Yes, January has come round quickly. Last year I wrote about my favourite eight healthy places in London (see here), and some have made a re-appearance in this blog on 2016. But there are also new ones which made the cut:
Ethos – the vegetarian buffet option
I’m not usually a fan of vegetarian restaurants, especially not ones which have a help yourself buffet and where you pay for the food by its weight. But Ethos – with it’s cool Scandi design, large range of seriously delicious dishes (warm and cold, all gluten free) was a definite hit with me. During the week they serve breakfast/brunch (avocado on toast/pancakes/scrambled eggs) and it’s a shame they don’t offer this on the weekend, but my Saturday lunch there was sublime (highlight: the zucchini and cheddar fritters). Watch out how much you pile on your plate though, it can add up quite quickly.
Farm Girl – the trendy Notting Hill hot spot
Just off Portobello Road, this hidden away gem, with stunning design (still loving their dark green tiles), offers the ideal healthy brunch. THeir berry pancakes are the dream, everyone raves about their BLT (expect smoked coconut is used instead of bacon), and you may catch a glimpse of the live in and adorable grey French Bulldog. While the service can be a bit haphazard, I think the food and atmosphere make up for it.
Little H – my trusted local
I love everything about Little H, from its quirky California-esque design, to its well-priced cold-pressed juices (£3.90 for a small, which isn’t that small) and delicious chia pots. Even if it’s raining outside, stepping into this tiny space, with its friendly service and array of (healthy) delights on the counter, will cheer you up any day. If you need something more substantial, you’ve got big sister Hally’s across the road, which also never lets you down.
Andina – for a South American twist
Ceviche’s sister restaurant in East London but not be your obvious choice, but here they offer South American food with a healthy twist. Expect lots of quinoa, super foods (the first time I tried Lucama was here), cold-pressed juices and more. For breakfast they offer ‘safe’ healthy options like avocados and eggs on sourdough, but you can also try their more original Huevos Q’apachana (poached eggs with spicy potato puree, spinach and mushrooms).
Both Snaps & Rye (Golborne Road) and Lundenwic (Covent Garden) are great options for healthy but delicious breakfasts and lunches. While Lundenwic does a wonderful porridge for breakfast, and hearty soups, cold-pressed juices and good sandwiches for lunch, at Snaps & Rye you should really try their ‘smorrebrod’ offerings with fresh herring or cured salmon. Superb.
Tanya’s Cafe – for the superfood cocktails
OK so being healthy doesn’t necessarily mean cutting out alcohol all together (I am not partaking in Dry January). At Tanya’s Cafe you can have the best of both worlds: delicious, fresh, raw food and superfood cocktails. My favourite was the combination of one of their raw cheesecakes (to die for) and one of their sugar free cocktails.
Having started in South ken, you can also find the Good Life Eatery in Marylebone, and news is that they will soon be opening in Belgravia. Which is good news for everyone, because this cosy (if pricey) cafe offers your perfect healthy options. I love their gluten free scones and brownies, and their juices are delicious too.
Apart from the above, the Detox Kitchen (who have just opened a new branch in Kingly Court), Nama, Crussh and Juice Baby are all great alternatives.
With all these options there’s no excuse not to at least try and be healthy this month!