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The future is here and it is 🌱

Let's celebrate London, where being vegan is a delight. This is a city where pubs have Sunday nut roasts; burgers are made with tempeh, tofu, or bean patties; for gluten-free vegans, pea milk is always here.

The struggle is real when you are vegan. The struggle to explain where you are getting your protein (yes, from lentils, edamame; pinto, fava, lime, green beans; mushrooms), how to replace Sunday eggs (tofu scramble and chickpea omelettes), your B12 levels, everyone is sure they are down (leave mussels, fish and their eggs alone, try nori seaweed). 

Yet another delicious, tempting, yummy vegan burger

But not in London. In London, being vegan is a delight. This is the city where pubs have Sunday nut roasts; burgers are made with tempeh, tofu, or bean patties; ice cream parlors use coconut, almond, or soy milk for various options; cheeseries produce Camemvert, Goat-ee (yes I’m talking about Fauxmagerie), markets are filled with vegan stalls, the corner shops sell THIS! Isn’t Pork Sausages; for gluten-free vegans pea milk is always there. This is a city, without your knowledge, sometimes even against your will, can turn a non-vegan, vegan. 

The tune this week is from fellow vegans, Moby - Natural Blues followed by Billie Eilish - Billie Bossa Nova.



In the fifth AKA The future is here and it is 🌱 issue:

Hopping (What’s going on in London: Hand-picked and unmissable events): Black Lives Matter Festival #Wemove is an immersive celebration of Black contribution and the many stories it tells; Vegan East London is coming to Bohemia Place; Greta Thunberg is in London for the global launch of The Climate Book.

What’s Cooking (Selected places to eat, drink, cafés, food markets): 'Save The Zalmon' bagel and avo toast on a gluten-free pancake to share.

Londoner (A talk with a creative inhabitant): Sarah Bentley, former music journalist who told stories that dispelled prejudice; now co-runner of Made In Hackney, an all-vegan community cookery school and charity.

Water Cooler Talk (Local news that you need to know to survive or just to speak of): Animal Rebellion is organizing a non-violent protest.


Last chance

Queer editorial collective and biannual literary magazine The BitterSweet Review

The BitterSweet Review

What it is? Readings, poetry, and conversations. Based in London, queer editorial collective and biannual literary magazine The BitterSweet Review is hosting a night with the theme of physicality.

Where? ICA

When? 29 September, 7 p.m.

Why should you go? To get to meet Paris-based artist and poet Tarek Lakhrissi reading from his latest book LE SANG!/BLOOD!

Duly noted: The BitterSweet Review produces artists' original limited editions and organizes writing workshops.

A festival highlighting the Black experience via art, activism, education, sport, conversation, healing, and joy

Black Lives Matter Festival #Wemove

What it is? Celebration of Black voices and the many stories the Black experience contains. There will be live sets from DJ’s Donch and Melody Kane, films curated by Minute Shorts, an exhibition by DYLEMA, and a series of panel discussions and workshops from leading Black voices.

Where? Somerset House

When?  1-2 October, 22 October

Why should you go? Kayza Rose created the BLM Fest to celebrate the voices of Black British creatives, activists, audiences, and communities.

Duly noted: BLM is kicking off their October programming at Second Home Spitalfields. This is a free event, you just need to register.

Hiatus Kaiyote: And We Go Gentle Tour

Hiatus Kaiyote

What it is? Concert. Formed in Australia, Melbourne, Hiatus Kaiyote plays neo soul, future soul, jazz-funk tunes.

Where? O2 Academy Brixton

When? 3 October, 7 p.m. 

Why should you go?  To get to dance to a band that also was sampled by Beyoncé.

Duly noted: If you arrive a little early, you can grab fried noodles at OKAN, Brixton Village.


Vegan street foods, sustainable goods

Vegan East LDN

What it is? Vegan market. Vegan East London is where you can find sushi without fish, burger sin meat, and pizza with artichoke.

Where? Bohemia Place, E8 1DU

When? 30 September

Why should you go? To taste vegan street food including Hogles roast, and discover sustainable brands. You can even get a tattoo!

Duly noted: The market entrance is free, but you need a ticket for the after-party from 10 p.m to 1.30 a.m.

Whistle for the Wind, from The Island, 2021

Mónica de Miranda: The Island

What it is? Photography exhibition. Angolan-Portuguese artist Mónica de Miranda explores African liberation movements, migratory experiences, and identity formations through her lens.

Where? Autograph

When? Until 22 October

Why should you go?  To develop a more conscious relationship between our bodies, the past, and the lands we inhabit.

Duly noted: Spare some time and watch the 37-minute film.

Plan ahead

Photo: Kim Jakobsen To

Greta Thunberg: The Climate Event

What it is? Book launch. Greta Thunberg is in London for the global launch of The Climate Book. 100 experts, activists, and witnesses are telling the biggest story in the world: how and why our planet is changing.

Where? Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Center

When? 30 October, 8 p.m.

Why should you go?  To get inspired and find hope, to become a part of the action plan to fight for the wellbeing of this planet.

Duly noted: In this event, Greta Thunberg will be in conversation with journalist, writer, and broadcaster Samira Ahmed.


We Are Vegan Everything

In this café, on a secluded courtyard in central Hackney, all is vegan, including the dog treats.

