There’s nothing enjoyable about having to drag along a begrudging parent or skeptical friend when checking out an exciting new restaurant – what a mood kill! So, for those in the city who are looking to try out some of London’s best healthy eats, here are some of our favourites that’ll still please a crowd, whatever their lifestyle…
Filth burgers is the brand-new Shoreditch spot created by Gizzi Erskine and nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson. It has a fully plant-based ‘junk food’ burger menu – the star of the show being its black bean, lentil and non-GMO soy patty with a secret unami paste. It tastes as the name suggests and will certainly please your meat-eating pals, but won't feel as heavy as your classic greasy burger. It’s a 3 -month pop-up, so get down quick!
The Gate isn’t new, but it is a firm-favourite that caters to a range of tastes with their veggie and vegan menu. Their goal is to help more people experience and enjoy plant-based foods, and they're all about sustainable growth and adapting to the needs of their communities. They currently have 3 sites in London - Marylebone, Islington and Hammersmith. Our recommendation? If you’re going all in, their vegan chocolate brownie is a total winner.
Peckham levels is the place to go in South London for all the healthy goodness you could want. If you’re a keen yogi, head to Level 6 for a class, before joining your pals at Wildflower. It’s a canteen-style eatery that serves up a vast menu of brunch, lunch and dinner plates on the daily, inspired by Middle Eastern, European and Mediterranean cuisines. They also have live music in the evenings from Thursday through till Sunday.
When it comes to eating in London, you can’t get much better than one of Ottolenghi’s spots. His world-famous Middle Eastern fare truly deserves the praise it gets. His sixth restaurant, Rovi, in Fitzrovia is a personal favourite – its menu keeps vegetables at the heart but takes a fresh focus, using techniques such as fermentation and cooking over fire. Some of the dishes you can’t miss? The celeriac shawarma, and the confit mushrooms… oh and the pita and hummus is the best we've ever had.
The best thing about Ethos? It’s easy for those with any kind of allergies to get their fill worry-free. It’s a self-service offering but done in the most beautiful of settings, with high-piled vibrant salads, stews and a fair few treats too! The worst thing? You pay by weight – beware.
Buzzing at all times of the day, Morito offers a range of North African and Spanish tapas. Indulge in a mezze of different dishes - you won’t regret ordering the fried aubergine with feta and date molasses or labneh with dukkah and roasted carrot. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of epic options for meat and fish eaters too.