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Valentine’s Day 2018: Where to take your vegan date or your mates in London

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Valentine's Day 2018: Where to take your vegan date or your mates in London
Reenacting Lady And The Tramp is not compulsory (Picture: Getty)

So you’re dating a vegan and you don’t know where to take him/her for Valentine’s Day? You fancy a meat free night out with your mates? Or maybe you’re a V-Day cynic who’d just like to enjoy some good company and good (plant-based) food.

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Whichever one sounds like you I’ve got you covered. Whether you fancy a hearty pub dinner, a supperclub, a bit of a knees up or a posh meal there are some brilliant vegan Valentine’s Day events in London this year.

Here are my pick of the ten best places to go for a vegan Valentine’s Day meal this year:

tibits

Valentine's Day meal and prosecco from tibits
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Buffet style veggie restaurant tibits has a special package available for Valentine’s Day including wine, two plates of main dishes, two plates of desserts and tea or coffee. There will be a wide range of dishes available including roast tandoori cauliflower, the middle eastern mejadra and tibits famous sticky toffee pudding.

When: 12-10.30pm, Wednesday, February 14

Where: 12-14 Heddon Street, W1B 4DA and 124-128 Southwark Street SE1 0SW

How much: £75

To book: tel 020 7202 8370 or email info@tibits.co.uk

Rehab

Hackney’s Rehab has special pink pancakes, cocktails, cherry raw cake and a heart beet latte as specials this Valentine’s Day.

When: food until 9pm, bar until late, Wednesday, February 14

Where: 271 Well Street, E9 6RG

Find out more/book.

Cafe Van Gogh

Brixton-based Cafe Van Gogh is hosting an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration for cynics and singletons. Join them to celebrate LOVE – platonic love, family love, self love… Who needs romance when you’ve got your mates? Need more mates? Book a seat for one at the communal table, don’t worry, they’ll have a few tricks up their sleeve to help conversation flow.

When: from 7pm, Wednesday February 14

Where: 88 Brixton Road, SW9 6BE

How much: 3 courses plus a glass of wine for £29.99

Find out more/book.

Comptoir V

Vegan food at Comptoir V in London
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Visit Kensal Rise’s newest vegan restaurant for a memorable Valentine’s evening with friends or a date. The specially designed three course menu will include a Moroccan sharing starter, which comprises an array of indulgent dishes for you to share with your companion; a choice of mains including the signature dish ‘return of the mac’ (vegan mac and ‘cheese’ with BBQ mushroom ‘ribs’ and garlic sautéed spinach); and chef’s special dessert, along with a complimentary glass of vegan sparkling wine. You’ll also enjoy fun and exotic entertainment, as a professional belly dancer will take to the floor.

When: 5.30-10.30pm, Wednesday, February 14

Where: 1 Keslake Mansions, 12 Station Terrace NW10 5RU

How much: £24.95 for a three course meal

Find out more/book or tel 0203 092 0047.

Galentines

Ladies – celebrate the people who really matter this Valentine’s Day – your girlfriends. Delicious food, drinks, good times and some Ms and Miss quizzes. Includes prosecco, loads of vegan food, dessert and a cheese board. Male BFFs welcome too.

When: from 7pm, Wednesday, February 14

Where: 10 Cable St, E1 8JG

How much: £35.62

Find out more/book.

Eat Chay

Celebrating not only Valentine’s Day but the Lunar New Year and Eat Chay’s first birthday this month, expect Korean and Vietnamese vegan deliciousness.

When: 7-10pm, Wednesday, February 14

Where: Lele’s, 50 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0RN

Find out more/book.

Gauthier Soho

Chef's room at Gauthier Soho, London decorated with flowers
(Picture: James Lewis/Gauthier Soho)

Enjoy a full eight course vegan tasting menu, which is on offer alongside its non-vegan Valentine’s menu.

When: from 6.30pm, Wednesday, February 14

Where: 21 Romilly Street, W1D 5AF

How much: £90

To book: tel 0207 494 3111

Zizzi

Vegan lentil ragu at Zizzi
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Italian chain Zizzi has a great vegan selection and its Valentine’s set menu has plenty of vegan options as well including a lentil ragu (pictured) and vegan rustic pizza as well as a chocolate and praline torte and several choices of ice cream or sorbet.

When: February 9 – 17

Where: Zizzi branches nationwide

How much: £19.95 for three courses

See the full menu.

The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker

Vegan burger at The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker vegan pub in Islington
(Picture: Ollie Trenchard)

The uber-successful Islington vegan pub will be offering a special dessert on Valentine’s Day. All proceeds from this dessert will go to The Jo Cox Foundation in honour of her work to tackle loneliness in society.

When: Wednesday, February 14

Where: 292-294 St John Street, EC1V 4PA

Find out more.

Fed By Water

Risotto love bites by Fed by Water vegan restaurant Dalston
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Enjoy a special vegan set menu for Valentine’s Day at the Dalston restaurant. Start with risotto love bites then choose between a rosemary potato bake or a beet dough pizza followed by a chilli chocolate mousse. Also includes a glass of prosecco or a strawberry mocktail.

When: Wednesday, February 14

Where: 64 Kingsland High Street, E8 2LX

How much: £40 set menu

Find out more.

Mandy Mazliah is a vegetarian mum of three whose kids don’t eat vegetables. Read about her efforts to get them to eat their five a day at sneakyveg.com or for easy veggie recipes check out cookveggielicious.com

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