My Top 7 (Veggie Friendly) London Restaurants

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

There are so many places to eat in London, you're really spoilt for choice. I love to try new places, especially when they come recommended to me by friends, but there are a few restaurants which I go back to again and again. None of these are expensive or flashy, they simply offer great food in a welcoming atmosphere. And of course, they're all vegetarian-friendly!

1. Tibits
12-14 Heddon Street, off Regent Street W1B 4DA
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus / Piccadilly Circus
Perfect for: a special occasion with a group of friends
I celebrated a significant birthday here with friends in the downstairs area, which you can reserve. It's essentially a classy veggie buffet. You choose your own food and pay for it based on its weight. They serve a nice range of cocktails and fresh juices. I've also noticed it's a good location to spot celebs!

2. Mildred's
45 Lexington Street, Soho W1F 9AN
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
Perfect for: an informal get-together with friends

I've been going to Mildred's since they opened their first place in London. The Lexington Street premises has expanded the available seating space ~ there's now a private room on the second floor which you can book for functions. They don't take bookings for the downstairs area. The menu isn't huge, but the food is super delicious and they do some lovely pies and great mushy peas!

3. EV

The Arches 97-99 Isabella Street SE1 8DD
Nearest tube: Waterloo 
Perfect for: a large group meal

I love this spacious Turkish restaurant, hidden away under railway arches in Waterloo. Choose from individual mains or share a meze with others. Whatever you choose, it'll be delicious! Plenty of tasty veggie options available. There's a bar in the next door arch which is great for a pre-dinner drink. Traditional live music is played in the evenings. I particularly like the abundant greenery growing outside ~ sit out there to eat if it's warm enough!

4. Navarro's
67 Charlotte Street W1T 4PH
Nearest tube: Goodge Street
Perfect for: a special evening out

This tapas restaurant is decorated throughout in traditional Spanish style. The choice of food is brilliant and there's plenty of it. There's a dedicated vegetarian menu, and non-veggies will enjoy the kebab-style brochetas, which are brought to the table on hanging skewers. Booking a table is essential as it's always packed.

5. Wahaca
66 Chandos Place, Covent Garden WC2N 4HG
Nearest tube: Covent Garden / Charing Cross 
Perfect for: a quick bite before the theatre 

Billed as serving Mexican street food, this restaurant now has several branches in the capital and is the creation of former Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers. Again, plenty of choice for vegetarians. My two favourite dishes here are the quesadillas and the churros with warm chocolate. Note that they don't take advance bookings.

6. The Port House
417 Strand WC2R 0PT
Nearest tube: Charing Cross
Perfect for: a romantic evening

This tapas restaurant has a cosy cellar feel to it and is lit with lots of candles. There's a nice choice of veggie options and portion sizes are good. They specialise in Spanish and Portuguese wines, ports and sherries.

7. Domali
38 Westow Street, Crystal Palace SE19 1RX
Nearest station: Gipsy Hill (overground from Victoria)

Perfect for: weekend brunch

A little further out, but local to us and so lovely I had to include it! Mostly veggie, although they do serve fish, the evening menu is small but delicious. They also do delicious breakfast and brunch options ~ I love the mushrooms on toast and eggs florentine. There's a pretty garden to sit in when the weather's good and works by local artists are displayed for sale on the cafe walls. Note that they don't take bookings.

So those are my go-to eateries in London. Do you have any others which I could try next time? I'm keen to explore more of East London, so any tips for places there would be great!

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