I’ve just spent two lovely weeks in London’s late summer. London is an incredible city for vegans and thrift shoppers alike. I’ve decided to continue my Vegan Thrift Shopper series borough by borough. London is so big that covering it all at once would be more suitable for a book than a blog post! My all time favorite part of London is Covent Garden. Situated in London’s West End, it’s known for its luxury fashion and beauty stores (Liberty London is a favorite of mine). As well as excellent restaurants and theaters. I personally love Covent Garden for it’s Scandinavian style streets, walk-ability and high density of vegan eateries and thrift stores. If you’re looking for a place to stay in London, Hotel Strand Continental is very reasonably priced and within walking distance of Covent Garden. You can get your hands on great finds in the thrift stores, but in general the prices reflect it’s reputation for being upmarket.
Covent Garden Vegan Eateries
Covent Garden has a ton of vegan or vegan friendly restaurants, cafes and juice bars, (there were over twenty when I last counted them!) I’ve picked my top three, but there are plenty more to choose from, and vegan friendly chain eateries like Zizzi and Wagamama also have Covent Garden locations if you’re in a pinch.
Wild Food Cafe
It’s easy to see why raw-centric Wild Food Cafe is a top rated vegan restaurant in London. From it’s gorgeous setting in a leafy courtyard, to it’s community learning events, to it’s expansive (and admittedly, expensive) menu. You can treat yourself to gourmet bowls and decadent superfood filled smoothies. l can recommend their Forgotten Ecstasy smoothie and their Wabi-Sabi Salad. Their menu changes seasonally, so you’ll always be served the freshest produce. Their Covent Garden location is in iconic Neal’s Yard, but they also have another location in Islington.
Find them online: https://wildfoodcafe.com/neals-yard/
Address: 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London, England, WC2H 9DP
Opening Hours: Mon 12:00-16:00, Tue-Thu 12:00-20:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-20:00, Sun 11:00-18:00.
Right around the corner from Wild Food Cafe is Redemption Bar. I love their motto: ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself.’ They stay true to this with their sugar and gluten free menu, as well as an alcohol free bar! Redemption boasts beautiful chic decor, friendly ambiance and separate day and evening menus. I can recommend their build your own buddha bowls, kale crisps and turmeric lattes. Their Covent Garden location backs onto Neal’s Yard and they also have two other London locations, in Shoreditch and Notting Hill.
Find them online: https://www.redemptionbar.co.uk/
Address: 15 Shorts Gardens , London, England, WC2H 9AT
Opening Hours: Open Mon-Fri 11:00-22:00, Sat 10:00-22:00, Sun 10:00-21:00
EAT by Chloe
You’ve probably heard of by Chloe, as her vegan restaurants have taken the US by storm. The Covent Garden location was the first UK outpost, and now there are three other London locations. The Covent Garden restaurant is bright, big and beautiful. Their menu is perfect for fast casual food. They’ve even got veganised UK classics that shepherds pie, ‘fish’ and chips, sunday roasts and sticky toffee pudding. I’m personally a big fan of their kale caesar salad bowl and sweet potato fries. Just be aware it’s a not particularly environmentally friendly as they use disposable utensils.
Find them online: https://eatbychloe.com/locations/
Address: Drury House, 34-43 Russel St, London, England, WC2B 5HA
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 10:00-22:00, Thu-Sat 10:00-23:00, Sun 10:00-22:00
Covent Garden Thrift Shopping
Pop Boutique is usually my first stop in Covent Garden, as it’s only two minutes walk from the Covent Garden tube. The store is pretty big and filled with both vintage and Pop Boutique label clothing. They do a great job of re-purposing fabric to make cute custom headbands and scrunchies. As well as great vintage clothes (think Levi cutoffs and over sized brightly colored hoodies), they also have a selection vinyl and kitsch home-ware. Pop Boutique processes an impressive 10,000kg of vintage products every single week. They are always re-purposing garments that can’t be sold as they are, and they recycle anything that can’t be used. You can find their stores across the UK, in Manchestic, Liverpool, Leeds, London and even in the Swedish cities of Gothenburg and Malmo.
Find them online: https://www.pop-boutique.com/
Address: 30 Short’s Gardens, London WC2H 9PX, UK
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 11:00-19:00, Thu 11:00-18:00, Fri 10:30-19:00, Sat 11:00-19:00, Sun 12:00-18:00
Rokit is my all time favorite thrift shop in Covent Garden. The prices are excellent and I always find something great. On my most recent visit I picked up a pair of black culottes for £6! They also have an awesome online store, if you can’t make it any of their store locations. Rokit started off as a stall in Camden market in the 80s, and they now have four stores across London. They’ve become the UK’s leading provider of vintage and branded clothing and I always love their selection. They have a great range of denim, coats, tees and jumpers. Their stores are bright, airy and well organised. By the way, if you sign up to their newsletter as a student, you’ll get 10% off forever!
Find them online: https://www.rokit.co.uk/
Address: 42 Shelton Street, London, WC2H 9HZ
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-19:00, Sun 11:00-18:00
Oxfam Covent Garden is super cute. They have a nice selection of clothing, as well as books, accessories and homewares. What I like most about this Oxfam store is their range of fair trade and environmentally friendly products. Notable products include Faith In Nature hair-care, fair trade chocolate and coffee as well as gorgeous woven rugs, blankets and baskets. You’re supporting a great cause by shopping at Oxfam, so don’t miss it!
Find them online: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/local-shops/oxfam-shop-covent-garden
Address: 23 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5RH
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 12:00-17:00
Thanks for reading my guide to Covent Garden! I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself, and got lots of inspiration on how to make your visit a blast. You can check out my other vegan travel guides here. I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to leave me a comment 🙂
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