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Best Vegetarian restaurants in London

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There was a time when being a vegetarian diner at a London restaurant meant your only choice was to resignedly and politely order an obligatory mushroom risotto or an overdone goats cheese tart; but long gone are those days! London's veggie scene is now home to innovative, international and creative cuisine with some of the best businesses in the capital promoting food trends that are not only meat free, but dairy free, gluten free and even cooking-free! Have a look at our guide to the top 10 veggie hotspots in London. You need never eat Quorn again.

Mildreds

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What we think

Delighting diners with their fresh and inventive vegetarian cuisine for the past 30 years, Mildreds has built its reputation as a Soho institution; and rightly so. Making its debut on Greek Street in 1988, the owners aimed to drag vegetarian food out of the 'drab 60s vibe', and step it up a gear. You can expect Asian and European organic treats with fragrant seasoning and spices. And if you're feeling a bit more traditional? Take a look at their daily-changing 'Soho burger' menu or one of their hearty pies on offer. Expect a warm welcome and a lively and buzzy atmosphere. There is a no-bookings policy and can get crowded at peak times, but it's most definitely worth the wait.

Price guide

All mains£12.00
Panna cotta with hibiscus scented lychees£6.50

Address

Mildreds
45 Lexington Street
Soho
W1F 9AN
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Mildreds also runs a branch in Camden and in Kings Cross.

Contact

Tel.:020 7494 1634
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.mildreds.co.uk

Woodlands

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What we think

Set in the heart of theatre-land, this pan-Indian restaurant has a beautiful and rich past, dating back to their first venture in India in the 1930s. After decades of success they ventured to London to put South Indian vegetarian food on the map - and the rest is history. The interior is contemporary and cool with elegant wooden carvings and stylish parquet flooring, while a choice of either wooden chairs or banquettes adds to the relaxed atmosphere. The menu is full of exquisite delights, accommodating for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and Jain (garlic and onion free). Make sure to try the South Indian Thali - perfect to share and the flavours are simply beautiful.

Price guide

Paneer Tikka£8.00
Traditional rice & lentil batter Dosa£9.00

Address

Woodlands
77 Marylebone Lane
Marylebone
W1U 2PS
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You can also find Woodlands in Piccadilly and in Hampstead.

Contact

Tel.:020 7486 3862
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.woodlandsrestaurant.co.uk

The Gate

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What we think

The Gate in Islington is the newest venture from Adrian and Michael Daniel, who opened their first restaurant in Hammersmith in 1989. This modern, bistro-style restaurant (formerly a Victorian butchers) combines the diverse backgrounds from the owner's heritage; Indo-Arabic and traditional Jewish. Even though it's busy and bustling, with often every table full, the space feels airy and modern, with an open kitchen and bar. The food is inventive and international, transforming old favourites like baba ganoush and falafel into the most sophisticated of treats. Their cleverly named Meditterasian salad is a must-try, a fusion of their Jewish and Arabic heritage on one plate.

Price guide

Wild mushroom risotto cake£16.00
Aubergine Schnitzel£15.00

Address

The Gate
370 St John Street
Islington
EC1V 4NN
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The Gate has two more branches, one in Hammersmith and another in Seymour Place.

Contact

Tel.:020 7278 5483
Email:[email protected]
Website:http://thegaterestaurants.com

Bonnington Cafe

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What we think

A unique and quirky co-operatively run vegetarian restaurant, Bonnington Cafe is perfect for the eco-conscious eater. Initially a squat cafe in the 1980s known for providing cheap meals for the community, it has evolved into a community-run establishment, maintained by a group of active member cooks from all over the world. Part of the charm is not knowing what the menu will be, but you can guarantee that it's going to be excellent veggie home-cooked food at amazing prices. It's tucked away in beautiful community gardens in the heart of Vauxhall. The friendly and bohemian atmosphere makes it perfect for relaxing with friends and family (and make sure you bring your own wine - there's no corkage fee!).

Price guide

Starters£3.00
Mains£8.00

Address

Bonnington Cafe
11 Vauxhall Grove
Vauxhall
SW8 1TD
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Contact

Tel.:075 5247 5535
Website:http://bonningtoncafe.co.uk

Manna

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What we think

Legend has it that this chic, popular hotspot holds the title of 'Europe's oldest gourmet vegetarian restaurant'. And having been serving their vegan British classics to the health-conscious of London for the past 50 years, Manna is definitely still holding its own in NW3. The menu is fresh and creative, and with Manna running a catering service in L.A, you can expect to find Californian trends making an appearance throughout. While this isn't the easiest on the wallet, you will definitely not be leaving with an empty stomach. Be sure to sample from their organic, vegan wine list - it's clear a lot of love has gone into it.

