I used to think that eating vegan at high-end restaurants in London would be a real challenge, but turns out that it’s much easier than I thought.


I stumbled upon some seriously amazing vegan choices at the most renowned upscale spots in London – we’re talking Mayfair, Marylebone, Knightsbridge, and the City of London.

Do you know what’s really cool about these places? Each and every one of them goes the extra mile to make sure you don’t leave with a growling stomach, no matter your dietary vibes. Most of the time, you can totally customise the veggie dishes to match your preferences, or just shoot them a question about what magical vegan creation they can whip up for you.

Oh, and let’s chat about the money side of things. While these joints might make your wallet groan a bit, the vegan options won’t. In fact, they’re often more budget-friendly compared to the other items on the menu. So there you have it, a win-win for your taste buds and your bank account.

Let’s check my list of high-end vegan-friendly restaurants in London:

  1. Novikov
  2. Sexy Fish
  3. Bagatelle
  4. Nobu
  5. Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsey
  6. Sumosan Twiga
  7. Hakkasan
  8. MNKY HSE (Monkey House)
  9. Coya
  10. Bob Bob Ricard
  11. Park Chinois
  12. Zuma

1. Novikov

Novikov, as a first on the list of my high-end vegan-friendly restaurants in London, is the talk of the town and for good reason. This spot dishes out both Asian and Italian goodness, and let me tell you, it’s a vegan foodie’s paradise.

The restaurant has this cool setup where it’s basically two restaurants in one – an Italian side and an Asian side. I did the grand tour and I can confirm their vegan game is on point.

On the Italian side, get ready to dive into pasta perfection. They’ve got an incredible vegan tomato pasta and the tomatoes they use are like tiny flavour bombs. Another vegan dish I tried was courgette and garlic pasta and it was simply divine.

For starters, I had bruschetta with escarole and olives and the truffle asparagus on the side was a game-changer.

Onto the Asian side. It is a bit like a vegan fine-dining wonderland. They’ve got edamame, Singapore noodles, dumplings, sushi rolls that’ll make your taste buds dance, and grilled veggies that are simply too good to resist. The cocktails are pure liquid art, and their vegan gelato dessert isn’t bad either.

In a nutshell, Novikov isn’t just a restaurant, it’s London’s high-end vegan food adventure. Swing by, take your pick from Italian or Asian, and let the vegan feast begin.

Important note: Novikov does have an open market at the restaurant which, besides fruit and vegetables, also shows raw fish and live seafood on ice so do have that in mind when booking your table so you’re not seated in front of it.

Great spot for: Lunch, Dinner, Private events

Dress code: Smart and Elegant

Address: 50A Berkeley St, London W1J 8HA, UK


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2. Sexy Fish

This sounds nothing like a high-end vegan-friendly restaurant but I promise their menu is popping with creative vegan dishes.

Sexy Fish is an Asian restaurant located in Marylebone and it does primarily cater to seafood enthusiasts but I did manage to uncover some fantastic vegan sushi options. The ambience is stylish and very eclectic with often live music and incredible staff. While the menu does feature vegan options, you can also request a customised vegan sushi creation if necessary.

I visited Sexy Fish a couple of times and had a chance to try their vegan sushi selection (10 pcs), dragon maki, truffle asparagus maki, avocado and cucumber maki, bell pepper and mushroom nigiri, veggie tempura and grilled sweet potato with coconut wasabi.

The vibes are simply immaculate. Perfect for a dinner night out for a date or with your friends, birthday celebrations or casual lunch.

Great spot for: Lunch, Dinner, Private events

Dress code: Smart and Elegant

Address: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR


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3. Bagatelle

Bagatelle is my favourite high-end vegan-friendly restaurant in London that serves vegan food. It takes a lot for me to say this as there are so many on my list that I love to go back but Bagatelle has it all. From good vegan food options to delicious cocktails, super fun and engaging staff to the whole vibe. The restaurant transforms into a really vibey club. I’m talking about people dancing on tables, and staff pouring champagne straight into your eager mouth – it’s like stepping into a wild party you never want to end. Yup, it feels as wild as it sounds 🙂 The waiters are absolute party-starters.

French and Mediterranean flavours take centre stage, and the restaurant is more than happy to tweak a couple of dishes to fit your vegan preference. I kicked things off with a riviera salad that’s a burst of freshness, followed by a tomato pasta that’s pure comfort. And, oh boy, those vegan truffle fries on the side? Absolute perfection.

From the mind-blowing flavours to the party vibes that’ll make you forget your two-left-feet dance moves, this place is where the magic happens. Trust me, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss out on.

It is a perfect place for celebrations, a good night out with your friends or even a wild family dinner.

Note: Bagatelle is quite popular so it does need to be booked a couple of months in advance.

