The Best Vegan Burgers in West London

By Suz Pathmanathan

Our favourite vegan burgers in West London, including...

  • A couple of high-tech 'bleeding' fake meat burgers
  • Some more traditional bean and assorted veg options
  • And gratuitous photos of all of them

West London isn’t the kind of place you’d normally associate with burgers. Sure, everyone’s got an outpost out here in the west, but the kind of fast food that has revolutionised quick city eating in recent years tends to come from out east. But West London is somewhere you’d associate with veganism. However, it’s usually the health-conscious kind. The raw and quinoa and bean and flaxseed and chia egg and unsalted avocado kind. Nothing wrong with that, per se (maybe a little something). It’s just that sometimes you just want a flipping unhealthy and flavoursome patty, covered in something akin to cheese in its excessive dribbliness. You want it topped with crisp salad and a waterfall of tangy sauce. All between two sides the same light, airy bun. And sometimes you want chips by the side of all that. Sometimes you want a burger. Sometimes you want a vegan one. So here’s where to find them in the westerly reaches. It’s our list of the Best Vegan Burgers in West London.

Honest Burgers

As far as trials go, Honest Burgers’ test to see whether the UK was ready for Beyond Meat vegan burgers had pretty conclusive results. The Beyond Meat ‘bleeding’ patty sold out day after day during its limited run at their Kings Cross branch. So they’ve rolled their Plant burger out to every one of their stores in the UK. Made of the GMO-free beetroot, peas, potato starch and coconut oil, the patty has a convincing, satisfying texture that totally suits Honest Burgers’ medium, juicy, a little bit messy style. And the toppings are well-paired, flavoursome and not overpowering. The vegan smoked gouda and chipotle mayo (made by eco food company Rubies in the Rubble) give the Plant an edge, without blunting the patty’s influence. Ok, so these are the best vegan burgers in West London. This is a vegan burger list. This is not a chip check up or a French fries forecast. We promised ourselves we wouldn’t say this. But, for our money, Honest Burgers’ signature rosemary salted chips have a good claim on being the best fry-style chip in the city. And one more thing. Whisper it, but isn’t a kind of annoying when places charge for the burger...then another few quid for the chips? Honest Burger don’t. Maybe it’s their name. Maybe it’s just us. Forget we said anything. (Forget nothing). [caption id="attachment_4806" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption]

Dirty Bones

Another dark wood and red meat place that’s letting the vegan light in. Their original Kensington branch built up Dirty Bones’ reputation as the go-to place for NYC-inspired comfort food and cocktails. But since the uptick in requests for veggie and vegan options, Dirty Bones challenged themselves to come up with meat-free alternatives to their classic dishes. Enter their vegan burger. Dirty Bones grab their patties from UK-based Moving Mountains. It’s juicy, meaty and suits the indulgent, OTT style of their restaurant perfectly. Confidently classic toppings provide nice counterpoints, while letting you know where the main event is. Good bun too. Finally, you can eat at Dirty Bones without being jealous of your omnivorous chums/potential love interest to the point of tears. [caption id="attachment_4807" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption]

Wulf and Lamb

With a head chef formerly of Vanilla Black (Central London vegetarian restaurant royalty), Wulf and Lamb cook up a contemporary and adventurous plant-based menu. They seem just as aggravated by the idea that vegan food needs to be wimpy and stale as we and you are. Their focus is on making ‘ferocious’ cruelty-free food. So you can see where the name comes from. This place is predator (in tone) and prey (in diet), all at once. Like, they’re a wolf in one way...because they are fierce and have big teeth and tails. And they are a lamb, because....they eat plants and they are wooly and small? They’ll explain it better when you visit. We’re here for the Wulf Burger. It’s seitan, beaten so hard it’s given up trying to be anything but wonderfully moist and giving. The patty is well-seasoned and has a great colour to it. Topped with pickles, red onion and cashew aioli, this burger is light and heavy in all the right places. It comes with house sauerkraut and wedges, both of which we are fully on board with. [caption id="attachment_4808" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption]

