Whether you’re giving Veganuary a go, you’re a flexitarian or a veteran vegan, January brings with it a whole host of exciting offerings from London’s best kitchens.
Every restaurant has a new dish or menu to try out, but if you’re looking for inspiration, we’ve rounded up the 20 best restaurants offering the most innovative, original and tasty options.
In partnership with Bill’s
If you’re tackling Veganuary and are on the hunt for somewhere to get your brunch fix, look to Bill’s Restaurant as they’ve kickstarted the year with the launch of an all new limited-edition brunch menu. The new menu is created in collaboration with OGGS®, the first egg alternative in the world to be made from chickpea protein, and it’s packed with delicious vegan twists on the already popular brunch menu at Bill’s.
Available throughout January, you’ll find Bill’s serving up Scrambled OGGS® on toast, with the option to add on vegan bacon. Or, go big with the Bill’s Plant Plate, made up of Scrambled OGGS®, vegan bacon and meat-free Cumberland sausage, mushrooms, fried potatoes, baked beans, toast and roasted plum tomatoes for an added melt in your mouth texture.
Taking the title ‘World’s Best Egg Alternative’, OGGS® is changing the game for veganism, so why not head down to Bill’s this weekend to try it out for yourself.
When: Available throughout January
Where: Various locations
Skip over to West Hampstead to try out The Swing London’s Veganuary tasting menu. Created in partnership with vegan food blogger @thelittlelondonvegan, their menu is designed to be shared.
Nine options to choose from, we’d recommend trying the miso mushroom arancini served with a roasted chilli sauce; salt and pepper tofu with sauteed greens and ponzu; corn ribs with sweet sesame soy dressing; and a moreish dark chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.
Where: 77 Mill Lane, West Hampstead, NW6 1NB
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Sri Lankan restaurant, Hoppers has launched an exciting new vegan feasting offering to celebrate Veganuary. Available at their Soho, Marylebone and King’s Cross restaurants all month long, expect to tuck into the likes of BBQ hispi cabbage, jackfruit kothu rhoti and a dhal kari.
For those stuck in isolation or fancy a takeaway with a twist, try one of their Veganuary delivery kits. Available via Dispatch, the Sri Lankan Kari Feast box centres around the breadfruit, a popular ingredient that’s closely related to the jackfruit. It’s packed out with banana chips; veg rolls with tangy Lankan ketchup; breadfruit kari; aubergine salad; string hoppers; pol sambol; and mango tapioca pudding to finish. There’s also a smaller kit featuring jackfruit kari.
No. Fifty Cheyne’s head chef Iain Smith has crafted a plant-based menu to remember. Championing the finest seasonal produce, the menu celebrates simple, traditional flavours to their fullest.
The menu starts with a braised celtuce – a heirloom cultivar of lettuce – served with Jerusalem artichoke puree, caramelised onion and truffle sauce with walnut crumble. The main of black caviar lentil bolognese with strozzapreti pasta with crapaudine beetroot and malt caramel is sweet, rich and delicious. Save room for dessert as the dark chocolate mousse with crystalised pecans, maple syrup and mandarin sorbet is not to be missed.
Where: 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, SW3 5LR
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Newbie on the block, Whitcomb’s at The Londoner is showing us how it’s done this Veganuary, offering vegetarian menus that are sure to impress. The Mediterranean restaurant, which opened last year, is offering healthy and nourishing dishes, all using the highest quality ingredients.
You can expect the likes of a wild mushroom black truffle risotto; crispy vegan cheese tart with caramelised onion, thyme and garlic; and asparagus tartare with almond aioli. For dessert, go for the chocolate mousse with amarena cherries and cocoa Pain de Gêne.
Where: The Londoner, 38 Leicester Square, WC2H 7DX
Known for serving up traditional British cuisine, Holborn Dining Room isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think about Veganuary. We’ll let you into a little secret though… Their head chef, Calum Franklin (as seen on this year’s series of Celebrity Masterchef), has introduced a plant-based main that nods to their famous beef wellington.
This dish – the beet welly – is made up of heritage beetroot and hispi wellington, and is served with a zingy romesco sauce.
