5 Vegan-friendly London Restaurants with Outdoor Seating
We all love a bit of al fresco dining, and it has never been more necessary to know a spot or two that serves great food outside (that can accommodate for wintry weather, too). Here’s a guide to our favourite vegan-friendly restaurants in London with outdoor seating.
Kingly St, Soho, London W1B 5PW
Photo credits: The Good Egg
The Good Egg is the popular Middle-Eastern (ish, according to the founders) restaurant making waves in Soho. With a lovely outdoor seating area for alfresco brunches, lunches and dinners, this place will be your saviour this winter with its outdoor heaters. Vegan delights include pita stuffed with tahini, zhoug, dak dak, pickles and fried aubergine, a vegan kofta using plant-based mince, and for dessert, a vegan cashew ice-cream sandwich.
72-82 St Thomas St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3QX
Photo credits: Vinegar Yard
Vinegar Yard is a trendy outdoor rooftop street food market that delivers beautiful views across London Bridge and beyond. Here you’re not limited to one menu – you can take your pick of some of the food vendors there. Visit Nanny Bill’s for the vegan ‘Lulu’ burger, a black bean and quinoa patty with vegan cheddar, teriyaki-glazed grilled pineapple, pickled onions, lettuce and burger sauce in a seeded brioche bun. Top it off with a side of rosemary salt fries and you’ve got the ultimate vegan junk food. Other vegan-friendly spots include Sugo, specialising in Italian street food, and Nik’s kitchen, serving up Lebanese street eats. The seating is heated during colder months, so it's a winner all year round.
11-13 Exmouth Market, Farringdon, London EC1R 4QD
Photo credits: Caravan
Caravan is a restaurant that is here for all your brunch needs. Found in the bustling Exmouth Market, it is a popular spot for its great food and excellent service, and though you can’t book outdoor seating in advance it is available with sheltering from the unpredictable English weather. Plant-based options include a tasty bowl of burnt stem broccoli, charred sweet potato, spiced black bean salsa and green chutney, drizzled with coconut yoghurt and curry leaf oil.
117 Mare St, Hackney, London E8 4RU
Photo credits: Mare Street Market via Instagram
Mare street market is a trendy spot (it’s in Hackney so not surprising) that is definitely worth an exploration. You can look around in the various pop-up stalls and shops, before taking your pick of vegan-friendly food which you can eat in the lovely fairy-light adorned outdoor area. There’s food inspired by all corners of the globe; you’ll find a sweetcorn and aubergine coconut curry next to a vegan sourdough pizza on the menu. And if you’re in the mood for a gravy dinner, be sure to visit on a Sunday so you can experience the vegan roast.
Unit 56, Boxpark, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, Hackney, London E1 6GY
Photo credits: Cookdaily
Cookdaily is a restaurant serving delicious and moreish vegan food in the legendary Boxpark Shoreditch. With a make your own vegan bowl, you can create the vegan meal of your dreams: glazed vegan chickn, crispy tofu, fresh stir fried veggies and more. You can then enjoy it in the outdoor seating of Boxpark, which also provides heated lamps for those colder evenings.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.