It’s not evident but occasionally, you discover that ultimate spot where everybody is vegan, including the dog accompanying the family next table; the breakfast is spread not until 12 p.m. but for those who like to have it for lunch; you can sit at a court surrounded by so many blossoming trees that it can trigger your allergies.

In London, almost every hood has one of those locales but none of them can replace WAVE’s sunshine lifestyle. This is a little oasis where you could put your feet up, place your computer or book on your lap; and work or read. There is one crucial thing missing though: a hammock to lounge on while dreaming about your next trip.

What to order? "Save The Zalmon" bagel and avo toast on a gluten-free pancake to share.

Where: At this alley by Hackney Central, surprising to even the locals. 11 Dispensary Lane, Hackney, E8 1FT, to be exact.

Heads Up: Closes at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and at 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Bonus: WAVE supports sustainable businesses by displaying and selling them. Smell the soy wax candles, see the toxic-free beauty products, jewelry, vegan leather goods, and more.

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Sarah Bentley

Former music journalist who told stories that dispelled prejudice; now co-runner of Made In Hackney, an all-vegan community cookery school and charity.

After holding regular gatherings in her garden nicknamed ‘Skank & Grills’, where she’d host enormous vegan buffets with reggae music as the soundtrack, she started Made In Hackney, an all vegan community cookery school and charity with a phenomenal team of women since 2012.


I have recently found inspiration at: Hackney Marshes - It's a wild, scrubby, semi-countryside/semi-urban space full of interesting areas, history, bird-watching hides, the river Lea, old water towers, and a stone circle. I've seen snakes, kingfishers, and bats there.

After living for 2 decades in London, I have just discovered: The best vegan milk tea place on earth! It is called NUTTEA and is located in the uninspiring Westfield Stratford shopping centre. They do an incredible variety of gourmet teas, no syrups, no chemicals, topped with rich, decadent nut cream made with macadamia, walnuts, cashews, and almonds. They also do bubble waffles with nut cream. Me and my son can't get enough.

I live in: Leyton, East London but prior to that, I lived in Hackney for 18 years.

In my heart, I am from: The ocean and the rolling surf of the Caribbean Sea. In reality, I was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, a small rural town in the East Midlands.

My favorite hangout: All Nations Vegan House in Dalston, a stunning vegan Ital food Caribbean restaurant in Hackney, run by Sister Atreka and her gorgeous family. Her sons are often seen behind the counter.

Sarah Bentley

Photo: Casey Lazonick

A Londoner you must meet: Deidre Woods who is an amazing food justice activist and one of the founders of the Glenville Community Kitchen.

Only a true Londoner would know: Where to find lunch here for under a fiver! The best falafel in the city, visit Ridley Road market in Dalston, Hackney, and look for the falafel's market stall run by the incredibly talented Chef Mustaf.


London is described as a multicultural city, do you see indicators of that in food culture and politics?

Absolutely, us Londoners often describe London as almost being like its own country - a place where its inhabitants seek out diversity and culture and the richness of the global community as each other's neighbours. And yes the cross currents of so many people and cultures influence everything here. Unlike in cities like New York, the neighbourhoods in London are very mixed - economically, socially, racially - and that inherently breeds exciting cross-pollination of food, culture, and businesses. It's what's kept me living here for so long - despite the expense and the pollution.

Made In Hackney, plant-based community cookery school

At the Made In Hackney community meal service, we represent such a wide variety of different cuisines and try to rotate dishes so everyone has a flavour of their heritage. The same for our vegan cookery classes - we do Caribbean, West African, Mexican, Vietnamese, Italian, Trinidadian - you name it, we have a class for it.

As a vegan woman, person, inhabitant, is London gentrified in the right direction?

Equal, collaborative, and just development of communities is a good thing - but sadly what we usually get instead is rampant gentrification instead with long-standing businesses and community members being pushed out of certain areas. There's always a certain magic when an area has just started to have a new surge of inhabitants, businesses and art - a time when it's more mixed and you discover a nice this or that, amongst normal shops and services like garages and pharmacies etc. Eventually, it tends to tip too far and all the useful but 'normal' businesses get pushed out.

Can you name a few places that would make a non-vegan, vegan?

Young Vegans, All Nations Vegan House, Club Mexicana, The Wave - and of course ALL the Made In Hackney cookery classes which people can participate either online or face to face. You can also try our wholefood plant-based burger in Fullers pubs across London. This burger is EPIC and def has the power to turn a carnivore more vegan.

What do you complain about the most?

The government, inequality, cognitive dissonance, institutional racism, hunger, air pollution - I complain about a lot of things.

Where do you take your breathers, what do you do when you want to escape?

I love to grow food, garden, visit beautiful beaches and surf. I love yoga. But most of all, hanging out with my magic spirit being, my son, playing and going on adventures.

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Love & Resistance is calling you to occupy London for a plant-based future. RV at Green Park Station 12 p.m., 8 October. This is a non-violent demonstration hosted by Animal Rebellion. 

  • Their demands are: (1) That the government help farmers and fishing communities to transition to a plant-based food system and (2) That the government rewild the land this spares to draw down carbon and reverse the extinction crisis.

London Vegan Runners meet up every Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. outside National Theatre, to run around River Thames. You must register and become a member first.


Dear Londoner, we would love to hear from you! Email us your questions or feedback at: [email protected] and DM us if you know where the party is going on after 2 a.m., the queue leads to the best street vendor, your vegan hangout.

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