This October 1st is the 41st World Vegetarian Day, a celebration of all things vegetable. Today not only kicks off World Vegetarian Month but focuses on encouraging people all over the globe to embrace a meat-free way of living. Once upon a time this was a daunting prospect; usually only one vegetarian option on most menus, going veggie meant resigning yourself to a continuous parade of mushroom risotto and quiche.
In 2016, however, London's foodie set is embracing vegetarian dishes, adding more and more mouthwatering options for those who have decided to ditch the meat. Perhaps this is partly due to rising chefs' passion for seasonal cuisine and ever-changing menus. Cooking local vegetables only when they are at the peak of their flavour is a world away from the bland, imported, cooked-to-a-crisp vegetables we used to know.
Or perhaps this is because of the rise of flexitarianism, up to 11% of the British population are fully vegetarian but millions more are cutting out meat for at least part of the week. Vegetarian diets are generally lower in fat, lower in cholesterol and kinder to the planet
, meaning that a higher number of health and environmentally-conscious 16-24 year olds than ever before are choosing not to order meat when they eat out. If you're thinking of trying out a plant-based lifestyle this month or just cutting down on your meat consumption for the odd dinner, we have found the finest places in London to get your five a day.
Click through to see the best vegetarian restaurants in London