Vegetarian cafe with vegan options located on the ground floor of the LSE New Academic Building, entrance via Kingsway. Sells a variety of pre-packaged sandwiches, salads, desserts, baked goods and hot drinks. Possibly only open during LSE term-time. Open Mon-Fri 08:00-18:00. Closed Sat-Sun.

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11 Reviews

First Review by jmp008


Points +434

19 Sep 2023

Cheap and cheerful

The food was good, not great. They don’t go in for presentation. It reminds me of vegetarian restaurants in the’90s. You get a lot of food and for a good price.



Points +688

15 Sep 2022

Good Choice

Nice, healthy homemade style food. Great prices for central London. A few options for hot food, would recommend. You can get in if you aren’t an LSE student.

The London Vegan

Points +2045

13 Apr 2022

Nice food - great price

Nice cafe, very quiet when I went in with a good selection of veggie and vegan options. Shame it isn’t all vegan but seemed most stuff was - just ask. I had the curry and it came with rice and one side salad also - all for £5.95 which for very central london is amazing.


Points +177

20 May 2021

Hot food ready to go

Salad fridge or hot food counter. Pre made dishes vegan and vegetarian, feels homemade, very tasty

Pros: Good vegan options, Homemade and healthy, Very affordable

Cons: Not 100% vegan


Points +18

20 Feb 2020

Good selection

A regular lunch spot for me. Plenty of interesting hot and cold options; juices, curries, pasta bakes, stews and quiches, all come with a generous choice of side salads. Good value for central London and decent portions - it does get very crowed at lunch so quite hard to find a seat, but you can get a take out.

Pros: Affordable

Cons: Quite busy


Points +2300

27 Dec 2019

Good for main meals

At lunchtime they offer main meals which vary daily but are typically served with salads. Prices are reasonable but it gets a bit busy.
Vegan options are also available for cakes, croissants, hot drinks.

Pros: Vegan options, Main meals are reasonably priced

Cons: Only open weekdays, Can be busy, Not all vegan


Points +289

02 Nov 2019

The Shaw Cafe at LSE

With the trend of the vegan/vegetarian diet, there are so many healthy cafes around.

At LSE, students and people nearby can get their vegan fix on the weekdays at The Shaw Cafe.

The Shaw Cafe opened in Nov 2018 and is proving to be successful.


Points +326

15 Oct 2019

Hidden gem

Loved it here, most of the food offered is vegan including croissants, cakes and lunch mains. Nice environment, feels hidden away from the rest of Kingsway. Semi-reasonable prices. Only thing is I think that the only plant milks offered for drinks are almond and coconut, would love some soya or oat milk too.

Pros: Lots of vegan choices, Lots of seating room, not busy

Cons: Some things are pricey, Not a great selection of plant milks


Points +157

03 Oct 2019

Brilliant for breakfast

Most things are vegan, but best of all the croissants are! Delicious!

Pros: Croissants, Mostly vegan

Cons: Could be cheaper


Points +871

11 Sep 2019

Great value

Just walked past on our way to Covent Garden and popped in for lunch. Had a huge serve of all the salad options. Excellent value, good ingredients, very fresh and healthy.


Points +139

14 Mar 2019

Great value, convenient location

In addition to the pre-packaged foods, they also have a limited selection of hot and cold options that changes, with typically a vegan and a vegetarian option. They also have coffee drinks and some baked goods, such as vegan croissants and blondies.

I had the vegan wellington (chickpeas, squash, spinach, mushroom, lentil in a phyllo pastry) which came with the two salads (one with cauliflower, broccoli, onion, radish, and gherkin; one with shredded carrot and red onion) on top of greens. This meal was £5.95, which was a great value for the portions of food, the quality, and variety.

Pros: Great value, Nice food, Friendly staff

Cons: Can be a bit crowded as it is a student cafe

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