Vegan Food in London – Part 2 (featuring a side trip to Oxford!)

When Will and I were in London recently, we ate most of our meals in and around South London (as detailed in Part 1).  We did venture further afield on occasion and were very happy to find tasty vegan food all over London (and beyond).  Here are a few of the highlights:

The Movable Feast is a small collection of vegetarian and vegan eateries sharing a common space.  When we were in London, they were housed in a building just under the Shard, near London Bridge.  That location has closed, but they are hoping to reopen soon.  We enjoyed a vegan brunch from Pomodoro e Basilico.  We got the smaller size and were stuffed. Here’s what was on the plate:

MORE THAN AVO TOAST – avocado and chickpea mash on homemade toasted sourdough, topped with lime and olive oil dressing, chillie flakes, black pepper and nutritional yeast;
BLOODY HASH – homemade beetroot and potato hash brown
ALT – grilled asparagus, lettuce and grilled tomatoes served with homemade vegan hollandaise sauce
TO EGG OR NOT TO EGG – eggless cheezy tofu scramble with garlic kale and juicy portobello mushrooms

We also had vegan sushi at Happy Maki and amazingly good juices from Spark Juices. I usually don’t enjoy green juices, so I was a little cautious when I tried Will’s Popeye juice (Spinach, avocado, apple, and lime). It was tart and refreshing and so good I went back to get my own.

This was my first trip to London and I had never had a formal afternoon tea, so we decided to try the vegan afternoon tea at La Suite West.  Everything was delicious – everything.  The first course was a selection of finger sandwiches – summer herb pesto with tomato, hummus and cucumber, scrambled tofu with mustard cress, mock tuna with sweet corn and coleslaw, and kimchi coleslaw with red pepper. I had the Peppermint Leaf tea and Will had Earl Grey. la-suite-west-finger-sandwiches
This was followed by scones with coconut cream, strawberries, and strawberry jam.  This course was our downfall as we felt compelled to eat the entire serving. la-suite-west-scones
The final course was a trio of desserts – a banana creme cake, lemon cake, and chocolate torte with kiwi.  I switched to cappuccino for this round – also delicious. la-suite-west-dessert
Cook Daily at Boxpark in Shoreditch.  Boxpark is a pop-up mall made of shipping containers and featuring mostly fashion and food.  The food at Cook Daily was some of our favorite of the entire trip.  The bowls were so good that when we finished our lunch, we immediately ordered two more to take away for dinner.  We tried 4 different bowls and they were all delicious. cook-daily-hard-bowl
The Hard Bowl (veggies with yam, boiled wholemeal dumplings, steamed plantaint & ackee in a thyme and pepper sauce), Noodle Bowl (vegan udon noodle stir-fry with roasted chili oil, coriander, and tofu & veggies), Da Infamous!! (Mummy’s green curry recipe from way back with tofu & veggies), and Yoga Fire (chickpea, sweet potato veggie curry with dhal). cook-daily-noodle-bowl
We took a day trip to Oxford and stopped by The Gardener’s Arms pub for lunch.  Sadly, they were sold out of the Curry of the Day, but we enjoyed the vegan burger with mango chutney and fries. gardeners-arms-vegan-burger
The decor was cool as well, featuring album covers, including this one from one of my all-time favorite bands, The Cramps. gardeners-arms-album-covers

Thanks, London, for some awesome vegan meals.  We can’t wait to go back!