Vegan London: A personal tour of London’s Plant-Based scene
When I first decided to stop eating animal products back in 2006, I was hard pressed to find anything decent to eat in London’s restaurants.
Pure plant-based restaurants were few and far between, and mainstream restaurants’ vegan offerings were very limited. Looking back, it would have been so much easier to have just gone back to eating ‘normally’ as, though eating a plant-based diet made sense from a health and ethical perspective, it was just too difficult to sustain in mainstream Britain.
But I was determined to stick the course, driven by a belief that plant-based living was a healthier way to live, and over time my nutritional knowledge increased which drove a whole range of new eating and shopping habits that, looking back, seemed strange to others, but became very normal for me. In truth, in those early days of transition, I didn’t want to attract attention to myself, but it was hard not to, especially as at the time I was Publishing Director for Caterer & Hotelkeeper a role that meant that I got to regularly eat at London’s best restaurants, few of which had any decent vegan offerings on the menu!