VEGAN CITIES: THE LONDON GUIDE
I’m a Northerner, always have been, always will be. I’m used to small cities and empty metro rides. London always terrified me in that sense. However, when I changed my diet to a vegan one five or so years ago, London become a little more magical. Never one for Big Ben, Westminster Abbey or Covent Garden – London’s sights are, for me, much more food shaped!
45 Lexington Street. Soho, London. W1F 9AN - mildreds.co.uk
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Although I’ve named the Soho branch, Mildred’s success has seen them branch out to Camden & Kings Cross in recent years. Mildred’s are a vegetarian & vegan restaurant where all food is cooked daily on the premises. The ingredients they purchase are mainly from small businesses too, which tightens the knot on their already ethical bow. Amazing food in a relaxed atmosphere means I always make at least one visit to Mildred’s whenever I’m in the capital. From mouth-watering mains such as Sri-Lankan sweet potato and green bean curry to peanut butter brownie ice creams, Mildred’s really should be one of the top names on your London vegan hit list.
64 Kingsland High St, London E8 2LX - fedbywater.co.uk
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You may have noticed from my Berlin Vegan Guide, I’m kind of big on pizza. Pizza is life, right? Something like that. FED really is the best vegan pizza found in the UK. Essentially, FED is a concept restaurant that promotes a healthy lifestyle – the restaurants objective is to bring the ‘nutritional importance of pure water’ to the public conscience. They believe that with tap water come all the nasties such as lime scale and chlorine, and by using pure water it’ll help improve your physical and mental health. Revolutionary if I do say so. The best part is that it bloody well works, if the taste is anything to go by! “We believe that it is time for a revolution in food culture and that our focus needs to be realigned to consider the nutritional factors, health implications and environmental impact of what we put into our bodies. Our concept is not tokenism.” Say FED. Toppings such as spicy seitan and homemade cashew mozzarella style cheese are even better than they sound, and you will not go home disappointed. That’s a guarantee.
73 Caledonian Road, London N1 9BT - www.vx-london.com
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The notorious Vx London shop is located right in the heart of Kings Cross. Established in 2010, at one point it was the only 100% vegan shop in London. It wasn’t always as easy as it is now, you know! Most famous for its vegan junk food, they certainly deliver on their promise of not compromising on taste with a cruelty free lifestyle. If you need some tasty, fast vegan food (or even just a top of up on your vegan wagon wheels and essentials) when you get off at Kings Cross, look no further than Vx London. As they say themselves - kebabs, burgers, curry wurst and other disgustingly mouth-watering junk that will keep your bellies full and your waistline expanding – are all available in minutes, but whilst you wait you might just want to shop for some cool Secret Society of Vegans swag – the original clothing range for vegans.
The lovely folks from Vx London have offered all readers of Vegan Connections 10% off all items on their website (excluding sale items). Go get your hands on some great vegan products.
Discount Code: VCVX10
You can follow all that's going on at Vx London on Instagram: @vxlondon
130 Holloway Rd, Highbury East, N7 8JE – www.cookiesandscream.com
Photo by: @liamwmclean
DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE. The ever popular bakery has since expanded from its humble beginnings in Camden Market and now has a second home in Holloway Road. Scream offers milkshakes, brownies, cookies and pies which have been endorsed by punk legends such as Sick of it All and Alkaline Trio. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if Henry Rollins himself is a fan, such is the DIY punk attitude this business is dripping in. But don’t worry if you don’t have a Mohawk, as all vegan havens should be – these drool worthy deserts are for everyone. The cookies are the perfect mix of moist in the middle, but crispy on the edge and I would seriously worry my wife would divorce me if I didn’t smuggle at least two of them home in my flight bag. Good job Ryanair doesn’t ban sugary goodness whilst in air.
4 Erskine Rd, Primrose Hill, London NW3 3AJ – www.mannav.co.uk
Photo by: Manna
With a four out of five on Happy Cow, Manna Cuisine is not a place to be missed. With organic pasta and “veatballs” and spaghetti, Manna is not just about the amazing mains – but with its freshly baked bread and homemade hummus – it’s very much about those tasty vegan sides too! 100% vegan, the restaurant has actually been around for almost 5o years believe it or not, it also has a restaurant in Los Angeles. Each meal is prepared on the day, fresh and full of plant based goodness. The Thai green curry seems to be the most popular – but good luck trying to choose between that delightful list.
142 Deptford High St, Deptford SE8 3PQ - Facebook
Photo by: The Waiting Room
Located in the Deptford area of London, The Waiting Room offers some fantastic cuisine at slightly more affordable prices than maybe the rest of London! Offering some great bunch style food you can pick up falafels, bagels and a nice warm coffee all in a really chilled out and relaxed setting. With vegan and gluten free cakes to boot – this little café will keep you ticking over till you hit FED or Manna!
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London was a place I shunned for many years, but finding new vegan places to eat really opened my eyes to how beautiful the city was, as opposed to just how busy. In that, there’s proof that veganism does indeed show you the beautiful in everything!