The best vegan restaurants in south-east London

Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just trying out plant-based dining, South-East London has more than a few options. Below is a guide consisting of 10 restaurants offering delectable plant-based food across the boroughs of South-East London.

Dulwich Books

Dulwich Books is a multiple award-winning bookshop, most recently shortlisted for the British Book Awards 2017 Independent Bookshop of the Year. It has been around for thirty years. It also allows you to order books in person or over the phone or email for next-day delivery provided it is in stock and ordered by 5pm. As well as championing local authors, Dulwich Books also host several literary events like meet and greet with authors and book festivals.

The Bookshop on the Heath

Founded in 1949 when Jameson Benbrook opened an antiquarian bookshop, it stocks a wide range of books, from everyday reading copies to collectable modern first editions, fine bindings, and antiquarian books. The shop also takes pride in its location, stocking postcards and greetings cards of old Blackheath & Greenwich, as well as some original art by local artist Tony Lord. You will also find original and high-quality reproduction maps and prints, plus a selection of original film posters.

Moon Lane Ink

Moon Lane Ink, which is the sister shop of the award-winning Tales on Moon Lane Children’s Bookshop, is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company on a mission to raise equality in children’s books. Its aim is to stock books “reflecting London’s diverse population in terms of gender, ethnicity, class, disability, socio-economic status, sexual-orientation and culture”.

Leaf and Groove

Leaf and Groove sells second hand, donated books to create an income for Forest Hill Library. In addition to books this Forest Hill bookshop also sells records, as you might have guessed from the name.

Review

Founded by local award-winning author Evie Wyld, this bookshop is a wonderful place to browse. It has been around since 2005, and runs events and conversations with authors. Review is also the driving force behind Peckham Literary Festival.

Kirkdale Bookshop

This bookshop has been part of the community since 1966, and offers a conservatory space for readers to relax and read their new books. It offers an extensive collection of new and second-hand books for all age groups and interests.

Village Books

This award-winning independent bookshop can be found in the heart of Dulwich Village. It stocks thousands of titles, for adults and children alike. It has also hosted talks with top authors like Philip Pullman, recipe guru Yotam Ottolenghi, travel writing icon Michael Palin, and novelist Graham Norton.

Bookseller Crow

This bookshop which has been around since 1997 is located on the Crystal Palace Triangle. Owned and run by Jonathan Main and Justine Crow, the bookshop offers a variety of genres including modern fiction, American lit and crime, as well as children’s section, cookery titles, graphic novels local history titles.

Crofton Books

Crofton Books located in Brockley offers a variety of new, vintage and books. The bookshop is owned by South London writer, Jason Shelley, and is also a “virtual bookshop” where people can buy from all over the world.

Halcyon Books (Greenwich & Lee)

This family-run second-hand bookshop began as a stall in Greenwich market but has now expanded to two sites – one in Greenwich, and one in Lewisham. The new Lewisham location specialises in second-hand art, design and architecture books, and stocks everything from modern fiction to classics. It also has a garden area and serves a vast collection of coffees and other beverages so customers can sit and enjoy a drink while they browse or read in the garden.

Clapham Books

The two sister bookshops offer a wide range of books, from science fiction to politics to biography, pop culture and more.

Herne Hill Books

The two sister bookshops offer a wide range of books, from science fiction to politics to biography, pop culture and more.

Rye Books

Rye Books opened in 2011, has an immense variety of genres and hosts regular events including book signings and Q&As with authors, and serves coffees with a brownie.

The Book and Record Bar

As the name suggests, the Book and Record bar sell a wide range of books and records both new and second-hand. In addition to this they also have a social hub featuring live radio broadcasts and music events.

The Word Bookshop

The Word Bookshop is a cosy, buzzing independent bookshop located in New Cross. You can find all sorts of genres here ranging from fiction for adults, children’s books for toddlers to teens and a broad selection for poetry and graphic novels as well.

Café Van Gogh

Café Van Gogh is a relatively new not-for-profit café serving hearty and completely vegan cuisine in a warm brick-clad relaxed environment. The dishes make extensive use of seasonal ingredients and the menu changes every 6-8 weeks.

