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Veggie Restaurant Guide

February 13th, 2019 | by Rob Warren

Veggie Restaurant Guide

It’s fair to say that you’d have to have been living under a pan-seared rock to not realise that vegetarian and vegan food has exploded in recent times.

If you didn’t know that, then which exact beefy or porky rock have you been living under? What’s more, London is leading the charge with a thriving veggie scene, from food trucks serving up scrumptious plant-based street food from around the world, to the finest restaurants in the capital pushing the culinary boat out with 9-course, molecular-gastronimised vegan fare.

So where does this leave our beloved South Bank? Well we’re thrilled to say that you’re positively spoilt for choice when it comes to ethical, nourishing, no-moo, baa or oink meals. What better time to embrace the veg and dine in style at one of the many iconic spots in South Bank.


Rob Warren, also known as Veggie LAD, is a vegan cook, presenter and all-round big eater. He is the founder of the popular blog Veggie LAD, is a vegan presenter at Time Out London and contributes regularly to LADbible and Metro. 

  • National Theatre – House Restaurant

    Kicking things off in a sublime way, we have the National Theatre’s destination restaurant: House. Worth of a ‘standing ovation’ according to Time Out and with delicious options like these on the menu, it’s no surprise.

    Particularly impressive is their vegan set menu, available for both lunch and dinner and coming in at a very wallet-friendly £22 or £26 for two or three courses respectively, including a glass of delicious vegan wine to wash it down with. The menu is fresh and vibrant offering dishes such as a chilled melon & coconut soup – like a tropical gazpacho! – and vegan ravioli with cashew cheese and mushrooms. We could eat a bowlful and so will you. 

    Take a closer look here.

    National Theatre
  • Old Vic Theatre – Penny

    Also serving up some very respectable vegan fare to theatregoers is Old Vic favourite Penny. With a small but versatile menu which can cater for vegetarians and vegans at any time of day, you won’t be missing out.

    Our mouths water at the vegan breakfast: a pimped-up toast with smashed avocado, sweet potato, beetroot and fried tomato with a drizzle of olive oil. Ohhh yeah! Later in the day there’s a Provencal gratinée with-or-without halloumi and a fully vegan hot sandwich with roasted vegetables and tofu. What more could you want for a pre-show bite?

    Take a look at the menu here.

  • OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie

    OXO have been delivering some delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes for some time now and this Autumn is no different. Whether you’re dining in the stylish brasserie or the swankified restaurant, there’s mouth-watering veggie options aplenty, with separate menus in both.

    In the brasserie, the Tempura nanami tofu or smoked burrata salad have our taste buds a-tingling. In the restaurant, you won’t be able to resist the Courgette flower tempura, globe artichoke escabeche with trofie pasta, perfection!

    Explore the menu more here.

    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
  • Park Plaza – Chino Latino (Park Plaza London Riverbank)/ Florentine (Park Plaza London Waterloo)/ Brasserie Joel (Park Plaza London Westminster Bridge)/ L’Italiano (Park Plaza London County Hall).

    All three Park Plaza hotels have some excellent veggie options on the menus at their in-house restaurants. At Park Plaza Riverbank, Chino Latino has a separate vegetarian menu featuring sushi and a delicious Asian hot pot. Brasserie Joël, despite vegetarian not really being a word in the French language, serves up a reasonable selection of dishes including classic Ratatouille, but you will struggle for vegan option here. It’s a similar story at L’Italiano at Park Plaza County Hall, with some delicious vegetarian pizzas and Italian classics but no vegan option.

    Find out more here.

  • Skylon

    Accompanying the stunning views at South bank favourite Skylon are some sumptuous vegetarian and vegan dishes. Top marks for the team here as they have both a vegetarian and vegan menu, offering a level of choice that will make most veggies swoon. We love the sound of the Pumpkin tortellini and the vegan salt-baked celeriac. Bravo!

    Explore the menu more here.

    Skylon Restaurant & Bar
  • BFI Bar & Kitchen

    Whether you’re dining before or after your film, Benugo has your back with some delicious vegan sustenance (just don’t try and eat it during, there’s popcorn for that). Their brunch menu is simply egg-cellent, so veggies who love their eggs a certain way in the morning are sorted. The restaurant menu for later dining has a great array of vegetarian and vegan options too.

    Explore the menu more here.

    BFI Southbank
  • Sea Container’s London

    Veggie Kudos to Sea Containers who conveniently split their menu into very clear veg, meat and fish sections to allow minimum choosing time, maximum eating time. On the menu of the achingly cool South bank spot are small plates like blistered padron peppers and fresh pea orzo pasta. Delicious.

    Find out more here.

    Sea Containers London
  • House of Vans – The Wall SE1

    For somewhere perfectly encapsulating rebellious youth culture, The Wall could do with a vegan option or two in our opinion, especially given how popular the lifestyle has become with those in their teenage years or twenties. Veggies will be very well satisfied though with a crumbed halloumi small plate, served with garlic mayo.

    Find out more here.

    House Of Vans
  • Gillray’s at the London Marriott Hotel at County Hall

    For ‘South Bank’s best steakhouse’ to show any commitment the veggies is certainly to be celebrated. The team at Gillray’s always promise one veg option at starter, main, dessert across all their menus. Lovely to see and very good to know that veggies can enjoy sitting in this beautiful dining room. We particularly like the look of the lentil and aubergine dahl.

    Take a closer look here.

    Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar
  • Concrete Cafe at the Southbank Centre

    Try the 12-spice delicious Lentil Dahl served with a Roti bread.  Really delicious and warming by the River to enjoy the Autumn weather. 

     Find out more here.

    Southbank Centre

Find The Venues

  • 1 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 2 - Penny

    The Cut, London SE1 8NB

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  • 3 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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  • 5 - Skylon Restaurant & Bar

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 6 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 7 - Sea Containers London

    Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 8 - House Of Vans

    Main entrance
    Arches 228 – 232
    Station Approach Road
    SE1 8SW 

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  • 9 - Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar

    London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB


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  • 10 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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