New vegan cafes and restaurants are springing up all the time these days. There are now so many options out there that choosing between them all can be a real challenge!
And that’s not just for meals, but also for desserts and sweet treats like cakes. A while back, it was a struggle to find vegan cookies, cakes, and ice cream when eating out. Now, they seem to be everywhere.
If you’re in London and craving cake, then you’ve come to the right place, because we’re going to take a look at lots of amazing places where you can get your fix of plant-based baked goods. Here goes.
1. Ms Cupcake
Ms Cupcake was the first all-vegan bakery ever to open in the UK. It sells cupcakes, layer cakes, brownies, muffins, and more. True to its slogan “The naughtiest vegan cakes in town,” the cakes come in mouth-watering flavours like chocolate peanut butter, salted caramel, Oreo, and raspberry ripple. There’s also a separate menu for cakes free of gluten, wheat, and refined sugar.
Find Ms Cupcake at 408 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LF. You can also order cakes online on its website.
2. Rubys of London
Rubys of London is an award-winning vegan patisserie. It specialises in baked goods which are free of refined sugar, wheat, and gluten. Its cakes come in adventurous flavours like Neapolitan ruffle, pomegranate blossom, and lavender chocolate, as well as more conventional flavours like carrot cake and red velvet.
Find Rubys at its stall at Greenwich market, or order cakes from its website.
3. Vegan Sweet Tooth London
The brainchild of Italian vegan chef Giancarlo Roncato, Vegan Sweet Tooth London has stalls at the Chatsworth Road and Hackney markets. It sells a range of amazing cakes such as pistachio, pomegranate and rose, coffee and almond, and vanilla and mixed berries. It also regularly attends fairs and other events around the country; details can be found on its Facebook page. The company offers custom-made cakes to order too.
4. Cookies and Scream
Cookies and Scream is an all-vegan and gluten-free bakery renowned for its decadent desserts. It serves a range of cupcakes, brownies, cookies, ice cream, pies, bars, and more. Everything is made fresh in the store. The bakery is famous for its Scream Shakes, which contain a blended brownie or cookie. Find it at 130 Holloway Road, London N7 8JE.
This vegan cafe is run by the duo behind vegan bakery Cupcakes and Shhht, so as you might expect, it offers plenty of awesome cakes. There are cupcakes in various flavours such as strawberry, peanut butter, and chocolate, plus three types of brownie, several different cheesecakes, and even raw brownies and slices. Find WAVE at 11 Dispensary Lane, Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1FT.
6. Organic Livity
Organic Livity is a vegan organic patisserie with an emphasis on raw, sugar-free, and gluten-free cakes. It also caters for those who avoid sugar, GMOs, and sweeteners.
Organic Livity has a stall at the Sunday Up market in Brick Lane. Its cakes are also available to order online. Varieties include purple carrot cake, moringa sponge, and sticky toffee cupcakes.
Vx is a vegan junk food cafe, and its patisserie has a range of amazing desserts available. The cupcakes and cake slices are made by Rubys of London, and there are different flavours available every day – so you can keep going back to try different ones! Find Vx at 73 Caledonian Road, London N1 9BT.
Lele’s began as a vegetarian cafe, but became fully vegan in December 2017. It’s based in Hackney and offers breakfasts, lunches, and brunch at the weekend, with gluten-free options. And, of course, it has a range of homemade cakes available every day. The flavours change from day to day, but examples include a blueberry and lemon mini loaf, courgette and chocolate cupcakes, and peanut butter brownies. Find Lele’s at 50 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0RN.
9. Lola’s Cupcakes
This chain has branches all across London – Covent Garden, Blackfriars, Canary Wharf, and Kensington to name just a few. Not all its cakes are vegan, but there are usually a few plant-based options available. Flavours may include pistachio and cherry, lemon and raspberry, and gluten-free fudge cake. It sometimes has vegan brownies available too.
VDelicious is a plant-based cafe and bakery in Hackney with a focus on organic ingredients. Alongside its wraps, burgers, and other lunch foods, it offers a delicious range of cupcakes, layer cakes, and cookies.
Flavours include banana tea cake, Oreo, forest fruits crumble, and black forest gateau. And there are gluten-free flavours available too! Find VDelicious at The V Deli Arch, 215 Ponsford Street, Hackney, London, E9 6JU.
