They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and damn they are right. There really is nothing that compares to the classic fry-up, and us vegans have nailed the art of the perfect meat-free Full English. Incorporating veggie sausages, scrambled tofu, fried mushrooms and avocado aplenty, these classic brekkies are not to be missed. Whether you’re a herbivore with a hangover, or you’re searching for some Veganuary inspo, explore our picks of the best vegan fry-ups in London.
The Table Café is a Southwark restaurant renowned for its British fare and wholesome vegan brunches, with The Green Goddess (£12) being the ultimate vegan option. Created with avocado, veggie beans, spinach, roast tomatoes, herby mushrooms and sweet potato wedges with grilled sourdough, it’s a hearty way to kick-start the weekend.
Breakfast at Hackney’s Black Cat Café wouldn't be complete without their take on the classic veggie fry-up. Carrying the restaurant's namesake, the plate consists of a tofu sausage, scrambled tofu, streaky faux- bacon, BBQ baked beans and crispy potatoes. Available every weekend until 4pm, for just a tenner, it’s a brilliant hangover fix with plenty of flavour.
Perfectly perched in St. Margaret’s House, Gallery Café is a community gem serving vegan eats in a cute and cosy setting. Thinking of starting your day with a plant-based Full English? Swing by and you can tuck into vegan sausages, scrambled tofu, homemade baked beans, wilted kale, potato hash, roast tomato, chestnut mushrooms and toasted sourdough, for as little as £9.95.
Found yourself in the City with a hankering for a veggie breakfast? DMN award-winners Stem + Glory serve their own version of the vegan Full English that’s fresh, healthy and filling. The Full English (£12.50) includes tempeh bacon, scrambled tofu, mushrooms, spinach and avocado on toasted sourdough. Pair with a fresh juice or a cocktail and you’re set for the day ahead.
Lucy Watson’s restaurant, Tell Your Friends, is a haven for vegan comfort food in the heart of Parsons Green. Their plant-based fry-up is a delicious combination of sausage, sautéed mushroom, grilled tomato, house baked beans, tofu scrambled eggs, hash brown, avocado, sourdough and vegan butter (£13.50), which is always finished off nicely with prosecco.
Brewdog Dalston have Biff’s Jack Shack in their kitchen, cooking up their impressive signature Big Breakfast (£11) when the weekend rolls around. Head over to indulge in a morning feast of hash browns with homemade cashew-cream topper, two bacun slices, chorizo sausages, smoked truffled mushrooms, bourbon BBQ beans, grilled tomato and mini avo toast on sourdough.
Ever tried smoked tofu bacon? This tasty-sounding creation comes as part of The Gate’s Full English vegan fry-up (£12), along with mushroom and bean sausage, hash brown, homemade baked beans, wild mushrooms, roasted tomato and sourdough toast. With breakfasts this substantial, it’s no wonder this London vegan eatery is a local fave.
Head to Mildred’s in Dalston for brunch and you’ll get to feast on scrambled tofu, vegan sausage, slow roasted tomato, oak smoked house beans, roasted tarragon mushroom and toasted sourdough, for £11 a plate. Cocktail-wise, the mimosas and bloody marys finish off the meal nicely, or you can opt for fresh juices and kombucha.
Club Mexicana's signature fry-up (£13.5) is the pop-up's unique twist on a classic vegan fry-up, from their home at Homerton’s Spread Eagle pub. Demolish a plate of 'chorizo' sausage, tempeh bacon, guac, scrambled tofu, black beans, portobello mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, spinach, pink onions, salsa roja and toasted corn tortillas with an expertly-mixed Bloody Mary.
Fancy a fry-up that’s nutritious and delicious? Head to Notting Hill restaurant Farmacy and you’ll find a veggie brekkie that’s chock-full of good things. The Farmacy Breakfast (£14) of potato rosti with truffle cream, roasted cherry tomatoes, seasonal greens, marinated Portobello mushroom, house baked beans and sourdough is sure to start the day off right.
Looking for more mealtime inspo? Check out our guide to vegan restaurants in London here.