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Chiara and I went out for a walk the other day, and ended up at the vegan cafe not too far from our place. It’s a good thing we did, because it was awesome.

According to their website, Pogo Cafe “is an autonomous, non-hierarchical 100% vegan space run completely by volunteers.” They also make a great veggie burger.

Go for the food, then stay and be part of subversive wholesome dreadlocked anarchy: the place is a locus for any alternative left-wing activities you might like: be it squatting abandoned buildings, watching political films, or even yoga.

After ordering we sat and enjoyed our new books from Pages of Hackney. It’s good we had some reading material, because the service isn’t very fast, but that’s alright; it’s the kind of place you could hang out for hours, indeed, it looked like a few of the people hanging out there did little else. I can respect that.

But it’s not just reading books and the plentiful photocopied political literature; there was a Tarot Card reading going on next to us; over on the comfy couches there was an awful lot of diagramming and laughing; and a few tables over a couple were falling in love.

It’s the kind of place where you can do whatever you want. As long as there’s no meat involved.*

*Their punk rock burger comes with “bacon.” It is my mission for my next visit.

After yoga.