11. Palm Vaults
Palm Vaults is a vegetarian cafe in Hackney, famous for being very Instagrammable. Many of its cakes are vegan-friendly, including the banana bread, chocolate and caramel cake, and sour gooseberry and violet cake. Find Palm Vaults at 411 Mare Street, Hackney E8 1HY.
12. Veg Bar
Based in Brixton, Veg Bar was the first all-vegan restaurant in South London. It has plenty of cakes available, such as pecan cake, Oreo chocolate mousse cake, and gluten-free carrot cake. Find it at 45 Tulse Hill, London, SW2 2TJ.
13. NAMA Artisan Raw Foods
As its name suggests, all the food at NAMA in Notting Hill is raw as well as vegan. There are both sweet and savory options, but one of the most popular things on the menu is the blueberry cheesecake. The base is made with almonds, coconut, and sunflower seeds, and the cheesecake layer is made with cashews and berries. It’s topped with rose petals and a raspberry sprinkle. Find NAMA at 110 Talbot Road, London W11 1JR.
14. The Hummingbird Bakery
The Hummingbird Bakery is devoted to making American-style baked goods. It has five branches across London – Spitalfields, Islington, Soho, South Kensington, and Notting Hill.
It isn’t all plant-based, but there’s a range of vegan cakes available both from its online store and its physical locations, with flavours like devil’s food cake, vanilla, and red velvet. See the bakery’s locations here.
15. Vida Bakery
Vida Bakery in East London is a 100% vegan and gluten-free bakery with a range of treats available. Its most famous offering is its rainbow cake – it has 6 layers, all in different colours. It also has cupcakes in various flavours – including Bourbon biscuit and Oreo – as well as brownies with ice cream.
Vida Bakery is open every day, and its cakes can also be ordered online. Find it at 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London, E1 6QL.
16. Cafe Forty One
Cafe Forty One is the only vegan French patisserie in London. It aims to challenge people’s preconceptions of what vegan food is like, using mostly seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Desserts are served all day, alongside breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea.
The patisserie is located in the La Suite West Hotel. Available cakes vary from day to day. Find the cafe at La Suite West – Hyde Park, 41-51 Inverness Terrace, London, W2 3JN.
17. Vegan HQ
Vegan HQ is a coffee shop and mini market in Ealing. It’s best known for its savoury options such as tofu wraps, hotdogs, and burgers, but it also sells sweets like carrot cake, coffee and walnut cake, and lemon drizzle cake. Find Vegan HQ at 50 Saint Mary’s Road, London, W5 5EU.
18. Treats and Ting
Treats and Ting is a tea room and events space in Brixton. It serves a mixture of Caribbean and European food, plus a range of teas and cakes. Treats and Ting is not all vegan or even vegetarian, but there are plenty of options available for plant-based eaters – such as a vegan carrot cake with buttercream, and banana bread with sour cream. Find Treats and Ting at 25 Tulse Hill, London, SW2 2TH.
19. Global Fusion Vegan Creole Bakery
The family-run Vegan Creole Bakery sells baked goods with a Caribbean twist. Made with organic and locally sourced ingredients, the delicious cakes include plum and oat cake, mango loaf, apple crumble bread, and banana bread. They have stalls at various markets and vegan fairs all around London, including the Sunday Islington farmers’ market.
20. The Canvas Cafe
The Canvas is a not-for-profit vegan cafe and community hub. It describes itself as London’s first “happy cafe”, prioritising humanity over profits.
All its food is homemade, and it supports sustainable projects. Its cake menu changes frequently, but it usually offers brownies, and sometimes a frosted peanut butter and banana cake. Find it at 42 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JL.
21. Wild Food Cafe
This mostly raw vegan cafe is situated in Covent Garden. All its food is free of gluten and refined sugar, and the food is eclectic, often organic or even foraged. There are four raw cakes on the menu, including a pink rhubarb cheesecake and three different types of tart – the flavours are strawberries and cream, white chocolate, caramel, and pistachio, and chocolate, neroli, and orange. Find Wild Food Cafe at 1st Floor, 14 Neals Yard, London WC2H 9DP.
22. Nutri Station
Nutri Station is a company making raw vegan cakes and desserts which are free of refined sugar, wheat, and GMOs. It has a stall at Richmond Duck Pond Market every Saturday, where it sells chocolate torte, matcha green tea cake, rose and hibiscus cake, and more. Its products are also available online.