Patty & Bun

As a vegan, when you went to Patty & Bun a couple years back, you probably had a good time. You probably had some nice chips. If you were feeling confident enough, you might’ve even asked for their mushroom burger with all the cheese and butter removed. The staff were probably super friendly. And your company...well, they’re colleagues more than friends really, aren’t they. But still. Nice enough, nice enough. As a vegan, when you go to Patty & Bun now, you will have a great time. The chips taste just a little more satisfying. The staff are just as smiley. And you couldn’t care less if you’re sitting opposite the love of your life or Dave from Accounts. Because Patty & Bun do vegan burgers now. And Patty & Bun do very good vegan burgers indeed. You can grab the Whoopi Goldburger, a tempeh and mushroom fritter with smokey vegan gouda. Or you can pick the Pamela, which features a plant-based patty in the staring role, backed up by non-bacon bacon and dairy-free cheddar. Whichever you order, Dave will be asking for a bite. If anyone but the love of your life asks for a nibble, you’ll be saying a big fat nope. [caption id="attachment_4809" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption]

The Gate

The Gate’s beetroot burger comes served on a pretzel bun, with a finely smoked tomato relish, tangy cornichons and a well-dressed salad. Compared with others on this list, it can look a little measly on the plate. But the charred patty has a depth of flavour that few other vegan burgers can muster, so that's why it rounds off our list of the best vegan burgers in West London. Order with a side of The Gate’s herby polenta fries if you’re worried you’ll end up buying a bag of crisps on the way home. The crisp and golden polenta shards suit their garlic aioli accompaniment down to the ground. [caption id="attachment_4810" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption] That's it for now, but if you have any comments then let us know in the box below. And check out more food articles on the London Pass blog, like this one

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Halloween with Kids in London 2020

You’ll find a whole heap of stuff to do this Halloween with kids in London. Below are some of our carefully selected highlights, including... Where to pick your own pumpkins Where to have a Halloween rave-up with the whole family And where to find the spookier side of nature Pumpkin Picking Pick-your-own pumpkin patches are all across Greater London and surrounding areas, offering superb days out for those wanting to do something this Halloween with kids. Here are our top picks: Stanhill Farm in Kent (but easy to reach from the capital) boasts a brilliant pumpkin patch. For the last five years, they’ve been growing pumpkins for the public to come and pick, before taking home their pickings to carve into ghoulish faces back home. Grab a wheelbarrow and get picking. October at Crockford Bridge Farm sees two weekends of pumpkin picking: the weekend of the 3rd and 4th October, and the weekend of the 10th and 11th. Bring cash to pay for the pumpkins you pick. In addition, the farm hosts a Pumpkin Festival between 25th October and the 31st. You’ll find plenty of plucky pumpkins on display, pumpkin carving and tons more activities. [caption id="attachment_5329" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption] Halloween Raves with Big Fish Little Fish Family rave promoters Big Fish Little Fish are putting on two London dates this Halloween. Designed for parents and kids between 0 and 8 years old, these daytime events offer a great opportunity for dancing, partying, crafting, getting dressed up and celebrating Halloween with kids. Parties boast a number of separate rooms with DJs spinning techno, house and drum ’n’ bass at kid-appropriate volumes. With the dance floors decked out in spooky regalia, bubbles, glitter and balloons, they are wonderlands of play, music and dance. Expect to find craft areas for the kids and craft beer for the adults. Fancy dress is optional, and there’ll be pro face painters on-site if your previously reluctant kid decides they want to be a pumpkin after all. [caption id="attachment_5330" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption] Hair-Raising Halloween at Hyde Park - TBC A great free event for those enjoying Halloween with kids this year, head down to Hyde Park on Thursday 24th October for a day of activities. Between 11.00 and 15.00, you’ll find a ton of kid-focused activities to take part in. Do you dare put your hands into the ‘feely boxes’ in the Witches’ Den? What kind of creepy crawlies will you find? Take the spine-tingling nature trail, learning interesting facts about the natural world as you go. If you’ve got a budding witch or wizard with you, they’ll want to try making a magical potion using plants and herbs from the Hyde Park herb garden. For those wanting to command an army of blood-sucking bats, there’s the chance to build a bat box to take home with you. Dressing up is encouraged, so bring your little monsters, and dress like a big one. Captain Fantastic’s Not So Scary Halloween Theatre Experience - TBC Rest assured that the little ones won’t be coming away from this Halloween show permanently emotionally scarred. Designed for kids aged 3 and up, this theatre experience is an engaging, entertaining and well-crafted show, sure to get the children hyped up about Halloween...but still able to get to sleep come bedtime. Captain Fantastic, an award-winning children’s entertainment company, put together popular shows for child audiences, and they’re Halloween spectacular promises to be hilarious, fun and just the right amount of spooky. The story sees Dr Zob—a zany, not-so-smart scientist—try to play a great trick on his nemesis, Captain Fantastic. As the story unfolds and Zob makes a fool of himself, a dazzling array of slapstick comedy, lighting, magic, songs and dance entertain the young crowd...with some gags thrown in just for the adults too. Captain Fantastic’s Not So Scary Halloween Theatre Experience is on at the Dugdale Centre, Enfield on October 21st and 27th, and at the Oasis Academy Hadley, Enfield on the 25th and 26th of October. There are two showings daily, at 11.00 and 13.30. Get your tickets now. [caption id="attachment_5331" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption] ZSL London Zoo Halloween Activities This October half term, ZSL London Zoo is celebrating the scarier and more gruesome aspects of the natural world with a range of family-friendly activities. If you and the little ones are feeling particularly adventurous, sign up for a Grim Keeper Tour, included as part of your ticket. There’ll be challenges and activities along the way as you take a trip to the main enclosures and sections of the zoo. The tours are recommended for kids aged 8 and up. You’ll find a number of animal talks and demonstrations taking places across the site, with seasonal and spooky twists. And many animals will be getting their dinner served in pumpkins throughout the week, so everyone’s getting into the spooky spirit of the season. Furthermore, a number of creepy crafting opportunities are sure to entertain your little hell-raisers, with chances to make their own bat masks to take home with them. Elsewhere, the spider, bug and reptile areas have received Halloween makeovers, showing off the creepy reputations of these Halloween animals. Learn about all of their powers. They can walk on the ceiling, fly without sight, shoot poison from their eyes and even glow in the dark. This is the natural world at its magical, mysterious and creepy best. Oh and remember...entry to ZSL London Zoo is completely free with your London Pass. [caption id="attachment_5332" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption] OK. Halloween with kids in London, done. However, if you've got any suggestions to add, let us know in the comments below. So what's next? Well, here's one of our favourite family-friendly attractions in the London area.
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How to find your way around London

