Thursday, April 26, 2012

Vegan London: Hard Cocktails & Mushy Peas.

London, you have my soul.

We stayed at the best vegan hotel in London: My in-law's flat in Soho. They had stocked our bathroom with organic toiletries, plush towels, a London rubber duckie, and a flower. Our bedroom had a photo of the two of us on a trip to Germany on the bedside table. The courtyard and lobby had major 60's mod vibes, and the apartment itself was modern with lots of white and a balcony.

We quickly fell in love with their neighborhood of Soho, which was full of independent boutiques, pubs, and cafes and smartly-dressed folks.

London has some of the best cocktail bars in the world. In fact, we only made it to one pub, where I managed a few sips of Badger before suggesting that we leave.

Because we had cocktails to drink. We visited Purl and the Experimental Cocktail Club for some new school concoctions, and the American Bar at the Savoy for classics. American Bar was named World's Best Hotel Bar at the Tales of the Cocktails Spirited Awards.

The Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown was hands down the most special experience. While the American Bar is impressive and historical, and the barmen are extremely talented, the more provocative ECC really won me over with their drinks. Quite honestly, I thought the best drink of the night was a cumin and dill-infused vodka with aquavit and salt and pepper. We're already planning on making it at home with that one rare bottle of vodka that we keep tucked away in case anyone ever asks.

At the Borough Market, we refueled on superveg veggie burgers and sides of barley salad and vegan potato salad. I was drunk, but really, I remember it hitting the spot and somehow I managed photos.

And even though we didn't do the pub thing much, we still delighted in some traditional food at Mildred's Vegetarian: Mushroom & Ale Pie with mushy peas and fries. All vegan. The mushy peas were excellent. I feel sorry for Mr. Vedge, because he ordered this and I ended up eating half of his food.

What did I order? The "Organic Energising Detox Salad". Which was also very good, and how could I ignore so many buzzwords in one menu item?


ellekinney said...

Hey Kelly!
Just popped by your blog to see what you have been up to, and was happy to hear you were just in London! Isn't it such a fun city?! Sounds like a delicious escape you and your hubby had :) Enjoyed your posts and the neat glimpse into your trip! Be well xo

Meg said...

I always love seeing good vegan food. I am a meat eater but I think that people are too against vegan food. My boyfriend REFUSES to try one of my favourite restaurants because its vegan. The food is so good though!