London's Best Vegan Brunch

Harry Rosehill
By Harry Rosehill Last edited 11 months ago
London's Best Vegan Brunch
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Veganism is here to stay in The Big Smoke. Therefore we thought it only right to inform you of the best vegan brunches London has to offer.

Yes, we know, nearly any brunch place worth its salt in London has a vegan option on the menu. But vegans want choice. So we've chosen places that are either entirely vegan or have more than one perfunctory avo on toast that a vegan can eat.

The Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green

The Gallery Cafe is in St Margaret's House, which has been around since 1889, and therefore predates the coining of the word 'veganism'. A fun little fact to tell your mates as you scoff the Full English vegan breakfast with scrambled tofu, marinated tempeh and homemade baked beans. Or perhaps you're more of the pancake type? Kick the day off with stacked gluten-free pancakes topped with coconut yoghurt, agave syrup and your choice of berry compote or poached apple.

The Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL. Breakfast dishes served until midday on weekdays and 1pm on weekends.

Miranda Café, Crouch End

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Crouch End once risked a dearth of vegan dining with the loss of the nostalgia fest that was Edith's House. But fear not plant-based folks, because this north London enclave can still sort you out at a 11am on a Sunday. Head to Miranda Café, a vegetarian and vegan (but mostly vegan) hideout. Miranda's brunch menu has a slight international bent to it; expect arepas with black beans and guac, or savoury Japanese pancakes, to kick your day into gear. Even the generic avocado on sourdough is done Mexican style to spice things up a little.

Miranda Café, 28 Broadway Parade, Crouch End, N8 9DB. Brunch served all day.

Farmacy, Notting Hill

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Farmacy's vegan brunch menu focuses more on the -unch side of the equation. It features burgers, bowls, tacos and a garden pizzetta loaded with celeriac puree, roasted squash and crispy kale. But that doesn't mean the folks who lean towards br- can't find something to enjoy too. Like the coconut chip pancakes. Plus, there's something for people who fall right in the middle of the spectrum. Meet the Farmacy Benedict, where roasted Portobello mushrooms replace the poached egg. Yes, those are two strongly differing components, but does it really matter when they're both lathered in Hollandaise sauce?

Farmacy, 74 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5SH. Brunch served 10am-4pm on weekends and bank holidays.

Cafe Van Gogh, Oval

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Vegan restaurants in London tend to congregate around the same few familiar neighbourhoods: Hackney, Notting Hill, Shoreditch. Which is why we're glad to introduce you to Cafe Van Gogh, a vegan eatery that's way out on its own in Oval. Although we're not just talking about the location. It's also the only one we know of to have a Starry Night inspired ceiling mural. The brunch menu flits between classics like smashed avocado and vegan Full English, to indulgent hash browns topped with house beans and crispy onions. Sweet tooth? Better make it the buttermilk pecan pancakes with maple syrup.

Cafe Van Gogh, 88 Brixton Road, Oval, SW9 6BE. Brunch menu available 10am-3.30pm on Saturdays.

Last Updated 03 March 2023

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