Healthy Eating in London

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Nama
Nama
Maple & Fitz
Snaps & Rye
Andina
Andina
Bel-Air
The Detox Kitchen
Tiosk
26 Grains
Hemsley and Hemsley Cafe
Rude Health Cafe
Farmacy
M RAW
 

 

Proving that eating out and on the go doesn't have to be a sugar and calorie laden minefield, these cafs, restaurants and markets are leading the way in healthy eating in London. Whether you want a bowl of bircher muesli to fuel your morning, a hearty superfood salad at lunch or the ingredients to rustle up a healthy dinner at home, the following venues have everything you need to ensure you're never left craving.

 
 

The Good Life Eatery

The original Good Life branch is a pioneering healthy London eatery.

59 Sloane Avenue, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 3DH

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 
 

Opened in 2013, The Good Life Eatery responded to London's demand for a healthy, tasty and affordable eatery. Founded by Yasmine Larizadeh and Shirin Kouros, The Good Life, which also has a second branch in Marylebone, brings a taste of LA to London with a menu of cold pressed juices, clean breakfasts, superfood salads and energy bites. While everything is incredibly nutritious, you won't find a bland dish at The Good Life. Salads feature ingredients like goji berries, crispy bacon, almond pesto and goat's cheese while other options include avocado chilli on wheat free chai bread and baked sweet potato with quinoa falafel. Plus, there's even banana bread, peanut butter cups and a red velvet cake slice on the dessert menu, proving that you really can have your cake and eat it too.

 
 
 

Tanya's

Everything on the menu here is plant-based, organically grown and ethically sourced.

myhotel Chelsea 35 Ixworth Place, Chelsea, Chelsea, London, SW3 3QX

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

A favourite among the celebs, Tanya's caf is about as healthy as you can get, with everything on the menu raw, plant-based, hand-picked, organically grown, ethically sourced and free from refined sugar - quite the claim! Despite this, the menu is packed with enticing options such as jam un-toast, with cashew cream cheese and raw goji jam on raisin bread; fruit crepes, made with flaxseed and topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup; Pad Thai, created with shredded veggies, almond butter and spices; and buckwheat gnocchi, drizzled in sundried tomato and creamy garlic sauce. Smoothies and juices also make an appearance, obviously. Choose from the 'Warrior', 'Glow', 'Alkaliser', 'Sugar-free Fix', 'Hydration' or the 'Doctor'.

 
 
 

Wild Food Cafe

Veg out at this superb vegetarian cafe.

Neal's Yard Dining Room, 14 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

The Wild Food Caf is a superb vegetarian restaurant offering an array of raw dishes, with daily changing options that include salads, sandwiches and mains. Options include the Wild Pizza, with a base made from dehydrated almond and butternut squash; the Wild Cult Sandwich, filled with cashew and coconut mozzarella and young coconut 'bacon'; and the Wild Masala Dosa, with Bombay-style sweet potatoes, hemp seeds and raw cultured chutneys. The desserts are a real highlight, with raw chocolate, lemon and white chocolate tarts demonstrating that pudding can taste devilish but be sin free. There's also a selection of fresh smoothies and juices, herbal teas, and even organic beer, wine and cider. The huge and airy dining room overlooks the beautiful Neal's Yard, providing a quiet oasis in the centre of town.

 
 
 

Farmacy

Feast on salads and earth bowls as well as healthy takes on burgers, pizza and nachos.

74 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5SH

Tube: Royal Oak Station, Bayswater Underground Station

 
 

Perhaps one for hard-core followers of the, now controversial, clean eating movement, Farmacy in Notting Hill 'enables clean eating indulgence inspired by dishes from around the globe'. Diners can choose from a selection of salads, earth bowls and, of course, avocado on toast. Or, for those aching for something a little for indulgent, Farmacy also serves its take on nachos, served with nut-based 'sour cream'; black bean and mushroom burger, with garlic, aioli and goji ketchup; and a variety of pizzas, made with sourdough and topped with cashew 'cheese', roasted vegetables and artichoke sauce. Up the ante with one of the Farmaceutical syringe shots, made with superfoods such as turmeric, flaxseed oil, activated charcoal and coconut water.

 
 
 

Little H

This deli-cum-cafe serves fresh smoothies, healthy breakfasts and a daily changing lunch menu.

