheshire Street in Shoreditch, sells a plethora of cheeses made from nuts and rice, and The Odds in Peckham have a great selection of vegan wines, kimchi and cheese.

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