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Fat Gay Vegan

London for vegans

Meat-hating blogger Fat Gay Vegan (aka Sean O’Callaghan) recommends his favourite spots for Veganuary

By Katie McCabe

Veganism isn't just about food, but thankfully we're not stuck for great vegan and vegetarian restaurants in London. There's an unstoppable rise in Londoners going meat-free, and not just for Veganuary.

Are you looking for great vegan spots where you can shop, eat, visit and socialise in the city? Listen to plant-powered wisdom of the Fat Gay Vegan

Sean’s book, Fat Gay Vegan: Eat, Drink and Live Like You Give a Sh*t, is out now, published by Nourish Books.

Recommended: The best vegan restaurants in London

Things to do in London when you’re vegan

1. Explore Hackney Downs Vegan Market

Note: Hackney Downs Vegan Market is no longer running but you can find others on the Fat Gay Vegan’s Facebook page

‘Obviously I’m biased but I think the best vegan market in the city is Hackney Downs Vegan Market, which I have been running for just over a year with Eat Work Art. It’s on every Saturday and Cafe SoVegan, Young Vegans and Big V London are our regular traders.’

Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT. Saturdays, 11am-5pm. Rectory Rd Overground.

temple of hackney

2. Try Temple of Seitan's vegan fried chicken

‘Nobody does vegan street food quite like Temple of Seitan. They are the runaway vegan success story of last year and the people to watch if you want to learn how to take your food business from the streets into bricks-andmortar locations.’

Temple of Hackney, 10 Morning Lane, E9 6NA. Hackney Central Overground.

Peckham Levels
Camille Mack

3. Make your way to Peckham

‘Hackney, Shoreditch and Camden all became synonymous with veganism in 2017, but we need to watch Peckham this year. Deserted Cactus is a must-visit for comfort food. While superstar vegan pizzeria Picky Wops has opened a second outlet at Peckham Levels.’ 

Peckham Rye Overground. Deserted Cactus, Holdron’s Arcade, Bussey Building, 135a Rye Lane, SE15 4ST. 

Vegan Life Live

4. Book a ticket for Vegan Life Live

‘The next big event on the vegan calendar is Vegan Life Live. The weekender will turn Alexandra Palace into a giant one-stop shop for all things vegan including food, cooking demos, lifestyle products and entertainment.’

Vegan Life Live. Alexandra Palace. Alexandra Palace rail. Feb 10-11. From £10.

The Third Estate

5. Shop vegan at The Third Estate

‘Tucked away on the woefully overlooked Brecknock Road in Kentish Town, The Third Estate is the number one retail space for vegan shoes and bags in the UK. Ethically minded people who want to look fabulous can shop for designer clothes that won’t cost the earth.’

The Third Estate, 27 Brecknock Rd, N7 0BT. Caledonian Rd tube.

6. Take a chance on the Bavarian Beerhouse

People are always tickled when I tell them to head over to Bavarian Beerhouse (Tower Hill or Old Street) for an unexpected vegan moment. Of course the food menu is meat heavy, but plant eaters can also fill up thanks to the vegan versions of German sausages served at these beer hot spots.’ 

Bavarian Beer House 190 City Rd, EC1V. Old St tube.  


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