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South Bank Vegan Guide

October 30th, 2019 | by Ella Stern

South Bank Vegan Guide

Veganism hit the mainstream in 2019, with more plant-based options popping up in supermarkets and on restaurant menus than you can shake a tofu skewer at. Of course South Bank is no exception, with world-class options from fine dining to street food in some seriously stunning locations that'll leave no plant eaters feeling left out. Whether you’re here for the art, music, films or just to check out the scenery, this cultural hotspot is bound to work up an appetite.

 

Tsouni Cooper is a writer and editor who's been vegan for over a decade and has been running @yesitsallvegan since 2014, sharing plant-based dining recommendations and product reviews in London and further afield. Her work has been featured in Guardian, Metro.co.uk, Stylist and ELLE and Tsouni has appeared on panels and podcasts discussing sustainable and ethical food as well as consulting with businesses looking to improve their vegan offering.

  • House at National Theatre

    Let’s start with a fancy one. A destination restaurant in a Grade II-listed building, the menu at House melds classic and contemporary flavours, with a vegan set menu offering mouth-watering dishes like avocado and cucumber soup, miso roasted aubergine, a cannelloni with smoked tomato ricotta and cashew cheese and – music to my ears – a  peach and raspberry Eton Mess. When was the last time any vegans you know got to eat an Eton Mess? £24 for 2 courses, or £28.50 for three.

     

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    National Theatre
  • OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

    An industrial landmark with some killer views of the Thames from its floor-to-ceiling windows, the OXO Tower Restaurant is serious when it comes to their vegan offering. A la carte options include a vegan scotch egg starter(!) and a grilled pear tart with almond cheese cannelloni, while the highly Instagram-friendly afternoon tea can be made fully vegan ­- yes, sausage rolls, cucumber sandwiches and all.

     

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    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
  • BFI Bar and Kitchen

    You’re going to need some serious sustenance when visiting this iconic four-screen celebration of everything cinema, so head to the BFI’s Bar & Kitchen (run by Benugo) for a vegan burger that sounds too good to be true, complete with smoked Gouda cheese and chilli jam and served in a brioche bun. There’s also a smashed avo on sourdough toast option for early risers (served from 10am).

     

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    BFI Southbank
  • Sea Containers Restaurant

    A super stylish hotel (think 1920s cruise ship vibes) with a super stylish restaurant to boot. The menu may be meat-heavy at first glance, but vegans needn’t go hungry if they go for the wholesome-sounding seasonal grain dish with herbs, pomegranate and pickled baby onions, or the kale dish with avocado, roasted sweet potato and cashew. The restaurant also says that most of their vegetarian dishes can be made vegan – so ask if there’s something you’ve got your eye on.

     

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    Sea Containers London
  • The Wall House of Vans

    The legendary skate, music and film hang-out finally added some vegan options to their menu of American-style classics this year – much appreciated, folks! Food is served in an underground tunnel cafe with a view of the skaters and there’s a mushroom and beetroot burger or the Seitan Vegan Dogg, topped with caramelised onions, to choose from. Both are served with fries.

     

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

    Situated in the County Hall Hotel, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar might have ‘steak’ in their name, but they can cater for veggies too. Check out the Vegetable Patch dish with cauliflower puree, baby vegetables and crispy black quinoa. Sweet-toothed vegans can finish with the delicious-sounding Chocolate Spiral: mandarin gel, chocolate crumble and mango sorbet.

     

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    Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar
  • Spiritland Royal Festival Hall

    Billed as a restaurant for music lovers with a cosy lounge-style interior and DJs popping up every week, highlights for vegans come thick and fast with a mushroom, red pepper and salsa verde breakfast roll, a butternut and chickpea or a quinoa, beetroot, almond and kale salad (add tofu for an extra £2). There’s also a gazpacho as well as spiced cauliflower skewers available fresh from the grill. Vegan bar snacks to accompany the 110-strong wine list include kikones (salted and fried corn), Guindilla chillies and frazzled cucumbers. Yum!

     

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    Spiritland
  • Draughts

    ‘Board’ of regular vegan options? (Sorry.) If you’re headed to games-themed café Draughts, you’ll need some brain fuel before you get stuck into their collection of over 800 board games – who knew there were so many? Plant-based junk food fans will be excited to hear that highlights include tempura corn bites, nachos, sweet and spicy cauliflower, a BBQ jackfruit burger and a chocolate truffle tart. 

     

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    Leake Street Arches
  • Bankside Hotel

    Last but by no means least, the Bankside Hotel’s ArtYard bar & kitchen focuses on fresh, seasonal food. There are vegan options if you don’t mind making some modifications - go for the pepper pide with cherry tomato and aubergine (ask for it without halloumi), or the hand-rolled orecchiette (ask for it to be made vegan). And the broccoli polenta is vegan as is!

     

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    Bankside

Find The Venues

  • 1 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 2 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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  • 3 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 4 - Sea Containers London

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

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  • 5 - House Of Vans

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

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  • 6 - Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar

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

     

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  • 7 - Spiritland

    Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

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  • 8 - Leake Street Arches

    Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN

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  • 9 - Bankside

    Bankside Hotel 2 Blackfriars Rd London UK SE1 9JU 

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