If you want to broaden your horizons in search of vegan goodness, Camden should be the next place you visit! With a plethora of amazing vegan restaurants, stalls and events, you will be in for a treat in this vibrant and exciting part of the capital. This article takes you through an ethical away day in Camden, use this itinerary when you next visit the capital!
10am: The Perfect Time to Start Your Day Right
The first thing we need after a long and busy journey into London is food. Good food.
Mildred’s is the place for your organic, vegan brunch needs. Serving everything from “chicken” and waffles, burgers, superfood bowls and the ever popular, avo on toast! This quirky, vegan stop is open for brunch at 10 am on weekends and 12 pm on weekdays. Perfect after jumping off the tube.
Providing solely vegan and vegetarian options, it is a shock that Mildred’s menu is so cheap (especially as their restaurants are placed throughout central London). Get down there first to try their vegan alternative to chicken and waffles or a Mexican black bean burger to fuel your day!
Source: Mildred’s Instagram
12pm: Time to Shop (and eat some more)!
After filling up on organic soul food, head down to The Third Estate. An eco-friendly, animal-friendly clothing and footwear store, which will settle all your shopping needs. The Third Estate’s ethos is to:
“Try to keep a balance between working with innovative ethically-minded brands which are manufactured under fair labour conditions overseas whilst also supporting UK design and production. Consumption is an inevitable part of living and our focus is to support informed and positive shopping as well as positive living in general.”
After picking out some favourites, make your ethical purchase decision and redirect your senses to the famous Camden Market. The hustle and bustle of the always busy market will swallow you in as you are immersed in a variety of smells and colours. Even on a rainy day, you will feel the vibrancy of this iconic market.
If you’re feeling peckish, have a stroll around the food stalls. Camden Market hold many vegan stalls, from vegan cookie dough to animal-friendly pie and mash! One of our favourites is Club Mexicana, a 100% vegan Mexican food stall, providing you with spicy and hearty goodness.
If you’re a planner, check out the stalls that Camden have here, so you can plan where you want to look at in advance (link to Camden market food section).
As well as vegan food, Camden Market is also involved in the efforts to make consumerism more sustainable and eco-friendlier. A variety of vintage stores will draw you in, selling high quality, worn clothing for reasonable prices. One of our personal favourites is St Cyr Vintage. This stall sells hard to find vintage clothing. You are guaranteed to leave this stall with a unique purchase that you can show off. Knowing that you are also being eco-friendly by shopping second hand!
It can take all day to walk around Camden Market, especially if it is your first time visiting. The experience is mesmerising. When you step out of Camden Market you will feel exhausted. In a good way. The experience will have allowed you to taste as much vegan food as you possibly can, and shop in as many eco-friendly, second-hand stores you want. By this time, dinner and drinks are on the cards.
5pm: A Short Ride to More Vegan Goodness
After exhausting all that Camden has to offer, neighbouring towns are easily accessible on the tube. Finding a place for dinner can be hard, but we have provided three of our favourite vegan restaurants in London to help you tackle this task.
- Ethos. Located near Oxford Circus on Eastcastle Street. This unique pay-by-weight vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free buffet is a hit with those with a meat-free diet (approx. 20 minutes by tube).
- Vantra is located on Wardour Street in Soho. Selling cheap, plant-based dishes. You must try their chilli-bean moussaka, at a very affordable £5 (approx. 15 minutes by tube).
- Black Cat Café serves 100% vegan, homemade comfort food. Claiming to serve “the cheapest VEGO in town” and selling cheap vegan cookbooks. Located on Clarence Road in Hackney (approx. 25 minutes by tube).
8pm till Late: Animal-Friendly Drinks
Renowned in the London vegan community, The Spread Eagle was the first 100% vegan pub in London. Located in Homerton (25 minutes by tube from Camden), serving vegan-friendly food and beverages. Even their upholstery is sustainable and animal-friendly. Their food is provided by the famous Club Mexicana, which you would’ve already seen in Camden. Open until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays, The Spread Eagle is the perfect place to end your ethical away day in London. Visit the Spread Eagle Pub here, to read more about their journey.
If you want some more ethical inspiration, visit our post on our favourite sustainable bloggers!
Written by Rebecca Jones.