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Veganism is here to stay whether you like it or not. Veganism will not accept your condescending tone. It will not make you look five pounds thinner, it will not go better with coke, it will not... be televised.
Or maybe it will. All we know is there is some sense to it all, and some real good munching to be had, too. Whether you're a flexitarian, participating in Veganuary, or stay meat-free year round, it's nice to know that you can indulge in your favourite comfort foods without compromising your morals.
Chicken shops are a dime a dozen in London, but there's one that's cornered a fresh angle. House of Hackney (previously House of Seitan), with their vegan fried chicken and classic chip shop sides, completely blew up social media as they opened their doors for hoards of hungry herbivores.
Cheekily situated next to a butcher's shop (and with queues that put that butcher's shop to shame), the seitan "chicken" is mighty tasty, especially when plonked in a sarnie with pickles.
This vegan rastarant (their joke, not ours) has a cult following on the Peckham circuit. Owned by local legend Jahson Peat - who also runs a collection of eclectic African antique shops - Zionly is tucked into Rye Lane Market.
Peat's ethos comes from the Rastafarian mantra 'eat not flesh' and a desire to bring healthy, mindful food to the community in which he was raised. Go for tasty, cheap, locally sourced vegan chow, like curry, dumplings, or misc veg.
Based in Shoreditch’s Box Park, and owned by the enigmatic King Cook, CookDaily is a favourite of grime outfit Boy Better Know with Skepta’s brother JME a regular fixture. King Cook's taken a relaxed approach to veganism, with the weed-inspired High Grade, breakfast baiting Full English and psychedelic Rainbowl.
The space is tiny, so don’t expect a table, but with quick turn-around and plenty of al-fresco spots in the wider area, it’s well worth a visit.
Andu serves up simple and delicious Ethiopian food which also happens to be 100% vegan. It's BYOB, the staff are bloody lovely and it’s damn cheap, too.
We’d recommend grabbing a pal and rolling down to Dalston to try the ‘sampler’, a selection of six dishes served atop injera (sour fermented pancake) or rice - perfect for two to share and yours for only £12.
This burger joint on Brick Lane dishes out all sorts of dutty hangover cures for London's growing vegan population and their curious carnivorous friends.
Check out this pulled jackfruit burger with BBQ sauce and coleslaw. Apparently jackfruit is the future, but if that's not your bag, the fillet-om-phish with battered aubergine, tartar sauce and nori seaweed is a great fish alternative.
This vegan pub puts up a tough guy front, but it’s just a big ol’ softie when it comes down to it. From the same guys behind Deptford mainstay The Waiting Room, The Full Nelson has a similarly animal-free ethos but still serves up artery-clogging fodder that eschews any vegan cliche.
The Colonel Burger - crispy coated "chicken" fillet covered in garlic buffalo sauce with lemon and black pepper mayo - is finger-lickin’ good. And the cocktails, meanwhile, are some of the best we’ve sampled in SE.
Haunt is nowhere near as spooky as it sounds - unless you're terrified by the slow takeover of Stoke Newington Road by charming, vegan-friendly dinner spots. Go for seitan burgers with sriracha and charred chilli; or aubergines, spiced up to the nines.
They're open late pon de weekend for after hours party time, DJ sets, comedy nights, swing dancing, life drawing, yoga, and anything else you can think of.