London is spoiled with vegan cafés and coffee shops. Whether you are a local or just planning a trip and don’t know where to look, join our London-based Growth Coordinator Sia Vozovik as she explores some of her favorite vegan-friendly spots.
The Hornbeam Café (the Gleaners)
The cozy non-profit Hornbeam Café is here to not only provide Londoners with delicious plant-based meals; they are also striving to build an ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable community eating space.
This place is a warrior of food-waste reduction, as they use surplus quality ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. Enjoy your plant-based meals knowing you are contributing to waste reduction, too! The Gleaners also runs a surplus grocery stall.
Address: 458 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 9AH
The Canvas Café
The Canvas Café serves 100% vegan food and drinks with a large focus on supporting local, sustainable, and non-profit producers.
It's not just about food, though: they also have a secret basement space for creative individuals, which hosts film screenings, workshops, talks, performances, meet-ups, you name it. Be sure to check out their program as soon as the lockdown's over!
Address: 42 Hanbury St, Spitalfields, London E1 5JL
This vegan coffee shop is 100% cruelty-free, including food, materials, and even the cleaning products they use. Black Cat's food is known to be great for non-vegans too, so it’s a perfect place for groups of friends, vegan and not.
Black cat also sells books, including vegan cook books, so you can indulge on some inspiring reading while waiting for your plant-based treats.
Don't mind the name: Black Cat is a dog-friendly establishment. 🐶
Address: 76A Clarence Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 8HB
Dani, a co-founder of VIDA Bakery, struggled to find desserts that would match her vegan and gluten-free dietary needs, and that is how Vida Bakery came to reality.
If you fancy 100% dairy-free, gluten-free, and egg-free cakes and cookies, look no further! Check out their mouth-watering brownies and cake tubs: we're certain you wouldn't want any other dessert.
Did we mention they have a nationwide delivery?
Address: 139 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, London E1 6SB
The Bonnington Café
The Bonnington Café opened its doors in the early 80’s and since then has been a warm community place with affordable and delicious meals and friendly atmosphere.
This café is co-operatively maintained by an active group of cooks from all over the world, so the menu is never the same. Depending on who’s cooking that day, you might be offered Italian, American, French, Japanese, or Medieval inspired plant-based selection. It’s always a nice surprise!
You could also cook at the café yourself! The Bonnington runs user group meetings on the 1st of every second month — contact them for further details!
Address: 11 Vauxhall Grove, Vauxhall, London SW8 1TD
Cookies and Scream
This tiny vegan, wheat-free, and gluten-free bakery serves a variety of yummy treats. Don’t miss out on their specialties: peanut butter cream pies, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and thick and silky “scream” shakes.
Desserts are baked fresh daily, so the menu changes constantly. Visit them at Holloway road to see what is on the menu today!
Address: Holloway Bake Shop, 130 Holloway Road, London, N7 8JE
For more vegan tips, be sure to check out NatureHub! 😉