London's friendliest city in the world

LONDON: London It has been named the most vegan city in the world for the second year and now has more vegan restaurants in recent years, according to an online restaurant guide.

According to HappyCow, which claims to be the largest vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide in the world, London became the first city on its list to reach 100 vegan-friendly restaurants in 2017.

Presently, there are 125 vegan restaurants in a five-mile (approx. eight kilometres) radius within the city and there are 152 fully vegan restaurants spread across London .

According to the largest Vegan Society survey, the number of vegans quadrupled from 2014-18 and in 2018, there were approximately 6,00,000 vegans in the United Kingdom, equivalent to 1.16 percent of the British population.

"Veganism continues to become a mainstream lifestyle in London , and this city takes to a new level," HappyCow said in its survey.

The HappyCow list classifies cities into three factors: the number of vegan restaurants within a five-mile radius in the area with the highest density of vegan restaurants in each city, the number of vegan/vegetarian/vegetarian restaurants in the same five-mile radius , and the vegan restaurant counts for population density.

The list also names London 's various vegan restaurants such as La Fauxmagerie, the UK's first vegan cheese shop, PickyWops, Brighton transplant Purezza, Young Vegans Pizza Shop and Vurger Co, a healthy plant-based burger joint with delicious sides and shakes.

"The two locations of the world's first vegan chicken shops, The Temple of Seitan, continue to thrive in London with their signature fried plant-based chicken and mac and cheese. Ethnic favourites include Itadakizen Japanese Macrobiotic restaurant, Zionly Manna with delicious Caribbean/African food, Andu Caffe on the east side for Ethiopian and also on the east side is the new Mauritian and Caribbean-inspired restaurant called Rogue Vegan," HappyCow said.

People who crave something sweet are recommended to treat their taste buds with gourmet vegan cupcakes at Ms. Cupcake or Vida Bakery, vegan donuts at Crosstown Donuts Vegan and Yorica, which has an incredible selection of vegan ice cream.

"New York vegan chain By Chloe continues to expand with two UK branches in Oxford Circus and Covent Garden, offering English classics like shepherd's pie and tofish and chips. Vegan formula one racing champion Lewis Hamilton opened the first location in London of a vegan burger chain called Neat Burger," HappyCow said.

The international Pizza Hut chain added a full vegan menu, and KFC will try vegan or vegetarian chicken in the UK later this year and the fast-food giant already offers a vegan burger, the restaurant guide said.

It further said, "Veganism continues to be one of the UK's fastest-growing lifestyle movements, and this is certainly reflected in London 's massive vegan scene."