Price guide

Carribean platter£15.00
Warm rainbow panzanella£14.00

Address

Manna
4 Erskine Road
Primrose Hill
NW3 3AJ
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Contact

Tel.:020 7722 8028
Website:http://mannav.com

Tibits

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What we think

Located in the fashionable Heddon Street, this modern, self-service vegetarian diner ticks all of the lunch-boxes; delicious and healthy food, a buzzing atmosphere and friendly staff. Whilst they also serve hot foods, soups and desserts, the salad bar is the centrepiece of the room; displaying large and tempting bowls full of health. Note for the hungry: You pay for everything by weight so make sure your bank balance is looking good. Feel free to bring the children along with you as an array of toys and books are provided to keep them entertained while you catch up with friends, or enjoy a moments peace with a book. The aim of the owners was to create a venue that was "Cosy as a corner café, but speedy as a fast-food joint". And they've definitely hit the nail on the head.

Price guide

Lunch 100g£2.50
Dinner 100g£2.50

Address

Tibits
12-14 Heddon Street
Mayfair
W1B 4DA
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There's a second Tibits (Bankside) on Southwark Street.

Contact

Tel.:020 7758 4112
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.tibits.ch

MaE Deli

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What we think

Health food blogger and best-selling author Ella Mills, a.k.a. @DeliciouslyElla, teamed up with her husband, Matthew, to open MaE deli-café. Ella and Matthew wanted to show how delicious and fun natural foods can be, focusing on ingredients that are meat, wheat and refined sugar-free. You walk in to a huge blue-tiled counter, home to a selection of colourful and inviting salads, curries, cookies, cakes and muffins. The décor is wonderfully simple; a light and airy space, full of pastel blues and big homely cushions. Ella is known for her healthy yet hearty dishes and MaE Deli delivers just that. Despite the presence of a lot of "free-from" ingredients, you definitely don't come away feeling denied of luxuries.

Price guide

Roasted Onion & Lentil Balls£7.95
Cauliflower& Red Lentil Dhal£8.75

Address

MaE Deli
21 Seymour Place
Marylebone
W1H 5BH
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There is two more Delis, The Kitchen Counter and Weighhouse Street.

Contact

Email:[email protected]
Website:https://deliciouslyella.com

Rasa (N16)

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What we think

Don't be fooled by the shocking pink theme inside and out, this restaurant is both cosy and welcoming. It's the original restaurant in the Rasa chain (the first of now eight) and where Keralan Chef Das Sreedharan initially perfected his winning formula. Rasa N16 has bundles of charm and personality and is clearly an old favourite, full of repeat customers. And quite right too - the food is simply superb; beautiful flavours, healthy and very good value, with most dishes being under £5. Looking for an authentic and affordable tour of vegetarian Keralan cuisine? Then Rasa N16 is the place to go. There are no fancy gimmicks or over-the-top service, the food it the focus. Just as it should be.

Price guide

Masala Dosa£6.75
Cheera Parippu Curry£4.75

Address

Rasa
55 Stoke Newington Church Street
Stoke Newington
N16 OAR
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Rasa has two more restaurants, the Rasa W1 and the Rasa Travancore, but only Rasa N16 is a Vegetarian only restaurant.

Contact

Tel.:020 7249 0344
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.rasarestaurants.com

Ethos

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What we think

This self-service vegetarian and vegan buffet transports you from its Oxford Street location on an exciting world tour of cuisine. It truly does cover the globe, serving delights from Japan, Southeast Asia, Italy, Korea, India, Mexico and Lebanon. Its minimal and stylish décor, complete with indoor trees, is inviting and relaxing, making it a welcome haven for tourists, shoppers and workers looking to refuel. You can build your own healthy and delicious meal, before having your plate weighed and then paying at the counter. Although popular as a lunch venue, make sure that you check out their breakfast selection. It's a peaceful place to have some time out before work - besides, their kale and sweet potato breakfast hash is a must-try.

Price guide

Lunch 100g£2.60
Dinner 100g£2.80

Address

Ethos
48 Eastcastle Street
Fitzrovia
W1W 8DX
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Contact

Tel.:020 3581 1538
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.ethosfoods.com

Farmacy

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What we think

Camilla Al Fayed decided to venture into the restaurant world with a menu and vibe that supported nutrition and wellbeing; and didn't she do just that? Farmacy is an oasis of health, with a look and ethos that wouldn't be out of place in California. With no vegetarian clichés to be found, there are many exciting things to try. Their aloo scotch egg comes highly recommended as does their signature 'Farmacy burger' - a flavourful mix of mushroom, millet and black bean. Not to mention their range of plant based ice cream sundaes. Make sure that you visit the Alchemy Bar; their 'clean indulgence cocktails' contain ingredients with medicinal benefits, such as flaxseed oil and cayenne pepper, for that extra health boost.

Price guide

Ayurvedic Beetroot Dahl£15.00
Summer Vegetable Tagliatelle£14.00

Address

Farmacy
74 Westbourne Grove
Notting Hill
W2 5SH
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Contact

Tel.:020 7221 0705
Email:[email protected]
Website:http://farmacylondon.com