Hi, this is vegan.london – the guide to everything vegan-related in London. vegan.london’s aim is to help vegans in London and vegan visitors to London find great places to eat, shop and socialise while supporting the vegan community.
Please note that vegan.london is run by one person, me Rob, in my spare time on a voluntary basis. So please be patient if you find things missing or out of date. You can help by making suggestions via the contact page.
I have been vegan since 1980 and lived in London since 1993. During this time I have witness the vegan scene in London bloom. In fact one of the main problems running the site is to keep the information up-to-date with so many new vegan places opening (and, of course, sadly closing). One of the aims of the site is to help independent vegan organisations get discovered and so possibly help them build an audience and not close!
Although we have the domain vegan.london, the site is hosted for free at wordpress.com, which is why the URL in your browser looks a little strange.
The long term aim is to make vegan.london into a CIC – Community Interest Company – with the goal to help vegans, both individuals and organisations, such as non-profits and business, in London, as well as promoting veganism in London, for example by organising events.
Why 100% Vegan?
We believe that becoming vegan is the single most effective thing you can do to help animals, combat climate change and help poorer communities around the world. If done correctly, it can also be the best for your own health. And its something most of us can start straightaway, just by choosing what we eat, wear or use.
Unlike other guides, this guide to veganism in London exclusively features fully vegan establishments. We think it is important for vegans to support other vegans in business first where we can. Whether we like it or not, we live in a capitalist society, and money represents power and influence, and although veganism is growing at an astounding rate, we are still a minority of about 1% in the UK. So anyone who sets up a vegan business needs our support so that they can survive and make a living from their ethical position, and maybe even grow thus strengthening the vegan community. Whilst it is great to see vegan options being offered at non-vegan places, most vegan-owned and run businesses are small scale, privately owned and local – so you know where your money is going. Whereas UK-wide large businesses will be shareholder-owned, where the money they make goes outside of the community and even off-shore to avoid tax.
What is veganism?
According to The Vegan Society:
“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
However this definition makes it seem as if veganism is just a matter of preference or lifestyle choice; a more compelling definition (thanks to George Martin and Julian Benali) might be:
“Veganism is a moral obligation whereby one acknowledges that it is wrong to cause unnecessary harm to any being capable of suffering. Being vegan therefore is the process of ridding oneself of one’s social conditioning to commit actions that cause harm to others and living in a way that is morally consistent – as such it logically follows that vegans do not consume, wear or otherwise use anything that comes from animals or has been tested on animals.”