267 New Kings Road, London, SW6 4RB

Tube: Parsons Green Station

 
 

Run by husband and wife team Anna Halliday and Philip Beatty, Little H is the sister venue to Hally's restaurant just down the road. Following a road trip in California, the husband-wife duo became aware of London's shortage of tasty, healthy eateries and set about bringing a taste of the Golden State to the UK. The deli-cum-caf serves fresh juices and smoothies, healthy breakfasts, and lunchtime treats, all available to eat in or take away. The breakfast menu features chia seed and almond milk pots, bircher muesli, homemade granola, and a healthy take on a bacon butty. Lunch offerings change daily, with a selection of three gourmet sandwiches, three salads and a daily soup served with rye bread available. Plus, an extensive juice and smoothie menu means you'll never be short of choice - the spiced chai and cookies & cream superfood variations are sure to lure you away from your morning vanilla latte. Pretty pastel colours, floral wallpaper and wooden touches mean you can pretend you're sipping away on Venice Beach rather than in Parsons Green.

 
 
 
 

Andina

Healthy Peruvian dishes are on the menu at this modern Picanteria.

1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DJ

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

Inspired by his grandmother and Andean heritage, Martin Morales, the founder of Ceviche, brings a taste of Peru to London with Andina. The pioneering restaurant is a modern Picanteria that serves healthy Peruvian food and drink, with breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner available. Peru and the Andes are home to some of the world's most nutritious ingredients, such as quinoa, maca, amaranth, Cape gooseberry and purple maze, and Andina pairs these with seasonal British produce to create unique, healthy and delicious dishes. Diners can feast on quinoa croquetas, avocado and amaranth ceviche, and Greek yoghurt topped with pumpkin seeds, coconut, almonds, maca root and seasonal fruits. Main dishes include chicken wings with panca chilli, Peruvian coffee and sala criola; grilled octopus with lucama, butterbeans, chancaca and limo honey sauce; slow cooked ox tongue stew; and a quinoa burger with kiwi yoghurt and chilli mayo. There's also a selection of fresh-pressed juices and superfood smoothies.

 
 
 

Grain Store

There's plenty of opportunity for healthy eating at Bruno Loubet's bistro.

Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King's Cross, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 

The tarted-up Granary Square in King's Cross is now home to the Grain Store, a new bistro from Raymond Blanc's favourite protege Bruno Loubet, who has made a name for himself with his unpretentious French provincial cooking. This is the second London restaurant from Loubet who already runs his own name restaurant at the stylish Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell but the new venture is a more informal affair than Bistrot Bruno Loubet. The King's Cross area next to the Regent's Canal underwent a complete redevelopment with the arrival of St Martin's College of Art & Design and the Grain Store isn't the only high-profile restaurant to open on Granary Square, it joins the very popular Caravan. Designed by Russell Sage - who was also behind Bistro Bruno Loubet and the Zetter Townhouse - the restaurant seats 80, with 40 seats in the bar and a massive 100 seats available outside overlooking Granary Square.

 
 
 

Hemsley and Hemsley Cafe

Sisters Jasmine and Melissa are the famous siblings behind Hemsley and Hemsley.

Body Studio at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB

Tube: Bond Street Station, Marble Arch Station

 
 

Sisters Jasmine and Melissa, who together have built a successful business on healthy eating, are the famous siblings behind the Hemsley and Hemsley Cafe. Originally a bespoke catering service for private clients, they were soon catering for high-profile events for brands like Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton, and now they have a cafe in Selfridges. Raised on their mum's old-fashioned home cooking - an odd combination of traditional Filipino cuisine and classic English dishes - their recipes are free from gluten, grains, refined sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oils. Big fans of meat or fish and two vegetables, their ethos is all about enjoying all the natural fats that come with our food, including quality dairy. Refined carbohydrates like pasta and noodles are replaced with more nutritious whole foods like quinoa and buckwheat as well as nuts, seeds, vegetables, beans and lentils at the third-floor cafe.

 
 
 

The Detox Kitchen

With seasonal salads, meat and fish dishes, and guilt-free desserts, this is 'where healthy meets delicious'.

10 Kingly Street , Soho, London, W1B 5PJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Starting out with a healthy meal plan delivery service - loved by Elle Macpherson Gwyneth Paltrow and Suki Waterhouse - Lily Simpson has now expanded her Detox Kitchen brand with the opening of two London delis, found on Kingly Street and Fitzroy Place. Aiming to inspire people with the concept of mindful eating, the brand's slogan is 'where healthy meets delicious' and a menu of seasonal salads, lean meat and fishes dishes, fresh smoothies and juices, and even a selection of guilt-free desserts, are all incredibly good for you without compromising on taste. Typical options include salmon fishcakes with lemon, paprika, parsley and coconut yoghurt sauce; grilled sweet potato steaks with a parsley and soya dressing; raw cacao and goji berry delights; and wheat, dairy and refined-sugar free banana muffins.