Where: No. 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN
Fizrovia’s French restaurant, Pied À Terre has become renowned for its pioneering vegan and vegetarian tasting lunch and dinner menu, and an al a carte menu. Designed to delight, vegan diners can look forward to a fine dining experience with a sophisticated touch.
The menus aren’t restricted to one option either. For lunch, try the delica pumpkin, bergamot, shiitake and kombu tea with Minus 8 ‘Caviar’; barbeque ‘rib’ with celeriac rose, piedmont hazelnuts, white truffle, harissa and herb sauce; and the blood orange pãte de fruits with raspberry cake and peanut butter rice crisp.
WherE: 34 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2NH
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Located in Fitzrovia, cosmopolitan Greek restaurant Meraki can be found serving up a vegan a la carte menu all year round. Their menu is filled with a burst of colour, variety and fresh ingredients. Menu vegan favourites included the smoked and grilled aubergine with tahini, pecan and crispy kale salad; and their traditional Greek dolmades recipe.
Where: 80-82 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 9QT
If you love sharing, look to COYA Mayfair for inspiration. The popular Mayfair giant has a handful of seriously delicious dishes on their menu, including our favourite: the Hongos ceviche. No, this one isn’t made from fish. It’s actually made up of wild mushrooms, choclo, shallots and crispy enoki.
Keeping on the truffle theme, the Papa Seca con Setas y Trufa is great. Rich and warming, this iron pot is filled with Peruvian potatoes, wild mushrooms and winter truffles. Paired alongside the Japanese miso and sesame aubergines and crispy Josper corn salad, this is a filling and tasty feast.
Where: 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW
For light lunches or weekend brunch options, look to Easyway Brasserie at Andaz London Liverpool Street. Evoking the feel of the East End, they offer a range of exciting starters and mains, including the Avocado Garden, a light and refreshing mix of quinoa, hummus, cumin, coriander and pomegranate; Harissa cauliflower steak with hummus, baba ganoush, coriander and pomegranate; and a vegan burger served with sweet potato, chickpea, avocado, lettuce and spiced ketchup for when you something a little naughty.
Where: 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
Let your inner competitive nature surface as you challenge your friends to a game of shuffleboarding at the London Shuffle Club. Pair your activities alongside drinks and their tasty Kale and The Gang pizza. Expect a sourdough based to be loaded with roasted squash, sea salt roasted kale, caramelised onions, pumpkin seeds and oregano. Add on vegan mozzarella for a real treat.
For those wanting something a little sweeter, steer your attention to their dessert menu and the East Side Vegan. Think corn and cashew ‘ice cream’, salted caramel and a miso and corn cookie. Yum.
Where: 4 Ebor Street, Shoreditch, E1 6AW
For the Gatsby lovers, now you can plunge right into the world of one of the greatest stories from the 20th Century. London Cabaret Club has created an immersive adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal Jazz Age novel. Expect Champagne to be flowing, music to be playing and vegan options for those partaking in Veganuary and beyond.
The food varies depending on which ticket you purchase, but each option has a delectable menu offering for vegetarians and vegans. Book in for the diamond menu and delight on asparagus tart with rocket pesto and vegan parmesan; crispy stuffed courgette flower with tomato fondue and basil sauce; and chocolate torte.
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, WC1B 4DA
For the brunch lovers, look to Aqua Kyoto to get your fix this month. Experience the joys of Japanese vegan cuisine with their tasty vegan three-course brunch.
Available every Saturday and Sunday, the menu features their signature vegan sushi platter and matcha green tea soba noodles, edamame, Japanese mushrooms with onion teriyaki. To go alongside, order one of the lychee lemonades to wash it all down.
Experience afternoon tea at its finest, vegan style thanks to The Rubens’ offering. The Vegan Royal Afternoon Tea comes paired with a glass of Lanson Le Green Label which is the first-ever entirely organic Champagne.
Enjoy this alongside finger sandwiches of roasted pepper and sundried tomato hummus; coronation pulled jackfruit on onion bread; wild mushroom parfait; and baba ganoush. No tea is complete without pastries and there are plenty of vegan options, including a raspberry and pistachio tart.
