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Redemption Bar, London
It’s a given, January is the month where we’re all told to detox, drink less and eat healthily. But January should not be a month of self-punishment but self-love. London is a hub for all things healthy, especially when it comes to what food is on offer making it all the easier to nourish your mind, body and soul. So, to help you in your navigation of the capital we’ve picked out our favourite plant-based spots and whole-food eats that will make you feel beautiful both inside and out.
This plant-based restaurant is the place of the moment; offering virtuous versions of typically more indulgent treats, such as burgers and nachos. The vibe is very LA: featuring twinkling lights and all-natural decor, with wooden furniture and foliage a plenty - a place to really relax and take time for yourself.
The recommended dish: the house pizza with cashew cheese and roasted vegetables (£13). There’s also an organic wine list for those who want to pause and take some time with a loved one for the evening.
Farmacy Kitchen, 74 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5SH
Honi Poke opened in February 2017 to offer Londoners a little taste of Hawaii - a true escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Raw food takes on a whole new life here, with fresh high-grade salmon, tuna and octopus paired with sticky rice and fresh flavour-packed ingredients such as enoki mushrooms, nori seaweed and sunomono cucumber. All bowls are made fresh to order, full to the brim of nourishing nutrients. From £6.20 per bowl.
Honi Poke, 88 Dean Street, Soho W1D 3SP
Billed as a ‘health haven’, Rawligion provides a full ingredients list for all dishes - most of which are raw and vegan. As well as wholesome breakfasts, lunches and desserts, they also offer juices and botanical elixirs designed create balance in the body. The broccoli-adorned interior will take some getting used to, but the food itself is fantastic.
Rawligion, 3 Tottenham Street, W1.
Japanese food, for the most part, mirrors its cultural concept of zen - with clean flavours, aesthetics and unbounded health properties. And Tombo, in South Kensington, is the perfect realisation of this premise. With a large menu of traditional healthy offerings such as sushi, sashimi, and London’s newest craze - poke (pronounced poke-ay). They also have a matcha bar with a range of green tea drinks to cleanse and calm.
Tombo, 29 Thurloe Place, SW7 2HR
A natural aphrodisiac and nutrient-rich, the Wright Bros. happy hour is a must visit - yes really. Their oyster happy hour which is, in fact, 3 hours long (3 pm - 6 pm on weekdays) offers oysters £1 a pop.
But if you’re going for a full meal, be sure to order their fresh prawns, crab and grilled fish - simple but delicious.
Wright Bros, See website for various locations
The New York-inspired Grill Market in Holborn and Chelsea sells some of London’s best organic food. To ensure top quality, all of its meat is free range and its vegetables are from Covent Garden Market. Every day, Grill Market offers a complete breakfast menu with healthy options such as freshly pressed juices and smoked salmon laden rye.
Grill Market, 10 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8PN and 293 Fulham Road SW10 9PZ
The pizza at the Portobello Organic Kitchen in Notting Hill is made from scratch with organic ingredients that is locally sourced. In fact, most of the Kitchen’s produce comes from Portobello Market next door to the restaurant. The use of organic food means that the food is packed full of essential vitamins and provides a fresher taste.
Portobello Organic Kitchen, 207 Portobello Road, Notting Hill W11 1LU
The brainchild of health aficionado Catherine Salway, Redemption started life as a pop-up dry bar in the Trellick Tower, before launching this, their first permanent branch in Chepstow Road, serving alcohol-free mocktails and a selection of meat, dairy and sugar-free dishes. A Shoreditch outpost soon followed and, with the restaurant packed to the rafters even on drizzly evenings.
Redemption, 6 Chepstow Road W2 5BH & 320 Old Street EC1V 9D
A self-service veggie buffet that comes up with the goods from breakfast to lights out, Ethos scours the globe for culinary inspiration. Start the day with a gluten-free egg and spinach protein pot plus a beetroot-and-carrot juice, lunch on Japanese miso-roasted aubergine, quorn lasagne or salads that will help you hit your five-a-day, and finish with a self-styled black-bean brownie.
Ethos, 48 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX
Ingredients-led Jar Kitchen offer put their produce first, featuring veg-heavy dishes such as colourful grain salads stirred through with roasted heirloom carrots, coconut yoghurt, pomegranate, almonds and herbs. They sit alongside more decadent farm-to-fork options like ox tongue with pickled baby vegetables or guinea fowl with black trompettes, parsnip purée and poached grapes - wholesome goodness from the source.
Jar Kitchen, 176 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5QF
Let us know if you try any of our self-love suggestions and for more London info keep an eye on our blog.