Eating healthily has never been easier, with an endless array of restaurants around the capital offering up oh-so-pretty plates which are both nutritious and delicious. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or simply want to grab-and-go, SUITCASE picks out the best healthy restaurants in London.
Taking their inspiration from the roadside stalls of the American mid-west where everything you can buy is home grown and seasonal, this quirky café on Drury Lane in Covent Garden cooks all of its food in house and free from refined sugar. Their suppliers are solely rooted in the UK, with their website describing where each of their items come from. Best for a quick lunch.
This restaurant located in the heart of Soho brings the traditional Hawaiian appetiser, poké, to the streets of London. Choose one of their ‘house bowls’ or make your own with options on the base (sushi rice, raw slaw), the top (tuna, salmon, beetroot) and then finish it with your topping of choice (pineapple, chilli, edamame). Be sure to their ‘crodoughs’ – a croissant-doughnut hybrid. Best for lunch.
Hanging plants, neon signs and faux-fur chairs is what you’ll spot upon entry of this Portobello Road hangout. Step inside from the garden to find a cosy café with fruit and veg lining the walls. They have a healthy and laid-back approach to Australian café culture and value themselves on having nutritionally nurturing ingredients. If you’re heading here on the weekend be sure to arrive early as their popularity means long queues. Best for brunch.
Serving colourful salads, pastries and mezze, this Middle Eastern restaurant is 12 years in the making by a husband and wife who share a love for preparing the food they grew up eating. The restaurant is small and intimate, so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment on busy days. Best for dinner.
Inspired by soulful Peruvian picanterias in the Andes Mountains (cosy, family-run restaurants), Casita Andina – along with sister restaurant Andina Shoreditch – was started as a place where you can really taste love and heritage in the food. The interiors of the restaurant celebrate the world of textiles, contemporary art and crafts. Best for dinner.
Situated on Kings Road, Chelsea, this organic cold-pressed juice bar aims to make sustainable, healthy food accessible on the go. Popular for their acai bowls and takeaway drinks, they believe it’s the little choices that make a big difference in your diet. Grab a handmade cold-pressed juice on the way past or sit in and enjoy their clean and quirky interiors. Best for breakfast.
Come here for Middle Eastern and Asian-inspired dishes, sharing plates and vegetable salad platters. NOPI’s chef-owner, Yotam Ottolenghi struck gold when he opened up his popular Ottolenghi delis in 2012, with his first in Notting Hill. This Islington restaurant takes a more formal approach to his previous; lined with white, tiled walls and brass fittings, the basement also contains large sharing tables where diners can observe their food being prepared in the open kitchen. Best for dinner.
Dedicated to producing wholesome grain based dishes, this modern café take their inspiration from Scandinavian cooking traditions and spices. Their menu ranges from smoothie bowls to the hygge bowl – ‘hygge’ being the Danish word describing a feeling from taking pleasure in making ordinary, everyday moments more meaningful and special. With all dishes based on grains, spices and fresh ingredients; they source as much of its fresh fruit and vegetables from local producers. Best for lunch.
Based on the 3rd floor of Selfridges, Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley have compiled a menu of dishes from their books as well as a few extra specials. With all meals free from gluten, grains, refined sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oils enjoy colourful main dishes and sharing platters. Best for lunch.
Self proclaimed as the ‘freshest salad bar in London’, this busy central London café aims to track down the best local produce for their juices and bright salads. The menu changes depending on what is available at nearby farms so check their menu boards to see which ingredients have come straight from the local farms that morning. Best for a quick lunch.
Just by walking into the chic country interior of this food market and restaurant, you’ll feel as if you’re getting a bit of fresh air. At the centre of the shop you’ll find a selection of organic fruits and vegetables fresh from Daylesford farm, along with meats, cheeses and breads – all organic as well. Their Eat to Be Healthy philosophy, spearheaded by Lady Carole Bamford, offers healthy menus (chia pots, raw slaw and detox chicken broth), cold-pressed juices, super food powders, cooking classes and exclusive recipes. They have shops in Notting Hill and Pimlico as well as their flagship farmhouse in Kingham, Gloucestershire. Best for lunch.
If you’re heading here on the weekend be sure to arrive early as both their popularity and no reservation policy encourages long queues. Started by Bill Granger, an Australian with restaurants in Sydney and Japan, Granger brings us a little bit of Australia’s laid-back lifestyle. Both locations (Notting Hill and Clerkenwell) are light and airy and the scrambled eggs and coffee are to die for. Best for brunch.
Snaps and Rye is a stylish and modern Scandinavian café launched by husband and wife team Kell and Jacqueline Skott. The menu consists of – as you would expect – home-cured salmon, open organic rye bread sandwiches and yes, you heard correctly, organic rye porridge.
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