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Central London Vegetarian Restaurants

Dream Temple Cafe
Almost vegan cafe

Above the Dream Temple record shop, 21-22 Stables Market NW1 8AH
Tel: 020-7267 8528
Open: Everyday 10.30-18.30, Fri-Sun 21 -late Tube: Camden Town

This cafe is the last one on the left going north up Camden High Street at the back of Camden Stables Market. Herbal, Arabic, Moroccan teas, chai, organic coffee, (soya) latte or cappuccino, 1.30-2.00, or 3.00 for a pot. Smoothies 3, organic hemp milk and organic vegan lassi 2. Also kon-ibucha, guava drink, coconut water. Vegan brownies, flapjacks and cakes 2. At weekends there are vegan meals.

Green Note
Vegetarian restaurant-cafe-bar

106 Parkway, NW1 7AN Tel: 020-7485 9899
Open: Tue-Fri 18-23.00, Sat-Sun 12-23.00 Tube: Camden Town.

Mostly vegan or vegan option. Tapas 3.95-4.95. Lunch sandwiches, wraps and burgers 6.95. Evening mains 7.95-9.45 such as Green Thai curry, butternut squash tagine, pasta. 6 desserts 4.95. Sat-Sun brunch. Licensed. See website for live music.

Tai Buffet
Vegan Chinese buffet

6 Kentish Town Road NW1 Tel: 020-7284 4004
Open: Every day all day Tube: Camden Town

Lots of fake meat and Chinese favourites. Open every day for lunch and dinner. All you can eat 5, 6 after 6pm and Sunday or take-away for 3-4.

The Healthier Eating Cafe
Omnivorous cafe

24 Camden Road NW1 9DP Tel: 020-7267 2649
Open: Mon-Fri 6.30-19.30, Sat 8-20.00, Sun 11 -20.00 Tube: Camden Town

Beautiful modern design, with bright yellow frontage and a very light interior. Local artists' pictures hang on the walls. Take-away salads and sandwiches 2.50-3.00 such as roast pepper with hummous and roquette with black olives.

Tupelo Honey
Omnivorous cafe

27 Parkway NW1 7PN (corner of Arlington St) Tel: 020-7284 2989
Open: Tue-Sat 9.30-23.30, Sun 12 2.0.00, Mon 9.30-18.00
Tube: Camden Town

Popular and chilled out place with several rooms on three floors, a small outside area and a roof garden.

Fresh and Wild
Organic supermarket

49 Parkway NW1 7PN Tel: 020-7428 7575
Sun Open: Mon-Fri 8-2 1.00, Sat 9.30-2 1.00. 10.30-20.00 Tube: Camden Town

Huge organic supermarket with a small caf6. The store sells everything from tea to toothpaste and has a big take-away food and juice bar. Prepared food is sold by weight, 1 -1.50 per 100g, with lots of salads, baked tofu and savouries (not all vegetarian). Natural remedies, bodycare, books. Great choice Of organic fruit and vegetables.

Cafe Seventy Nine
Vegetarian cafe and take-away

79 Regents Park Road NW1 8UY
020-7586 8012
Tube: Chalk Farm
Open: Mon-Sat, 8.30 18.00, Sun09-1 8.00

All day full English cooked breakfast special 6.45; organic soup of the day with organic Neal's Yard roll 4.45; Hummous and warm wholemeal pitta 3.65; and main courses such as pasta with pesto, pine nuts, cherry tomatoes and green salad 6.25 or bagel burger and deep fried new potatoes 5.75. Milkshakes 2.95, can be made with soya milk. (Soya) cappuccino 1.651.95.

