Have you seen the news? London Voted Vegan Capital of the world.
2020 is nearly upon us and with it people across the world will be thinking of their new year’s resolutions. One of such resolutions will be taking part in Veganuary, popularity of which has reached record highs. Worldwide, over half a million people have taken part in previous years with numbers expected to grow further. 250,000 pledges were made so far this year, which is more than the number of people that signed up in the past 4 years. According to The Vegan Society, the number of vegans in the UK quadrupled in the past 5 years and if the current growth rate continues, vegetarians and vegans will make 25% of UK population.
2019 has seen a unprecedented growth in interests in all things vegan, with mainstream media outlets showing documentaries such as Meat: A Threat to Our Planet on BBC and The Game Changers on Netflix reaching millions of general public interested in healthy lifestyles and environmental issues.
With so much interest in veganism in the UK, it should come as no surprise that London has been named by Happy Cow (an online vegan restaurant guide) the most vegan friendly city in the world for the second year running. Other cities in Europe that made it to the top 10 were Berlin, Warsaw and Prague. With 152 exclusively vegan restaurants, London vegans are spoilt for choice. I’ve recently eaten at the Cook Daily in the newly opened Market Hall West End just off Oxford Street and enjoyed my vegan curry and pad thai immensely. With its own all vegan hair salon and numerous vegan restaurants serving food from every corner of the world, as well as more and more vegan options on every restaurant’s menu, London is a Vegan haven and I look forward to exploring more of what it’s got to offer.
According to the Economist, 2019 was the year when Veganism became mainstream. Us Vegans are a growing force and major restaurant chains as well as supermarkets are taking notice by providing more and more plant based options not only to vegans but also to people that try to eat less meat.
So to celebrate the end of the year and welcome 2020, let’s rejoice that in spite of the fact that there is a lot to worry about the state of the world today, the new year can be a great time to start afresh and try to be the change that you want to manifest into the world. What is your 2020 vision?