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Apr 23rd, 2004, 08:40 PM
This site is organized by members of the UK Vegan Society. Seems to take the guesswork out of traveling in London.


If anyone has any firsthand experience with the info presented, feel free to tell us about it.

Aug 15th, 2004, 01:51 PM
Those in the UK may already know of this site, but as anyone coming to the Uk is probably going to be in London at some stage, Vegan London (http://www.veganlondon.freeserve.co.uk/) will be very useful. So will London Vegans (http://www.londonvegans.freeserve.co.uk/) website. :)

Aug 19th, 2004, 11:24 AM
Planet Veggie (http://www.planetveggie.co.uk/restaurants.htm) is a good guide too :)

Oct 14th, 2004, 12:20 PM
...the Fourteenth Frey Ellis Memorial Lecture will be given by Stephen Walsh PhD, author of Plant Based Nutrition and Health, at King’s College London, Franklin-Wilkins Building, 150 Stamford Street [close to Waterloo station] at 7pm on Thursday October 14th. There will be no charge for admission and the auditorium will be open from 6.30 pm. The event will be introduced by Professor Tom Sanders, Head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at King’s College...

Like Frey Ellis, Stephen Walsh was co opted to the Vegan Society Council, becoming Chair within two years, and has focussed on ensuring that the Society promotes healthy vegan diets based on the best available science–all derived from human studies and none from experiments on animals.The Fourteenth Frey Ellis Memorial Lecture,“Vegan Diets and Health: What’s the Evidence?” will highlight the latest discoveries and the remaining controversies.

More details here: http://www.ivu.org/news/frey.pdf

Sorry about the short notice/apologies if you knew already

Oct 18th, 2004, 11:14 AM
Here's an extract from the notes I made at the lecture (which I have just posted in another thread).


- eat plenty of brightly-coloured fruit and veg - ideally 500 gms a
day which is probably more than average even for vegans

- get at least 3 micrograms of vitamin B12 a day - this amount is not
needed to prevent neural deficiencies but is needed to keep
homocysteine low (for cardiovascular health)

- take 1-2% of daily calories as omega 3 fats (1 tsp of flax oil will
probably do it - and don't use sunflower oil etc because the omega 6
in them prevents the body from using the omega 3)

- moderate use of nuts and oils, preferably monounsaturates (e.g. olive
oil), is likely to be beneficial

- limit processed foods, especially hydrogenated fats

- ensure you get enough selenium, iodine and vitamin D


- the health of vegans and other vegetarians is at least as good as
that of regular meat eaters, and there may be some advantage in terms
of heart disease

- growth and development of veg*n children has been shownt to be
normal in studies (with the usual provisos about sufficient calories
and essential nutrients)

- the benefits claimed for fish and low fat dairy foods can be more
safely obtained from plant foods

- biomarker measurements in vegans indicate a mixture of advantages
and disadvantages, and the disadvantages could probably be overcome by
following the recommendations above.

Oct 23rd, 2004, 12:57 AM
This place looks fun! I am going to check it out when I nex go to London


Jan 8th, 2005, 12:34 PM
From today's Guardian, i second the Mushroom and stout pie :)

45 Lexington Street, W1 (Tel: 020-7494 1634) Mon-Sat 12noon-11pm

To say that Mildred's flourishes as a vegetarian/ vegan restaurant in the heart of Soho only because there are so few decent ones around may sound like a backhanded compliment - but it's not intended to. The kitchen team here has a good grasp of texture and flavour along with the myriad possibilities of a meat-free menu. They do detox salads, burgers, tarts and a terrific mushroom and stout pie, all light years away from the earnest gloop and sludge of old. But in other ways Mildred's is irritatingly unreconstructed - it's crowded, they don't take bookings and they don't take credit cards either. How very 1970s.

High point Great choice of organic beers and wines
Low point Sitting virtually in your neighbour's lap
Capacity 40
Price per head £20
Wine list £14
Vegetarian 10/10
Service 6/10
Music None
Value for money 7/10
Style Tofu without tears


Jan 8th, 2005, 03:23 PM
Yes, Mildreds is great but I agree with the Grauniad that it's a shame they don't take reservations - we had to wait for about 1.5 hours once on a Saturday night. It was better before they moved because then you could wait in the pub opposite and they would come and get you :)

There was a favourable review in the Evening Standard :eek: this week of a new raw food place, the Little Earth Cafe, in Primrose Hill - I assume that must be vegan or at least vegan-friendly; it seems to be vegetarian. This link should take you to the review http://www.tobyyoung.co.uk/index.php?1&a=419

Jan 19th, 2005, 10:58 AM
Wow there's a lot of veggie restaurants in London. Anyone have any recommendations?

