As health bloggers, we love delicious food – especially when it involves avocados (so on brand). Nevertheless, our small team is often out and about in the city of London exploring, meeting, trying new things and working really hard for our community – obviously.
Once again, we partnered with our friends at Karma to find out the best restaurants and food in London that you’ll be able to find in the Karma app. It is truly the best option to rescue food when on the go. You can shop from your favourite joints for half price (or more) – cue happy dance.
Karma is the app that helps you rescue unsold food from restaurants and grocery stores before it’s wasted and ends up in the bin. Since launching the start-up in Sweden in 2016, Karma has more than 725,000 users and 5,200 retail partners across Europe.
Are you ready to eat your way through London, and rescue delicious, unsold meals? Download Karma today and get £5 off your first order. Share your adventures and discoveries with #eatwithkarma
Lunch on the go
Coco di Mama – (7 Central/City locations)
Fancy some pasta for lunch? Tapping into my Italian origins here – but we are big fans of pasta in any shape or form, especially when on the go! The joint also introduced a jack in a box vegan salad, as well as other vegan delights including sweet pomodoro pasta, jackfruit puttanesca pasta, vegan lentil ragu, chargrilled aubergine & slaw ciabatta, vegan lentil lasagne, banana bread and an activated-charcoal croissant.
Detox Kitchen – Mortimer St or Kingly St
The business started as a delivery service, and soon Detox Kitchen opened its first deli, which quickly became a staple in the busy alleys of Carnaby Street. A favourite among tourists and office workers, it offers lunch and take-away dinner, all food is free from wheat, dairy and refined sugar. Most of the food in the London-based cafe is plant-based, and it includes a wide selection of healthy vegan and vegetarian dishes.
High Mood Food – Marylebone, Spitalfields
Launched in Marylebone a few years back, the first High Mood Food cafe offered a variety of gut-boosting meals and treats (including their very own kombucha kits). The cheese and sauerkraut toastie is a favourite for the HBC team. They opened a new stall in Spitalfields market, for busy tourists as well as the vibrant startup scene populating the area.
Hop Vietnamese – City
Fancy a taste of East? Hop offers delicious Vietnamese street food. Watch out for unique breakfast and lunch options including savoury pudding rice (congee) and banh mis (deliciously filled baguettes). Vietnamese is among the up and coming cuisines in the UK, so definitely one to watch out for – spring rolls anyone?
Island Poke – Shoreditch, Canary Wharf, Victoria, Bank
London loves poke. So much so that poke joints have opened all across the City. One of the longest-standing institutions is Island Poke. If you still do not know about poke, it is a classic Hawaiian dish of cubed, marinated fish. Traditionally the local fisherman would haul in their catch, dice it up, season it and eat on the spot. The ‘Poké Bowl’ is a modern approach to this concept and normally includes a base of rice or slaw topped with seaweed, fruit salsas, pickles and garnishes. You’ll find loads of creative vegan options as well for vibrant food in London.
For delicious snacks and sweet treats
St John Bakery – Neal’s Yard
Tucked away in a corner of Neal’s Yard, St John Bakery is a hidden gem that brings you back in time. Fancy a morning pastry, or a delicious Eccles (small, round cake filled with currants and made from flaky pastry with butter, sometimes topped with demerara sugar)? As well as doughnuts and croissants, the bakery also doubles up as a wine shop, for those celebratory days that call for champagne and glazed treats.
CPress – Shoreditch
CPress started over 6 years ago in London, delivering juices to the City. It quickly developed into a series of cafes all around the city. They pride themselves to be among the few 100% organic juice and coffee shops in London, with a few standalone locations and a cafe inside Shoreditch’s Triyoga yoga studio, serving juices and delicious post-yoga class snacks.
Fabrique – Holborn/Fitzrovia/Covent Garden
Scrolling through Fabrique’s Instagram feed is true pastry porn – in the best possible way. Croissants, cinnamon buns and baguettes fill the feed of Fabrique’s social. You’ll find locations of this delicious bakery scattered across London (as well as two shops in New York and Sweden). A highly needed visit for bakers and food bloggers looking for a carb fix.
Vida Bakery – Brick Lane
Another personal favourite of the HBC team, Vida bakery brings you delicious treats for gluten-free and vegans alike. Among its offering it includes seasonal cakes, cupcakes, brownies, hot drinks and soft-serve ice cream for the short but sweet London Summer. The cupcakes feature seasonal flavours and all-time favourites like peanut butter and jelly – head over for sweet delicious food in London.
Press London – St Pauls
Another juice delivery company that slowly expanded with a few locations in the City, including St Pauls, Selfridges and soon Soho. Press London features a wide variety of juices (obviously) including charcoal and lemon, green juices, mylks and more.
A fancy stop in town
Redemption – Covent Garden, Shoreditch
Redemption started as the only alcohol-free bar in London well over 5 years ago, in a small location in Westbourne Grove. It has massively grown since then, still championed as one of the City’s healthiest bar-restaurant, serving up vegan, sugar-free and food with an alcohol-free bar. Redemption Bar is lead by two empowered female entrepreneurs: Catherine Salway – with a background in business at Virgin; and Andrea Waters – an experienced restaurateur, vegan and raw chef. Seriously living the girl boss power here.
Farmgirl – Notting Hill, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Soho
What began three years ago as a desire to bring Melbourne’s vibrant brunch culture and food to London, has positioned Farm Girl as a leading name in the food and wellness industry. No, not just because of its gorgeous Instagrammable locations. The fresh, delicious breakfast options are what keeps customers coming, including avocado toast, acai bowls, gluten-free buttermilk pancakes or their famous house granola. Head to the Sweaty Betty flagship store and fitness studio for a lunchtime fitness class and a post-workout smoothie at Farm Girl Soho.
Pinza (healthy pizza) Bethnal Green
Wait a second – did you say pizza? Okay, not exactly pizza, but pinza. Not a pizza, not a flatbread, pinza is in a class all of its own. Pinza is the modern foodie’s answer to a wholesome hand-kneaded crust. Pinza is on a mission to introduce our uniquely healthful menu to vegans, carnivores and flexitarians alike. Plus, they have a Nutella pizza. Sold.
Mae Deli – Mayfair, Oxford Street
Deliciously Ella’s own deli is another favourite of health bloggers (local and visiting). The flagship deli, tucked away in a corner of Weighhouse Street serves plant-based dishes with corn fritters, smoky beans and avocado smash; chia puddings with peanut butter and fruit compote and homemade smoothies for breakfast. Expect big salad bowls, hearty stews, dhals, soups and grains for lunch, and there are always lots of cakes. Try Deliciously Ella’s famous brownies, treats, organic cold-pressed juices, matchas and turmeric lattes.
Club Mexicana – Shoreditch, Netil Market
Did you say 100% vegan Mexican food? Prepare to be blown away by this Mexican-inspired street food. Club Mexicana’s tacos, nachos and burritos are championing some truly underrated ingredients, including the Baja Tofish taco – featured multiple times in the press!
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