Great spot for: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Private events

Dress code: Smart and Elegant

Address: 34 Dover St, London W1S 4NG, United Kingdom

4. Nobu

Nobu, another high-end vegan-friendly restaurant in London is a renowned Japanese restaurant, famed for its fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine with Peruvian ingredients. With locations spanning the globe – from London and Malaysia to the UAE and Australia – Nobu has truly made its mark.

I have to say, as much as I loved the ambience I got to keep it real – when it comes to the menu, the vegan food options were a bit on the skinny side. Now, don’t get me wrong, I had some seriously tasty avo salad, cucumber maki rolls and Tofu steak that hit the spot. But, I must admit, my choices were a tad limited, especially for a fine restaurant such as Nobu.

True to form, the ambience was exceptional, the staff exceptionally helpful, and the cocktails both visually appealing and delightful in taste.

Great spot for: Lunch, Dinner and Private events

Dress code: Smart casual

Locations: London Old Park Lane, Portman Square and Shoreditch

5. Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsey

Lucky Cat was a high-end vegan-friendly restaurant of choice for one of my birthdays and I absolutely loved it. It is a Michelin-starred restaurant owned by Gordon Ramsey, located in Mayfair.

Google describes it as “Swanky space evoking ’30s Tokyo drinking dens serve Gordon Ramsay’s Pan-Asian & robata grilled fare and I couldn’t agree more. The restaurant offers an incredible choice of vegan dishes – I had a chance to try their dragon rolls, avocado and mushroom tempura, mushroom clay pot, lettuce tofu wraps and lots of delicious cocktails.

From the very beginning, you can see that Lucky Cat was committed to providing an inclusive vegan dining experience. The staff’s knowledge about the vegan options was impressive, and their enthusiasm to guide me through the menu was exceptional.

The restaurant’s commitment to quality ingredients, impeccable presentation, and inviting atmosphere truly set the stage for a remarkable evening.

Great spot for: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Private events

Dress code: Smart casual

Address: 10 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP, United Kingdom

6. Sumosan Twiga

Sumosan Twiga is a Japanese vegan-friendly high-end restaurant with an Italian twist, located in Knightsbridge, London. The restaurant has three floors offering a luxury restaurant, bar and club.

I haven’t had a chance to experience the club but the restaurant experience was more than enough to make me add it to the best fine vegan-friendly restaurant list in London.

The vegan food was remarkable and their menu actually has vegan dishes marked. As always, you are more than welcome to ask for dishes to be tailored to your preference and the staff will make sure to accommodate if possible.

I started with spiced edamame, continued with veggie maki rolls, tofu steak (it’s marked as vegetarian but you can request a vegan option) and ended the night with my favourite dessert – vegan mochi.

Sumosan Twiga is perfect for a night out with your friends, family celebrations, and even work lunch meetings.

Great spot for: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Private events

Dress code: Smart casual

Address: 165 Sloane St, London SW1X 9QB, United Kingdom


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7. Hakkasan

Hakkasan, a Michelin-starred vegan-friendly restaurant is located in Mayfair and it serves modern Chinese dishes.

It is a two-floored restaurant with both a la carte and tasting menus. Their menu also has vegan and vegetarian options marked which is really helpful.

I had a chance to try a vegan dim sum basket which includes golden squash and lily bulb, black pepper shui mai, sugar snap and edamame, and wild mushroom with black truffle bean curd wrap. Honestly, I couldn’t get enough. I also tried Szechuan pepper silken tofu, Tofu, aubergine and Japanese mushroom claypot (it can be made vegan upon request) Hakka noodles and the Tropical pavlova for dessert.

The restaurant is ultra-trendy, luxurious and a great place to be if you enjoy that type of vibe.

Hakkasan has a deposit policy of £50pp which goes towards your bill or can be refunded in full on arrival On Thursdays evenings, Fridays and Saturdays lunch, for any groups of 5 or above, a £50 per person deposit is required at the point of booking. For all bookings on Friday and Saturday evenings, a £50 per person deposit is required at the point of booking. 

Great spot for: Weekend Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Private events

Dress code: Smart

Address: 17 Bruton St, London W1J 6QB, United Kingdom

8. MNKY HSE (Monkey House)

MNKY HSE is a vegan-friendly high-end Latin American restaurant and lounge located in Mayfair. The menu typically features a mix of traditional ingredients from countries such as Peru, Mexico, and Brazil so you can find dishes like tacos, grilled dishes, robata, sushi etc. The menu also has vegan options marked but it is more on a snack side than proper main dishes.

I have tried the mushroom soft tacos and aubergine crunchy tacos, vegan Lottiroll sushi, veggie ceviche and their fancy Instagrammable dessert platter.

