I spent many days exploring London over the past year and here are some of the more unusual vegan food spots I stumbled across. London is one of the best cities in the world for vegan food outlets, from takeaway pizza to fine, dining they have it all. Now don't get me wrong there are so many other delicious vegan spots that have been raved about already; shout out to Rudy's vegan diner and Mooshies burgers, but the ones I have listed below are some options you might not automatically think of when it comes to vegan food in London.
First up is my number one favourite, Young Vegans Pie Shop. Make your way down to Camden market for some of their delicious vegan pies. They have a fair few to choose from and I would definitely recommend getting a side as well. I went with the "steak & ale" pie, gravy included, with some additional mac and cheese, both were to die for. The filling was made of seitan 'steak', mushrooms and carrots with a good amount of sauciness, and the gravy rich and warming. The mac and cheese was the perfect side for me, creamy and delicious like the real thing. Other popular sides include mash and minty peas! They also sell their pies to bake at home.
Next up is the one and only Eat Chay, your go to spot for vegan asian munch. Head on over to Box Park Shoreditch and find your way to the humble shop front to enjoy some crazy good baos, bahn mi and more. I got the kimchi bao and the Korean tofu bao which were both totally different but hella delicious. My mum got the bibimbap which she thought was really tasty, I tried a bit too and the combo of the fresh cucumbers with the salty and rich bbq was a match made in heaven. They're also really mindful of allergies so if you've got an allergy like me just let them know!
Now if you're looking for something a bit healthier or a banging vegan brunch head south west to the quaint village of Putney where you'll find some nutritious vegan fair at Foodilic. They serve the breakfast menu until 4pm and the all you can eat buffet from 11am. They buffet is an excellent cheap lunch or early dinner option for you and your non-vegan friends as they have a huge range of vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes, which you can load your plate with for just £7.50 or grab a takeaway box for £4.50. Not to mention their dinner menu of all you can eat pasta and salad for £7.50 from 5pm! Added bonus it's BYO, so take some friends and a bottle of wine and you can't go wrong!
The next two aren't necessarily vegan specific food spots but are a great place for a quick and easy lunch where you know there'll be a tasty vegan option to chow down on.
East London is definitely where it's at because there you'll find the Spitalfields market full of clothing and food stalls, shops and restaurants, but nestled in the heart of the dining hall is the dumpling shack. Selling a delectable selection of dumplings and noodles to your hearts content. As for the vegan option, they have tofu and shiitake dumplings with soy vinegar dressing for £5.50, it comes with 6 large juicy dumplings, and I always ask for some chilli oil on the side. If dumplings aren't quite your thing there are a fair few other stalls with vegan options so don't be afraid to shop around.
A short walk away you'll find this delightful little pizza slice shop called Circle and Slice, that always has a vegan pizza in their large selection of slices. For a mere £3.50 I got a great slice of tasty vegan pizza, they sell it by the slice or by the pie so however much you need they'll sort you out, dine in or takeaway, they also have a selection of sides and drinks if you fancy.
Today's honourable mention goes to Wholefoods Market fresh food bar in Piccadilly Circus. Excellent for a takeaway lunch or dinner if you're in the city on holiday or business. They had heaps of warming and scrumptious hot food options, including house made pizza by the slice. They have a large salad bar selection and also a sushi section, and taco counter where they serve jackfruit tacos!