Founded in King's Cross in 2010, Vx is London’s original one-stop shop for vegans. Vx, or V-cross as it’s known, is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication by its founder and staff.
Vx has always been about firsts. We were the first 100% vegan shop in london. We were the first outlet to stock many of the biggest vegan brands and to import many new products. We were the first all-vegan clothing line in the UK. We also made history being the first chain of vegan shops in the UK by opening a branch in Bristol (December 2015).
Our success is attributable to our founding ideology. Pioneering the idea that veganism doesn’t have to be unimaginative or limiting, our mission has always been a simple one: to promote a cruelty-free vegan lifestyle without sacrificing taste. Veganism should never be a brown rice and lentil hell or a flavourless penance. For us, the best way to ensure the masses adopt a cruelty-free way of life that eliminates the abuse and exploitation of our animal chums, is to offer people a seriously delicious alternative. We strive to give our customers a veganised version of the type of food we all grew up loving, as well as lovingly increasing their risk of developing diabetes, suffering strokes or, worse, acute sugar dependency.
Vx offers a full junk food menu featuring two sizes of kebabs, burgers, curry wurst and other disgustingly mouth-watering junk that will keep your bellies full and your waistline expanding. We are also huge importers of vegan goods from around the globe and boast an array of cheeses that are so cheese-like they confound and delight in equal measure. Sticky, sweet and awfully indulgent French patisserie rounds off Vx menu.
Update 1: We are now serving coffee and hot drinks! See our drinks menu below.
UPDATE 2: WE ARE NOW DELIVERING MOST OF OUR HOT FOOD AND CAKES THROUGH LONDON IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UBEREATS!
UPDATE 3: You can order and collect hot food through our website! We accept most major cards and it's really simple. Got to the Pick Up page, select the menu items you want, the time of collection, come to Vx and voila!
73 Caledonian Road
London N1 9BT
Near King's Cross Station
PHONE: 0207 833 2315
OPEN 7 days a week
SAT to THU 10am-6.30pm
(Kitchen closes at 6pm for hot food). FRIDAY 10am to 8pm (HOT FOOD UNTIL 7.30pm)
123 East Street
Bristol BS3 4ER
What is the SSOV?
The acronym stands for Secret Society of Vegans. The SSOV is a clothing company owned by Rudy P. (Vx London / Vx Bristol), which began life many years ago as a means to fund the launch of Pogo Café (London’s first vegan café, 2004-2013). SSOV was created at a time when it was rare to see a cool vegan t-shirt. In fact, back then, most vegan kids just covered themselves in mud and leaves, or fashioned underwear from twigs and recycled rubbish, rather than wear anything uncool that might compromise their ethics. Besides Herbivore in the U.S. and a few other companies, virtually nobody was reppin’ the vegan message, and most vegan t-shirts offered in the UK / Europe were designed with a 70s hippie vibe. Something that, being raised in the hardcore punk scene, felt alienated and allergic to tie-dye, lava lamps, arbitrary cultural appropriation and free love, made Rudy feel completely alienated.
The concept behind veganism as 'secret society' originated from the idea that people value exclusivity. "By making it hard to join in, we will attract more people!" is a playful reverse psychology, essentially. It's also a joke about the vegan population being part of an arcane cult with esoteric rituals. Which we are. Shhhh. I’ve said too much, already. Run now, before it’s too late!
What's available at Vx London?
We offer a large selection of bags, t-shirts, badges, keyrings, stickers and hoodies. You can see the full range on our mail-order webstore,
MEET THE VX TEAM
A man of few words but a man of actions, Simon is the go-to guy. You need a kebab wrap? He's there. Do you need a Peanut Butter Cup latte? He's there too. Do you want to know how Arsenal did last weekend? He's got the info.
Opened the first vegan shop in London (Vx) in February 2010 but is also behind the first vegan merch company in the UK (circa 2005) called Secret Society Of Vegans. Original co-founder of the first vegan café in London (Pogo Café 2004-2013). Rudy became vegan in 2001 when he left France for England. He had been vegetarian since the early 90's. Yes, he's older than he looks. Rudy is a big mixed martial arts fan, a Urban Krav Maga instructor and trains Muay Thai boxing at Kings Cross' Urban Kings Gym. He has been straight edge forever and reckons that it's too late for him to start drinking now that he's over 40.
You can follow him on instagram (@veganshopkeeper) if you like pictures of dogs and internet memes.
The mail-order site is temporarily offline as we are working on the renovation of the basement of our shop.
BUT the great news is that you're still able to order some of the Secret Society Of Vegans newest designs via our partners at Teemill!
We will be adding more designs to the Teemill site so stay tuned!