MNKY HSE is known for its vibrant nightlife. The restaurant often features themed nights, special parties, and performances by DJs and live bands. You will have staff dancing around you, waving with table cloths and carrying sprinkles whilst you’re munching on those tacos. The vibe is like no other and definitely worth a visit.

Great spot for: Weekend Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Private events

Dress code: Smart casual

Address: 10 Dover St, London W1S 4LQ, United Kingdom

9. Coya

Coya is a remarkable high-end vegan-friendly restaurant in London that serves amazing Peruvian fusion dishes. There is one restaurant located in Mayfair and the other one in the city.

Coya’s menu also has vegan dishes marked so you can easily spot them. There is a good range of options from starters to mains – skewers, salads, ceviche and a mix of veggies.

I indulged in guacamole tortillas, accompanied by a captivating tableside presentation as the waiter skillfully crafted the guacamole right before me.

Followed by crispy mushroom tacos, Trio de Maíz salad, broccoli and a pineapple sorbet dessert which seems to be removed from their current menu.

Their drinks menu features an incredible selection of rum and a choice of 40 tequilas.

Great spot for: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Private events

Dress code: Smart casual

Locations: Mayfair and City of London

10. Bob Bob Ricard

Bob Bob Ricard, another fine vegan-friendly restaurant in London is located in Soho and also in the City. It serves modern British and French dishes. The restaurant is famous for the “Press for champagne” button and its classy interior.

The interior was designed by David Collins and he takes inspiration from the Orient Express and the Golden Age of Travel. Every table is a booth.

The menu doesn’t have vegan dishes marked but after consulting with the staff about what would be the best vegan options, I went for the Truffle, potato and mushroom Vareniki which is the type of dumplings and for the main I chose the Truffle and Champagne humble pie with artichokes, mushrooms, celeriac, truffle and champagne.

It was quite interesting to have pie for dinner on a night out but It was truly splendid. The pastry was so soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Vareniki were chewy but soft which is a perfect combination for me. I am not a fan of soggy dumplings.

The restaurant has a classy vibe but is also loungy and relaxed. It is a perfect spot for dinner, lunch or even brunch.

Great spot for: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Private Dining

Dress code: Elegant, ties are not required

Locations: Soho and City of London

11. Park Chinois

Park Chinois is a high-end, luxury Chinese restaurant located in Mayfair. The restaurant serves remarkable vegan dishes and has live performances and entertainment every day of the week in the upstairs dining room Salon de Chine, and below ground in the Moulin-Rouge type of vibes – Club Chinois.

Park Chinois was founded by Alan Yau – the owner of Wagamama, Hakkasan and Yauatcha and featured as one of London’s best Chinese restaurants.

The menu has vegetarian marks but as usual, you can ask the staff to help you accommodate the dishes to be suitable for vegans.

I was never a true fan of vegan Chinese but Park Chinois definitely elevated my experience. A perfect blend of spice, flavours, creativity and deliciousness. I had a chance to try glass vermicelli noodles with Morel mushrooms, Szechuan mock chicken with cashews, Tofu aubergine and seasonal mushrooms and ended the night with a selection of sorbet.

Great spot for: Saturday Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Private dining

Dress code: Smart casual

Address:7 Berkeley St, London W1J 8EA, United Kingdom

12. Zuma

Zuma London is definitely in my top three favourite fine dining vegan-friendly restaurants in London.

Located in Knightsbridge (but tucked away) just off Brompton road, The restaurant has beautiful ringside seats by the kitchen and a massive, zen-looking dining room.

They serve vegan maki rolls, nigiri, and robata-grilled dishes but always ask the staff to help you tailor the best vegan options for you. One of my top dishes besides sushi is grilled tofu skewers, mushroom clay pot and grilled broccoli. I have a thing for grilled broccoli and mushroom clay pots and it’s never gonna change, okay.

You can sip on heavenly cocktails or mocktails throughout your dining and end the course with a beautifully crafted fruit platter.

Their other restaurants worth checking are Roka, Inko Nito, Oblix and Etaru.

Great spot for: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Private Dining

Dress code: Smart casual

Address: 5 Raphael St, London SW7 1DL, United Kingdom


So, whether you’re a committed vegan, a curious food enthusiast, or someone seeking a dining experience that aligns with your values, these high-end vegan-friendly restaurants in London are poised to leave an impression that lingers on your palate and warm your heart, inviting you to savour not just the flavours, but the essence of a more compassionate way of dining.

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5 Comments

  1. Kirsten Smith August 23, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    Great post!

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    1. Thyme with Tina August 23, 2023 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you Kirsten! 🙂

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  2. Courtney August 23, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    So many great options!

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    1. Thyme with Tina August 23, 2023 at 2:18 pm

      Indeed! We are so spoiled for choice 🙂

      Reply
  3. Ann Jackson August 23, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    The food looks delicious! I would love to visit there!

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