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Temple of Seitan via their Instagram

A Vegan’s Guide to London

9 January 2018 Victoria Herod

With so many resources available to learn about the industries that veganism bypasses as well as an ever-increasing amount of supermarkets and restaurants that cater to a plant-based diet, 2018 will be the year that vegan opportunity knocks for many more people. According to The Vegan Society, veganism is ‘the country’s fastest growing lifestyle movement’, with a 360% increase in vegans over the last decade.

Maybe you are looking make a permanent switch to veganism, doing your bit to ameliorate environmental and moral issues or just to feel the best version of yourself. Alternatively, you might just be curious to delve into the world of delicious plants to find out what the hype is about. Either way, London houses endless places to eat vegan and eat delicious, all at the same time!
 
Katakata is an art cafe and creperie located in Brixton. Not only do they host healthy eating and lifestyle workshops within the walls of the beautiful, vibrant and homely space, but also make deliciously fresh vegan and vegetarian galettes and crepes. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more dreamy, KataKata regularly hosts live shows with genres ranging from soul to reggae to blues.
 
No doubt you have already heard about Temple of Seitan. These guys aren’t only skilled in puns, but also in their devilishly delicious vegan fried chicken made from seitan. Their Temple of Hackney is situated close to both Hackney Central and Hackney Downs, with the Temple of Camden coming soon. Indulge in gorgeously flavoured burgers, wings, popcorn ‘chicken’, and mac ’n’ cheese to die for. The buzz surrounding Temple of Seitan is most certainly there for a reason, so find out for yourself and indulge in some guilt-free calories today!
 
Named after one of Planet Earth’s greatest artists, Cafe Van Gogh has been described by The Metro as ‘London’s best vegan Sunday roast South of the river’. This wonderful cafe is a social enterprise, and reinvests profits back into on-the-job training and food nutrition workshops for the local community. Situated just a 7 minute walk from Oval Tube station, interestingly also around the corner from where the almighty Van Gosh, a vegetarian himself, lived for a while in the 1870s. Cafe Van Gogh boasts an eclectic array of wonders, from jerk plantain to bangers and mash, with a selection of vegan desserts on offer.


Vegan brunch at Cafe van Gogh via their Instagram 

Onto the sweet vegan treats, because we all know that there is a second stomach for dessert… Yorica! is just waiting to treat your tastebuds to ice creams, shakes, waffles and crepes from their stores in Notting Hill and Wardour Street. Tonnes of toppings are available to spruce up your tantalising treat, with free sprinkles available. Yorica! promote a chilled out, peaceful vibe, and their sustainably sourced and TLC-infused desserts will make you feel the same. Yorica! also have a ice cream camper van available for hire, her name is Daisy and she can grace any event with free-from goodness!
 
Any room for excuses not to dip your toe into the vegan world are rapidly dissolving, and so many pairs of welcoming arms are just waiting for you to discover the true raw power of plants.
 
 
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