Green Queen Travels: The Best Healthy Restaurants In London
London Town is gaining fast traction in the healthy eating scene. From innovative British flavors and wholesome Middle Eastern meals to Cali-fresh fare, Big Ben’s stomping grounds has exploded with fantastic raw offerings, salad bars galore, cold-pressed concoctions and everything in between. With an awe-inspiring group of women at the helm of these new spots, there’s no reason not to get your (healthy) grub on. Check out our London healthy eating guide below!
Detox Kitchen – Healthy Deli & Takeaway
One of London’s first healthy food delivery services, Detox Kitchen is also a deli, offering a broad range of British fare featuring tasty and wholesome organic meals, free from wheat, dairy and refined sugar in two versions: protein or vegan. Think fresh seasonal salads, lean meats and fish, delicious smoothies, juices, coffee and tea. Founded by self-taught chef Lily Simpson in 2012, Detox Kitchen has two locations (with a third coming soon!) and a fitness studio above their flagship deli in Fitzrovia.
3 London locations, click here for addresses (mostly around Oxford Street and Goodge Street).
Photo courtesy of Detox Kitchen
Good Life Eatery – Salad & Smoothie Bar
Melding the health-conscious LA vibe with a British love of hearty foods, Good Life Eatery has become one of London’s hottest healthy eating spots. Founded by Yasmine Larizadeh and Shirin Kourous (who were introduced to one another by their dads!), the café serves hearty salads, American-style sandwiches, gluten-free baked treats, cold-pressed juices and veggie-based smoothies. With three stores and a cookbook, this wellpreneur duo are going from strength to strength. We love that they support their community by featuring sustainably-sourced produce from local farmers and developing seasonal menus.
Photo courtesy of Good Life Eatery
The MaE/Mae Deli – Veggie Cafe & Take-Away
One of the internet’s biggest health food bloggers and a passionate advocate of plant-based cuisine, Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella opened up The MaE Deli with her husband (taking the first letters of their names plus their cocker spaniel’s, Austin) in 2015 to wide fanfare. Since then, the three-time best-selling cookbook author has added more locations with varied offerings, not to mention her ever-popular energy balls (which can now be found in shops throughout the city!) Emphasizing transparency in their veggie-forward, mostly gluten-free menus (which includes sharing their recipes), all of MaE Deli meals are packaged in recyclable or compostable packaging for an eco bonus.
2 London locations in (Bond Street and Marble Arch) plus temporary Pop Up near Liverpool Street), click here for addresses.
Photo courtesy of The MaE Deli
Daylesford – Organic Cafe
One of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK and arguably one of the movement’s pioneers, it doesn’t get much more country-chic than the stylish Daylesford retail-cum-cafe locations. Founded by Lady Carole Bamford, her food and lifestyle concept is an experience in organic and healthy eco-luxury at its finest. Their 4,500 sq ft lifestyle emporium in Chelsea touts three floors of seasonally curated groceries, UK dairy products and heritage-breed meats straight from the organic fields of the company’s own Gloucestershire farms (a two-hour drive from London). Also on offer: artisanal homewares and a great selection of organic and biodynamic wines. We love the food menus: organic fare presented in fresh, modern dishes that make for the perfect healthy lunch and brunch spot!
3 London locations in Notting Hill, Pimlico, Marylebone click here for addresses.
Photo courtesy of Daylesford
NAMA Foods – Raw Vegan Fine Dining
A popular plant-based restaurant in Notting Hill, NAMA offers a full service menu of gluten-free, vegan, organic and unprocessed dishes featuring an artisanal raw take on British cuisine. They are especially well-known for their raw cakes and sweets, as well as their homemade fermented nut cheeses. Everything is made in-house daily from the kombucha to the nut butters to the cold-pressed juices. For gluten-free vegans and those who live a vida sans dairy, this is the business. Bonus: NAMA also offers an assortment of raw vegan delivery packages based on your nutritional goals.