 
 
 

Nama

This plant based restaurant only serves raw food.

110 Talbot Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 1JR

Tube: Westbourne Park Station

 
 

Plant-based restaurant Nama in Notting Hill believes in harnessing the power of natural food and serves balanced and nourishing dishes, all of which are raw to ensure they are as close to nature intended as possible. The vegan, organic and unprocessed menu features breakfast dishes such as walnut pancakes with banana ice cream and zucchini crepes with tomato relish, spinach and caramelised onions. Mains include a vegetarian sushi platter, Thai coconut curry and even pizza, with a courgette and walnut base topped with nut and seed cheese and pomodoro sauce. And, proving that a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be boring, there's even a selection of cheesecakes and tarts as well as wine, prosecco and organic lager.

 
 
 
 

Snaps & Rye

Smorrebrod on homemade organic rye bread is served at this contemporary Danish restaurant and takeaway.

93 Golborne Road, Notting Hill, London, W10 5NL

Tube: Ladbroke Grove Station

 
 

Breakfast on homemade Danish pastries and enjoy traditional Danish rye bread for lunch at Snaps & Rye where meatballs and cured salmon are a speciality. The first culinary venture from Westbourne Grove locals Kell and Jacqueline Skott, this is a contemporary Danish restaurant and takeaway which takes its name from the main elements of the menu... 'Snaps' - a drink served traditionally with meals - and 'Rye' the base of their traditional Smorrebrod (or open sandwiches on rye bread). Chef Trine Vennerstrom Eriksen-Johnson is responsible for the menu which has a strong focus on classic Danish cuisine. Smorrebrod is served on homemade organic rye bread with classic toppings such as house-cured herring and 'Rullepolse' ('rolled sausage' in Danish). The national dish of meatballs is, of course, also on the menu, complemented by Akvavit cocktails, Tuborg beer and house-infused Akvavit snaps.

 
 
 

Bel-Air

Feel good fast food proves that takeaways don't have to be riddled with guilt.

54 Paul St, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4LN

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

Proving that takeaways don't have to be riddled with guilt, Bel-Air in Shoreditch serves 'feel good fast food'. Open weekdays only, it's ideal for workers in the area looking for a healthy lunchtime alternative, with numerous salads and hot dishes available. Salads can be made up of two to four types, with prices ranging from 3.50 to 5.50 dependant on how many you choose, while protein boosts such as chicken, salmon, frittata and smoked mackerel are option add-ons. Hot dishes include ancho chilli braised beef with cabbage salad, coriander and guacamole; ginger and chilli crab cakes with pak choi and pickled daikon salad; and black quinoa and goat's feta risotto with roasted cauliflower, spinach and sprouts. Breakfast is also on offer, with courgette hash and scrambled eggs, buckwheat and almond milk porridge, and granola with yoghurt all on the menu. Or, for a real health boost order the Clean Green Fighting Machine, a super healthy concoction of pineapple, apple, lime and seven - yes, seven - types of green goodness.

 
 
 

106 Baker St

A daily changing menu of freshly prepared and healthy dishes.

106 Baker Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 6TW

Tube: Baker Street Station

 
 

Open from breakfast until 7pm, and ideal for lingering over a weekend brunch, 106 Baker St is a cute all day cafe serving fresh salads, great coffee and hot dishes with a Mediterranean influence. Ingredients are sourced locally from London markets and from Italy for dishes like ravioli filled with roasted veal and melt-in-the-mouth cepes mushrooms. As well as good quality coffee there are freshly pressed juices in unusual flavours like cantaloupe and watermelon. And there are sweet treats like cacao-beetroot cake, chocolate biscotti and butter shortbreads to have with your flat white. Sit at small tables for two while borrowing one of the newspapers hung on poles, and take in the old fashioned floor tiles and fireplace. Head to the terrace/garden outside and you can enjoy your cuppa while overlooked by a white bicycle hanging on the wall.

 
 
 

Whole Foods Market

Stock up to make healthy food at home with the help of this clean eating mecca.

