Ultimate Vegan Guide to London, England

London is the capital and largest city in England. It is home to many sights such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Wembley Stadium and numerous renowned museums.


Why You Should Go: It is a fun city where there is always something happening. The tube is easy to use to get to all the tourist sites. Like most big cities in Europe they have a hop on hop off bus for tourists but getting an Oyster Card and taking the tube is great too. There is plenty to see and do day or night in London; Also check out the West End which is the theatre district and see a top quality play.

Getting to London: In order to get to London you can fly into London City or Heathrow Airport but there is also Luton, Stansted and Gatwick in the surrounding area. If you are living in the UK you have the option of taking the train or coach bus to London and if you book in advance you can get great deals. If you are living in continental Europe you could take a train to London as well but they tend to be more expensive than flying in our experience.

How vegan friendly is it? London is a big cosmopolitan city so it is not surprising that it has a large number of vegan places to eat at. We found some places on Happy Cow listed as vegan and we also happened upon some vegan friendly places passing by and word of mouth from our friends. It is one of the most vegan friendly cities we have been to but there are some parts of town where it can be hard to find vegan food like near Buckingham Palace.

An Example of Vegan Food Available:

Cookies and Scream: Is a 100% vegan bake shop located in Holloway North London. They have all sorts of desserts like cookies, brownies, sundaes, and ice cream sandwiches. The bake shop has a theme that is 1950's diner mixed with horror punk like the Misfits. All their stuff is gluten free too for all you celiac heads out there. The also have a stall in Camden Market.

Club Mexicana: This is some of the best vegan Mexican food that we've ever had. Their tacos and nachos are amazing. They don't use soy either so this place is for all you people out there that aren't fans of soya food and want some delicious vegan Mexican food loaded with delicious sauces. We went to their food stall in Camden Market but they have other locations as well.

Mooshies Burgers: Located on Brick Lane this all vegan burger restaurant makes fantastic vegan burgers. We tried their Fillet Om Phish which was a battered nori wrapped eggplant with vegan tartar sauce and it tasted just the way you want it.

VX: Is a little boutique that has coffee and vegan fast food. They make cheese toasties, kebabs, and desserts. Go there and at least try their eclairs and have a latte.

Cookdaily: This is an East Asian place with fresh ingredients and amazing flavour. Cookdaily has all kinds of stirfrys, noodle bowls, curries, and fusions. It's in Boxpark which is a unique shopping centre made out of storage containers that is worth seeing.

Ruby's of London: This is a market stall in Greenwich Market that make amazing vegan treats like donuts and cupcakes. You will most definitely not regret stopping by and the area is cool as well.

Block B: This is another Greenwich Market stall but worth mentioning since they make some high quality falafel pittas that you will enjoy for sure. They really know how to fill the pittas and the flavour is as good as it gets.

Temple of Hackney: This is a vegan fried chicken joint. They have all the best veganised fried chicken dishes and you really have to try it to believe it. They have their recipe down pat and are showing the colonel how it's done right.

For more vegan options check out Happy Cow which has a comprehensive list of vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly places to eat. Happy Cow states that London has 7 fully vegan places. There seems to be many places we missed and possibly ones that have just opened up since we were there last.

Getting Around:


Train: If you are living in the UK on a youth mobility visa then look into getting a rail card. Getting a rail card gives you 33% off of all your train journeys. We had the Two Together Railcard. You'll have to take a train if you want to go to tourist sights outside of London. If you are a Harry Potter fan (nerd) then you might want to see Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter which is outside of London in Watford.

Tube: Get an Oyster Card which can save you money especially if you are staying in central London where all the tourist stuff is. If you are going to the outskirts of London to visit friends and family then a day pass could possibly work out to be cheaper.

Bus: London Locals are pretty much the only people that know where the buses go. You can easily just ride the tube everywhere but you might find yourself taking a bus. If you do you can use your Oyster Card.

Boats: There is a number of boats you can take along the Thames. Some of them you can pay for with your Oyster Card but others are not run by Transport for London so you will have to buy a separate ticket.

Walk: Some parts of London are walk-able but in order to get to all the sights you will probably want to take public transport. Walking from one side of London to another could take a long time.

Sight Seeing We've been to London a few times and still haven't seen it all since there is so much to see. We really like seeing a West End play, exploring Camden Market, looking at street art on Brick Lane, shopping in Shoreditch, walking along the South Bank of the Thames, going on the Emirates Line, visiting The Tower of London, and seeing all the great museums too.

Where to stay: We have stayed in a few different places in London including: Tune Hotel Kings Cross, The Grange Hotel, The Britannia Hotel and the Ramada Docklands. They all have positives and negatives. You just need to figure out what the main sights you want to see are and find a place near there. Otherwise find a place that is close to a tube station so you are able to travel to the sights you want as fast as possible. Our favourite was the Tune Hotel but it is a basic hotel with not a lot of space in the rooms. The price is decent and the location is pretty ideal.

Or book somewhere nicer:

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Check out London's City Guide for more information on their tourism.



Comments

  1. Thank you for this list. I'm not a veg myself. But I'll put this aside for friends heading London-way.

    Happy continued travels & eating ;-)
    C

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  2. Ah, my home city which has fantastic dining options especially for Vegans. Couldnt give you a name of my favourite eating place as there is so many to choose from :)

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    1. I love when there are so many options.

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  3. Very well articulated article. Loved reading them.

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  4. Wow, this is great :). Iam not vegan but I am trying to add vegan meal for my diet. I live in London now so I definitely have to check those places out! Thanks for sharing it :)

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    1. Great! Hope you enjoy these places as much as we did!

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  5. Being a vegetarian i enjoyed reading through the list. Nice post.

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  6. It's funny you mentioned London City before any of the other airports, as having grown up in the UK that would be the second last London airport that springs to mind (in last place is Southend - who even uses that?!)! I've only heard of Cookies & Scream, and although I'm not vegan I am vegetarian so always on the look out for new veggie friendly places! Next time I'm in London I'll have to try Mooshies Burgers!

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    1. lol, just listing them as they came to mind. You should for sure get to Mooshies for a delicious burger.

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  7. As I travel I've found myself getting more an more vegetarian. These are great places to keep in mind when I'm not in the mood for meat :-)

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    1. Great! I hope you enjoy these places!!

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  8. I think my partner Sheila would love to visit these restaurants. Although she's not a pure vegetarian, she prefers fruits and vegetables over meat. That vegan burger looks humongous!

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    1. So many delicious options out there. I am sure Sheila would love to eat at one of these places.

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  9. London is such an amazing place. There are so many things to do in London. Especially the museums, most of them are free. The food looks delicious guys.

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    1. London is a great city to explore. So much to see and do. So many delicious meals.

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  10. Great list of places to eat. I'll have to keep these in mind when I'm in London next!

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    1. Awesome! These places are well worth the visit.

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  11. Your blog inspired me to visit London. very wide option for meal in London

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    1. Nice! We hope you have a wonderfully delicious time.

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  12. Such a wonderfully written article.. Makes my mouth water with all the yummy food. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Glad the food looks good to you. :)

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  13. Love this post! I grew up in London but only became vegan after I moved to Spain so I've never really got to experience London in it's true vegan glory! I'm going to have to you use your guide to know where to eat when I go back. Thanks 💚

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    1. Oh! We so hope you get back to London! It is one of the vegan paradises! You will love it,

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  14. Ah, my wife would love to read this one as she is a veggie and she always hates it when she isn't able to find veggie dishes while traveling. She might fast forward her visit to London after reading this ;)

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    1. Hopefully! London is a vegan and vegetarian paradise!

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