World's largest vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide has named London as the most vegan-city in the globe. A latest ranking by HappyCow has highlighted that increasing number of vegan restaurants have opened up in the capital in the last few years.
Other cities in the HappyCow’s list of world’s top 10 vegan-friendly cities include New York City, Berlin, Los Angeles, Toronto, Warsaw, Portland, Bangkok, Tel Aviv, and Prague. London became the first city on its list to reach 100 vegan-friendly restaurants in 2017.
The HappyCow list ranks cities based on three factors, including the number of vegan restaurants in a five-mile radius in the most vegan restaurant-dense area in each city, the number of vegan, vegetarian, veg-option restaurants in the same five-mile radius, and vegan restaurant count to population density.
Currently, there are 125 vegan restaurants in a five-mile radius within the city, and there are 152 fully vegan restaurants spread across London.
In its survey, HappyCow noted, "Veganism continues to be one of the UK's fastest-growing lifestyle movements, and this is certainly reflected in London's massive vegan scene."
Studies have shown that the number of people who follow vegan lifestyle is on rise. According to Vegan Society's larger survey, there were approximately 600,000 vegans in the UK last year, equivalent to 1.16 per cent of the British population. According to studies, 31 per cent of Indians are vegetarian and India has more vegetarians than the rest of the world put together. HappyCow said,
"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."
Recently, global chain Pizza Hut has also added a full vegan menu, whereas KFC will trial vegan or vegetarian chicken in the UK.