Little Earth Cafe
Vegetarian organic cafe and juice bar

In Triyoga Centre, 6 Erskine Road NW3 Tel: 020-7483 3344 Tube: Chalk Farm Open: Mon-Fri 9-15.00 17-20.00, Sat 10- 18.00, Sun 11 - 15.00

Organic vegan hot food menu includes hummous sandwich 3.50 with biodynamic spelt-rye bread, braised red Pepper and watercress; johnny sandwich 4 with beetroot pate, watercress, avocado, balsamic, red onion, cucumber, alfalfa and olive oil; soup 3; quinoa of the day 5.50.
Raw food menu features organic pink sushi 4; rainbow salad 4.50; and almond burgers 5.50 with pinenut, cheese, avocado, sprouts and cucumber relish. Raw desserts menu 3.50 has chocolate banofie, carrot cake, blue fig tart with lavender-walnut cream, blueberry cake with lemon cashew cream. Special juices for pregnancy and mummy. Organic baby food 1.50. No mobile phones. Non smoking.

Vegetarian restaurant

4 Erskine Road, Hampstead NW3 3AJ Tel. 020 7722 8028 Tube: Chalk Farm Open: Mon-Sat18.30-23.00, Sun 2.30-15.00 18.30-12.30

Very classy international gourmet vegetarian restaurant. Mains 10.95-12.50, half vegan, such as Tapas with smoky tofu albondigas al jerez, Catalan minted broad beans, grilled sour dough panboli, spinach and carrot croquetas, garbanzo salad and orange, avocado and olive salad; or Summer Tomato, Coconut & Ginger Curry with baby carrots, sweetcorn, mangetout and yellow courgette served with cashew rice and a sweet cucumber salsa topped with crispy noodles. Desserts 3.95 to 6.75, plenty vegan, like petits fours, a plate of truffles, chocolates and biscuits. Organic fruit crumble and pecan chocolate cake. Service not included. Discretionary 12.5% added to parties of 6 or more.

Sesame Health Foods
Wholefood shop and take-away

128 Regents Park Road NW1 Tel: 020-7586 3779
Open: Mon-Fri 9-18.00, Sat 10-18.00, Sun 12-17.00
Tube: Chalk Farm

Take-away items include soups, salads, rice and vegetables, snacks, pasta, stir-fries and cakes. They have all you need for a summer picnic on nearby Primrose Hill. Natural remedies and body care.

The City is the 'Wall Street' of London, and also has St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. In this square mile you are likely to see young and not so young professional men and women heading for the gym or a healthy lunch, as fitness clubs and multicultural food continue to expand and thrive in London.

From noon till 2pm there's a feeding frenzy in take-away specialists such as Futures!, Fresh & Wild and Pure, or treat yourself to a sit-down lunch at The Greenery or The Place Below.

For an altogether more relaxing experience on the quieter City fringes, Rye Wholefoods has a peaceful cafd within their shop, whilst Antimony Balance has added a juice bar in theirs.

Although St Paul's is free on Sundays during church services and the district is pleasantly uncongested, be forewarned that all the vegetarian restaurants are closed.

The City

Vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant and take-away

13 5 Whitecross Street EC1 Tel: 020-7250 3452

Tube: Old Streeet, Barbican, Moorgate open: Mon-Fri 10-22.30, Sat 17.30-22.30

Near the Barbican Centre and Museum of London with a glass roofed backyard. Starters include vegan soup of the day 3.75; warm salad with chestnut rnushrooms, tomatoes and spinach 5.50; roasted aubergines tossed in Romesco, sauce 5.50; and watercress, fennel, and kalamata olive salad 5.
Main courses 11.50 such as potato and shallot panisse with fennel, red pepper and flageolet beans; buttemut squash Thai curry with spiced tofu balls. Five puddings 4.95 with vegan options including baked stuffed quince with cardamon cream. Visa, MC.

Vegetarian Oriental buffet

88 Leather Lane EC1
Tel: 020-7242-6128
Open: Mon-Sat 12.00-22.00, Sun closed
Tube: Farringdon. Bus 55, 243

All you can eat for 5.00 (all day) or you can have a take-away box for 3 or 4. Typical dishes include sweet and sour veg balls, lemon grass pot, spring rolls, crispy aubergine and black bean with mixed veg, spiced aubergine, several tasty veg curries with tofu and all kinds of fake meats. Licensed.

