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The Best Places to Eat Vegan Fast Food in London

Where to get healthy ‘junk’ in London right now

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Luckily for the ethical stalwarts who still loyally refuse a hot buttered crumpet on the chilliest autumn day, vegan food has gone all brilliant. Now, even the beef-sweating macho carnivore type has plenty an opportunity to eschew both animal products and veg-phobic groans about salad. Whether an actual vegan or an earnest free-range obsessive simply dipping a toe into the vegan lifestyle, here’s a load of plant-based ‘junk food’ so good it’s tempting omnivores away from sins of the flesh.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Young Vegans Pie Shop

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Camden Market, 60 Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town
London NW1 8AF, UK

The century-old east London pie and mash tradition is given the Millennial vegan treatment: Where delightfully stodgy soy-meat pies nestle onto creamy mashed potato. The only setback: if these seitan- and vegetable-filled pastries fill you up, there’ll be no room for desserts — delicious peanut butter chocolate mud pies.

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2. Temple of Seitan

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10 Morning Ln
London E9 6NA, UK

Juicy, hefty slabs of deep-fried seitan (what gluten): springy, sausage-linke in texture, with creamy, tangy mac 'n' cheese are favourites here, with subs, burgers and gluten-free ‘chicken’ popcorn also on offer. Not so fast food if you’re at the back of the queue, though.

3. Club Mexicana

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35 Earlham St
London WC2H 9LD, UK

Vegan Mexican food is more than just another blow to Tex Mex’s increasing irrelevance in a city that finally has a found some form on the Mexican food front. At market venues, enjoy Club Mexicana’s tofu “fish” tacos, black bean nachos and pulled BBQ-sweet jackfruit burritos.

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4. CookDaily

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Arch 358 Westgate St
London E8 3RN, UK

This grime scene-endorsed ‘No blood, no bones’ joint serves up Thai and Laotian-influenced bowls. Tofu and soy-based ‘chickn’ and ‘praun’ beds in with spicy, saucy, crunchy vegetables and hefty portions of noodles, rice or quinoa. Look out for vegan-ified British and Jamaican classics: chicken pie, Full English, saltfish and ackee, and jerk ‘chicken.’

Cook Daily by King Cook will set up a permanent restaurant in London Fields following Boxpark residency Cook Daily [Official Photo]

5. Biff’s @ BrewDog Dalston

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33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London N16 8BJ, UK

Biff’s, established originally in Hackney, now serves its crispy fried jackfruit patties and ‘wingz’ in pubs, bars and eateries around the country. Owing to unripe jackfruit’s meaty texture and vague similarity to pulled pork, it has long provided the basis for south-east Asian curries. Biff takes the fruit, slow cooks it in sweet BBQ sauce, then slings it onto burger buns or shapes into chicken wings and fries them. So called: “Filthy AF vegan junk food.” Biff’s Jack Shack is roving. Find out where it is here.

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6. What the Pitta!

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Box Park Unit 52, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd
London E1 6GY, UK

What the Pitta! take Turkish fare — namely the vegan döner kebab — and reconfigure it with soy alternatives. Rich and tender slivers of not-meat — texture-wise not entirely unlike shavings of the unidentified-meat-combo inspiration — glisten atop authentic-tasting bread or come bundled into wraps with all the salad trimmings and creamy homemade hummus. Branches in Croydon, Camden Town, and Brighton.

Vegan ‘döner’ chunks
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7. Mooshies London Vegan Burger Bar

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104 Brick Ln
London E1 6RL, UK

Celebrating the textures of jackfruit, and the capacity of quinoa and black beans to sort-of-resemble beef, this burger bar tips its hat to the Bangladeshi traditions of Brick Lane — with bhaji burgers and chickpea bites. 

Mooshies “Brick Lane Bhaji”
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8. Koshari Street

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56 St Martin's Ln
London WC2N 4EA, UK

This Egyptian spicy-carby mix of lentils, vermicelli noodles, macaroni and chickpeas, topped with tomato sauce, dukkah and crispy fried onions will fill your stomach, and stretch your definition of junk food. Three locations.

9. The Full Nelson

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47 Deptford Broadway
London SE8 4PH, UK

Popular with local students, this south London venue does more than burgers, corndogs, milkshakes and ‘cheese’-topped chips. Bunch is extra-crunchy deep-fried seitan ‘chicken’ piled on top of American-style waffles, and served with maple syrup. 

