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The Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in London

Discover the top spots for great vegetarian meals, recommended by locals.

Updated on Jan 26, 2024 | World of Mouth team

London is bustling with endless options for vegetarion food. This article explores the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in London, from cozy cafés and street-food stalls to more upscale dining spots. We have picked all spots based on recommendations from top chefs, food writers and locals like Andrew Wong, Matthew Burgess and Jonathan Alphandery.

This listing includes top vegetarian fine dining at chef Isaac McHale's Clove Club, vegan Thai food at Som Saa and many other options. Whether you're a vegetarian or just looking for a meat-free meal, these restaurants offer innovative and delicious plant-based options that are sure to satisfy every need.

Lyle's

Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St

Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6GY, UK

Lyle's, led by chef James Lowe, is known for its precise cooking with seasonal British produce. The restaurant constantly updates its menu, sometimes daily, to reflect the best of what's currently in season. With an industrial yet cozy ambiance, Lyle's offers a comfortable dining experience featuring sophisticated combinations of local produce cooked to perfection.

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Incredible seasonal British cuisine in Shoreditch, by chef James Lowe.An incredible nod to British cuisine. The great thing about Lyle's is that they change their menu four times a year, sometimes daily, depending on what's in season, and they are always using the best of what's around at the time.

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Lyle's

Lyle's

Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St

Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6GY, UK

The Clove Club

Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St

Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London EC1V 9LT, UK

The Clove Club, located in Shoreditch, offers a contemporary British seasonal menu curated by chef Isaac McHale. The restaurant is known for its innovative and cleverly designed dishes that highlight exceptional produce, cooked with precision, and presented with elegance. With a focus on modern British cuisine, The Clove Club has earned a spot on the World's 50 Best list and boasts two Michelin stars.

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Innovative and clever seasonal tasting menu restaurant Innovative cuisine by Isaac McHale, local produce cooked with great care and prescison, presented artfully and deliciousGreat wine and ambient tea pairing with sharp service in a lovely dining room

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The Clove Club

The Clove Club

Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St

Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London EC1V 9LT, UK

Jolene Bakery & Restaurant

21 Newington Grn, Mayville Estate

21 Newington Grn, Mayville Estate, London N16 9PU, UK

Jolene Bakery & Restaurant is a neighborhood hub where you can enjoy freshly baked pastries with your morning coffee or indulge in an uncomplicated yet delicious dinner menu. The eatery is noted for its friendly ambiance, commitment to sustainability, and use of high-quality produce. With a selection of natural wines and a reputation as one of the best local spots, Jolene's offers a welcoming dining experience throughout the day.

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Jolene is great, all day dining place, from pastries and coffee in the morning to a super nice and casual dinner menu.

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Jolene Bakery & Restaurant

Jolene Bakery & Restaurant

21 Newington Grn, Mayville Estate

21 Newington Grn, Mayville Estate, London N16 9PU, UK

Noble Rot Soho

2 Greek St

2 Greek St, London W1D 4NB, UK

Noble Rot Soho is a well-regarded restaurant known for its quality food and excellent wine selection. The menu offers a variety of dishes, including smoked eel with horseradish, pig's head & ham hock terrine, and a family-sized roasted chicken with morels and vin jaune sauce. With a vast wine list, expert sommeliers are available to guide you through your selection, ensuring a memorable dining experience.

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Amazing wine list / great cookingIncredible selection of wines by the glass / coravin plus really rather perfect cooking by chef Alex Jackson. They do a well priced menu du jour and I highly recommend trying the chicken with vin jaune and morels. Puddings too. All of them!

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Noble Rot Soho

Noble Rot Soho

2 Greek St

2 Greek St, London W1D 4NB, UK

Koya Soho

50 Frith St

50 Frith St, London W1D 4SQ, UK

Koya Soho specializes in Japanese udon noodles and small plates, served in a communal setting. The restaurant is known for its fresh house-made udon, prepared in traditional Japanese style with seasonal ingredients. Additional recommended dishes include the pork belly, tempura, and mushroom salad, and the restaurant also offers a rotating menu of weekly specials.

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Fresh house made Udon like in Japan, using seasonal produce.I love Koya. The serve fresh house made Udon like in Japan, using seasonal produce, a must go when in town. On Frith Street in Soho and also in Hackney and City.