Ta me lovelies

Jan 22nd, 2005, 04:43 PM
Sorry no reco Cloudy, but another link. www.vegout.info (http://www.vegout.info/) . :)

Jan 22nd, 2005, 04:48 PM
And VegCom (http://www.vegcom.org.uk/lv/) , which stands for the VEGan/vegetarian acCOMmodation service. Is supported as a free service by London Vegans and Veggies. :)

Jan 22nd, 2005, 08:43 PM
i would definetely recommend the restaurant just off chalk farm station- i think it is on primrose hill? i forget what it is called but if you google it you will find it- it is rich, delicious gourmet vegan food (does lacto-ovo too though) that has won awards.

Jan 22nd, 2005, 08:55 PM
On www.vegout.info , theres the option to select a station and find the restaurants nearest to that station. Manna (http://www.manna-veg.com/home.html) was nearest, and on Primrose hill. That site is gert lush.

Jan 23rd, 2005, 01:04 PM
ah yes, manna, that's right

4 out of 5 stars- not 5 because twice i have been there and they have run out of the dessert i want :p

Jan 23rd, 2005, 02:12 PM
Mildreds in Soho is a pleasant restaurant with a good range of vegan or can-be-vegan choices, including desserts. I was there last night and had a good meal except that I managed to order a main course that consisted almost entirely of lentils :confused: If I ate that many lentils in one go the effect would be... explosive. Also Saturday is not the best night to go because you generally have to wait a while to get a table.

If you want something cheap and cheerful there are several oriental "all you can eat" buffet restaurants, e.g. Chi in St Martin's Lane, which is completely vegan I think. The South Indian ones are nice too - there are a few in Drummond Street, near Euston, as well as a scattering all over town and another concentration in Tooting (the Kastoori is the best known one).

For a special night out the best one is probably The Gate.

Jan 31st, 2005, 08:55 PM
As advertised on www.veggies.org.uk

From Darwin to Dawkins

International conference at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Westminster, London. Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March.

‘From Darwin to Dawkins’ will excite your interest, increase your understanding, probably change your views and empower you to meet the challenges posed by the growing global recognition of animal sentience.

Leading experts working in this field, together with key global policy-makers and ethicists, will address the implications of this growing knowledge base for biology and zoology, for the food and farming industries, for veterinary education and practice, for global environmental strategy - and for all of us as citizens and consumers.

Keynote address by Dr Jane Goodall DBE

MORE INFO HERE (http://www.bookmeaplace.com/ciwf/conference2005/)

Jan 31st, 2005, 11:22 PM
Are you able to go Gert? It looks great and it is wonderful that this kind of thing is happening in the UK. I once thought that Australia was progressive but it's like the CD's scratched and we are playing the same old tune - there is no social progression anymore.
One day....

Feb 1st, 2005, 05:58 AM
I would love to go to that, but why is everything in London?! so difficult to get too from where I live!

Feb 1st, 2005, 08:37 PM
Are you able to go Gert? Nope. I guess Mr kev would if he was down that way though.

Feb 2nd, 2005, 06:41 PM
hmmm i'll give it some thought...

Feb 2nd, 2005, 09:09 PM
Just checked it out, the line up of speakers is amazing, however, a tad expensive....

Feb 28th, 2005, 01:23 AM
Sorry if this place has been mentioned before, but there are two (at least) all-you-can-eat vegan Thai buffet restaurants in London (Camden and off Tottenham Crt Rd respectively) called 'Tai'. It costs a fiver for all you can eat and although you have to pay something like 20p for water, it's still well worth a trip. Last time I went with some friends from America who're also vegan and we sat there for at least 3 hours just eating plate after plate of the stuff. The mock duck dim sum pancakes rule. I felt so sick, but in a good way.

Mar 20th, 2005, 01:22 PM
Anyone been here?


Mar 20th, 2005, 02:43 PM
Anyone been here?


i think london vegans (http://www.londonvegans.freeserve.co.uk/) go there quite a lot.

Mar 25th, 2005, 09:57 AM
I'm thinking of going along in a few weeks, looks good.