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The Boiler House Guide to Vegan London
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According to a survey by The Vegan Society, there are around 120,000 vegans in London today. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy a plant-based life in the capital. We all know that one of the best things about London is that is caters for everyone and everything under the sun (…or rain.) But with the number of options available and the sheer size of this city, it can be difficult to decide where to go. That’s why we’ve cherry-picked the best experiences for you, from vegan cafes to queer nights, to comedy clubs and cookery classes.

East London

Vegan Nights, Brick Lane

Arguably the Mother Ship of all things plant-based, “Vegan Nights” has become one of the world’s coolest vegan parties in a flash. It seems like only yesterday that the Truman Brewery launched the event that has now become the staple quarterly bash of the vegan scene. From mouth-watering falafels to incredible dairy-free ice cream and juicy fast foods, you’re in for a plant-based feast. The event takes place across multiple adjoining venues at the Truman Brewery, scattered with cocktail bars serving up the creme de la creme of vegan drinks, while popular DJs get the party started through banging sound systems. The perfect recipe for a plant-based night out! 

Where: The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Vegan Nights “Celebrating Veganuary” is on the 30th of Jan 2020! Book tickets here.

Vegan Nights quarterly party at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane

Atsuko’s Kitchen

Atsuko’s Kitchen is a hidden gem. This stunning little kitchen on Columbia Road is run by charismatic Japanese chef, Atsuko Ikeda. Atsuko offers intimate and friendly hands-on group classes on how to make Japanese food- the true, authentic way. Her lessons cater to beginners and advanced cooks alike and range between one-off, two-hour sessions to five-week courses. All her courses are fun and absolutely inspiring, but our favourite vegan pick is the Art of Ancient Plant-Based Japanese Temple Food. Atsuko also offers a Creative Vegetarian Sushi Making Class where she teaches you how to make mock seafood using mushrooms and other ingredients! Classes are held in her beautiful little first-floor kitchen on Columbia Road, the quaint headquarters of the East.

Where: 134 Columbia Rd Shoreditch, London E2 7RG
When: weekly classes, check Atsuko’s website for schedule

Experience – Improvisation Sessions for Queers and Allies – the Canvas Cafe

A weekly queer improv session, open to non-queer allies, in a vegan cafe? Sign us up! Increase your confidence, improve your public speaking and decision-making skills, gain comfort in social settings and improve your listening and observation skills. These sessions at the Canvas Cafe are all “about letting go, having a chance to play and forget the stresses of life.” If you want to meet like-minded people in a plant-based setting, this is the Rendez-Vous you’ve been waiting for!

Where: 42 Hanbury St, Spitalfields, London E1 5JL
When: Weekly Rendez-Vous, check out their community hub page

South London

Cafe – Pipioca Vegan

This vegan and gluten-free creperie is also the only vegan zero waste store in Brixton! We love their savoury crepes, prepared with delish seasonal veggies, and inspired by Latin flavours. And obviously their vegan Nutella and banana option… They also offer various brunch options, mezze plates, and the out-of-this-world cassava chips with garlic mayo or pesto. Pipioca Vegan is connected to a beautiful zero waste vegan shop next door, for your plastic-free grocery shopping. They are hosting a Create Your Own Vertical Garden Workshop in February, promising to transform “your urban-dwelling into a green oasis.”

Where: 224 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AH

Cooking Classes – The Vegetarian & Vegan School

We’re serious about veganism – but the Vegetarian & Vegan School is elite. They offer a wide range of very specific courses, adapting typical food of very specific geographical regions to the plant-based lifestyle. Local cuisine from Southern Italy; Basque, Provence and Cote D’Azur; Indo-oriental French Cuisine… You name it. They even have a “Vegan Metropolis Lifestyle and Cooking” day course. Definitely worth a trip.

Where: Unit 6, Dundee Court, 217 Long Lane, London SE1 4PA
When: Check out their incredible course list here.

North London

Vegan Comedy Club – Viva Las Vegans

What to expect – from up-and-coming acts to stars of the industry, expect a line-up full of exclusively vegan comedians. And, of course, some fresh and delish vegan food available on the night. Endearingly funny compere, Matt Hoss, will be hosting the night. Not one to miss!

When: 22 April 2020
Where: Camden Comedy Club, Camden Head Club

Restaurant – Karamel N22

This Vegan restaurant won the 2018 Time Out Love Award. With an art gallery and music venue attached, it’s one of the best plant-based community hubs in town. Located in the heart of Wood Green’s Cultural Quarter, it serves legendary Sunday vegan roasts, “life-changing” vegan cheese boards and delish global cuisine.

Where: 4 Coburg Road, N22 6UJ London

West and Central London

Plant-Powered Expo – Kensington Olympia

One of the biggest plant-based, cruelty-free exhibits in the Northern hemisphere with 100+ stalls, 12 featured areas and up to 80 classes and presentations from renown nutritionists, athletes and industry leaders. The Plant-Powered Expo is bound to sate anyone’s appetite for all things vegan!

When: February 1st 2nd 2020 -10am – 6pm (Sat), 10am – 5pm (Sun)
Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd W14 8UX

Crosstown Doughnuts – Marylebone

Sourdough, dairy and gluten-free heavenly doughnuts… for real. Some say they’re even better than the original thing. These award-winning creations have replaced eggs and dairy with a range of plant-based alternatives, achieving the same textures and tastes of traditional doughnuts. Chia seeds and coconut butter are the chefs’ secret to a fluffy and light dough. Crosstown Doughnuts fillings and glazings are made from a combination of coconut butter, oat milk, dairy-free dark chocolate and silken tofu. A refuge for animal lovers with a sweet tooth…

Where: 5-6 Picton Place, London, W1U 1BL – other vegan stores in Brockley and Victoria Park

Book of the Month

Several of the recommendations in this article come from Sara Kiyo Popowa’s An Opinionated Guide to Vegan London on Hoxton Mini Press. Author, artist and Instagram success Sara, @shisodelishious, has compiled a thoughtful and well-researched guide to the best and most stylish eateries around town. We caught up with Sara to learn more about her plant-based life and her best tips for plant-based cooking at home here.

You can also meet Sara yourself this Sunday, here at The Boiler House! Tickets to her talk and Q & A are available here, and you can leave with your own signed copy of her book!

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18 / 01 / 2020 // Written by Sylvia Helen Goodrick
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