London's Best Vegan Brunch

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By Harry Rosehill Last edited 34 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 anywhere 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

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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 and homemade baked beans. Or perhaps you're more of the superfood breakfast bowl type, wanting to kick the day off with goji berries, sunflower seeds, walnuts and basically everything else you'd expect to find in a health food store.

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

I Will Kill Again, Hackney

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You might think naming a vegan joint I Will Kill Again, doesn't make much sense. And you'd be right to think that, because I Will Kill Again isn't a vegan restaurant. Despite catering for carnivores, it still serves up some banging vegan dishes, especially at brunch time. And while it can do you a simple avo on toast — if you think a side of vegan chorizo is simple — it's not afraid to conjure up dishes out of leftfield, like the Uttapam fermented pancake with baked tempeh nuggets. The menu switches things up reasonably regularly — these guys are masters of plant-based experimentation, something that rewards repeat visits.

I Will Kill Again, Arch 216, 27a Ponsford Street, Hackney, E9 6JU, Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4.30pm

Miranda Café, Crouch End

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Crouch End recently lost an excellent vegan brunch option, in the nostalgia fest that was Edith's House. But plant-based folks fear not, this north London enclave can still sort you out at a 11am on a Sunday. Head to Miranda a vegetarian and vegan cafe — but mostly vegan, as five out of six of their brunch dishes can attest. Miranda's menu has a slight Latin bent to it; expect tortillas, black beans, guac and arepas to kick your day into gear. Even the generic avocado on sourdough is done Mexican style to spice things up a little.

Miranda, 28 Broadway Parade, Crouch End, N8 9DB, brunch served daily until 3pm

Redemption, Notting Hill/Covent Garden/Shoreditch

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A staple of brunch is some booze to ease off last night's hangover. But if you're all about #wellness, as many vegans are, you probably a) aren't even hungover in the first place and b) won't be drinking on a Sunday at noon. But doesn't brunch feel a little bit wrong sans cocktail? That's where Redemption's USP shines, an alcohol-free cocktail bar. Don't worry, it's not all about the drink, there's excellent food going too. Allow us to recommend the creamy mushrooms served on seeded toast.

Redemption, branches in Notting Hill, Covent Garden and Shoreditch

Farmacy, Notting Hill

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Farmacy's brunch menu focuses more on the -unch side of the equation. It features falafels, burgers, and an artichoke pizzetta, but that doesn't mean the folks who lean towards br- can't find something to enjoy too. Like the chocolate chip waffles and the pancakes. And finally there's something for people who fall right in the middle of the spectrum. The Farmacy Benedict, where a Portobello mushroom replaces 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 9am-4pm on weekends

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 and Camden. Which is why we're glad to introduce you to Cafe Van Gogh, a vegan eatery that's way out on its own. And 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. But there's something even more beautiful on offer here — the aubergine and red pepper shakshuka, with marinated crispy tofu and flatbread.

Cafe Van Gogh, 88 Brixton Road, Oval, SW9 6BE, brunch menu available on Saturdays

Mother, Olympic Park

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Just across the water from Hackney Wick is Mother, a plant-based cafe where everything is made from scratch. That includes the pumpkin pancakes covered in dulce de leche, blueberries, cinnamon and maple syrup. If drool is already creeping out the corner of your mouth, be warned you'll need to act quick. The pancakes are only on offer until midday — although plenty of the other breakfast options stick around for the whole day.

Mother Works, 1 Canalside, Olympic Park, E20 3BS

Canvas Cafe, Shoreditch

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With the proliferation of brunch in London, one particular spin-off has taken strong hold of the city; bottomless brunch. The community-focused Canvas Cafe offers vegans a chance to get in on the fun. £25. 90 minutes. As much bubbly as you can get down you. With food too of course. The breakfast menu is short and simple, but each item's a classic. Like the Full English featuring hash browns. Just what you need to soak up all that booze.

The Canvas Cafe, 42 Hanbury Street, Shoreditch, E1 5JL, bottomless brunch on Saturdays

Lele's, Hackney/Dalston

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Avo on toast. Perhaps the dish of millennial Londoner. It's the cause of the housing crisis. It's also one of the only things that makes getting out of bed in the morning worthwhile. But, could it be... improved? Step forward Lele's which — alongside its traditional avo on toast option — also does a marmite avo on toast. Such a simple twist, but nevertheless a game changer. If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth there are plenty more options, like French toast, pancakes and plenty of daily baked goods.

Lele's, locations in Hackney Central and Dalston, brunch available 9am-3.45pm

Last Updated 02 October 2019

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