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Food For Thought

#561 of 18,284 Restaurants in London
#599 of 19,225 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
Covent Garden
Vegetarian, Vegan
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31 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PR, England
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12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout

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Vegetarian delight in Covent garden!

A little vegetarian/vegan gem in the heart of covent garden! The place is small and usually full(sharing a table may be necessary)but the food is fresh and full of variety. The delicious desserts are a must have! Jain food may be available: just ask and they are always ready to help! Sad to hear... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Samip M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A little vegetarian/vegan gem in the heart of covent garden! The place is small and usually full(sharing a table may be necessary)but the food is fresh and full of variety. The delicious desserts are a must have! Jain food may be available: just ask and they are always ready to help! Sad to hear that they are going to close... More 

Thank Samip M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Discovered upon arrival that it's permanently closed, so better put it here to warn other people. But there is plenty other places to eat so no problem

4 Thank Et_naess@yahoo.com
Camden, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Years of dancing at Urdang and Dance Centre and eating at Food for Thought...so much so that this place was a part of my (healthy) DNA and for decades I loved the cosiness of it and the wonderful people and the lovely Vanessa and the yummy heapings on a plate. Crushed that it is closed...another nail in London Corp's coffin.

Thank am10
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Top quality food! However, I have found that enjoying this restaurant has become even easier since I found a company called The Noble Porter (nobleporter.com), which delivers food from restaurants such as this one in style! They are incredibly efficient and the food is delivered with its quality in tact. I would highly recommend it! 5 Star!

3 Thank Jason D
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I've been visiting this restaurant since the 1970's and it's still the best. Located in a small building among the tiny shops. The seating isn't like the usual eateries in Covent Garden, mainly downstairs, you will probably have to share a table or find somewhere in one of coves, but the food is well worth it. It's organic, wholesome and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Very sad indeed to be in Covent Garden and find a non descriptor chain store has taken over what was food for thought. London is a poorer place.

3 Thank Scottish-Veggie
Bad Krozingen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

For years I have regularly visited London, even lived here in the 70s, and loved places like food for thought and cranks, both of which have vanished. I think london is losing its uniqueness and gets filled with soulless chains you can find in most metropoles now. So i wonder why bother to come here and pay the exorbitant prices... More 

2 Thank JoCoiner
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I have a had a number of lovely meals in here our the years and I am sad to see it go, great food, good location, friendly staff, there's nothing really not to like

2 Thank Neil C
London (East)
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Was fantastic but now permanently closed due to rent increases by profiteering landlords and a mayor who invests in vanity projects but shows no support for local businesses which make London unique.

1 Thank Royston_Vasey
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Loved this restaurant! After visiting this restaurant for over 30 years this is the end of an era for me. Don't know what I will do! Symptomatic of the stealthy destruction of all that makes London great. What ever are we sleepwalking towards? Thanks for all the meals xx

Thank alison c

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 31 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: (020)-7836-9072

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 

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