When traveling, eating vegan can always be a bit of a struggle. For example, if you are flying and get an airplane meal but forget to mark that you are vegan when you check in, you are basically SOL.
However, London is a very vegan-friendly city and had many options during my 2.5 days stay. I'll walk you through everything I ate, where I ate, and how delicious it was to prepare you for your next trip to London!
Day 1: After exploring some of the sights in London I was starving and dying to check out the McDonald's vegan scene. Although McDonald's in the US has... well nothing really, McDonald's in the UK has plenty of vegan options. I got the vegetable deluxe sandwich and LOVED it. I ate it on the floor of the subway because that was my level of exhaustion.
For dinner, I treated myself to a delicious meal at the French restaurant Le Pain Quotidien on my way to see Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The meal was French Onion Soup, sourdough bread and vegan yogurt, and potatoes. Add a glass of Merlot and tell me I have not been craving this meal since I left. I plan to stop here again (I loved this location in Victoria) when I am in London next!
Day 2: I grabbed a small breakfast at my hotel then headed out for another day of exploring. My mid-day stop was Covent Garden so I began searching for a vegan restaurant nearby. I was looking for a different restaurant but stumbled upon Cold & Press'd by PLNT instead. This cafe is small (I was looking for by. CHLOE but this cafe just looked too heavenly to not go inside). I had a matcha latte and vegan BLT. I loved getting to chat with the owner who was American too!
For dinner, I tried to head to a pub to have a vegan Sunday Roast, did not understand how pubs worked, walked right back out, and found a cute restaurant on the street corner a few blocks from my hotel in Pimlico. Uno, an italian restaurant, had quiet music playing and an excellent wine selection. It would have been a great date night had a not turned down an evening with my German coffee date from earlier in the day. I opted for another merlot and got a potato dish with a side of potatoes (was still craving them from my last dinner). The dish was called Consistenze Di Patate Con Soffritto E Tarallo Croccante and was a mixture of different forms/textures of potato. For dessert, I had Panna Cotta Alle Mandorle e Limone that was delicious and quite different from anything I had before.
Day 3: On my way out to visit my last few stops, I grabbed a smoothie from Pimlico Fresh on my way to take the underground to Kings Cross Station. After a few stops and crossing Abbey Road, I grabbed a coffee and reflected on my amazing trip at Cafe Nero. This small coffee shop down the road from Abbey Road Studios and filled with Beatles regalia. Then I boarded a train and headed to the airport. After perusing the airport vegan options, I decided upon Pret because it had some great options. I got a vegan mushroom grilled cheese and savored the fantastic weekend spent across the pond.
Next time you're in London, check out some of these great stops. I had a wonderful experience at all of them. Who knows, maybe you'll see me back in one of these cafes or restaurants someday!
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