The 11 Best Spots for Vegan Donuts in London
While it has certainly improved over the past decade, eating vegan while you travel the world can still be challenging at times. Luckily, London is one of the most progressive and interesting food capitals of the world, and you can find almost any food you want to eat there – including vegan options for basically everything.
As part of trying to help everyone visit London – including those with dietary restrictions and specific lifestyle choices – I’m excited to share the latest in my series of vegan dining resources. I’ve already shared tips on finding the best vegan Sunday Roast in London; now you can start your days off right with the best vegan donuts in London before exploring the city.
Below you’ll find 11 London-area bakeries that specialize in or offer a specific range of vegan donuts; these are beloved by vegans who call London home, but are also easy to visit if you’re traveling to London.
Ready to sink your teeth into a sweet treat without any animal products? Here are enough options to fill all the breakfast slots on your entire London itinerary.
It was in 2011 when Ryan Panchoo’s wife and children began suffering from gluten and dairy intolerances. Baffled by the lack of multi-allergen-friendly bakeries, he decided to crack delicious recipes to satisfy his wife and children’s sweet cravings. And so Borough 22 was born.
Today, Borough 22 has won a place as one of the best vegan donuts in London. If I’m being honest, the title is totally deserved. Their donuts are just exquisite. Not only do they smell great, but their texture is soft, moist, and incredibly light. The bakery also offers an exciting selection of vegan donuts to choose from, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Borough 22 does not have a public storefront, but you can order online for overnight delivery anywhere in the UK.
Cookies and Scream
Photos courtesy of Cookies and Scream
Cookies and Scream is one of the bakeries in London where vegans can feel “anxiety free”. Everything tastes absolutely fantastic, but, best of all, it’s all vegan. The cute bakery on Holloway Road crafts a stunning selection of donuts with a moist and soft texture.
One of their big differences is that the donuts are oven baked instead of fried. Moreover, Cookies and Scream sells homely cookies alongside amazing dessert confections, ice cream milkshakes, and incredible chocolate truffles and treats.
While being a vegan can be challenging at times, the hardest thing to find here is a decision on what to order. Because who doesn’t love a place where you can get a chocolate coffin filled with vegan cookie dough?
Located just around the corner from Oxford Street, Crosstown’s Marylebone location offers vegan doughnuts that were awarded ‘Best Vegan Doughnuts’ by PETA in 2018 and ‘The Best Doughnuts’ by Vegans of London in 2019. They must be doing something right.
This vegan-only store is an absolute must in London for vegans with a sweet tooth. It may not have the widest spread of flavors, but it compensates it with how huge and tasty the donuts are. They also have excellent deals when you buy half a dozen or a dozen.
If you want to try their regular doughnuts and a larger selection, look at other Crosstown stores around the city, which also have vegan donuts.
Photos courtesy of Doughnut Time
A friendly team, huge, soft, fresh donuts, and a great value for money… it’s easy to understand why Doughnut Time has a legion of loyal customers.
Originally founded in Australia, Doughnut Time stands out for selling some of the most innovative vegan donuts in London. Their donuts are inspired by current events and celebs. So you can enjoy a delicious David Hasselhoff or a few bites of Santa’s Lil Helpers. Honestly, their donuts are works of art!
If you’re a Londoner or travel frequently to London, don’t pass up the opportunity to go to this bakery many times as their menu is always changing.
You’ll hear locals rave about Galeta Bakery for making some of the best cinnamon buns in town. However, their selection of vegan treats is endless, from vegan banana bread and a vegan raspberry chocolate brownie to gorgeous macarons and heart-stoppingly rich Blueberry cheesecake.
Of course, they also serve delicious vegan donuts. If you happen to stop by, make sure to try their pastéis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts), too; these are some of the best this side of the Channel.
Galeta Bakery makes fantastic bespoke bakes for special events too. So if you have a birthday party or event, you know who’s got your back.
Happy Donuts makes what you would call the proper traditional homemade donuts. In a few words, they’re one of the best vegan donuts in London if you like light, fluffy donuts and not heavy cakey ones.
Their donuts are fresh, pillowy, sweet, and full of flavor. Speaking of flavors, they have great ones, like red velvet, Ferrero Rocher, Banoffee, and more. They also have other options if you’re visiting with a non-donut person (does that exist?!); scones and croissants are also among the delicious pastries they prepare.
Knead a Little Love
Tucked in the corner of Bethnal Green, Knead a Little Love is a quirky cafe run by sisters Becca and Jess. Rumor has it that they have the best vegan doughnuts in East London…
The truth is that their whole range of vegan products is fabulous. This lovely little cafe is always stocked with fresh sweet treats of all shapes and sizes. Their original, artisan doughnuts taste fresh and are generously packed with lots of filling. It’s not just sweet treats either. All-day brunches and bagels are a tasty example of how diverse their menu is.
Raw Press is a lovely café just off Sloane Street on a quiet road that sells all sorts of goodness to whet your appetite. No matter what you’re in the mood for, donuts, a smoothie, açai bowl, kelp noodles, raw wrap, hearty sandwich (gluten-free options available), they have it.
Raw Press is famous for making delicious donuts and sweet treats that are still healthy. Not only are they all vegan, but also refined sugar-free. They also sell fantastic lattes and smoothies to accompany your donuts.
Ruby’s of London
Located in the heart of Greenwich Market, Ruby’s of London is a beloved coffee shop among vegans. Vegan and gluten-free bakes have exploded in popularity and availability in recent years, but Ruby’s was well ahead of the trend.
The donuts are to die for here. Perfect texture, perfect taste, and the perfect combination of flavors. You won’t even tell it’s plant-based! Also, do your taste buds a favor and try Ruby’s carrot cake.
For those who don’t want to leave the comfort of their room, Veganise It Bakery has you covered. Veganise Bakery ships Nationwide all over the UK. So vegans can enjoy freshly baked goodies no matter where they are.
Their donuts are delicious, and the jam fillings feel like they have real fruit in them. The best thing about the bakery other than the amazing sweet treats is that it also contributes to a good cause. For every £3 they make, they will be donating £1 to Cruelty-Free International, a charity that works to end animal testing worldwide.
Not exactly a bakery, Yumbles is the UK’s largest marketplace for artisan food, drinks, and gifts. The market was founded in 2013 and today features more than 400 of the UK’s most talented independent food makers.
They have over 4,000 food and drink products, among which you can find delicious vegan donuts made by some of the best UK artisans on their website. They also cater to other food intolerances. So you can find a wide selection of gluten and dairy-free donuts and other delicacies.
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