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Vantra

Vantra has moved and Vitao is now closed.

Vantra offers Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free food, juices, lots of desserts, chillout music and a good vibe.

Lunch is now a buffet from 12:00 ~ 18:00, and dinner from 18:00 is a la carte. I have yet to visit the new branch but am very keen to!
On Oxford Street, near Tottenham Court Road.

Mon – Sat – 12:00 ~ 23:00
Sun – 12:00 ~ 21:00

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Vx / SSOV Vegan Shop

Vx (Vee Cross) is a an all-vegan boutique shop in London! They sell cupcakes from Mrs. Cupcake and Cat & the Cream, groceries, sandwiches, shoes, clothing by SSOV (The Secret Society of Vegans), books, SSOV accessories etc.

Check them out for some great stuff and not having to check anything, its all vegan!

Mon – 11:00 ~ 19:30
Tues – Sun – 10:00 ~ 18:30

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Sticky: Vegetarian & Vegan Food in London

While most restaurants in London will offer at least one vegetarian option, it is rarely vegan. Not to worry, there are close to 200 vegetarian restaurants in Greater London, with a dozen or more being fully vegan! Most are in the Central area of London, in and around Soho, but there are great options around town and further out too. There’s also markets & supermarkets with fresh meals ready to go.

An average takeaway meal in London will set you back about £6, most restaurants start around £12 and go upwards from there.

Working in Soho, my faves are Maoz, Vitao, and Food For Thought.

Note: Green Markers are Vegan, Yellow Markers are Vegetarian, and Red Markers are non-vegetarian but offer good Vegan options.

Vital Ingredient

Vital Ingredient is a Salad, Soup & Juice bar with several branches around London. While they are not exclusively vegetarian, you can pick exactly what you want, and some of the combos are specificially vegan.

Basically you pick your base (lettuce, rice, pasta or Quinoa!!) then your salad ingredients and sauces, around £6. They also have vegan soups and ramen! This place gets very busy at lunch but the line moves fast.

Find other branches here.

Soho (Tottenham Court Road or Oxford Circus Station)
Mon – Fri – 10:00 ~ 15:30

Mayfair (Piccadilly Cirus Station)
Mon – Fri – 10:00 ~ 15:30

Holborn (Holborn Station)
Mon – Fri – 07:00 ~ 15:30

Japan Center

Japan Center is a large Japanese produce store, with tofu, rice, seaweed, sauces, curries, rice crackers etc. They also make fresh Sushi daily (including vegan options of Seaweed Onigiri, avocado roll, cucumber roll & Inari Sushi) which is good for a quick lunch or snack. You can also buy their sushi from Umai in Soho.

It’s a little more expensive than Arigato or Rice Wine, but if you can’t find something there, they probably have it here.

On Lower Regent Street, just South of Piccadilly Circus Tube Station.

Mon – Sat – 10:00~21:00
Sun – 11:00~19:00

Maoz – CLOSED

Sadly closed :(

It might be an odd thing to say as a Vegan, but I was never a big fan of Falafel. Or hummus… That is, until I went to Maoz. This place instantly turned me, and I am now addicted. For under £6 you get 5 Falafel balls in either a Pita Pocket or a Salad Box (great gluten-free option), hummus, deep fried aubergine, full run at the salad bar, and a drink! They also make fresh lemon juice daily.

Seriously, I love this place. If I’m buying Lunch in Soho, 3/5 times its from here. Its very filling, very tasty, and mostly healthy. Its 90% Vegan, as they do sell Feta cheese and Egg options, the Coleslaw is also not Vegan. Supposedly everything tastes better deep fried, and their deep fried cauliflower proves it, and their chips are pretty good too.

I have brought many omnivores to this place and they all love it. Maoz also has branches in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, New York and other locations in the USA.

They are open late every night, till about 2am, so they are a great place to eat if you’ve been out on the town!

Seriously, it may be “just” a falafel bar, but its one of my favourite places to eat in London. On Old Compton street in Soho, close to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.

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Vitao – CLOSED

Sadly Vitao is now closed. Please try out Vantra.

Vitao as another favourite of mine in Soho. Formerly known as Vita Organic, it’s a fully Vegan, Organic, mostly Gluten-Free, mostly Asian Buffet. Its a really relaxed atmosphere in here, chilled music, and great in summer with the windows open. You can buy a £6 takeaway box for lunch, or sit in for all you can eat! They also sell shakes, juices, natural soft drinks and desserts.

Its a really nice place to hang out, but they have a “time limit” on the buffet at night so you can’t spend hours there. I’m not sure if they actually enforce that though. There is also now their sister cafe, Vantra.

Vitao is also popular with my omnivorous friends and they ask to go back there! Go to Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus and Walk down Wardour Street from Oxford Street or Up Wardour Street from Shaftesbury Avenue.

Mon – Sat – 12:00 ~ 23:00
Sun – 12:00 ~ 21:00

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Itadaki Zen

Itadaki Zen is a Vegan Japanese restaurant near Kings Cross St Pancras Station, built around sustainable agriculture and backed by the Japanese Academy of Agricultural Philosophy. Itadaki Zen does not make Shojin Ryori (traditionally Vegan Japanese food from Buddhist culture), but more home-style Japanese food, done Vegan.

I visited back in late 2009 when it was relatively new, and it was pretty quiet, but it has become more popular over time. Some people find the food slightly bland, and maybe it’s because they are used to eating Japanese food containing Dashi (fish sauce), but they are always working to improve and they change the menu from time to time. They also have a selection of Beer, Wine and Sake!

Currently closed for Lunch as staff are working on a farm in Barnet to be able to offer more of their own produce.
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri – 12:00~15:00
Wed, Sat, Sun, Bank holiday – Closed

Dinner
Mon-Thurs – 18:00~22:00
Fri, Sat – 18:00-22:30
Sun, Bank Holiday – Closed

Itadaki Zen, King's Cross, London WC1