The London restaurant scene is thriving with ethical options, so – whether you’re a fully signed up member of the vegan revolution, or are simply looking to do your bit for the planet and eat fewer animal products during Veganuary – check out our round-up of the best vegan-friendly spots in Elephant Park and beyond.
Beza, founded by Beza Berhanu, serves a fully-vegan menu cooked with ingredients and spices imported from Ethiopia. Everything on the menu is authentic Ethiopian, and each dish is flavour-packed served with rice or injera – a sourdough flatbread.
“Our menu is alive with truly delicious and healthy seasonal food, all served in a beautiful setting, and everything on the menu is 100 per cent vegan,” says Beza, who started her culinary journey in 2006, at Camden Market.
Since starting in Camden, Beza then relocated to Elephant & Castle’s East Street Market in 2016, before moving to Artworks Elephant as a pop-up. Now, Beza Ethiopian has its permanent home on Sayer Street and recently opened another restaurant in Peckham Levels. Why not give it a try this Veganuary?
8A Sayer Street, Elephant & Castle, London SE17 1FH
Those looking to try some vegan food from a Japanese menu, can visit local favourite KOI Ramen Bar on Sayer Street for a small menu that stays big on flavour.
Try adding fried tofu to the Mellow Miso Ramen or Old Skool Shoryu, then choose either rice or wheat noodles and enjoy a bowl of goodness that will keep you warm in January.
Unit 3, 19 Sayer Street, SE17 1FY
Elephant Park visitors can also sample vegan options from Tasty Jerk. Originally specialising in Caribbean cuisine, Tasty Jerk gained popularity in The Artworks Elephant serving up much-loved favourites like Jerk Chicken and Spicy Goat Curry.
Although known for their much-loved Fried Chicken, Tasty Jerk also serve flavourful Caribbean vegan options on their menu, including Ackee with Callaloo, one of Jamaica’s staple leafy greens, Potato Curry, and steamed vegetables.
15 Sayer Street, London SE17 1FY
Four Hundred Rabbits
A more recent addition to the Elephant Park neighbourhood, on Ash Avenue you can find fermentation fanatics, Four Hundred Rabbits, celebrated across south London for their sourdough pizza and passion for craft beer. They have four vegan pizza options on their menu, including the intriguingly named ‘The Clean Vegan’ and ‘The Dirty Vegan’. Stop off at their hutch to find out more.
16A Ash Avenue, London, SE15 1GQ
Other vegan options around Elephant & Castle
This vegetarian and vegan restaurant, tucked just behind the Tate Modern, is worth the short stroll from Elephant & Castle. Offering more than 40 homemade vegetarian and vegan salads, hot dishes, soups, freshly pressed juices, and, perhaps the trickiest vegan culinary challenge of them all, desserts, it’s an ethical foodie's paradise.
Hailing from Switzerland, Tibits was founded in 2000 by brothers Christian, Daniel and Reto Frei, and there are now eight wholesome outlets in London, Switzerland and Germany. On Tuesdays, Tibits serves a 100 per cent vegan menu from 11.30am, while offering a menu that is 80 per cent vegan the rest of the week.
124 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SW
Borough Market is a foodie’s paradise and, if you’re thinking of giving up meat and dairy for the first time this Veganuary, it’s a must visit for some plant-based inspiration. When only a burger will settle those hunger pangs, head on over to The Veggie Table. Offering vegan and vegetarian options, you can tuck into the delicious patties guilt free.
While you’re there, be sure to treat yourself to a sweet treat courtesy of the Free From Bakehouse. As you’ve probably guessed, the stall serves a range of wheat-free, dairy-free and vegan baked treats, guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you’ve got a serious case of vegan fever, and plan on whipping up some vegan-friendly dishes at home, there’s no better place in which to pick up your plant-based ingredients than this Southwark market.
8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL