How To Be A Vegan Starter Pack

How To Be A Vegan Starter Pack

We live in the era of the vegan takeover. There is just no denying it. Animal products are lame! What's even more lame is not treating your body with the fullness and love it deserves. Being vegan can be hard at first. What a strange, wholistic world? Don’t we know it. To better navigate your vegan curiosity or give you vegan-veterans some great tips, we’ve made an incredible list of the best restaurants, cookbooks and markets in London that are 100% vegan. Keep calm and vegan on!

Redemption Bar
Notting Hill, Shoreditch and Covent Garden 

It’s happened again. You had one too many vodka sodas being the absolute queen of the club last night and now your head is banging harder than you were hitting the dancefloor. It happens to the best of us. Thankfully, we have the perfect place to cure those hangover blues: Redemption Bar. We all deserve a second chance, especially a vegan one! Redemption Bar serves only vegan, sugar-free, wheat-free and alcohol-free foods to make sure your body is revitalized immediately. Owners Andrea and Catherine believe in “spoiling yourself without spoiling yourself,” and that is definitely a motto we can get behind. Plus, there’s nothing we love more at Aequem than empowered female entrepreneurs making a difference in our world’s norms and a good, vegan way to kick a bad hangover. Challenge that conventional hangover hankering for a full range of fresh, super-healthy dishes that will make you feel like the queen you are once again.

Soho, Camden, Kings Cross and Dalton

A restaurant where rock and roll meets vegan food. You’re never going to find a place in London more fresh, colourful, or edgy as Mildred’s. Founded in 1988 by owners Diane Thomas and Jane Muir, Mildred’s kicked that old-school 60’s vegan appeal of brown food plates and completely flipped veganism into being extremely cool. Mildred’s possesses a vegan style unlike anyone else, sourcing only organic ingredients from small businesses and seducing even the most committed of carnivores to the dark side. Pop in for a vegan dish that feels like a home away from home.

Bombay Bustle
29 Maddox Street, Mayfair

Bombay Bustle channels the essence of Mumbai, from the diverse flavours and home style cooking to the endless influx of dreams. Do they even need to convince us that their Indian comfort food is amazing? Because we are already completely sold. The menu has our hearts with vegan re-creations of Mumbai’s most loved dishes such as Madras Chicken Curry, Koliwada Squid or Papdi Chaat Samosas. Bombday bustle is that home comfort in a life that, although good, can get rapid at times. Escape into veganism and escape into Mumbai at Bombay Bustle the next chance you get!

Apres Food Co
72 St John Street, Clerkenwell

Apres Food Co is making it clear and simple: the right comfort food can make you feel more alive than ever. Woah, woah, woah … what? I’m not supposed to crash into bed with a food coma that leaves me paralyzed for the rest of the day because I hate a heavy meal? This cannot be real. Yet, Apres Food Co does just that. With years of experience in the kitchen and countless hours in Nutritional Therapy training, Apres Food Co designed a menu that incorporates only the best of cutting edge nutrition.  We’re talking paleo and vegan dishes on steroids. No other place in London will offer such an exquisite, researched menu for you to eat absolutely delicious comfort food without the guilt. It’s a place you can eat like a king and still feel like an absolute queen.

74 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill

Ever been to a restaurant where you can trace back exactly where your dish came from? No, we’re not talking about that journey from the kitchen to the table. We’re talking from the sun straight to the soil straight to everything Farmacy grows, makes and serves. It’s hands-down transformational. Why shouldn’t we know the direct connection of our foods! Farmacy prepares their dishes in a way that respects the environment and celebrates its wholeness, healing powers and downright deliciousness. Plant-based, vegan, biodynamic fruits and biodynamic veggies- yum. There is nothing they can’t do.


How to Be Vegan and Keep Your Friends

A book for when you’ve done almost everything there is to be sustainable but you just can’t seem to get it right in the vegan department. We get it, it’s hard! Lifestyle changes are no easy road to navigate, but this incredible book gives you 50 delicious and easy vegan recipes to choose from as well as tips and tricks for your vegan woes. You deserve to go about your life without compromises and this book helps you get there. You and your social life will thank you!

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes

Want to save time and money? Yeah, us too. This book is the perfect way to start cooking vegan meals with everyday, inexpensive ingredients. It’s every vegan’s home staple item. All the recipes are completely no fuss and are incredible for your body. No excuses! 

Vegan London 

Why wouldn’t we have a vegan city book- we run the vegan scene! From bangers ‘n’ mash to banh mi, this book gives the best vegan food spots, shops, and scenes in London that provide the best cooking inspirations or ethical delights.

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

It’s a vegan cookbook with over 250 recipes for any occasion you could possibly think of. Still not convinced? This book also offers soy-free, gluten-free, quick dinner fixes, and low-fat options. With dishes that range from Autumn Latkes to Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti, we are confident this book will switch up your vegan eating regime in the best way possible.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

Yeah she does! Other than a book title we can totally stand behind, this vegan cookbook offers mouth-watering, plant-based dishes made from whole, nutrient-packed ingredients. Your energy will soar, your hair will shine and your skin will glow. You deserve to eat well and feel good each day!


New Covent Garden Market
New Covent Garden Market, London

New Covent Garden Market has been selling the best fruit and veg menus since 1670. That’s right, 1670! In that time they’ve definitely perfected the vegan market groove. New Covent Garden Market works to reduce environmental impact and protect the future of the open market industry by sending zero waste (zero!) to landfills, supporting local charities and working with colleges to teach the next generation of chefs and florists how to get it done. Want an insider secret as well? All the restaurants in London with the best fruit and veg selection or your favorite bar's cocktail fixings come from … yeah, you guessed it- New Covent Garden Market. Stop in for some shopping, the fresh food catwalk or to buy some lovely flowers for the flat. Whatever you’re into, New Covent Garden Market has it for you.

Venn Street Market
Venn St, Clapham, London

Cut the middlemen- we want the farmers. Venn Street Market does just that. This market only works with small independent producers and local farmers who meet face to face with you each week with their available food for purchase. It’s high quality and fair prices that are locally sourced and seasonal- the recipe for a perfect London market.

Greenwich Market
5B Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, London

Established in 1737, Greenwich Market is the only historic market set within a World Heritage site and one of the only places you’ll find incredible vegan treats and ingredients. Greenwich Market is the best source for arts and crafts, unique gifts, rare antiques and collectibles. What better place to get vegan food and clothing shopping done at the same time?

Portobello Road Market
306 Portobello Rd, London

It’s a classic every Londoner loves- Portobello. A mile of hustle, haggle, colour and energy pulls you into a day full of vegan fun. A market-lovers dream! Nestled in Notting Hill, Portobello Road has proven to be an absolute London icon for years. The young, fashionable scene has truly made its impact on the market, and the vegan wave thrives within it.

Broadway Market
Broadway Market, London Fields, London

Quality, speciality, variety- that’s the Broadway motto. Over 70 shops, cafés and restaurants bring the Broadway Victorian street to life seven days a week from dawn to dusk. Green-grocers are everywhere you look, making shopping vegan one of the easiest tasks in the world. Arguably, it’s one of London’s hippest markets. Factually, it’s a lot of great, fresh produce.

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