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Koya Soho

Koya Soho

50 Frith St

50 Frith St, London W1D 4SQ, UK

som saa

43A Commercial St

43A Commercial St, London E1 6BD, UK

Som Saa is a Thai restaurant that offers a variety of old-style regional Thai dishes, known for their uncompromising flavours. The restaurant is led by head chef Andy Oliver, who has worked at renowned establishments such as Nahm in London and Bo.Lan in Bangkok. With a focus on seasonal British produce and quality Asian ingredients, Som Saa provides a casual and fun dining experience, with a popular tasting sharing menu and local beer options.

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Som Saa serves super tasty old-style regional Thai foodSom Saa serves super tasty old-style regional Thai food. The food is really tasty and spicy, the service was good and the place is looking nice. Som Saa restaurant and bar uses seasonal British produce and quality Asian ingredients to create flavour-packed regional dishes from across Thailand. The restaurant is run by head chef Andy Oliver having previously worked at Nahm in London (one of the restaurants owned by famous chef David Thompson) and then at the “Bo.Lan” in Bangkok for two years.

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som saa

som saa

43A Commercial St

43A Commercial St, London E1 6BD, UK

107

107 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton

107 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0NP, UK

107, previously known as P Franco, is a well-known restaurant offering an array of delicious food and wine. With a rotation of talented chefs, the menu is constantly evolving, ensuring a fresh dining experience. Based on recommendations, the quality of their food and wine selection consistently impresses visitors.

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107 (formerly known as P Franco) is still up there, always great chefs and food on the menu and lots of delicious wine!
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107

107

107 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton

107 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0NP, UK

Acme Fire Cult

Abbot St

Abbot St, London E8 3DP, UK

Acme Fire Cult is a London-based restaurant that puts a spotlight on vegetable dishes with simple yet elevated flavours. The restaurant is known for its live fire cooking techniques, led by the formidable team of Andrew Clarke and Dan Watkins. Among the highly recommended dishes are the sourdough marmite and parmesan, which have been praised by customers for their unique taste.

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Live fire outing from the formidable team of Andrew Clarke and Dan Watkins.Vegetables are the hero, simple style flavours that are next level. True artists on a budget. Loved every plate. Sourdough marmite and parmesan. The best.

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Acme Fire Cult

Acme Fire Cult

Abbot St

Abbot St, London E8 3DP, UK

Apricity Restaurant

68 Duke St

68 Duke St, London W1K 6JU, UK

Apricity Restaurant is a sustainable, low-waste dining establishment that focuses on serving vegetarian and plant-based dishes, particularly through its tasting menu. It is known for its commitment to a circular economy, using sustainable produce at the height of the season, and championing British growers and farmers. The restaurant also features an extensive list of low-intervention wines and innovative low-waste cocktails, with a particular emphasis on natural Riesling blends and Lombardy Nebbiolos.

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A sustainable Green star restaurant that excels when you eat the vegetarian and plant based offerings especially on the tasting menu. A nicely curated wine list of natural Riesling blends and Lombardy Nebbiolos. The decor is homely but in a work-in-progress kind of way. The crispy oyster mushroom dish stood out.

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Apricity Restaurant

Apricity Restaurant

68 Duke St

68 Duke St, London W1K 6JU, UK

Black Salt Sheen

505, 507 Upper Richmond Rd W, North Sheen

505, 507 Upper Richmond Rd W, North Sheen, London SW14 7DE, UK

Black Salt Sheen is an Indian restaurant that offers top-class cooking in a comfortable environment. The menu, crafted by Head Chef Manish Sharma, features perfectly executed classic dishes from around India, including notable tandoori prawns, pork vindaloo, and methi chicken. Opened in June 2021, this Michelin-rated establishment is lauded for its high-quality food and relaxed setting.

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Top class cooking Sister of Dastaan, this Indian restaurant in Sheen has a comfortable environment and genuinely superb cooking, up there with the very best in London. The tandoori prawns here are superb, as is the pork vindaloo and methi chicken, amongst other fine dishes. It is better than most of the Michelin starred Indian restaurants in London.

