Top Five: Healthy London places to go for lunch
For those of you who are still sticking to your New Year’s resolutions to get fit and eat healthily, we salute you! (…said while guiltily guzzling down a chocolate bar.) We know there are so many temptations out there, so we’ve found some healthy lunch gems to help you stay on track. Check them out!
Image: The MaE Deli
The MaE Deli
18-20 Weighhouse Street, London, W1K 5LU
Monday to Friday 7.30am – 9pm
This quaint little place in Mayfair is run by Ella Mills, better known as Deliciously Ella, and her husband, Matthew Mills. Hence the name, MaE, for Matthew and Ella! If you don’t know who she is (where have you been?), Ella creates these awesome raw, vegan and gluten free recipes using simple ingredients. She has four recipe books out now, and The MaE Deli serves up some of the best of them!
Their menu is entirely free from wheat, dairy, additives, and refined sugar so this place is a dream for people trying to cut them from their diet. Create your own MaE bowl from a selection of healthy dishes and try their signature energy balls – the perfect on the go snack!
Image: The Street Kitchen Instagram
The Street Kitchen
381 Mentmore Terrace, The Arch London Fields, E8 3PH
Monday to Friday 7.30am – 2.30pm
The Street Kitchen, founded by two London chefs, is all about healthy British street food. They make great tasting meals, sourcing their ingredients from only the best natural British produce. Here, the recipes are influenced by season and location of their ingredients, so they have an ever-changing menu which means you’ll never get bored! Their bistro boxes are delicious, high quality dishes that you would expect in a top end restaurant, plus you can conveniently pack them up and take them back to the office. Be sure to try one of their freshly prepared salad boxes – we’d recommend the smoked salmon or the spiced aubergine box. The street kitchen can also be found at Broadgate Estate and New Street Square.
Image: Tossed Instagram
6 Canvey Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9AN
Monday – Thursday 7am – 5pm and Friday 7am – 4pm
If you haven’t tried it already, Tossed is a fast growing chain with 14 stores in central London alone – and healthier eating is at its core. They keep their food simple, fresh and natural, so you can eat until your heart’s content. At Tossed, you can create your own lunchtime masterpiece using a range of their fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. But if you just want to grab and go you can do that too by picking from any of their signature house salads, wraps, toasties, soups or pho. We love their salads, and they do the best smoothies to make it easier to get all your fruit and veggies in. To top it off, all of their food is freshly made on the day – could healthy eating on the go be any easier?
Image: Healthy Stuff Instagram
Healthy Stuff Café & Shop
168 Dalston Lane, Hackney, London, E8 1NG
Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and Saturday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Healthy Stuff is a great little café which serves a selection of sandwiches, fresh salads, and vegan and gluten free cakes. Started up by couple Marina Biaudet and Benny Logie, they are all about providing good quality, wholesome and tasty food, and promoting a balanced diet. They also make fresh juices and smoothies on site. We think their green and cleanzinger juices are the best! And if you fancy stopping by for breakfast as well they put up a superfood breakfast.
Image: 26 Grains
1 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9DP
Monday – Friday 8am – 9.30pm, Saturday 9am – 9.30pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm
26 Grains is all about creating delicious wholesome grain-based dishes and is largely influenced by Scandinavian cooking traditions and spices. One of their most popular dishes is a bowl of Hygge, which is a Scandinavian term roughly meaning ‘cosiness’. If you’re looking for wholesome foods to fill you up, keep you going all day and make you all warm inside, then 26 Grains should be your first stop!
If you get the chance to visit any of these great places for lunch let us know your experience in the comments below!