We visit London fairly regularly, usually to check out some galleries or museums and of course eat lots of amazing vegan food. However, this has been the first time in 2018, we’ve managed to make a trip! Anyway, our first stop was straight into Soho to The Photographer’s Gallery. The following exhibitions were on when we visited and entry before12 pm is free too (£4 after):
- Miho Kajioka: Unfinished Spaces
- Grayson Perry’s Photo Album
- Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018
- Under Cover: A Secret History Of Cross-Dressers (not pictured)
Second stop was to a Chinese bakery called Chinatown Bakery, in China Town Soho, to pick up some ‘Snow Balls.’ They are just peanut filled mochi balls covered in delicious coconut, but we always like to buy some to take home. This is the only ‘accidentally’ vegan offering this Chinese bakery offers- but they have a full list of ingredients for every item, so it’s very easy to work out what is and what isn’t vegan. Everything is freshly made each day.
As it was now nearing 1 pm, we made our way over to Camden. Camden has always been vegan-friendly, but in the past year, it has really boomed in the amount of fully vegan places and omni or veggie places which serve vegan food too. We went to Temple of Camden (or Temple of Seitan) which is about a 15-minute walk down the canal, away from the main Camden market. We’ve been to the Hackney branch, home of the famous vegan fried chicken, but this was the first time that we’ve been to the Camden one.
Chris went for the ToS burger and I went for the two fillets with mayo and we shared their amazing mac ‘n’ cheese. We both went for the meal deal- which includes a drink and fries. We went ‘large’ with the fries, however, this was a big mistake. We have never seen so many chips and could only finish one box between us. I NEVER waste food, especially not chips/fries, but the portion was just ridiculously generous. We definitely won’t be ordering two large chips again. However, this most certainly filled a beautifully and heavily glutinous vegan junk food gap that we hadn’t had in a while.
We then looked around the market, picked up some sourdough Crosstown Doughnuts, to take home. Not all the doughnuts here are vegan, but they have a really good selection of inventive flavours. I chose a coconut and lime (which was absolutely incredible, especially the custard centre!) and Chris chose the chocolate truffle. Whilst walking around, I saw a vegan cookie dough stall which I really wanted to try, but was far too full 🙁 (Next time!).
We then made our way to Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. It wasn’t quite as good as when we last went, but it was still really amazing and well worth the visit, especially as it is free! After looking around all 10 of the exhibition gallery halls, we sat outside for a bit, soaking up the last of the sun, before heading back to Victoria and going home back to Brighton. Our dinner consisted of the sweet treats we picked up from our day out and some vegan sushi from Victoria Station’s Wasabi.