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Black Salt Sheen

Black Salt Sheen

505, 507 Upper Richmond Rd W, North Sheen

505, 507 Upper Richmond Rd W, North Sheen, London SW14 7DE, UK

Bubala Soho

15 Poland St, London W1F 8QE, UK

Bubala Soho is a Middle Eastern restaurant known for its shareable dishes and unique personal touches, such as the use of local oil in their popular baba ganush. The menu offers a variety of dips and spreads like hummus with burnt butter, as well as other delights like skewers and baked halloumi with honey, all prepared in a small, open kitchen. This restaurant is particularly recommended for group visits, providing a flavorful feast to enjoy together.

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Flavourful feast meant to share Bubala Soho is the younger sister to a popular Spitalfields restaurant. Starring middle-eastern dishes, often with a personal touch (locate oil on the baba ganush was a hit!), it’s a great place to visit with a bigger group. Most of the dishes are meant to share - though some are so great you’ll want to keep them for yourself. Go for a few of the dips or spreads, such as the aforementioned babag anush or hummus with burnt butter, add some skewers or baked halloumi with honey if on the menu. All dishes come from a small, open kitchen, occasionally blazing with fire.

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Bubala Soho

Bubala Soho

15 Poland St, London W1F 8QE, UK

Café Deco

43 Store St

43 Store St, London WC1E 7DB, UK

Café Deco is a cozy restaurant in Bloomsbury, known for its simple yet classic dishes crafted by Anna Tobias. Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, it offers a range of dishes made with quality ingredients that are in season. From perfectly cooked asparagus to hake with clams and buttersauce, Café Deco ensures a delightful culinary experience with its delicious dishes and excellent service.

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Casual restaurant and quality ingredientsCafé Deco is a small, atmospheric restaurant in Bloomsbury, open from lunch to dinner. Anna Tobias simple and classic food, focusing on the best possible ingredients in season. For lunch, we started with perfectly cooked asparagus with bagna cauda and for main course had hake, clams and buttersauce. Nice service and delicious simple dishes.

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Café Deco

Café Deco

43 Store St

43 Store St, London WC1E 7DB, UK

Gauthier Soho

21 Romilly St

21 Romilly St, London W1D 5AF, UK

Gauthier Soho is a 100% vegan restaurant that has reinvented French gastronomy with a plant-based focus. The menu features creative dishes such as Fleur de Courgette Farcie, Heritage Beetroot, Leek Terrine, and Tomato Ravioli, all designed to positively impact our planet. With a commitment to sustainability, Gauthier Soho is recognized for its low carbon footprint and innovative culinary techniques.

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One of my favourite French restaurants in London. There are days when I dream of their lobster tortellini and truffle risotto. Kudos as well to Alexis Gauthier for creating ‘faux’ gras and championing vegetables.

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Gauthier Soho

Gauthier Soho

21 Romilly St

21 Romilly St, London W1D 5AF, UK

Gold

95-97 Portobello Rd

95-97 Portobello Rd, London W11 2QB, UK

Gold is a neighborhood restaurant located in Notting Hill, known for its laid-back dining and late-night bar. The restaurant offers a variety of sharing plates, with a frequently changing menu that includes popular dishes like mushrooms on toast and purple potatoes with sauerkraut. The space is set over four floors and features a cool atmosphere with a bar in the middle, a nice courtyard area, and is suitable for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

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Sharing plates concept Really cool atmosphere with a bar in the middle and nice courtyard area Menu changes oftenReally recommend the mushrooms on toast and the purple potatoes with sauerkraut!Suitable for vegetarians

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Gold

Gold

95-97 Portobello Rd

95-97 Portobello Rd, London W11 2QB, UK

Hoppers Soho

49 Frith St

49 Frith St, London W1D 4SG, UK

Hoppers Soho is a Sri Lankan restaurant known for its bone marrow curry and egg hoppers, a fermented rice flour pancake with a sunny side up egg in the middle. The food is prepared by Chef Karan Gokani, who infuses his love of culture and understanding of hospitality into every dish. Even picky eaters can find something to enjoy here, making it a great spot for families.

