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Fast & Fancy Bites: Healthy Eating in London

Here’s our guide to healthy eating in London: delicious quick bites without the guilt.

When you’re travelling, there’s no better way to get to know a place and its culture than through the food. “Treat yourself’ is definitely the traveller’s gold standard, but sometimes you just need a healthy boost! If you’re looking to enjoy a casual healthy meal, here’s our list of the best local hotspots for ‘free-from’ food in London.

1. Katakata – Brixton

Katakata’s delicious vegan galettes are stuffed with ingredients like butternut squash, rich aubergine and jerk tofu. A colourful breakfast spot, with fresh juices and coffee too. Stay in the neighbourhood for Heidi James’s writing Experience.

2. Ethos Fitzrovia

Not your average ‘free-from’ buffet. With an enormous offering at this luxurious self-serve cafe, we recommend doing a cursory lap of the dishes to plan your plate wisely. Leave room for dessert!

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3. Ahi Poke – Fitzrovia

It’s no surprise that poke has taken London by storm: these extremely Instagram-friendly dishes combine the best bits of sushi and salad. Choose a kale base for a grain-free dish. Poke is the perfect fuel for Nick’s street photography Experience, which kicks off at the British Museum nearby.

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4. Detox Kitchen – Soho

Expect scrumptious salads and sweets free from wheat, dairy, and refined sugar at this tiny deli. Guided by the ethos of ‘healthy meets delicious’, the Kitchen’s signature salads and juices have become an instant hit.

5. The Good Life Eatery – Marylebone

Smoothies, soups, salads and sweets are all available fresh and free-from at the several Good Life outposts across London. You won’t find wifi at any of them, though; bring a book or chat to a neighbour over your grub.

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6. Bel-Air – Shoreditch

A taste of California cool at this Shoreditch deli: choose one of their hot dishes or combine their mouthwatering salads with fresh protein and flavourful sauces. After a colourful lunch, hit the streets of East London for a graffiti Experience with street artist Karim Samuels.

7. 26 Grains  Covent Garden

Inspired by Scandinavian cooking traditions, 26 Grains serves wholesome and hearty grain-based dishes, elevated with spices and fresh ingredients. Their vegan porridge bowls are still the best in London.

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8. Nama Foods – Notting Hill 

Nama remains at the epicentre of the vegan food scene, putting out extraordinary dishes that will convince even the hardiest skeptic of the benefits of a raw-food diet. Head straight to Portobello Road with Hannah, who’ll help you hunt for vintage goodies on her Fine Vintage Experience.