Opened in 2004, 222 Veggie Vegan has since then caught the fancy of non meat eaters and is one of the popular vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the city. From the all-you-can-eat lunch buffets to the a la carte dinner menus, the dishes are made from natural and fresh ingredients that are nutritious as well as tasty. Though tiny in size, its high ceiling and lanterns lends it a charming appeal. Drop in for a bite, who knows you might become one of their fans.
Mildreds is a casual, vegetarian restaurant in Soho, with an intimate air and popular following. 1950s diner-style Formica furniture and vibrant wall paintings rustle up a relaxed atmosphere. Healthy and wholesome, the inspired variety of international veggie and vegan dishes, in hearty portions, will keep you coming back. The energizing detox salad with chick peas, bean sprouts, organic carrot and raisins is deliciously filling. Veggie burgers are garnished with black olives or white beans. The menu also features rejuvenating juices such as watermelon, pineapple and pear. As lunch hour looms, the restaurant becomes squashed with Soho suits, so takeaway is an advisable option. Two tables are placed on the pavement, where you can catch a little sun.
Tibits is a popular vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Soho that is frequented by celebrities like Bianca Jagger, Ellen Page and more. This chic eatery offers organic and healthy options that are delicious as well. With more than 40 fresh dishes that includes hot and cold platters, salads, soups, desserts and fresh juices, the cuisine is inspired from various food cultures all around the globe. You can have complete control of your calories here as you pay by how much you eat. You will always get to taste something different here as the menu keeps on changing.
Yauatcha has quickly gained the reputation of being the best tea-room in London; it serves several varieties of tea and Dim Sum. The place has a relaxed look to it with aquariums adding to the decor. A variety of pastries are also available that go well with your choice of tea. Tea is served in cups that have been exclusively created and imported from Taipei. This place is very popular and gets packed very fast. So, it is advised to make your reservations well in advance.
Tucked away in the plush Fetter Garden Square, Natural Kitchen is an industrially stylish yet rustically furnished cafe and restaurant serving organic food stuffs. Part modern cafe and gift shop, its unusual appearance is set off with large wooden tables covered in thin silver foil. The open space is crammed with tables surrounded by a wicker fence, the kind that you might expect to find in an allotment. Aside from the hot food dishes, salads, sandwiches and paninis, you can savor tasty toffee, miniature packets of biscuits and small pots of homemade jam.
Le Pain Quotidien is a cafe and restaurant in Borough Market built on the principle of high quality, freshly baked rustic bread. The decor and atmosphere reflect the simple values of good food and traditional communal eating. Moreover, the bread (the cornerstone of this establishment) is made according to time-tested methods using organic stone-ground flour. More elaborate options are also available, from sweet pastries to savory quiches and salads.
A short walking distance from Trafalgar Square, Notes is a great addition to the area. Opened in late 2010, it is a real crowd-pleaser, at least for the alternative crowd. As the name suggests, Notes has musical connotations, and has an amazing collection of jazz, classical and world music CDs in addition to great tea and coffee. Film fans won't be disappointed either, as the shop also has a fine selection of films from world cinema. Sandwiches, seasonal salads and home-baked sweets are also worth a try.
When you're ready for a coffee break to escape the frenetic hub, Caffe Vergnano 1882 is an ideal stop-off. This quaint authentic Italian cafe has received praise from Gordon Ramsey and other noted personalities and has also been voted as the Best Coffee Shop of the Year. The aromatic and full-bodied blend is the perfect accompaniment to a piece of delicious almond cake or a tasty sandwich. There are also lots of events that take place here like masquerades and parties.
A sister concern of the Flat White, the Milk Bar is a relaxed venue that offers great Australian espressos in a lively atmosphere. The walls are covered with striking photographs and artwork, making it a colorful venue. There is ample seating here and regular events take place. The breads and cakes served here are available in gluten-free, vegan and without sugar varieties. However, it draws crowds because of its superb coffee it serves, keeping it at par with the best in the city. Tea and milkshakes are also offered. Try the signature flatwhite or the macchiato.
Opened to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, situated at the location of the St. James restaurant is a quaint tea room that attracts a lot o patrons for its Afternoon High Teas. The tea is prepared with the utmost care to maintain standards. There are black, oolong, green and white teas on offer. Each tea is explained fully in the menu with respect to the leaf quality and the source of origin, to make one appreciate the finer qualities. There are blended teas available too, like the Fountain Blend- a mixture of Assam and Darjeeling teas. The leaves are also available for purchase. Scones and savories are also available with the drink, along with their low-fat versions.