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Carisa Posted at 2011/10/19 9:26am reply to

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Hi.  I will be visiting London for the first time in a week or so and was wondering if anyone who has been there has any favorite places to eat.  I've researched online and there seem to be lots of options, but I wanted a personal recommendation.  I will be traveling with my omni mom, so maybe some place that we would both enjoy (i.e., probably not raw food places).  Thanks for any suggestions!
Ross Posted at 2011/10/19 10:10am reply to

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Check out 222, it was probably our favorite place that we hit in London last year, check out my chocolate cake picture: (mmmmmm)

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Ross Posted at 2011/10/19 10:16am reply to

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I'm going to try to post more of our London pictures, didn't realize I hadn't put many of them online

Also- there are a ton of thai/asian vegetarian buffets near the city center. We passed probably like 3 just walking around the districts, I think it was soho where there were a bunch of the buffet places
Gabriel Posted at 2011/10/19 10:23am reply to

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Dude....that looks incredible!
Ross Posted at 2011/10/19 10:47am reply to

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it was freaking phenomenal. the restaurant itself was kind of southern u.s.-type fair, but really you're not going to find any distinctly "english" vegan food in london easily
Diana Posted at 2011/10/20 9:26am reply to

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hi!
I live in London and there are lots of great places to eat. Here are a few of my faves

Tibits - where we have lots of veg meetups
http://www.tibits.co.uk/e/

SAF- the best! raw and cooked food all vegan, expensive but sublime
http://www.safrestaurant.com/

Mildred's - mushroom and ale pie is unbelievable
http://www.mildreds.co.uk/

Itadaki zen all vegan Japanese food, it's my very favorite but I know some people can take it or leave it
http://www.itadakizen.com/

for amazing gorgeous cupcakes- all vegan
http://www.mscupcake.co.uk/

also, check out the secret society of vegans shop in King's Cross
http://www.secretsocietyofvegans.co.uk/vcross/

Like Ross said there are tons of Thai buffets but I don't think they're very good and I ate at them a lot when I first arrived just because all you can eat vegan food was such a novelty but...pretty greasy. Also there are some loving hut type places. You'll find that the UK is very vegan friendly when it comes to labeling. Finally, my fiance is really keen on 222 but I never liked it very much and it's way way out west.

See
http://www.meetup.com/londonvegan/
for more suggestions (including vegan food stalls in weekend markets). There's also going to be a big vegan food giveaway on world vegan day in the city. If you come to a meetup let me know so I can say hi! We have tons of meetups coming up.
j1 Posted at 2011/10/20 11:23am reply to

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Be prepared to be shocked at how expensive everything is. Take the price delta between Austin and NYC and then double it and that's about how much food in London costs.

London is awesomely vegan friendly, but I didn't really like the food there too much. It's nuts that you can get a sandwich with vegan written all over it at a place in the underground that looks like a 7-11, but it's not really that good.

I could have had a bad sampling though in the times I've been there.

Ross Posted at 2011/10/20 11:26am reply to

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damn! Wish I'd had your guide Dianne when we went lol. Yeah, the Thai buffets were very hit or miss. Great deal for the cost, but they had a lot of fake meat stuff(which at first glance was exciting) that often didn't taste that great. Some of it was pretty good though. We went to a vegan restaurant way on the outskirts in a seedy jamaican neighborhood that was run by volunteers, the food was pretty terrible, but they had american-type fair like nachos, burgers and such. Not recommended unless that was an off-day (it probably depends on who's volunteering to cook on which day)
Carisa Posted at 2011/10/20 12:47pm reply to

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Thanks for the suggestions!  I definately had my eye on Ms. Cupcake already!  I'm actually spending most of my time in Bournemouth where my mom just moved to and the last couple of days in London before my flight home.  Diana, are you familiar with Bournemouth at all?  Should I assume that all "chips" are not vegan?
Diana Posted at 2011/10/20 5:21pm reply to

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haha, Ross, that's Pogo cafe, your friendly neighborhood vegan anarchist restaurant.
http://www.pogocafe.co.uk/

I didn't suggest it because it's not the kind of place one usually takes omnivores. Since they get a lot of their food for free anything packaged or canned is AOK but I've had some dodgy salads there before. We eat breakfast there and just hang out all day at least 3 days a month because it's relatively close to where we live and it's cheap. It's like our living room away from home and they make a wicked knickerbocker glory (google it if you've never had one). Also, for reference it's about a mile away from where the riots happened.

Nope, not familiar with Bournemouth but finding vegan food isn't so hard in England (Ireland and Scotland are another matter) even in the middle of nowhere. Some tips.

-on the contrary, I pretty much assume all "chips" are vegan but then again my fiance calls me the "bad vegan" and I don't care about cross-contamination.

-Hovis bread (found everywhere) is vegan. Almost all Linda McCartney stuff is vegan.

-Waitrose has tons of vegan stuff and the falafel sandwich at starbucks is vegan. There are Turkish kebab shops everywhere that will do a hummus and falafel, good standby although they will, in all likelihood, not know what vegan means.

-There's a chain called "the west cornwall pasty company" and their wholemeal vegetable pasty is vegan and delicious(be careful because there are a couple other pasty chains and I got mixed up once before)

-Pizza express (everywhere) apparently do vegan pizza but I haven't tried it yet.

-New regs in Europe mean that there are leaping bunny logos on tons of cleaners, cosmetics, detergents etc at the grocery store. Maybe not that useful but a beautiful thing to behold nonetheless.

Otherwise just check Happy Cow and have fun!

Carisa Posted at 2011/11/09 5:32pm reply to

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Hi all.  Back from my trip and wanted to let you know about a great vegetarian Indian restaurant I ate at on my birthday that was awesome.  

http://www.woodlandsrestaurant.co.uk/  (sorry, not sure how to insert link)

About 80-90% of the menu is vegan and it's reasonably priced and has friendly service.  My mom, who is NOT by any means vegetarian and only really likes "Mexican" and "Italian" as far as ethnic food goes, absolutely LOVED our lunch.  Looks like they have 3 locations; we ate at the one in Piccadilly, just 2 blocks from the underground.  Also tracked down Ms. Cupcake, which is in a hip and upcoming neighborhood of Brixton with lots of fresh markets nearby.  

Also, Diana, if you're ever in the Bournemouth area, specifically Southbourne, there is an awesome tiny grocery called Earth Food, which carries everything a health conscious vegan could imagine, including kombucha, Sheese, spices, and many many many other wonderful things.

Can't wait to go back!  Thanks again for all the suggestions!
Ross Posted at 2011/11/09 5:42pm reply to

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Awesome! Sounds like you had a good time happy
Jacob Posted at 2015/09/22 12:53pm reply to

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Thanks for these suggestions!  I think my two favourite that I went to in Londer were Tibets and 222 Veggie Vegan.
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