As well as the tea offering, Executive Chef Ben Kelliher is offering a plant-based menu masterclass series. Learn how The Rubens at the Palace is reducing food waste in partnership with Winnow’s cutting-edge monitoring technology, and how they use surplus produce creatively in the kitchen.
Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS
When you’re staying in London, it doesn’t mean you have to hop around from your hotel to restaurants every night, especially not when you’re staying at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill. Here you’ll find them serving up an array of vegan dishes from their on-site restaurant, including this fresh dish of Portwood Farm kohlrabi with dill horseradish and cucumber. Light, easy and delicious.
Where: 30 Portman Square, W1H 7BH
Looking for entertainment while you eat? Book in for a night at Circus, the Covent Garden restaurant named for its pop-up circus performances and extensive selection of vegan dishes. Executive chef Andrew Lassetter has designed a four-course tasting menu, featuring dishes such as graffiti aubergine and lychee emerald curry; roasted winter root vegetable gyoza; and maple miso glazed tempeh steak. Paired alongside the live entertainment, it’s sure to be a wild night out.
Where: 27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BA
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Veganuary dining never looked so luxurious. Head down to The Royal Exchange this January and delight in The Fortnum’s Bar’s new plant-based range. From grilled cauliflower with caper butter to onion squash salad with rich romesco sauce, there’s something for everyone.
Over at Fortnum’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, they’ve refreshed their vegan afternoon tea menu too. Expect to be munching through sandwiches of coronation squash and pumpkin seeds; chocolate raspberry mousse; and plum meringue with apple compote – yum.
Where: Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR
Luxury at its finest, Park Chinois boast an exciting range of vegan and vegetarian dishes on their menu all year round. Set surrounding lavish interiors and exciting entertainment, you could be dining on the likes of mock chicken with crispy soya and chilli; spring roll platters; and braised bean curd puff with tofu and enoki mushroom.
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Kindred’s London fusion menu celebrates the diverse flavours and ingredients that come from different communities across London. And vegans won’t be missing out on the flavours either! Head down, order a round of cocktails and a bowl of the vegan chilli non carne or chestnut and wild mushroom barley risotto to warm up this winter.
Where: Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9BW
Pair your afternoon tea experience with views overlooking Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and the London Eye when you book in for the afternoon at The Library, at London Marriott Hotel County Hall.
Home to Grade II listed bookcases adorned with masterpieces and busts of literary legends, it’s such a wonderful place to enjoy tea and they’ve got a delicious vegan selection too, including blackcurrant tofu mousse; roasted bell pepper tikka masala on caraway bread; and basil scones.
Where: London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
Once you’ve finished putting against your pals for the mini golf championship, refuel with a selection of delicious dishes from Puttshack’s menu.
From tasty bites to plant-powered burgers, they’ve got you covered. Opt for their Moving Mountains plant-based burger, stacked high with vegan smoked gouda, sriracha coconut yoghurt, avocado, crispy shallots, and pickles served in a soft vegan brioche bun, or try the crispy Indian cauliflower bhajis with spiced mango chutney garnished with spring onions, coconut yoghurt, beetroot dust.
Where: Bank, White City & Lakeside
Amazónico, the Latin American restaurant in the heart of Mayfair, is ringing in 2022 with a host of wholesome vegan dishes and superfood ingredients offering those seeking a fresh start the chance to indulge in style at Amazonico this January.
Start with the Ensalada Amazonica, a fresh lunch offering a combination of mango, avocado, confit tomato and kalamansi citrus; or go for the Hortalizas al Humo, a mix of cream burrata with smoked aubergine and topped with salsa made from charred tomatillos. They’ve got a selection of wok dishes too and a tasty and refreshing orange and turmeric sorbet to finish.
Where: 10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
Book in for a modern Indian feast at Battersea Power Station’s Cinnamon Kitchen this Veganuary and delight in a whole range of offerings. They’ve got a dedicated vegan set menu that’s filled with samosa chaat; baby aubergines with sesame tamarind sauce and pilau rice; and a date pancake with coconut lime sorbet. Set against a backdrop of the Thames, it’s the perfect place to spend your weekend unwinding.
Where: 4 Arches Lane, Nine Elms, SW11 8AB