Seven of the best vegan restaurants in London

 If you want to wow non-veggie relatives, Farmacy is the place.

If you want to wow non-veggie relatives, Farmacy is the place.

By BEL JACOBS


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THE BURGER: The Vurger has taken up residence a whisper away from Mooshies Vegan Burger Bar on Brick Lane but holds it own, with melty burgers that can, literally, drip down your arm with tasty lushness. We recommend the MLT: roasted shrooms, borlotti bean and parsley patty with tomato, rocket, ketchup cheese and hundred tomato and walnut paste. Feed your soul indeed. Richmix Square, Shoreditch E1. https://www.thevurgerco.com/


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THE HIP HANGOUT: Shoreditch hosts the latest vegan kid on the block, Genesis, brainchild of the Santoro brothers, whose family has spent the last century in butchery. With its religious-laden, ‘zine graphics, vegan cocktails and zesty international menu, the self monikered “100 per cent plant based alchemy restaurant concept specialising in fast casual dining and organic comfort food” is another step in taking vegan dining mainstream. Very, very much a fan. 144 Commercial Street, Shoreditch E1. https://eatgenesis.com/


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THE OLD GUARD: MIldreds has been around for 30 years, offering its plant-based fare to its loyal following of non-meat - and meat - eaters. Back in the day, did we feel virtuous eating at Mildreds. It’s not all vegan but with that kind of history in making plant-based food yummy, it deserves its place here. Food is cooked daily at its four premises and organic ingredients used whenever possible. Still a flagship for kind eating. http://www.mildreds.co.uk


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THE FAST FOOD JOINT: Hackney’s Temple of Seitan always has a queue in front of it and for good reason: this is hearty fare including, yes, burgers, but also the animal-lovers’ reply to all those cheap, badly killed chicken shops littering high streets. We recommend the chicken ‘Twist Wrap’ and the ‘Wings Original’. We love the new(ish) site at Camley Street, handily close to the Natural Park for a double whammy of nature love. www.templeofseitan.com


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THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Well, that’s breakfast, lunch and dinner sort. Earthling Ed, whose calm approach to animal rights and to persuading meateaters to reconsider their diets has inspired thousands, opens Unity, a non-profit vegan restaurant in East London. "My vision is for people to come into the diner, eat delicious vegan food and on their way home come across the advertising campaign that they’ve just funded through their meal," Ed told Plant Based News. "Unity Diner allows people to become an active part of creating a world where compassion towards all non-human animals is the norm."Monies made will be used to fund the grassroots animal rights organisation he founded, Surge, to high profile vegan campaigns and to the development of The Surge Sanctuary, which will open in late 2019. Can. Not. Wait. 5 Hoxton Market N1. www.unitydiner.co.uk


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THE JAPANESE: Yes, there are the vegan options at Wagamama - but is that strictly Japanese any more? Itadaki Zen is - and organic and zero waste to boot. Working with a limited palette of ingredients, this great little joint in Kings Cross offers sushi sets (woo hoo!), noodles made of sweet potato starch, lunch boxes. Periodic cultural and artistic events spread the love. http://www.itadakizen-uk.com/


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THE CELEBRITY HANGOUT: No better way to get the message out there than to glean celebrity support - and no better place to do that for veganism than at Farmacy, glossy brainchild of Camilla Al-Fayed, scion of Harrods. If you want to wow non-veggie relatives, this is the place, with its central island bar, natural - but polished - materials and heaps of foliage - and scrumptious food, sans dairy, sans sugars, sans additives. Westbourne Grove, W2. https://farmacylondon.com/