Our first vegan café at The Royal College of Art has opened its doors this October, in the flagship Kensington Campus.
With three catered campuses across Kensington, Battersea and White City, the newly refurbished outlet is within the iconic building in the heart of ‘Albertopolis’ district of London.
The unique café was opened in response to requests from the Student Union for an outlet to cater for the increasing number of vegans and vegetarians in the student population. With over 2300 students enrolled at the university, a number set to increase in coming years, the café was designed in collaboration with the Student Union’s president and with support from Bentley Consulting.
With most students based on campus and working from design studios throughout the day, the new vegan hot spot will offer a whole host of contemporary alternatives, including a nutritious all-day grazing menu with energy boosting artisan coffee using plant-based milk substitutes. The café boasts delicious fresh snacks such as; sprouting broccoli and tofu toasties, coconut and apricot protein balls and homemade hot falafels with beetroot hummus.
As our first vegan-only café, there are ambitions to expand the theme to the Battersea campus when it opens in 2020.
Business development manager Martin Holden-White said: “We are delighted to be working with Royal College of Art and to have brought this exciting new space to their iconic Kensington campus. We are very aware of the rapid growth in plant-based food trends and it was fantastic to work alongside such a passionate student union and a forward-thinking consultant in David Bentley, which allowed us to be creative and offer students a greater choice of nutritious and varied foods to fit their study patterns”.
Benji Jeffrey, a member of the student union at Royal College of Art said: “’We are super happy to have a dedicated Vegan Cafe on site. Students are increasingly aware of the impact we leave on the planet with many moving towards more sustainable diets. It’s great to have a space on campus that is suited to their needs”.