20 Glasshouse Street, Soho, London, W1B 5AR

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Just off the southern end of Regent Street, the Whole Foods Market store in Piccadilly Circus, opened on 22nd May 2012 as part of the Quadrant development which takes in Glasshouse Street, offers 17,000 square foot of foodie heaven. More than just a well-stocked supermarket specialising in natural and organic produce, the store includes a pizza, cupcakes and patisserie counter, sells hand-rolled sushi made daily, and includes a cafe with outdoor and indoor seating areas. As well as wraps and sandwiches, made to order, you can get teas and Monmouth coffee and Wi-Fi. There's just about every food speciality you can think of including cheese, charcuterie, antipasti and they host weekly in-store tastings and events. At the a health and beauty department on the second floor, the emphasis is on natural skincare and there's a treatment room where facials, skin care analysis, manicures, massages and nutritional advice are available.

 
 
 

Daylesford Organic Notting Hill

This organic restaurant, butcher and bakery brings a taste of the country to London.

208 - 212 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, W11 2RH

Tube: Notting Hill Gate Station

 
 

Daylesford Organic brings the taste of the Gloucestershire countryside to Notting Hill with the Bamfords bringing produce from their country estates to the city. The minimalist, cream and white decor could only exist in the city (no muddy wellies here, thank you) but the produce is the best all-organic stuff you'd find at an authentic farmers' market. There are several parts to the shop situated on the well-to-do Westbourne Grove: the Cafe, Bread Bar for homemade patisseries, The Larder for fresh fish and meat, and the food shopping side of things. Shelves and baskets are neatly stacked with the best bread and biscuits, seasonal fruit and veg as well as longer life staples like dressings and mustard. There's an excellent wine offering too, many of which are biodynamic or organic, shipped over from Daylesford's sister estate in the South of France. Delicious, contemporary and chic, we think Daylesford is a destination in itself, worth seeking out if you're looking for something a bit special.

 
 
 
 

Maple & Fitz

Substantial salads and cold pressed juices are served at this central London cafe.

36A Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 3LY

Tube: Goodge Street Station, Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Aiming to nourish its diners from the inside out, Maple & Fitz serves a menu of healthy seasonal grain bowls and salads, raw cold pressed juices and nut milk, breakfasts and sweet snacks. With no heating or pasteurising, the juices retain all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes from the ingredients, while also keeping the strong flavour. For something a bit more filling try one of the substantial salads, which promise to be much more than your standard green salad. Playfully titled options include the Julius Caesar, with shredded kale, romaine, mangetout, toasted buckwheat, cabbage, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and Dijon-lemon yoghurt dressing; the samurai slaw, with soba noodles, cabbage, shredded carrots, sesame, spring onion, a hint of chilli and miso sesame soy dressing; and the Mexican standoff, with bulgur wheat, avocado, black beans, jalapenos, red onion and coriander lime pesto dressing. There's also the option to add on more proteins such as chicken breast, salmon, tofu or grilled halloumi. Breakfast ranges from maple porridge to avocado chilli toast while sweet snacks include gluten-free brownie, granola bars and raw energy balls.

 
 
 

Tiosk

Enjoy wholesome food with a premium cuppa at this contemporary tea and natural food store.

33 Broadway Market, Hackney, London, E8 4PH

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 

Recent years have seen coffee crowned London's hot beverage of choice but now tea is being put back in the spotlight at Tiosk, a natural food and tea store on Broadway Market. With white-brick walls, filament bulbs and wood benches, the store puts a contemporary twist on teahouses and serves a range of premium loose leaf teas from around the world, brewed for guests to drink in or take away. Further to more familiar brews like the Posh Builders and Earl Grey, there's also intriguing options such as Japanese Matcha, Masala Chai, Jade Oolong and Elderflower Tisane. Non-refined sweeteners are used in the sweetened tea and a variety of milk is on offer, including soy, almond and dairy. Continuing the health theme, the store also serves a menu of natural, wholesome and honest food that's always free from refined sugar and with many dairy and gluten free options available. Typical dishes include wholeness bowls, with grains, vegetables, leaves, pulses, nuts and seeds; toasted open sandwiches on sourdough or rice bread; overnight bircher muesli; and homemade granola with gluten free oats, puffed quinoa, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds.

 
 
 

SHOT: Simple, Healthy, Organic and Tasty

Healthy food in the heart of the City.

23-23a Bride Lane, London, EC4Y 8DT

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

An abbreviation of Simple, Healthy, Organic and Tasty, SHOT offers healthy food in the heart of The City. Burnt out by DJing around the world, Asad Naqvi found healthy food and clean eating to be the only cure for the bone-tiredness he felt - something city workers can certainly relate to. Co-founded by Asad and Rahil Malik with advice from nutritionist Alice Mackintosh, SHOT specialises in unprocessed food - 85 percent of the ingredients on the menu are raw - with no artificial additives, preservatives, stabilisers, emulsifiers, flavourings or colourings and natural sugars only. Signature dishes include baked sweet potato and quinoa falafel, and spicy chicken pho made from bone broth and gluten free sweet potato and buckwheat noodles. They also stock a large range of cold press juices, health shots and super-food smoothies, made daily on site. Even better, in the 'Power Hour', stressed-out city slickers can educate themselves during their lunch break while enjoying the delicious food on offer.