Vegetarian take-away

8 Botolph Alley Eastcheap EC3R 8DR
Tel: 020-7623 4529
Open: Mon-Sat breakfast 7.30-10.00, lunch

Tube: Monument

Tucked away in a pedestrianised alley in the heart the City, this little shop offers several hot dishes 4 including bakes, pasta dishes and stir fries. They also have four salads such as
mixed bean; cabbage, apple and raisin with grain mustard dressing. 1.30 single portion, 3 combos. Desserts 1.80 include apricot Bakewell tart. Smoothies sold here as well as tea,
coffee and juices. Cash only.

Vegetarian take-away

In one of the entrances of Moorgate tube at the corner of Moor Place and Moorfields, opposite Dixons electrical store. Tel: 020-7588 7800
Tube: Moorgate
Open: Mon-Fri 6.00-22.00, Sat 7.30-18.00,
Sun 7.30-15.00

Fill up take-away boxes with hummous, avocado, grilled veg, moussaka, lentils and rice for 4.35. Or choose from 10 sides including country veg with pasta, beans and lentils, vine leaves and Moroccan salad with dates. Breakfast options include porridge 1.85-2.50, tropical fruit and nut muesli and fresh fruit salads.

The Greenery
Vegetarian cafe and take-away

5 Cowcross St ECI M 6DR
Tel: 020-7490 4870
Open: Mon-Fri 7.00-17.00
Tube: Farringdon

Muesli, croissants, fruit scones, soups, baps and salads in addition to mains like Homity pie, pasta, curries, veggie satay: 1.30-3.75 take-away, 4.25 eat in, 5.50 with salsa platter.

The Place Below
Vegetarian restaurant and take-away

St Mary-le-Bow Church Crypt Cheapside EC2V 6AU Tel: 020-7329 0789 Tube: St Paul's

Open: Mon-Fri 07.30-15.30

The chefs at this excellent little hideaway make their own granola, muesli 1.80, organic porridge 1.50, muffins 1.30, croissants 1.50 and freshly squeezed orange juice 4.95. Lunch could be soup 3.10 eat in, takeaway 2.70, salads 7.50 eat in, 6.20 take-away, or a hot dish 7.00 in, 5.70 out, such as ratatouille with Asian flavours, spiced chickpeas and coconut rice. 2 discount on dish of the day 11.30-12.00.

Vegetarian cafe

33-34 Myddleton Street ECIR 1UA
Tel: 020-7278-6662
Open. Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00
Tube: Angel, then 38 or 341 bus

Not far from Saddlers Wells, this cafe has a garden with a canopy for Summer showers and heaters in winter. Soup 2.30; custom-made sandwiches 2.95; hot tortillas, savoury crepes and falafels 3.95. Vegan cakes 2.20.

Antimony Balance
Wholefood shop and juice bar

47 Farringdon Road EC1 Tel: 0870-3600 345 Tube: Farringdon Open: Mon-Fri 8-19.00, Sat 10- 16.00

Bodycare includes Dr Hauschka, Neal's Yard, Barefoot Botanicals, Birds Bees, Weieda, Spizia Organics.

They also carry aromatherapy goodies, candies, incense, lavender wheat bag hot/cold compresses and a big range of vegetarian health and diet books. For the munchies, they stock veggie sandwiches, pies and pastries, delicious flapjacks and organic juices 2.50-5 with shots of wheat grass, spirulina echinacea.

Fresh and Wild
Wholefood shop

194 Old Street, EC1V 9FR Tel: 020-7250 1708

Open: Mon-Fri 9.30-19.30, Sat 10.30- 17.30 Tube: Old Street

Large wholefood store selling a huge range of take-away snacks, organic fruit & veg, herbs, veggie/vegan wine and beer, cosmetics, toiletries, books, vitamins and herbal remedies. Above the store is the Open Centre, which has alternative therapies, workshops and talks.

Rye Wholefoods
Wholefood store and vegan cafe

3 Sa Myciletton Street (off Rosebery Ave) Tel: 020-7278 5878 Open: Mon-Fri 9.00-18.00, Sat 10.00-17.00 Tube: Angel

Hot dishes, sandwiches/ wraps, soups, and mixed salads for eat in or takeaway 1.10-2.85.