vegans have it made in england. there are multiple clearly-indicated vegetarian options on virtually every restaurant menu—-and most morning spots (as well as some pubs!) offer a vegetarian “full english breakfast”. this usually includes eggs, veggie sausage, baked beans, mushrooms and/or tomatoes, toast, and some sort of potato product. you’re usually safe to order this (just omit the eggs and in most cases the veggie sausage, specify no butter, and check the bread—-you know, the usual vegan 5th degree).
most places are happy to top you off with some extra mushrooms/beans/tomatoes/hash browns/whatever they have on hand. my advice is to take what’s available and make it into a breakfast sandwich:
this works almost ANYWHERE in england! diners, rest areas off the highway, hotels, bars, nice restaurants, you name it—-it’s crazy. there’s no menu item that’s this trusty and reliable for vegans across the country in the US. i’m jealous.
i love, love, love amico bio in london. it’s an all vegetarian italian restaurant with plenty of vegan options, and the ambiance and food are both lovely.
homemade focaccia bread, gaeta olives and extra virgin olive oil.
pan fried polenta with mixed mushrooms.
seitan and vegetable wrap.
fusilli pasta with artichoke.
perrini organic wine.
although amico bio is a nice classy restaurant, everything is moderately priced. entrees are between ₤7-8 each. a must visit!
british curry: before & after
one of the best places to get a vegan breakfast in london is inspiral lounge in camden. there’s nothing traditional about this little restaurant’s take on the “traditional” english breakfast—-in fact their version is quite extraordinary!
a british breakfast consisting of meat, beans, potatoes, and toast is usually called a “fry up”—-yet inspiral refers to their healthy animal-free version as a “bake up”, which is quite fitting!
this breakfast was so good, i ate it three times in one week, and even that wasn’t enough. for a mere ₤6.45 it comes with scrambled tofu, homemade veggie sausage, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, hash browns, homemade baked beans, and toast! the whole plate is amazing, but the stand outs are definitely the beans and sausage.
beware: inspiral can be inconsistent, not in the quality, but in the quantity of certain items. depending on when you go, they may be out of something…but they’re always happy to give you extra of something else.
more bad news: service is slow and the wifi situation is absolutely bonkers (you have to go through a code obstacle course to get connected—-just ask for the password and you’ll see what i mean; it’s a trip!), but overall this place gets a solid A in my book.
definitely one of the best vegan breakfasts in london. served from 9am-11:30am daily.
oh, and please note this place seems entirely vegan, and the food is, but they use dairy milk in coffee. bastards!
vegan sausage rolls at beatroot in london. if i had a “global bucket list” of restaurant items that everyone should try, these would be on it. the restaurant works kinda like a buffet—-you have the option to buy a small, medium or large box and the staff fills it for you with whatever you like. everything at the restaurant is vegan, except for two dishes that contain dairy. they have loads of nice items including shepherd’s pie, stew and curry. i ask for extra sausage rolls every time, and i can never get enough!
insane ferrero rocher cupcake from ms cupcake in brixton. i have heard great things about this all vegan cupcake vendor in london, and my expectations were definitely exceeded. if you’re ever in town, add ms cupcake to your “must visit” list. her shop is super close to the tube station, the staff is friendly, and the treats are delicious.