Manna is one of the longest-established gourmet vegetarian restaurants in Europe, founded 50 years ago. It serves a variety of international dishes from its location in Primrose Hill, and its menu is now fully vegan.
Its dessert menu features delicious cakes like cheesecake, raw carrot cake, and sticky toffee pudding. If you order 48 hours in advance, there’s also an option to order a cake from Manna’s bakery, which offers custom cupcakes, brownies, flapjacks, and more. There are gluten- and sugar-free options too. Find Manna at 4 Erskine Road, London, NW3 3AJ.
24. 222 Vegan Cuisine
This vegan restaurant has been open since 2004. It has a focus on food that’s healthy without compromising on taste; its food is low in fat and salt, and often organic.
The dessert menu includes numerous cakes, such as a chocolate gateau, banana cake, and blueberry and vanilla cheesecake. Many of its dishes are gluten-free. Find the restaurant at 222 North End Road, London, W14 9NU.
25. The Waiting Room
The Waiting Room is a coffee shop and vegetarian restaurant. It’s renowned for savoury vegan options like its chilli cheese hot dogs and leek and thyme sausage rolls, but it offers sweet treats too. They vary from day to day, but may feature a lemon and poppy seed loaf, chocolate fudge cake, or pecan brownies. Some of its cakes are ordered from Manna, mentioned above. Find The Waiting Room at 142 Deptford High Street, London, SE8 3PQ.
26. Paradise Plant-Based
Paradise Plant-Based is a vegan cafe with an emphasis on raw foods. All its food is handmade, and it’s open every day except Tuesday.
A selection of raw cakes is available every day at the cafe, and no refined sugar, gluten, grains, or artificial sweeteners are used in them. Most of its cakes are nut-based, and sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar. A variety of cakes is available, such as cheesecake and cupcakes. The cakes can also be made to order. Find the cafe at 59 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, London, NW10 3ND.
Ethos is a vegetarian restaurant, and many of its dishes are vegan and free of refined sugar. There is a huge range of vegan desserts on its menu, several of which are cakes; this includes its peanut butter blondies, chocolate cake, and raw blueberry and lemon cake. Find Ethos at 48 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX.
28. Cafe Van Gogh
Well-known for its Sunday roasts, this cosy vegan cafe strives for affordability. It’s a not-for-profit company, and it supports three charities which help those with additional challenges in life. It also aims to be zero-waste, boycotting single-use plastics.
But cake is what we’re interested in, and in this area Cafe Van Gogh certainly delivers. It has chocolate cake, carrot and walnut cake, and double chocolate brownies on its dessert menu. Find it at 88 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6BE.
29. Black Cat Cafe
This affordable vegan cafe is also a co-operative. It’s based in Hackney and the menu changes regularly, but there are always cakes available.
Some example flavours include ginger cake with date caramel, banana and walnut bread, and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. Find the cafe at 76 Clarence Road, London, E5 8HB.
Mooshies is a vegan fast food restaurant selling burgers and fries. It also offers desserts, including three vegan brownie varieties – peanut, matcha, and an Oreo brownie with soya whipped cream. The first two are also free of gluten. Find Mooshies at 104 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RL.
Bea’s of Bloomsbury serves breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon teas at its three London locations – Russell Square, St Paul’s, and Marylebone. It also offers a range of cakes.
The chain is not vegan, but it does offer some vegan options – like a banana cupcake with chocolate fudge ganache.
32. Essence Cuisine
Created by raw food chef Matthew Kenney, Essence Cuisine is a plant-based cafe in Shoreditch aiming to use mainly local and seasonal ingredients. There are two raw cakes on its dessert menu – a chocolate caramel brownie and a hibiscus strawberry cheesecake. Find Essence at 94 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH.
Flavourtown is a London-based bakery. Its cakes were previously only available to order, but it has now opened a cake shop in Fulham.
Not all the cakes at the bakery are vegan, but it has a number of plant-based cake varieties – like cookies and cream, chocolate, and red velvet. Just be aware that its non-vegan cakes are baked in the same kitchen, so they’re probably not suitable if you have a dairy or egg allergy. Find the Flavourtown cake shop at 777 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5HA.
What’s your favourite place to get vegan cake in London? Let us know in the comments!
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