Whether you’re up for the challenge of eating raw or just need some vegetarian dining inspiration, the capital is one of the best places to head for varied veggie dishes. Here are the top vegetarian and raw restaurants in London for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Best for vegetarian brunch
With a recent additional deli on Fitzroy Place, in between Charlotte Street and Oxford Circus, Detox Kitchen has properly yummy vegetarian breakfasts and lunches. Colourful bircher mueslis, quinoa porrdige and banging avocado on toast are top notch.
One word, pancakes. Source’s ricotta pancakes with lemon curd and honeycomb, kefir yoghurt with rhubarb in Battersea are beyond perfect. The brunch menu is great for mixed groups of veggies and non veggies and the riverside setting is a real find. Lunch and dinner menus will please those who eat fish, but the sweet potato gnocchi and corgette tagliatelli are winning veggie options.
A cool vibe and popular with the veggie-friendly, green-juice clan, this café serves up gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast options, protein rich dishes and a great range of breakfast smoothies and juices.
Best for vegetarian lunch
One of London’s top healthy restaurants, serving only fresh (and mainly raw) dishes, Vantra Vitao focusses on local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Their aim is to show how accessible and easy healthy, fresh eating can be and the lunch and dinner menu (lunch is a buffet style) is varied and delicious. Expect matcha smoothies, a ‘quiche’ (raw vegetables mixed with seed cheese, nuts and garlic) and a host of colourful salads.
Just off Oxford Street, this quaint cafe has daily salads and vegetarian mains to eat in or take away. The menu can be downloaded each week and diners can enjoy Persian quiches, beetroot, feta and tarragon and walnut salad with molasses dressing and flavoursome layered rice dishes with home-made tahini.
Fairly new to the vegetarian scene, this pick ‘n’ mix veggie emporium has a fresh menu of cold and hot mezze-style dishes. There are a host of colourful salads and vegan-friendly dishes to eat in or take away. Expensive but stylish.
Best for vegetarian dinners
If you’re pushing the boat out, then try the vegetarian tasting menu at Kona (£45 per person, minimum two diners)at the Taj on Bucking Gate. Chef Daniel Ayton employs the colours, seasons and vibrancy of European cooking to produce an exciting journey of flavours.
Heaven for those on a raw diet. And for those who haven’t tried the raw trend, Nama can deliver you one-day, three-day or five-day raw detox boxes. Located in trendy Notting Hill, Nama is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers Pad Thai, pasta (with raw courgette noodles) and even a raw pizza. We love the idea of the raw caking making classes, too. The next one is on 13 March.
Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free delivery
For those who want to eat in or get a take away, there are a host of new veggie delivery companies. Check out our review of the best food apps and sites here