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Hoppers is the Sri Lankan restaurant started in Soho by a good friend of mine, Karan Gokani. To me, he's one of the most amazing chefs, you feel the personality in the food and his love of the culture and his understanding of hospitality inside that restaurant, which I love, even though there's three or four branches now. Their bone marrow curry to this day is still one of my favourite things to eat. My kids are very picky eaters and even they love this curry. A hopper is basically a fermented rice flour pancake, and I love their egg hoppers with a sunny side up egg in the middle that you eat with your curry, and you get this wonderful array of textures of both crisp and soft.
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Hoppers Soho

Hoppers Soho

49 Frith St

49 Frith St, London W1D 4SG, UK

Spring Restaurant

Lancaster Pl

Lancaster Pl, London WC2R 1LA, UK

Spring Restaurant, led by Australian chef Skye Gyngell, is a standout for its commitment to sustainability and waste reduction. The majority of their ingredients are sourced from Fern Verrow, a certified biodynamic farm, ensuring fresh and honest dishes. Spring also offers unique menus like the 'Scratch' menu, which is crafted using food waste, demonstrating their innovative approach to environmental responsibility.

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Sensual, sophisticated & sustainable.   Located at the legendary Somerset House, Spring by Australian chef Skye Gyngell is one of London’s most sustainable restaurants. She is a pioneer on environmental issues and extremely vocal about food waste, committed also keeping the operation 100% plastic-free.   Most of the produce comes from Fern Verrow, a 16-acre certified biodynamic farm in the Black Mountains of Herefordshire, founded by Jane Scotter, who has been farming there since 1996.   However, as mission driven as everything is, it doesn't fail on the plate either. Everything is pure and delicious. Simple, produce-driven, and honest. Our no nonsense, minimalistic starter "Radishes and butter" being a great example.   The two-course set lunch menu, priced at £29, is a bargain, as is the inspiring The Scratch menu (available from Tuesday to Saturday between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm) where all the dishes are created using food waste.   All in all an inspiring and refreshing operation. Elevated and refined - yet filled with energy and attitude.
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Spring Restaurant

Spring Restaurant

Lancaster Pl

Lancaster Pl, London WC2R 1LA, UK

The Ninth

22 Charlotte St.

22 Charlotte St., London W1T 2NB, UK

"The Ninth" is a London-based restaurant that specializes in French Mediterranean sharing plates. The menu is simple yet fresh, with a significant emphasis on seasonal ingredients and a variety of vegetarian dishes. Their fresh pastas and highly recommended pain perdu are some of the highlights that you can enjoy on a weekly basis.

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French Mediterranean sharing plates. Uncomplicated, fresh and big focus on seasonal ingredients. Lots of great veg dishes. Amazing fresh pastas are highlights. Best pain perdu in town. Food you can eat every week.

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The Ninth

The Ninth

22 Charlotte St.

22 Charlotte St., London W1T 2NB, UK

Towpath

42 De Beauvoir Cres

42 De Beauvoir Cres, London N1 5RY, UK

Towpath Café is a bustling outdoor eatery located along Regent’s Canal in Haggerston, offering a tranquil green escape. The café operates all day, serving a variety of simple yet delicious dishes, including walnut porridge, Egyptian eggs, roast lamb chops, and fig leaf soft serve. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, Towpath Café doesn't require bookings, and visitors can enjoy their meals on the terrace seating or at the indoor tables.

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Towpath Café is a busy summertime outdoor oasis along Regent’s Canal in Haggerston in the North East. The all day café, run by Lori De Mori and Laura Jackson, is a wonderful green escape from the city with breakfast, brunch, lunch and weekend dinner. The menu is a mixed bag of delicious, simple dishes, everything from walnut porridge and granola to Egyptian eggs, taramasalata with radishes to roast lamb chops and smoked mackerel, dessert cakes and fig leaf soft serve. Walk in only, terrace seating and a few tables under the roof.

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Towpath

Towpath

42 De Beauvoir Cres

42 De Beauvoir Cres, London N1 5RY, UK

NOPI

21-22 Warwick St

21-22 Warwick St, London W1B 5NE, UK

NOPI is a high-end dining spot known for its heartful Middle-Eastern cooking, inspired by the culinary prowess of Jerusalem-born chef Yotam Ottolenghi. The restaurant offers a casual and lively atmosphere, with a charming interior featuring oriental influences, whitewashed walls, and solid wood furniture. The menu changes with the seasons, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, ensuring a fresh and diverse dining experience for all visitors.

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Great lunch place!I had the polenta fries with truffle Mayo and the twice cooked whole baby chicken and it did not disappoint!

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NOPI

NOPI

21-22 Warwick St

21-22 Warwick St, London W1B 5NE, UK

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