You’re stuck on a London Layover and have booked your London Hotels and sorted out your list of activities. But if you are a vegetarian or vegan, where are you going to eat out? London more than caters for those who prefer not to eat meat, and Layover Guide lists London’s five best vegetarian restaurants:
14-18 Heddon Street
City of London, Greater London W1B 4DA
As the young, spirited offspring of Europe’s oldest vegetarian restaurant – the 100-year-old Hiltl of Zurich – Tibits certainly has great pedigree. It offers a variety of dishes citing Asian, Indian and Mediterranean cuisines combining the traditional methods of its elder relative but with a modern twist. The emphasis here is on producing meals that are good for you. It is a buffet style restaurant that allows you to choose your dishes before buying according to its weight. But Tibits isn’t your bog standard all-you-can-eat affair. Its classy yet comfortable and chilled out environment means it caters for a variety of diners but who seek food that is fresh, innovative and above all – healthy.
Food For Thought
31 Neal Street
Covent Garden, London WC2H 9PR
While many vegetarian restaurants are seeking to move away from the ‘hippy’ image of days gone by with sleek modern settings, Food For Thought has chosen to stay like it seemingly always has been. This basement café is perhaps easy to miss hidden amongst the trendy coffee stores of Covent Garden but once inside its ramshackle yet homely appearance instantly transports you away from the buzzing metropolis to a farm kitchen from yesteryear. If you want privacy though this may not be your cup of tea, their isn’t much space so be prepared to share your table at busy times. The well-prepared food served by seemingly endlessly busy staff more than makes up for it.
51 Queen Caroline Street,
Hammersmith, W6 9QL
The Gate has a school dinner hall vibe, with tall ceilings towering above endless rows of tables and chairs may mean first impressions aren’t always the greatest, but that belies an excellent eatery serving high class food. Generous portion sizes of food ranging from Thai salads to Mediterranean vegetables with Middle Eastern platters plucked straight from the finest Dubai Hotels in between, you can get the full range of vegetarian food here at reasonable prices.
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78 Goldhawk Road
Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 8HA
Even the name Blah Blah Blah suggests is going to be a different eating experience. A warm welcome by the cheery staff greets you here and seats you at your table amongst the rightly coloured walls, beaming spotlights and ornate ironwork. On to the eating and a wide variety of tasty home-cooked style food will please even meat-eaters and the BYO alcohol rule (with compulsory – if small – corkage charge) means you can save more cash to splash out on a dessert.
222 Veggie Vegan Restaurant
222 North End Road
West Kensington, London W14 9NU
While there has been an explosion of vegetarian restaurants in recent years, vegans often struggle to find places to eat out. Thankfully, 222 offers tasty vegan meals that are just as good as their meat or dairy equivalents. It may take some finding as it is hidden away on a Kensington back street but once found, this restaurant’s simple surroundings and basic but tasty menu more than does the job. Desserts are a particular highlight with non-dairy ice cream, wheat free apple crumble and tofu cheesecake.