UPDATED MAR 25, 2020
There's no denying Londoners love a boozy breakfast sesh, but we get it if you've got a healthier version in mind. That's why we rounded up all the top spots in the capital for you to get your better-for-you weekend brunch fix.
Bringing Down Under dining to London, this Aussie-owned café collection keeps it real, calling a fancy bacon roll a “Fancy Bacon Roll”. Elaborate dish names aside, they have plenty of creative and healthy meals, and we've got two words for you: bottomless brunch. Clear your afternoon, pull up a chair, and order up their Healthy Start — celeriac toast, avocado, poached eggs, broccolini, and tomatoes. And, don't leave without trying their signature activated charcoal sourdough. Fitt Tip: find brunch at Barbie Green, Ziggy Green, Timmy Green, Daisy Green, Darcie & May Green, Scarlett Green and Beany Green, so you're always just a hop, skip, and a jump away.
You’ll see the queue before you smell the food, but the waiting’s worth it to get a spot at this Clerkenwell café. Owned by a nutritionist, the menu is refined sugar- and gluten-free and packed with flavorful options. Your friends can still order a mean stack of GF pancakes, but it’s the healthier options (we vote the Aprés eggs with smoked salmon followed up with a shot of organically-grown wheatgrass), that deserve a breakfast bravo.
If the smell of coffee from their on-site roastery doesn’t wake you up, their food sure will. You can find Caravan all over: at Gracing King’s Cross, Exmouth Market, Bankside, City and Fitzrovia. And, at each joint they serve “well-travelled” food (the majority of it being of the healthier variety). And let us just tell you, their Edamame Fritters with baby spinach, field mushrooms, fried duck egg, and red miso butter are a 10 out of 10.
When it comes to Mildreds—one of the first vegan/vegetarian restaurants on the London scene—you can’t go wrong. They stack their menu with healthy options (including gluten-free eats), so your body will thank you just as much as your taste buds will. Think Pistachio & Pecan Nut Granola, Vegan Chick'n Roast, and even a big brunch option that’s a riot of colours. Find them in Soho, Camden, King’s Cross, and Dalston.
Ethos is a self-service veggie buffet in the heart of Central London. Their mission? Serving you a healthy morning on a silver platter — literally. At this Fitzrovia spot, you’ll find a Sunday brunch menu filled with international vegetarian dishes just waiting to be dug into. If you're having trouble deciding (it happens), we recommend the Shakshuka with Tofu. Fitt Tip: you pay for your food by weight, so easy on the servings.
The crew at Good Life Eatery are all about keeping their menu simple with epic taste. Their various cafés treat hungry brunch-goers to avocado chilli toast, salads packed with superfoods, and loaded wraps and sandwiches that don't skimp on flavor. There are even options for meat-eaters, so it’s the perfect Sunday meeting spot. Just make sure you’re the first to get your hands on their refined sugar-free baked goods (as in their incredible gluten-free Peanut Buttercups).
Brunching at Redemption’s restaurants in either Shoreditch, Covent Garden, or Notting Hill is never a bad idea. The food menu is sugar-, wheat-, and dairy-free, and their drink menu is alcohol-free. Can it get any healthier than that? Probably not. Stop in and try their Sweetcorn & Red Pepper Pancakes or Marinara & Brown Rice Penne Pasta (yes, pasta for brunch is a thing) and you’ll see why people talk up this place.
Daylesford’s menu was created by nutritionists, so you’ll do something right without even trying. The menu’s filled to the brim with organic, gluten-free, and healthy options, the only problem is deciding what to order. And despite being on the slightly pricey side, we’re pretty sure you’ll be won over by this charmer. The best part? You can find them in five locations throughout London so you’ll never be too far from a healthy meal.
Farm Girl serves up food that tastes even better than it looks. With four locations throughout London, they know their stuff — healthy brunch dishes made with high-quality, sustainable ingredients. Here you’ll find omelettes, smoothie bowls, and all kinds of superfood goodness on the menu. Just make sure you don't leave without ordering their famous House Granola. Oh, and come hungry!
Any café heading their menu with the words “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” has got to be good for you. And, it is. This Notting Hill hotspot features delicious, plant-based dishes free from dairy, refined sugar, and additives. Their heaven-sent Protein “Omelette” (a chickpea pancake filled with roast butternut squash and avocado) and any of their Probiotic Jars will definitely keep your stomach happy. Wash it all down with one of their Farmaceutical Syringe Shots and you'll be good to go.
The folks at Farmstand are committed to creating healthy, eco-friendly, and sustainable food. Case in point: you won’t see bottled water here because they try using compostable packaging materials. Plus, their completely scratch-made menu is gluten-, dairy-, and added sugar-free. Choose from amazing breakfast dishes like multigrain or coconut porridge, smoked salmon and eggs, and more. No matter what you decide, it's guaranteed to be made with ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients.
While many of London’s healthy brunch spots are gluten-, dairy-, and sugar-free, at High Mood Food, things are a little different. This Marylebone and Chelsea spot keeps all types of food on the menu, but everything comes with a healthy dose of gut-loving fermented foods. Whether it’s kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, and sourdough, if it’s packed with good bacteria, you’ll find it at High Mood Food. So gather your meat-eating, veggie, vegan, pescatarian, and flexitarian buddies and head down to London’s ultimate gut-health deli.
If you’re looking for a hearty and healthy brunch but fancy a little bit of everything, it’s time to check out Granger & Co. A midday meal at either of their Chelsea, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell, or King’s Cross establishments will blow your mind, and that’s all thanks to its eclectic breakfast menu. Grilled Cheese and Kimchi Open Sandwiches, Green Pea and Dill Fritters, and acai bowls with vegan granola are just some of the mouth-watering dishes you'll find here. It’s not exactly brunch as you know it, but that’s what makes it so so good!
Famed catering duo Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison (clients include Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney) not only opened a restaurant that’s housed in a 19th-century former power station, but they’ve also paired it with a deli, a bar, and even a photography studio. As for brunch, not to worry. Their farm-to-table, fresh-off-the-boat menu incorporates fresh veggies and seafood from local purveyors. And, did we mention they use honey from their own honeybees? Try for yourself with knockout brunch dishes like their Cardamom Buttermilk Pancakes and Greek Yoghurt Panna Cotta.
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