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Hally’s – California Cafe
Inspired by a road trip in The Golden State, Hally’s is a Californian-inspired cafe in Parsons Green. Set in a trendy whitewashed beach house-style eatery featuring fresh, innovative ingredients with bold and sunny flavors, Hally’s offers daily changing salads, an array of delicious cakes and a fantastic selection of classic American sarnies like lox on a bagel and the ubiquitous avocado toast as well as Cali faves like pulled pork and great burgers.
Photo courtesy of Hally’s
Little H – Juice & Salad Bar
The little sister to Hally’s located just down the road, Little H is a petite juice bar and to-go spot, with an even more laid back vibe than Hally’s refined all-day cafe. With fresh house-pressed fruit and vegetables juices and smoothies, pastries and a vibrant salad bar, Little H is ideal for those looking for a healthy (and gluten-free) lunch on the go. The menu is all about locally-sourced produce presented with a farm-to-table philosophy.
267 New Kings Road, Parsons Green; +44 20 3417 8228; Email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message on Facebook for more information.
Photo courtesy of Little H
Tanya’s Cafe – Raw Vegan ‘Bakery’
Currently under renovations until later this year, popular raw vegan restaurant Tanya’s Cafe will transform into Tanya’s Retail as a grab’n’go for all your favorite plant-based provisions in Chelsea. Co-founder and wellness coach Tanya Maher, the unofficial raw vegan queen of London, will also merge her successful blog, Better Raw, into an online wellness hub with the expansion. Be on the lookout for Tanya’s cakes, juices and adventure bowls at other cafes and shops all over town and make a note: Tanya’s cake creations are available for catering and special event orders (she even does massive raw vegan wedding cakes).
35 Ixworth Place, Chelsea; +44 20 7225 7538, email@example.com.
Photo courtesy of Tanya’s Cafe
Honey & Co – Middle Eastern Cafe & Grill
A well-loved Middle Eastern cafe in Fitzrovia, Honey & Co is run by wife-and-husband duo Sarit Packer (former pastry chef for Ottolenghi and former executive head chef at Nopi) and Itamar Srulovich (also a chef with a wealth of professional kitchen experience and private client servicing). While not touting a specifically-healthy philosophy, the Middle Eastern-inspired menu lends itself to the organic crowd and the chain has exploded in popularity of late. From their first spot in north Soho, they now have Honey & Smoke and Honey & Spice: The Food Store, the latter featuring a full grocery of the ingredients they use at the restaurants. Bare walls and Moorish-tiled floors belie scrumptious Levant salads, dips (their garlicky hummus may be the best in town), mezze and grilled meat mains, all served with hot, soft pitas and a well-curated drinks list.
3 London locations in Warren Street and Regent’s Street, click here for addresses.
Photo courtesy of Honey & Co
Wild Food Cafe – Vegan Cafe
A raw-centric vegan cafe nestled in London’s colorful Covent Garden, Wild Food Cafe is focused on bringing creative, seasonal and organic plant-based food served on shared communal tables. Offering world-inspired cuisine, smoothies and juices as well as soups and snacks and desserts, the menu has everything from veggie rice bowls to raw chocolate tarts to kale salads.
1/F, 14 Neal’s Yard, London ; +44 20 7419 2014; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Farmacy – Vegetarian
Embracing clean indulgences, Farmacy supports a plant-based philosophy by serving up dishes inspired from cuisines around the globe. Based in Notting Hill, the menu features mezze platters, macro bowls, a black bean burger and ‘clean’ curries, all of which you can wash down with offerings from its its Alchemy Bar, which whips up fancy cocktails made from fresh ingredients renowned for their medicinal benefits (like flaxseed oil for healthier skin and hair) and cayenne pepper (to detoxify).
74 – 76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill ; +44 20 7221 0705.
Photo courtesy of Farmacy
Lead photo courtesy of Detox Kitchen.