Vegan In London — 5 Awesome Stops For Your Next Trip
If you’ve visited the UK lately, you’ve probably picked up on it — veganism is on the rise in London.
In fact, the British capital is quickly becoming one of the plant-powered hotspots of the world. With countless animal-conscious restaurants, cafes, and other awesome spots to choose from, there are more options than ever for eating vegan in London.
Read on to get the scoop on some of London’s tastiest plant-based eats.
Located in London’s hip district of Shoreditch, Genesis is an organic plant-based eatery known for its hearty meals and diverse vegan menu.
Boasting burgers, noodle bowls, tacos, smoothie bowls and everything in between (not to mention a variety of tasty beverages for the adults in your party), you’ll find something for every appetite at Genesis. So, whether you can’t wait to sink your teeth into a fried “chicken” sandwich or are simply craving a lighter caesar salad with seitan “meat,” everyone’s tastes are guaranteed to be covered.
Oh, and don’t forget to save room for dessert! Four words — vegan ice cream sundae. Need we say more?
For all the animal-loving and earth-loving foodies out there, Pipoca Vegan is a can’t miss stop on your next London trip. This zero-waste creperie is serious about the environment, with a plastic-free business and an emphasis on reusing and recycling.
The charming Brixton restaurant a one-stop-shop for any and all vegan crepes, sweet and savory. Whether you’re craving classic nutella or something more savory (think Jamacian crepes and super healthy options bursting with spinach), you’re guaranteed to find something for your tastes.
Bonus points if you try the highly-acclaimed brunch. These generously-portioned dishes include beans, greens, roasted veggies, vegan sausage, and much more.
While you’re there, you should also be sure to check out the zero-waste shop next door. It’s the perfect place to find niche vegan health food with a minimal impact on the planet.
By now, any Earthling Ed fan will have heard of the recently-opened and explosively popular Unity Diner. Along with a team of fellow animal rights activists, the speaker recently opened the restaurant to benefit Surge, the grassroots vegan non-profit dedicated to spreading awareness of abuse in animal agriculture. Surge is also currently building a sanctuary for rescued animals, so know that your money will go right back to helping the animals.
With dishes modeled after the comforting classics of an American diner, this plant-based eatery offers everything from loaded mac & cheese, tofish bites, and supreme hot dogs, all the way to lighter fares like tempeh salads and tuna-style poke bowls.
Unity Diner is serious about other issues, too. Only plastic-free takeaway containers are used, and all merchandise is completely organic and ethically-made.
On top of that, the diner states that “any suitable food waste is donated to animals who have been rescued from slaughter.” This non-profit restaurant is a haven for vegans who care about animals, the environment, and delicious comfort food.
The Gallery Cafe
If you’re craving something on the healthy side, The Gallery Cafe is also a great choice.. The cafe boasts a juice bar, a variety of vegan lattes, and a lighter brunch and afternoon menu. (Superfood breakfast bowls, falafel wraps, and avocado on toast… yum!)
Best of all, this sweet little cafe is a part of St. Margaret’s House, a charity supporting creativity, social change, and the arts in the East London community. So rest assured as you’re sipping your tumeric latte and nibbling on a delicious vegan croissant — all of the proceeds are going back to improving the community.
As an added bonus, the cafe hosts an open mic night monthly. So whether you’re busting out your hidden musical talents or are simply there to watch the show, there’s plenty of fun to be had at the Gallery Cafe.
When you’re traveling with your non-vegan friends or family, it can feel intimidating searching for restaurants to suit everyone — but don’t worry! Haché Burger is about to become your London go-to. This omnivoe-friendly restaurant has seven locations in the greater London area with plenty of vegan options on each menu, so you’ll be covered wherever you go.
Look for hearty and tasty options like the buffalo cauliflower, peanut butter blondies, and of course the irresistible Beyond Le Fumé vegan burger. Oh, and did we mention they have plant-based brunch available too? Hello oat milk espressos with sourdough avocado toast! Might be enough to get that one picky sibling of yours to give plant-based eating a go!
And don’t worry about barraging the wait staff with questions — each vegan item is clearly marked on the menu, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
A Vegan Vacation
The bottom line is, if you’re serious about delicious vegan food, London should be at the top of your must-visit list. Whether you’re visiting the city soon or just daydreaming about a trip to the UK, this is the place to go for vegan foodies!
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