Having lived in Kensington my whole life, I’ve had plenty of time to discover the best spots to eat clean and work out. All of the places listed below are vegan or have vegan options.
I’m lucky to have a massive Whole Foods on my doorstep on High Street Ken. Three floors of quality products, with plenty of options for every diet- vegan, paleo… They have it all. On the top floor there are several restaurants to eat at including Gengi Sushi.
If you’re new to the area, you must visit Portobello Road!
The market stalls, buskers and vintage stores all around make for an amazing atmosphere. If the market isn’t your thing, avoid Saturdays for a more peaceful vibe. I highly recommend the Grain Shop on Portobello for lunch or a snack. Their portions are huge and very inexpensive (under £5!!) and they are vegetarian with a multitude of vegan options. If you’re craving something sweet, I recommend the almond&raspberry slice: vegan and delicious. Note that there isn’t much space to sit down here so it’s better to take your meal and have a wander with it or eat it in a park! Further down Portobello is Farm Girl, which is a little bit pricier. They too have great vegan options and their bowls are amazing- my personal favourite is the Pitaya Bowl!
If you’re still craving dessert, get some fro-yo at Yogland on Westbourne Grove.
Their frozen yoghurt tastes great yet is low on calories, hence their motto ‘Cheat fit!’. Vegan options are available.
Kensington Gardens is world famous for Kensington Palace and the Round Pond. I find it a great place to run or cycle (just be careful you stick to the designated cycle lanes). On a sunny day it’s a popular picnic/sunbathing spot also.
The branch of Sweaty Betty on Kensington Church Street hosts a number of FREE fitness classes in the shop as well as selling stylish, quality workout clothes! Just remember to book in advance online. Across the street from Sweaty Betty is Barrecore, a fitness studio that offers a range of barre classes that are definitely worth a try.
Felling tired from that workout?
Stop off at Kensington Coffee, also located on Kensington Church Street. Newly opened, they’re my favourite coffee spot as they sell a range of vegan snacks as well as giving the customer the option of almond, hemp, soy and other milks in their drinks.