Covering a total of 607 sq miles, London can be a daunting city to try to navigate – for locals and tourists alike. It’s so big that no one could begin to see all of it, not even if they lived there their whole life. With attractions spread far and wide, you’ll need a calm head, good shoes and a reliable companion to help you find your way. And we don’t mean your partner. From mobile apps to maps, there are plenty of ways to come prepared. Here are the best ways of finding your way around: Mobile App Luckily there are a number of mobile apps that have been created to help you find your way around the city, from tips to the best eateries and the rich history of streets you’re walking around. LondonPass App is the perfect resource for a fact-packed and useful guide to the city. Discover London by area or by attraction, explore the underground with the tube map and plan a fun day out with the detailed itineraries. A-Z Maps If you prefer something a bit more traditional and don’t have a smartphone, you can’t go wrong with a simple A-Z London City map. A staple in most Londoner’s handbags, the A-Z is the bible to London with every nook and cranny detailed in this portable map. The perfect option if you can’t rely on your phone battery and great for indulging in a bit of old-fashioned exploring. Tube Map Carrying a small Tube map around in your pocket may not help you find your way above ground, but it will certainly help you navigate London’s extensive underground system. With colour coded routes, the map is a handy helper to explore the city below pavement level. If you prefer things the digital way, why not download a tube map to your smartphone to help you track real-time tubes and plan your journey duration; even allowing you to avoid certain stops. If you need more information, any ticket desk at the tube stations will provide free maps and helpful tube wardens are always keen to point you in the right direction. Google Maps Need to get from A to Z but not quite sure how long it will take? Use Google Maps to help you plan a dynamic route around London. Whether you want to rent a bike, walk or catch the bus, Google Maps can tell you the quickest routes and even let you know what time the public transport is running. If you want to visualise where you’re going to end up, use Street View to get an idea of where you’re heading. Great for those who struggle with a sense of direction! Ask a local Contrary to popular opinion, not all Londoners are unfriendly! Although Londoners may lead a fast-paced life and prefer a quiet tube journey, don't be afraid to stop to ask a local for help – they will probably be able to let you in on short cut and great places to go off the beaten track. With the London Pass here’s plenty to see and do; from top London attractions like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, to unique experiences like a Thames River Cruise and the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle. Get free and fast track entry into 60 of the best sites in and around the city, as well as a free guidebook and travelcard. To find out more, click here.
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