03 Mar Vegan heaven at the Plant Hub & Academy (E8)
London has a new vegan, gluten-free, no-refined sugar destination… the Plant Hub & Academy, near Hackney Central Station in East London.
The Plant Hub & Academy was launched this February by trio David Bez (behind the bar), Lauren Lovatt (in the Academy) and Antonio Alderuccio (featured image) in the kitchen.
Plant Hub offers all sorts of goodies for eating in or out. You can also graduate from the Academy; or roll up for one of the many event and classes, from the Mind Food Workshop to the Fermentation Masterclass, or Vegetable Life Drawing with Bella’s Bits and Bobs.
My roots with Plant Hub
I met David and Antonio on a retreat in the English countryside last spring. I ate their food four times a day for five days – that’s 20 meals in all – and I have craved it ever since. Forget the retreat, my soul nourishment came from the food.
David and Antonio have a natural link between the plants that nature provides, and the openness and joyfulness of heart needed to transform these plants into food that nourishes the mind, soul and body. And they are Italian, and for me Italians have an innate sense of style in food and fashion.
Beauty in plants
I’m into beauty, and there is something very beautiful about plants. Even the word ‘plant’ rolls off the tongue, and sounds so much more universal, inspiring and expansive than ‘vegetable’ or ‘legumbre’, as in Spanish.
Inspired by Alan Moore’s Why Beauty is Key to Everything, part of the beautifully succinct DO series, I am at present working on increasing my depth of field for seeing beauty in life. When it comes to food, we tend to tuck in too quickly, before allowing ourselves to be ‘warmed’ by its layers of visual depth.
The Plant Academy
As students poured out of the classroom at the end of the morning course, I had a peek into the Plant Academy, where Lauren had switched to preparation mode.
Gung Ho – fashion & plants
The future of fashion, art, food – in fact just about everything – is about creating communities through partnerships. At the Plant Hub & Academy, the opening event was done in partnership with Gung Ho, the ethical fashion brand founded by London-based Sophie Dunster.
Sophie first got into art, and then discovered she could put her drawings on clothes – including the wonky fruit and vegetables of her current collection, Food for Thought.
At the Plant Hub & Academy you can find her clothes alongside the wooden boxes full of the fresh fruit and vegetables.
More on the Plant Hub
If I chose three adjectives to describe the Plant Hub & Academy, they would be colour, warmth and nourishment.
It’s also about taking life easy, easy on yourself and easy on nature.
Opening hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 10h00-22h00. Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday – 10h00-17h00. Monday Closed.