My busy week in London!

Hi folks! I recently returned from my week in London, where I was part of an art exhibition at Bargehouse in London. It flew by far too quickly, but I got to make the most of my time there, which of course included going to all my favourite vegan-friendly eateries, and discovering some new ones…!

The easiest thing to do is make a list and include some pictures. Also, I will be adding some new info to the Favourite shops & eateries page:

Busaba Eathai

I used to eat here as a kid, during trips to London 🙂 The lovely smell of Thai food and incense is worth it on its own, and they also had a few vegan options. The choice is limited and is quite “salad-y”, although very tasty

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Yorica!

We went here a total of… wait for it… five times during the week! As mentioned before, everything in this ice-cream shop on Wardour Street is vegan, including waffles, crepes, ice-cream, frozen yogurt, sauces, and toppings!

The letters on the sprinkles spell “PTWZMLESS” – what does it meeeeean?!

Pret & Veggie Pret

We were lucky enough to have a Pret right next to our hotel (although, considering the amount of Prets in London, that is not much of a coincidence), and it was a great place to pick up a sandwich or wrap for lunch. They seem to have expanded their vegan range 🙂

Zizzi

Always a favourite, and they do the nicest olives in the world. We were craving bolognese on the second day, and their new lentil ragu did the trick!

Vitao

A 100% vegan place we discovered by accident near Tottenham Court Road station. They have a buffet every day, a bit like Tibits, and everything tastes VERY healthy! The decor is lovely, with comfy benches, cushions, chairs made out of tree stumps, and cosy lighting.

Tibits

Again, always a favourite, we came here about five times as well! The fact that they have added a new chocolate pudding was possibly the most important moment of my week:

Temple of Hackney

We were determined to make a pilgrimage to this new vegan “fried chicken” place, and it was definitely worth getting lost on the tube when we tasted how good their “chicken” and mac ‘n’ cheese is. Problem is, you want to order everything on the menu!! I ended up having a wrap as well as the mac ‘n’ cheese (which came in a tub and was a thing of beauty). We made it with five minutes till closing time, and it was still really busy (which is all the more satisfying considering it is next door to a deserted butchers shop!) 😀

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Lola’s Cupcakes

At most tube stations, they have a selection of about six vegan cakes, which are yummy although a bit pricey! Worth is as a treat, to take away the stress of the underground 😀

London and other bits

Hellooo people!!

Sorry it’s been a while again, so I have a few weeks to catch up on! Friday was mine and Jacob’s second anniversary, and we went to London for the day to see the final version of Bat out of Hell the musical (which was AWESOME!!). While we were there, we ate at two of our favourite vegan-friendly places in the West End: Tibits and Yorica!

Usual messy plate-full-of-everything-imaginable:

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Sadly I forgot to take a pic of my Yorica! frozen yogurt, but it was rainbow candy flavour with several types of sweets and sprinkles 🙂

A few other bits:

We have also been to Las Iguanas a couple of times, as they have several vegan dishes. If I’m honest, the chilli was a bit TOO spicy for me, but their mushroom fajita is yum

Vegan waggon-wheel (the instruction printed on it is unnecessary!):

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Salted caramel ice-cream, which was perfect in the heat wave we’ve just had in England:

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Lastly, Jacob and I have cooked with each other a few times recently, and here are the treats he’s made: a Fry’s ‘chicken’ pesto pasta, (with vegan sparkling wine from Harvest) and a pizza:

By the way, if it’s of interest, please do keep checking my Thoughts, FAQ & Mythbusting page, as it is constantly updates with ramblings; I find it’s a good way to consolidate my many thoughts and get them out of my head 🙂

London fun and rushing around!

This Thursday and Friday, Jacob and I used a pair of free coach tickets to go to London again, where we had fun sightseeing, going up The Shard, and eating yummy things 🙂

On Thursday, we went to Tibits again, as we already know it is very nice there:

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The usual mixture of everything I can fit on my plate! 😀

And on Friday, we had a very simple breakfast of toast and jam, as it was provided at our hotel, then later on went to Hummus Bros, Yorica, and Zizzis (we had a voucher wooo!)

Hummus Bros and Yorica are practically next door to each other, on Wardour Street near Chinatown, and our friend was so determined to show them to us that we almost missed our View at the Shard booking, and our coach home!! I have written about both places on my Favourite shops & eateries page under the London subheading 🙂

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Pasta pomodoro at Zizzi
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A tub-full of deliciousness at Yorica!

I have not included a photo of our snack from Hummus Bros, as we suddenly realised we had five minutes before we needed to leave for The Shard, bundled our food into a bag and ended up eating its (rather squashed!) contents over three hundred metres in the air!

Meeting Meat Loaf! (not the food)

Yesterday was a very exciting one, as Jacob and I had the opportunity to have a meet-and-greet with Meat Loaf! (We always find it amusing that one of our favourite musicians has that name 😀 ). His new album is released today, and he was signing a sleeve for each of us in advance. It was a very precious moment which included tears from the man himself! Meat is a humble and friendly man and it was an honour to meet him 🙂

As always, going on a trip is a great opportunity to visit new vegan eateries and sample some delish nosh. Yesterday included Tibits and Cookies and Scream, both of which I was very eager to visit!

Tibits is a veggie/vegan restaurant off Regent Street, where you serve yourself from a wide range of dishes and cuisines, and pay based on the weight of your plate. I couldn’t choose what to have, so had a bit of everything 😀 It was good value, and I also had a truly yummy homemade ginger lemonade 🙂

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We then took the bus up to Camden Market, which is such a lively, cool place full of exciting stalls selling gifts, clothes and food. Cookies and Scream was a challenge to locate, as it is a tiny counter tucked away in one of the market halls, but it was well worth the confusion! It is entirely vegan and gluten-free, with a wide range of cakes, cookies, milkshakes and sundaes. After a lot of deliberation, Jacob chose a slice of their chocolate pie, and I had a cookie dough sundae 🙂 It wasn’t just the best vegan ice-cream I have had; it was the best ice-cream I have EVER had!!

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We were so full afterwards, which turned out to be a good thing, as we were queuing for Meat Loaf for over three hours!! Was totally worth it though 🙂 Photographs with Meat were not permitted, unfortunately, so instead I’ll insert a photo of me and Jacob in our gothy outfits before we left home 😀

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