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We decided to travel to London for the first time as a couple. I had once been here on business, but this time was hoping to see more than the changing of the Royal Guard.

After landing at London Heathrow airport we arrived to our hotel around 1pm in the afternoon. Still tired from our red-eye flight, we got a few hours rest before setting out for some sightseeing.

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Piccadilly Circus - London Travel

First priority was getting some food in our bodies, but as vegans, this is always a challenge.

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Soho District - London Travel

Vegan Food

We researched vegan restaurants on Yelp.com and found most resided in the Soho Neighborhood. If it was anything like Soho in NYC, we would enjoy it. And it was. Soho London, is a trendy, active neighborhood with pedestrian only streets on the weekends.

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Chinatown in Soho - London Travel

We found Vitao Organic and Vegan restaurant just outside Chinatown in Soho London. As we walked in, we were pleasantly surprised to see people serving themselves to a buffet.

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Vitao Organic and Vegan Restaurant - London Travel

Awesome, a complete buffet for £8.90! We couldn’t have scored a better deal for a budget meal in Soho. The selection was incredible and we even enjoyed a vegan mango cake as desert. That was extra.

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Vitao Organic and Vegan Restaurant - London Travel

Soho London

After dinner we continued to explore the Soho neighborhood. Chinatown was colorful with street hanging lanterns illuminating the night.

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Chinatown in Soho - London Travel

That wasn’t the only thing illuminating the streets. Soho is the home of London’s theatre district and film industry.

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London Theatres - London Travel

It was a Sunday night, so we were surprised to see the streets packed with tourists and locals alike.

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Piccadilly Circus - London Travel

In the Soho district we stumbled upon a gay scene, passed the long lines outside nightclubs, witnessed bar patrons catching a smoke outside, and peaked in windows of cafes overflowing with sophistication and trendiness.

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Gay Scene in Soho District - London Travel

American Football?

I am a big Philadelphia Eagles football fan and one of the biggest rivalry games was being played back in the United States. The Philadelphia Eagles were playing the NY Giants, a game not to be missed.

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Victoria Station Buses - London Travel

After riding the public bus back to Victoria Station, we found the Sports Bar and Grill with some Giants fans already enjoying their lead. Unfortunately, the New York Giants won the game, but at least we found the right bar to watch the day’s football games.

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Depressed about the Philadelphia Eagles Loss - Sports Bar & Grill Victoria Station

Victoria Station

While walking through the big train station we grabbed some late night grub from a food vendor to take back to the room. Our hotel sits atop Victoria Station, which provides us a great launching point for traveling in London.

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Victoria Station - London Travel

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Calogero says:

London is wonderful, very charming…

Laura says:

Great pictures! London sounds like a great diverse city to visit – sounds like you guys had a great time!

I miss London already! Brings back the memories and reminds me to blog about my adventures :D

Ryan says:

Hi guys,

Glad you managed to find Vitao Organic. There are loads of other places in Soho and the rest of the city for vegans. Bit of a shameless plug here, sorry, but i’ve just posted about a few on my new blog. More to come soon…….I’ve just got to go eat at them and take some pics, what a chore!

If you’re here right now you’ve chosen a great time for it, check out this weather!!

Ryan

Jason says:

Ryan the weather is absolutely incredible! We have been so lucky. We ate at Masala Zone last night, enjoyed it. And we had Indian again tonight, so we are done with Indian food. We are going to be on Regent St and Camden next. Hoping to find some Vegan options in that area besides Indian food. I saw your review on your site. Beatroot seems like it would have been up our ally.

Michael says:

Ah these pictures are bringing back all the memories from when I used to live in London. Gotta get back there soon to visit.

Jason says:

Seriously, we are loving this place. Can’t afford it, but still love it.

Angie Orth says:

Will be there at the end of next week. Thanks for the helpful tips!

Jason says:

You will love it! Hopefully the heat wave continues. We have been incredibly lucky.

Been a long time since I was in the London Area – over 40 years – cannot imagine who things have changed!
Sound like it’s still a great place to visit after reading your post.
Good pics!
Cheers,
John D. Wilson

Jason says:

It’s a very trendy happening neighborhood. One of our favorites so far.

Great shots guys! I love that taxi…

Jason says:

It’s a perfect design to capture on camera. I waited for that specific cab.

Josh Aggars says:

Hey Jason,

If you’re still in London try The Gate in Hammersmith (not far from the tube) or just up the road Blah Blah Blah in Shepherds Bush (get off at Goldhawk Road tube, turn right and it’s just on the other side of the street). Blah Blah Blah was my local favourite for years and has enjoyed such luminaries as Sir Elton John and REM over the years (there used to be a big recording studio just up the road). Great food and atmosphere most nights plus it’s a bring your own (as in bottle of wine/beer, etc) so keeps cost down and you get crayons at the table which sounds weird but the point being everyone ends up drawing and doodling all over the paper table cloths so you end up with little works of art when you get up to leave.

From Victoria its about 15 minutes to Hammersmith then just change for the Hammersmith and City Line train over the road and you’re there in 5 minutes more. Bargain. Oh and there’s a nice pub just a couple of doors down called the Goldhawk which is nice for a pre drink.

Given where you are staying the Goring hotel is just round the corner. That’s where some of the after party after the Royal wedding took place. It’s a beautiful old hotel. Obviously a bit pricey but worth popping your heads in for 5 minutes (normally out of my budget but I know one of the staff so was lucky enough to eat there once on the cheap).

Have a great stay and sorry to hear about the Eagles loss. Let me know if you want any other tips whilst in town.

Cheers
Josh

Jason says:

Josh, thanks for the information, we appreciate it.

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