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1. Young Vegans Pie Shop

Camden Market, 60 Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town, London NW1 8AF, UK
youngvegans/Instagram

The century-old east London pie and mash tradition is given the Millennial vegan treatment: Where delightfully stodgy soy-meat pies nestle onto creamy mashed potato. The only setback: if these seitan- and vegetable-filled pastries fill you up, there’ll be no room for desserts — delicious peanut butter chocolate mud pies.

Camden Market, 60 Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town
London NW1 8AF, UK

2. Temple of Seitan

10 Morning Ln, London E9 6NA, UK

Juicy, hefty slabs of deep-fried seitan (what gluten): springy, sausage-linke in texture, with creamy, tangy mac 'n' cheese are favourites here, with subs, burgers and gluten-free ‘chicken’ popcorn also on offer. Not so fast food if you’re at the back of the queue, though.

10 Morning Ln
London E9 6NA, UK

3. Club Mexicana

35 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LD, UK
clubmexicana/Instagram

Vegan Mexican food is more than just another blow to Tex Mex’s increasing irrelevance in a city that finally has a found some form on the Mexican food front. At market venues, enjoy Club Mexicana’s tofu “fish” tacos, black bean nachos and pulled BBQ-sweet jackfruit burritos.

35 Earlham St
London WC2H 9LD, UK

4. CookDaily

Arch 358 Westgate St, London E8 3RN, UK
Cook Daily by King Cook will set up a permanent restaurant in London Fields following Boxpark residency Cook Daily [Official Photo]

This grime scene-endorsed ‘No blood, no bones’ joint serves up Thai and Laotian-influenced bowls. Tofu and soy-based ‘chickn’ and ‘praun’ beds in with spicy, saucy, crunchy vegetables and hefty portions of noodles, rice or quinoa. Look out for vegan-ified British and Jamaican classics: chicken pie, Full English, saltfish and ackee, and jerk ‘chicken.’

Arch 358 Westgate St
London E8 3RN, UK

5. Biff’s @ BrewDog Dalston

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8BJ, UK
biffs_uk/Instagram

Biff’s, established originally in Hackney, now serves its crispy fried jackfruit patties and ‘wingz’ in pubs, bars and eateries around the country. Owing to unripe jackfruit’s meaty texture and vague similarity to pulled pork, it has long provided the basis for south-east Asian curries. Biff takes the fruit, slow cooks it in sweet BBQ sauce, then slings it onto burger buns or shapes into chicken wings and fries them. So called: “Filthy AF vegan junk food.” Biff’s Jack Shack is roving. Find out where it is here.

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London N16 8BJ, UK

6. What the Pitta!

Box Park Unit 52, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GY, UK
Vegan ‘döner’ chunks
Courtesy What the Pitta!

What the Pitta! take Turkish fare — namely the vegan döner kebab — and reconfigure it with soy alternatives. Rich and tender slivers of not-meat — texture-wise not entirely unlike shavings of the unidentified-meat-combo inspiration — glisten atop authentic-tasting bread or come bundled into wraps with all the salad trimmings and creamy homemade hummus. Branches in Croydon, Camden Town, and Brighton.

Box Park Unit 52, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd
London E1 6GY, UK

7. Mooshies London Vegan Burger Bar

104 Brick Ln, London E1 6RL, UK
Mooshies “Brick Lane Bhaji”
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Celebrating the textures of jackfruit, and the capacity of quinoa and black beans to sort-of-resemble beef, this burger bar tips its hat to the Bangladeshi traditions of Brick Lane — with bhaji burgers and chickpea bites. 

104 Brick Ln
London E1 6RL, UK

8. Koshari Street

56 St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4EA, UK

This Egyptian spicy-carby mix of lentils, vermicelli noodles, macaroni and chickpeas, topped with tomato sauce, dukkah and crispy fried onions will fill your stomach, and stretch your definition of junk food. Three locations.

56 St Martin's Ln
London WC2N 4EA, UK

9. The Full Nelson

47 Deptford Broadway, London SE8 4PH, UK
Courtesy The Full Nelson

Popular with local students, this south London venue does more than burgers, corndogs, milkshakes and ‘cheese’-topped chips. Bunch is extra-crunchy deep-fried seitan ‘chicken’ piled on top of American-style waffles, and served with maple syrup. 

47 Deptford Broadway
London SE8 4PH, UK

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