PLANT POWER

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Escape -

The vogue for ve­g­an­ism has ren­dered Lon­don’s streets fer­tile soil for launch­ing plant-based eat­ing es­tab­lish­ments. Lead­ing the pack in the in­te­ri­ors stakes is the uber-min­i­mal­ist, all-white Essence ( 4), de­signed by Swedish ar­chi­tects Bozarth­for­nell. The dishes on its ve­gan menu – think raw Pad Thai with kelp sea­weed in­stead of noo­dles – pro­vide the venue’s only pop of colour (essence-cui­sine.com).

New York favourite By Chloe ( 1) has opened in Covent Gar­den and Tower Bridge, serv­ing ve­gan ver­sions of Bri­tish com­fort food, such as shep­herd’s pie in airy, suc­cu­lent­gar­nished spa­ces (eat­by­chloe.com).

Seam­lessly mix­ing tra­di­tional and trendy, The Spread Ea­gle ( 3) in Homer­ton is Lon­don’s first 100 per cent ve­gan pub, where tacos by street food spe­cial­ists Club Mex­i­cana are served along­side hearty ve­gan ales (thes­pread­ea­glelon­don.co.uk). Nearby, Re­hab’s ( 5) ethos of sus­tain­abil­ity means up­cy­cled in­dus­trial light­ing and sea­sonal, meat-free dishes made from Bri­tish in­gre­di­ents (re­hab­hack­ney.com).

West Lon­don­ers should or­der the ‘chill­i­non-carne’ in Wulf & Lamb’s ( 2) olive-tree filled gar­den (wul­fand­lamb.com) or Sar­dinian ar­ti­chokes at Farm Girl ( 6), the veg­etable­based foodie brand’s first full-size restau­rant, with an in­te­rior by young Bri­tish creative Beata Heu­man (the­far­m­girl.co.uk).

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