Despite having a name that sounds like a perfume, Essence is actually just a raw vegan cafe in Shoreditch with food that’s actually quite enjoyable. You should probably avoid it if you’re allergic to nuts, but if not, expect great veg bowls, filling salads, ‘noodles’, and wraps. The raw pad thai and caramel brownie are particularly good. That said, the slightly awkward space feels like something out of The Matrix, so we’d skip a sit-in meal in favour of grabbing something to take away.
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Butchies have been serving their excellent fried chicken ‘sandwich’ at markets and festivals across London - this is their first permanent spot.
Atis is a build-your-own salad place in Shoreditch with a lot of options, but also some very good ideas about what makes a tasty, satisfying lunch.
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Kerb Camden is a great street food market in Camden Lock, with a great lineup of street food dishes, but becomes a complete tourist trap at weekends.
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Wulf & Lamb
The name Wulf & Lamb sounds more ‘exotic meat fest’ than strictly vegan cooking, but this Chelsea spot is indeed animal-free.
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