WF takes London: 5 healthy hot spots
WF’s digital editor, Bec, hit some of London’s healthy eateries and gave her verdict on a mix of healthy eats and delicious treats.
London is overflowing with vegan, vegetarian, wholefoods and health-centric eateries. In fact, you don’t need to walk far along any London street to find a colourful salad, protein-rich lunch or organic drink. Here are five of our fave healthy hot spots, prepare to feel hungry.
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Bodyism’s boutique studio in Notting Hill also features a Clean and Lean cafe. The menu is completely gluten free and leaves out refined sugars. The mantra here is providing food that nourishes your body and feeds your soul and the premium ingredients used certainly do this.
The cafe is only small but offers a range of smoothies featuring Bodyism’s signature supplements, a range of salads and wraps, toasties, cookies and muffins and Bodyism’s signature (and kinda famous) Açaí bowls.
It’s a good place for breakfast or a quick bite on the go, plus the studio itself is more like a hotel than a gym which makes it a pretty cool space to chill out in.
You don’t need to be in London for very long at all before you notice one of these eateries. The first Pret opened in 1984 and now there are over 370 locations across the UK. The stores are a haven of natural food, organic coffee and virtuous snacks, making takeaway food healthy for thousands of Londoners everyday.
Pret offers a wide range of salads in easy-to-takeaway boxes, like its roast salmon and avocado super bowl (lentil & quinoa grain mix topped with roast salmon, avocado, baby kale, edamame beans, seed mix and a lemon dressing.). Keen for a tasty breakfast? Grab a dairy-free bircher on the go with thick and creamy coconut yoghurt or a smoked salmon and poached egg bowl.
You won’t find ‘sell-by’ dates on Pret’s fresh food either. The brand offers its unsold food to charity at the end of each day meaning you’ll be eating a delicious salad, sandwich or baguette that was made only a few hours before.
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If a bowl of poached eggs, quinoa, charred corn, spinach, cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon bits, chives and red pepper sauce sounds like your idea of heaven, then Good Life Eatery’s hipster bowl is calling your name. Good Life has three locations across London and the brand prides itself on its delicious food, anti-diet mentality and its delivery service (powered by Deliveroo bike delivery) that brings healthy food right to your door.
The Good Life Eatery menu is extensive, ranging from sweet breaky treats like the Yoda bowl (homemade granola, pineapple and spirulina puree, raspberry, banana, desiccated coconut) to superfood salads like the “All Green Everythangg” (honey sesame tofu, endive, kale, radicchio, lamb’s lettuce, baby gem, cucumber, celery, steamed broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, lemon dressing). Plus, as has come to be expected from wholefood cafes like Good Life, the smoothie menu will have you salivating.
If making it to London’s Chelsea isn’t on your radar in the near future, worry not. The Good Life Eatery cookbook is available here in Australia, so you can whip up one of the healthy creations yourself.
This healthy food chain is prolific in the UK, with a shop front on almost every corner, which is good news for health-loving Londoners. Eat offers fresh-made salads, sandwiches, hot pots and wraps for lunch on the go. Grab a miso and tahini beef salad with seasoned black rice, and a colourful selection of vegetables including carrot, edamame beans, red pepper, chilli and garlic broccoli or a BBQ pulled pork hot pot with pickled slaw for a nutrient-dense lunch.
While Eat is technically classified as a “takeaway” its food is far from your usual takeaway fare. Its menu is forever changing with the seasons and picking up a quick, healthy bite will only set you back four pounds (around $8).
With locations in Soho, Kings Cross and Camden, you only have to take a short tube ride to get a bite to eat at Mildred’s. This vegan and vegetarian hot spot is famous among locals for its fresh and affordable fare. Apart from the usual healthy suspects, Mildred’s offers a little bit more than other veggie-full restaurants with burgers (smoked tofu, lentil, piquillo pepper, in a focaccia bun with relish, rocket, red onion and tomato is a winner) and a list of substantial main courses (like pumpkin, ricotta and sage tortelloni with wild mushrooms).
Plus, an added bonus if you’re feeling like something a little less virtuous beside your vegan meal– Mildred’s serves cocktails and a range of desserts like their vegan salted caramel tiramisu.