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As well as being a great way to detox after perhaps one pig-in-blanket too many, a vegan diet is said to be the single biggest way to reduce your carbon footprint (up to 73% according to researchers at Oxford University).
Veganuary is an annual challenge run by a UK non profit organisation that challenges people to follow a vegan lifestyle for the month of January. As well as inspiring and educating people of the many long-term benefits of veganism, the charity’s key message is focused on climate change, declaring ‘Houston, We Have a Solution’ in eye-catching ads appearing on public transport and billboards
Their message is backed by over a dozen scientists and environmentalists, including US rocket scientist Olympia LePoint, British aeronautical engineer Vijay Singh, German astronomer Anna Frebel, Science Director of Scotland’s ClimateXchange Professor Peter Smith, as well as conservationist Chris Packham and Greenpeace UK who have all signed an open letter stating:
“Tackling the climate crisis isn’t rocket science! We already have a solution that can drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions – moving to a plant-based diet. What we need now is for politicians and policymakers to prioritise diet change to protect our planet…”
At Buckingham & Lloyds, we take our impact on the environment very seriously, and with this in mind we respectfully cater to our vegan guests, from vegan fridge fills to plant-based feasts cooked up by our private chefs.
Eating out is also easier than you may think during #Veganuary, read on to discover our top recommendations for fuelling up on plant-powered goodness by heading to the best vegan restaurants in London.
Farmacy, Notting Hill
From brunch through to dinner, Farmacy is a firm favourite amongst the city’s conscious diners. All ingredients are grown on their own farm and curated into a diverse menu which packs a punch in terms of flavour as well as nutrients. From their ‘Got no Beef Burger’ to their take on ‘Mac ’n’ Cheese’, all recipes are completely vegan, and sustainable!
Holy Carrot, Knightsbridge
For upmarket daytime dining, or afternoon tea in the chic neighbourhood of Knightsbridge, look no further than Holy Carrot. All ingredients are ethically sourced and seasonal, everything on the menu is made fresh, without any gluten, sugar, preservative or additives!
Gauthier Soho, Soho
For vegan fine-dining take note of Michelin-starred Soho restaurant Gauthier. As of June 2021, the French restaurant became 100% plant-based. Vegan diners can experience a six or ten-course tasting menu including dishes such as red wine and juniper glazed mushroom loin, red carrot tartar and rice dough berlingot with truffle and dashi.
222 Vegan Cuisine, Fulham
Find a more homemade feel at 222 Vegan Cuisine, a casual setting offering a nutritious plant-powered menu that uses seasonal ingredients. Independently run, 222 keeps it simple, delivering wholesome plates to health conscious diners with care.
Because everyone needs a cheat day…Purezza is the UK’s first completely vegan pizzeria, and it isn’t just great for vegan pizza – it’s great for any pizza! As well as an extensive range of pizza, you’ll find vegan dough balls and desserts, fit for anyone’s cheat day feast and definitely one of our favourite vegan restaurants in London.
Mali Vegan Thai, Kensington
Although Thai cuisine in general is very vegan friendly, Mali Vegan Thai restaurant takes this to a new level – creating colourful plates that are more exciting than the standard tofu and veg! If you’re seeking meat alternatives you’ll love their take on ‘mince’ and even ‘cod. Be sure to book ahead as it is very popular!
Making vegan food ‘cravable’ is the casual dining establishment, Humble, in the heart of Chelsea on King’s Road. Their creative menu, ranging from all-day-breakfast to focaccia style pizzas, is solely focused on plant-based dishes that are both satisfying and healthy.