UPDATED FEB 3, 2020
Across the Big Smoke, healthy cafés and restaurants are serving up tons of innovative and delicious dishes you don't have to feel bad about indulging in. Even better, we’ve rounded up the best, tried-and-tested eateries to fuel your active lifestyle.
A holistic and healthy yet comfortingly simple approach to Australian café eats, Farm Girl uses fresh and nutritional ingredients across their delightful selection of colourful, tasty plates and bites. Spoilt for choice? Try a Liquid Gold Latte and pair it with a Coconut BLT Sandwich. And don’t worry if you’re vegan, dairy-, nut-, or gluten-free — their menu includes clearly-labeled options for all. With locations in Chelsea, Notting Hill, Knightsbridge, and Sweaty Betty’s flagship store in Soho, consider this place your new go-to for good-for-you eats.
If you thinks finding clean food means you’re often left hungry unless you're willing to drop a pretty penny — think again. Farmer J on Leadenhall, King William St., Finsbury Ave., and Canada Place is focused on serving up protein-packed food made with seasonal ingredients sourced from high-welfare farms. And you can bet they don’t skimp on flavor. Flank steak with spiced roast sweet potatoes and honey-charred broccoli on a bed of cauliflower freekeh — yes, please! Fitt Tip: if you're on the search for a new dinner spot, check out their sister concept The Fancy Fork inside their King William St. location.
With a restaurant centrally situated in the picturesque Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, and another located on Upper St., Islington, this ‘raw-centric’ eatery features plant-based plates you won't find anywhere else in the city. Their ethos is centred around well-being and focused on locally-sourced, freshly-foraged wild and artisanal ingredients, slow food processes, and a commitment to organic, heirloom produce. So, naturally, all items on the menu are prepared daily. Oh, and they even offer raw food cookery classes for when you fancy hosting a dinner party.
If you’re serious about healthy eating, you’ll be totally nuts about Squirrel. This South Kensington hot spot has undergone an Instagram-worthy refurb featuring ‘tree-house’-style interiors and botanical touches, and we’re totally digging it. They serve up delicious ‘acorn’ bowls that are both mouth-watering and affordable. Plus, they're made with seasonal, good-for-you ingredients specifically selected by their in-house nutritionist, Zoe Stirling. The best part? Everything is made right in front of you, making it easy to customise any dish according to your preferences. And if you're not in the neighborhood, you can also find them in Victoria.
Mildreds has been serving the veggie-loving masses for over a quarter of a century, but fear not carnivores: they’ve got an array of dishes that will tempt even the most dedicated meat-lovers. Cue their Mock Duck Banh Mi on baguette. They pride themselves on healthy ingredients with Asian and Middle Eastern influences — and even the wine, coffee, tea, and milk is organic. You’ll find them in the heart of Soho, Camden, King’s Cross, and Dalston. Just keep in mind, they’re pretty popular, so expect a little wait if you show up during peak hours.
Based in Notting Hill, aka health food central, Farmacy offers plant-based dishes inspired by flavours from around the world. Plus, all of their menu items are free from dairy, refined sugars, additives, and chemicals. The lovely, sun-filled space doesn't hurt, either. If you’re looking for a wellness fix, their range of comfort foods, ‘clean cosmos’, smoothies, and matcha lattes have you covered.
The easy-going, sunny atmosphere at all four of Granger & Co.’s London locations means this restaurant can only be inspired by one place: Australia. With big windows and colourful decor, you’ll feel all the beach vibes before you even look at the menu. No surprise here — most of the dishes are veggie-driven and Aussie-inspired, like their Ricotta Hotcakes and avocado... everything. And we can’t not notice the big focus on brekkie! Fitt Tip: don’t sleep on their morning shakes, midday juice drinks, or evening cocktails.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s NOPI restaurant in Soho is exactly what you’d expect from the chef, food writer, and restaurateur powerhouse. The menu is divided into veg, fish, meat, and Ottolenghi trademarks — think colourful salads and platters packed with bold flavours. And the food here incorporates seasonal ingredients, so the menu changes accordingly. But, don't worry — they like to keep around a few signature staples like the Cauliflower and Green Bean Fritters, Coriander Seed-Crusted Burrata with slices of blood orange, and Lemon and Yuzu sorbet.
These days, it’s hard to come up with a unique new healthy restaurant concept, but this spot in Marylebone and at triyoga Chelsea nails it. The modern deli and counter-serve café is London’s first to focus on gut health — you’ll find all the seasonal, fermented foods you can think of. Pick up kefir, kombucha, or a loaf of fresh sourdough if you’re on the run, or stay and grab a meal from the salad bar featuring almost every vegetable, bean, and green you can imagine!
This charming eatery features a menu rich with options for all. Vegan, gluten-, dairy-, and refined sugar-free dishes are all covered and clearly labelled on their self-service buffet podiums. Even better, their offerings are inspired from the diverse cuisines of Japan, Southeast Asia, Italy, Korea, India, Mexico, and Lebanon — and anywhere else that does brilliant veggie concoctions. Stop into their spot on Eastcastle St., only a short walk away from Oxford St.’s hustle and bustle, and build your own bespoke meal before weighing your plate and paying at the counter.
It doesn’t matter if you need a fresh juice fix or are looking for a better-for-you lunch option, The Good Life Eatery has it all. They’re on a mission to help you eat healthier, and we think they’re doing a pretty good job of it. Here, you’ll find all kinds of raw, vegan, gluten-, and dairy-free treats, as well as cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Not to mention dishes that are developed based on seasonal produce and are guaranteed to have no pesticides or fertilisers. Happily, they have stores dispersed across South West London, from Belgravia to St John’s Wood and even in SoulCycle in Soho.
In Covent Garden you'll find an all-avocado eatery that you have to try to believe. Of course, they serve the usual: avo toast and many a smoothie featuring the restaurant’s namesake. But they also have a few wilder options that range from the Avo Bun Burger to avocado face masks (not for use whilst at the restaurant, incidentally). And if you still don’t know what an Avo Bun Burger is, we suggest you get yourself down there and find out!
It’s time to do away with the idea that comfort food can’t be equal parts nutritious and delicious. This charming bistro in Farringdon takes all the classics you love—like breakfast bowls and curries—and gives them gluten and refined sugar-free twist! And to wash it all down, they have a delightful selection of cold-pressed juices and smoothies that are so good, you’ll order one for now and one for later. Stop by the cosy eatery at any time of day or swing by on Saturdays for a truly incredible brunch spread.
The name of this Chelsea restaurant may make you second guess that it serves plant-based fare, but it’s all about evoking a sense of fierceness behind every plate of food. Satisfy your cravings for burgers, pastas, pizzas, and curries, with a lineup of mouth-watering indulgences made with big flavours and even bigger heart.
Join in on the South American party over in Chelsea. Inspired by the vibrant dishes and bold flavours of Peruvian cuisine, this contemporary and inviting corner cafe serves a tasty, lunch and dinner menus featuring shareable small plates and heartier mains. You’ll find a lot of fresh seafood, plus an entire section devoted to spiced veggies. #Balance it all out with a bottomless brunch on weekends.
Inspired by the tastes of the Mediterranean that they grew up with, the founders of LEON set out to create nutrient-dense and delicious food that also happens to be quick and convenient. They’re on a mission to make it easy for people to eat well on the go, and they’re well on their way with dozens of locations throughout the city. Need some help navigating their menu? Check out their take on the menu key, with tags like “I’m post-workout” and “good for your gut”, in addition to the standard allergen shoutouts.
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