5 Accessible Vegan Cafes in London!
Sociability Mapping Team
Apr 26, 2022
Plant-based accessibility...for your body, mind, dietary and accessibility requirements.
NOTE: This blog post considers accessibility needs of all types. Whilst some venues may not be step-free, they’ve been included because they provide great accessibility in other areas!
Step-free access, accessible toilet, 100% plant based
Rudy’s Vegan Diner has an array of delicious vegan goodies for everyone to enjoy. In particular, I like to demolish a portion of their Cheezy Fries in a few minutes straight. They also do other classic diner foods such as milkshakes, burgers and buffalo wings. Their alternative step free entrance is round the right side of the shop, next to the unobstructed seating with wide pathways. As an added bonus, they have a fully vegan butchers & cheesemongers at the back of the diner! Win!
Dark & quiet, plant-based options
Candid Arts Cafe (part of Candid Arts Trust) is located on the 2nd floor of the building, with two flights of stairs to access it. I like to go here when I need some chill study time, or I’m feeling overwhelmed and want a quiet, calm place to relax away from the hussle of angel high street. They light candles in the evening when it gets dark, so it can be very dim with warm lighting. Background music is played, but it tends to be calm and quiet, and there’s hardly any other background noise. Plant based options Include Kimchi stew (my fave!), Lentil & Aubergine Dahl, soups and cake.
Step-free access, lift access, accessible toilet, plant-based options
Located in Broadgate Circle and accessed via a lift, this espresso bar, cocktail bar, and restaurant is a great place to get a trendy coffee, cocktail or bite to eat. The aesthetic decor with pink neon signs, large tropical-looking plants and white marble tables makes it very instagrammable. Grind as a brand specialises in coffee, so I would recommend giving the espresso bar a go if you’re in the area. One quirk I must mention about the venue is that when I visited, they were playing the audio to a David Attenborough nature documentary in the bathrooms… this may be calming for some, while overwhelming for others.
Step-free access, minimalist decor, 100% plant based
Mildreds is a fusion restaurant, with their menu spanning Korean style Kimchi Fried Rice, to Nebraskan style Ruben Burgers. Their entrance is step free at street level with a very wide doorway. With minimalistic decor and muted colours, it isn’t visually overwhelming - though can get loud as it’s an echoey space. I would highly recommend their delicious desserts!
Access via ramp upon request, accessible toilet, plant-based options
Tia Maria is a Brazilian Bar & Restaurant with great vibes. The employees are very friendly, and the bar comes alive on Friday-Sunday evenings where a live band comes in to play samba (traditional Brazilian music). At other times it is a lot less busy, though samba music is still played on speakers. Accessibility wise, they have a ramp available upon request as advertised by a sign near to the entrance as well as an accessible toilet. Their secret garden out the back has outdoor heaters and adorable string lights. Their menu isn’t very well labelled for plant based options, but many things can be made vegan so I would recommend asking the staff about it.
There you have it folks - a small selection of my favourite plant based restaurants in central London. We’d love it if you got in touch and tagged us on socials if you visit any of these venues, or find anywhere new plant based accessible places!
Written by Beth, London Mapping Sociability Team