 
 
 

26 Grains

A new, colourful take on humble porridge.

1 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

Taking humble porridge to another level, 26 Grains in Neal's Yard is the brainchild of Alex Hely-Hutchinson, who has taken inspiration from Scandinavian cooking to create an open-fronted, rustic caf that specialises in a seasonally changing menu of hearty, colourful porridge. Forget golden syrup, these porridge dishes bring together vibrant, nutritious ingredients that will transform porridge from a boring midweek breakfast to an exciting guilt-free treat. Grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, barley, millet, flaxseed and, of course, oats are combined with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise while toppings range from nuts and fresh fruits to homemade compotes and granolas. Add pretty flowers to that and you've got some seriously Instagram-worthy food.

 
 
 

Grill Market, Chelsea

This Chelsea branch is even more health-focused than its central London sibling.

293 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9PZ

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Following the opening of the Holborn branch in 2014, Grill Market can now also be found in Chelsea. Located within the Lomax gym, this branch is more health-focused than its central London sibling, with a tempting menu of protein pancakes, homemade granola, grilled meat and fish, burritos and regularly changing salads. Also on offer is the Fit Food service, which sees the Grill Market chefs partner with Lomax nutritionists to create fresh, macro calculated personalised meals, snacks, juices and smoothies to be delivered to your home or office - perfect for those who want to take the stress out of healthy eating. With a rustic yet welcoming interior and friendly staff, this caf is the perfect place to relax with a morning coffee, sip on an afternoon smoothie or feast on some guilt-free pancakes.

 
 
 
 

Rude Health Cafe

This cafe from the founders of Rude Health cereals goes beyond breakfast.

212 New King's Road, London, SW6 4NZ

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 
 

Housed in the historic former home of the Rolls Royce and Bentley coach builder, H J Mulliner & Co, the Rude Health Cafe is an all-day cafe from Nick and Camilla Barnard who are best known for their Rude Health breakfast cereals. And breakfasts are a highlight here with fruity date porridge, Kombucha bircher muesli and steaming pots of sprouted porridge on the menu. But the healthy eating choices go beyond the first meal of the day. Hearty soups and freshly made sandwiches are made using wholesome ingredients like sprouted grains and fermented vegetables. Added extras include an in-cafe grocery space and special events including fermenting and pickling workshops, raw cheese and chocolate tasting sessions, and natural wine evenings. If you're into healthy eating you'll be cheered by their mantra: 'Eat Right, Stay Brilliant'.

 
 
 

Redemption

'Spoil yourself without spoiling yourself' at these guilt-free restaurants.

6 Chepstow Road, London, W2 5BH

Tube: Royal Oak Station

 
 

With the mantra 'spoil yourself without spoiling yourself', Redemption Shoreditch serves food that's as easy on the eye as it is the body. With two London branches - one in Shoreditch and one in Notting Hill - the restaurant serves up healthy, Instagram-worthy food that's free from alcohol, dairy, sugar and wheat. Diners can tuck into dishes such as sweetcorn and red pepper pancakes, brown rice penne pasta in a rich tomato and garlic sauce, a maki rolls platter and wild mushroom black rice risotto. 'Good for you desserts' include spiced pumpkin pie, acai berry and vanilla cheesecake and ruby forest gateau while drinks include a range of colourful mocktails.

 
 
 

M RAW

The first gluten-free restaurant in London to serve 'Michelin quality food'.

Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6SQ

Tube: Victoria Station, St James's Park Station

 
 

Part of celeb hotspot M Victoria and under the same roof as M GRILL, M RAW is the first gluten-free restaurant in London to serve 'Michelin quality food'. Come here for sustainably caught fish on offer in tartars, tempura, hot earth bowls and bento boxes. The sashimi collection, made using cobia - "the Wagyu of the sea" - is a speciality and includes king fish, octopus and sea bass caught with the Ike Jime fishing method - known to be a reliably sustainable way to fish. Says owner Martin Williams, "More restaurants than ever before are offering gluten free dishes on their menus. But few are offering a total menu." So, whether you have a dietary restriction like Celiac Disease or you choose not to eat gluten, at M RAW you can eat everything on the menu.

 
 
 
 
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