My Favourite Health Spots in London
I have just celebrated my one-year anniversary of living in London, and I have to say my love for this city is growing by the month. There is so much to London, always so much going on, and so much to see. It also has a fast-growing health scene, with lots of exciting cafes, restaurants, pop-ups, and ethical beauty stores and spas. Here are a few of my favorite places...
East London Juice Co.
I stumbled upon East London Juice Co. a few months back but it has become a regular stop now. It has no store as such, just a window from where you order, pick up your drinks and can buy crystals from. They have every type of healthy liquid you could want - from; bone broth, tea, smoothies, juices, and herbal tinctures. My favourites are the cold chocolate nut mylk with reishi mushrooms and the Green Antioxidant Smoothie. I like that the products here are created by qualified naturopaths and include herbs and functional foods, like medicinal mushrooms, in the drinks.
A perfect weekend isn’t complete without an early morning trip to Borough Market. I try to get down to the market just as it’s opening (8 am) so that I can pick the best produce before the tourist crowds appear. This market always has the best in-season fruit and vegetables, as well as fantastic nut butter, veggie juices, cheeses and some great organic sourdough. Aside from all of the great produce on offer, there is also some of the best Northern African food, goats milk ice cream and the best falafel I have outside of Egypt. This is the place to go if I'm looking for any unusual ingredients, herbs and spices or a big range of wild mushrooms.
Redemption Bar, Shoreditch
Redemption Bar never disappoints. Its menu is perfect for brunch or lunch and they have a fantastic alcohol-free cocktails list for pre-dinner drinks. All of the food is vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free, with filling portions and plenty of great flavours. Redemption Bar is my go-to for brunch in Shoreditch and I can recommend the avo toast, pancakes and corn fritters.
Ella Woodward is a worldwide phenomenon, making her three London Delis some of the busiest eateries in London. She has now opened three Deliciously Ella cafes in London, serving fresh, vegetarian food daily. Her cafes have a seasonal menu filled with plants, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes. I have eaten at the Bond Street cafe too many times to count and have loved the meal every time. Most of the meals are served as a ‘nourish bowl’ with a plant and lentil based dish with vegetables and then a side of sweet potato, rice or quinoa. Every time you eat here you can be assured that you will get a warming and satisfying meal. I have also acquired a small addiction to her chocolate brownies which are always served in her stores - they are chewy and fudgy and so tasty.
Neal’s Yard Remedies
Neal’s Yard is a square in Seven Dial's and is home to the original Neal’s Yard Remedies store (also known as the most instagramable spot in London for any health addict). While this store has a fantastic range of home and body care products, the reason I go is to buy from their tea and herbal tincture dispensary. They have an extensive selection of herbs and will give you great advice on the best herbs to use for a particular problem. Take time to relax in the Neal's Yard square in the sun or eat outside at 26 Grains or Wild Food Cafe - if you can get a table!
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road becomes the most beautiful street in London every Sunday. I love grabbing a coffee from Kiwi cafe, Long White Cloud (yes, Kiwis still make the best coffee even in London) in Hoxton, and then walking over to the flower market. The market is always crazy busy, so try to get there early. You can buy all types of flowers, indoor plants, fruit trees, and herbs. I always leave with more flowers than I have vases for.
Nat.ive is my restaurant of choice when in Covent Garden, the menu is simple, seasonal and quintessentially British (minus the stuffy pub grub feel). All of the meals are made from farm fresh produce or foraged from surrounding woodlands and forests in London. There are as many yummy plant-based dishes on the menu as there are animal protein ones, but my favourite dish has to be the white chocolate and bone marrow caramel dessert.