Dining for Vegetarians, Vegans and Special Diets
Whatever your dietary preferences you can find something appropriate in London. This is a city where there are thousands of restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs with dining facilities and that’s not counting the countless street food on offer at places like the South Bank and Dalston. Every catering establishment is required, by law, to provide information on ingredients used within food so if you are allergic to nuts you merely have to ask, and staff can instantly tell if any food on the menu contains nuts.
For visitors staying most probably in comfortable Aparthotels London, a vegetarian option, and usually a vegan option is available almost everywhere and can be easily spotted by the use of the green V symbol, and references to Vegan. If you want gluten free meals, then it is wisest to ask in advance if booking a restaurant. Most café’s now have a gluten free options.
Vegetarian and vegan food is the most frequently sought by visitors. The choice is enormous. Quite apart from the vegetarian and vegan offerings on any café and restaurant menu, there are quite a number who specialize in or have a really exceptional vegan/vegetarian offering. Take Veggie Pret for example. Located in the heart of Soho, it offers an extensive range of purely vegetarian and vegan food from sandwiches to salads, soups to desserts. You can eat in or take away and enjoy a picnic elsewhere.
Not too far from elegant Presidential Marylebone Mayfair is Titbits in Heddon Street, and Ethos near Oxford Circus are another good option. These restaurants specialize in self service dining. You can choose from an extensive buffet, fill your plate and pay according to the weight of the food! Titbits is good for takeaways, while Ethos has a really wide food selection covering everything from Japanese to Mexican, Lebanese to Indian. There are always some chef’s specials too which are worth searching out.
Anyone wanting a vegan/vegetarian pizza should look no further than branches of Basilico. There are branches all over London including Islington, Marylebone, Hampstead and Commercial Road. They can also arrange delivery if you prefer. Opt for Basilico’s stunning Margherita Basilico made from fresh tomatoes, basil and lactose free cheese and baked in a wood fired oven. In addition, there are numerous Holiday Apartments London for travellers.
For a special night out, Lyles in Shoreditch is a good option. Each day new menu’s are created for vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian diners. The food is really stunning and delicious. Typical menus have included pumpkin, kale and chestnuts with a pumpkin vinaigrette, chervil, watercress and foraged mushrooms. Desserts are definitely special as they include items like verbena granita and figs in fig sorbet.
Another restaurant worth trying is Tiny Leaf at Newington Causeway within the Mercato Metropolitano, which is totally eco-friendly, organic, vegetarian and zero-waste. Most of its dishes can be made vegan on request. Typical meals include chickpeas in smoked paprika sauce, Braised beets and carrot, side dishes like charred lettuce while desserts have included vegan carrot cake with pomegranates and a creamy rice based sauce.