Location

88 Brixton Road, SW9 6BE

Opening hours

Monday: closed Tuesday to Friday: 9am-4pm and 5pm-9pm Saturday: 10am-3:30pm and 5pm-9pm Sunday: 12pm-4:30pm

MOMMI

MOMMI a drinking and dining spot where Japan meets Latin America to create a flavorful Peruvian/Japanese palate. With the launch of their latest seasonal offering, MOMMI is exploring Veganism as the inspiration for one third of their menu content while also offering a fully curated dairy free menu. It also has terrace sitting which can be enjoyed during spring/summer months.

Location

44-48 Clapham High St, SW4 7UR

Opening hours

Monday: closed Tuesday to Thursday: 6pm-11pm Friday: 5pm-1am Saturday: 1pm-2am Sunday: 12pm-6pm

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse Deptford is an independent coffee shop between Deptford and New Cross who care a great deal about food, coffee and community. The menu is designed to provide all day options for a wide range of dietary needs and preferences. They run their business as sustainably as possible using directly traded coffee beans, compostable and non-plastic coffee and smoothie containers. They also boast a green energy supply, running on 100% renewables.

Location

481 New Cross Road, SE14 6TA

Opening hours

Monday to Tuesday: closed Wednesday: 9am-3pm Thursday to Saturday: 9am-4pm Sunday: 10am-4pm

Ping Pong

Ping Pong located in the Southbank center is a Chinese restaurant famous for their dim sums, fruity cocktails and flowering teas. The restaurant has a dedicated vegan menu of dim sums, wantons and much more. It includes a beautiful private lounge and a sleek and exclusive heated terrace area.

Location

Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

Opening hours

Monday to Wednesday: 12pm-10pm Thursday to Saturday: 12pm-11pm Sunday: 12pm-10pm

DF Tacos

DF Tacos in Brixton offers a wide variety of vegan Mexican dishes. There’s a chilled vibe, cool interiors with original Mexican art, refill drinks and plenty of space. It goes the extra mile by working with farmers they know to source ingredients responsibly.

Location

20 Atlantic Road, Brixton, SW9 8JA

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 12pm-10pm Friday to Saturday: 12pm-11pm Sunday: 12pm-10pm

Halo Burger

Halo Burger is a 100% plant-based burger joint located in Brixton. It describes itself as “a new spin on fast food, pairing a nostalgic experience with good vibes and great tunes”.

Location

Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PQ

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday: 12pm-10:30pm

The Full Nelson

The Full Nelson in Deptford is a vegan kitchen and bar offering vegan comfort food. It’s especially well-known for its vegan burgers and cocktails.

Location

47 Deptford Broadway, SE8 4PH

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 5pm-9:45pm Saturday: 12pm-9:45pm Sunday: 1pm-9:45pm

The Guava Kitchen

The Guava Kitchen located in Forest Hill calls itself a “vegan eatery with a tropical twist”. Apart from plant based food it also serves vegan cakes, natural juices and smoothies.

Location

16 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3HF

Opening hours

Monday to Tuesday: 9am-5pm Wednesday: closed Thursday to Friday: 9am-8pm Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: 10am-5pm

Peachy Goat

Peachy Goat is an Italian inspired plant based restaurant and bar in Herne Hill. The casual charm of the place coupled with a creative menu makes it worth a try.

Location

16 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, SE24 9HU

Opening hours

Monday: closed Tuesday to Friday: 6pm-11pm Saturday: 12pm-4pm and 6pm-11pm Sunday: 12pm-4pm and 5pm-1pm

The Shrub and Shutter

The Shrub and Shutter located in Brixton is a fresh, modern, innovative neighbourhood cocktail bar and restaurant. The ambiance is filled intimate with country kitchen flecks and fresh white tiling.

Location

336 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8QH

Opening hours

Monday: closed Thursday: 5pm-11pm Friday to Saturday: 5pm-1am Sunday: 5pm-11pm