Maybe you’ve decided to get a little bit healthier this year, you’ve started going to the gym a bit more, and now you want to get into some better eating habits. Or perhaps you’re already health-conscious and you need some food inspo to keep things exciting, but still want to keep track of macronutrients. Whatever the case, we’ve put together a great list of top-class London restaurants that will keep you full of energy and raring to go.
We’ve all heard that what you feed your body is important, and these restaurants below take this idea very seriously. From fine dining at Michelin star restaurants to eating wholesome acorn bowls of grains sitting in a treetop, eating healthily doesn’t have to be a dull affair.
Healthy eating is important to keep your body in balance, give you more energy and help you to live longer. The health scene shows no sign of slowing down as more and more health-conscious eateries open up. London is spoilt for choice when it comes to healthy food – we’ve got spiritual wellness havens, Californian-style kitchens, farm to table affairs and plenty more.
We often tend to neglect our health with our fast-paced modern lives; sometimes there’s no time to meal-prep or find the time to properly source great ingredients yourself, but you can rely on top chefs and nutritionists from our roundup of the best healthy restaurants to guide you towards your best self.
Put yourself first for once; treat yourself to a meal that will nourish you, and have you feeling good no matter what lifestyle you lead. You’ll be surprised by the wonderful variety of healthy eats on offer in this great city. With our guide to London's best healthy restaurants, getting your greens and nutrients never needs to be boring again.
Check out our pick of the best healthy restaurants in London below.
VE Kitchen, Clapham
Why: As more and more vegan restaurants open in London, it gets harder to stand out from the crowd. VE Kitchen, however, does this effortlessly, combining a strong commitment to the environment with punchy, exciting dishes in a casual diner setting. Starters include mini cashew mac 'n' cheeze and fried plantain, mains include classic rice bowls as well as "game-changers" based on the Aryuvedic principles of mindful eating. Burgers and hotdogs make an appearance, featuring Moving Mountains famous substitutes.
Where: 39 Northcote Road, SW11 1NJ
Roll Baby, South Kensington
Why: Sister to the highly popular Farm Girl, Roll Baby narrows the scope of healthy food to one dish: summer rolls. You can mix and match your rolls, including chipotle chicken or prawn and avocado, as well as your sauces, including sriracha mayo or tahini ginger. Top-notch Australian coffee and freshly-baked pastries are also up for grabs.
Where: 10 Arcade South Kensington Station, SW7 2NA
Grain Kitchen, Aldgate
Why: Another restaurant to focus on perfecting one dish, Grain Kitchen's speciality is - you guessed it - grain bowls. Choose from nine hot dishes like the Mediterranian beluga and Middle Eastern jewel bowls. Optional additions include beet-cured salmon and halloumi, and the eclectic homemade sauces include green harissa and sorrel pesto.
Where: 13 Harrow Place, London, E1 7DB
Holy Carrot, Knightsbridge
Why: Holy Carrot is on a mission to change how people view the vegan diet, one carrot at a time. Nestled in the wellness hub that is Urban Retreat, this cosy haven offers globally inspired plant-based dishes including purple potato croquettes, crispy lobster mushroom with black garlic mayo and its signature parsnip root risotto. Unusually for vegan destinations, the Holy Carrot also offers afternoon tea with entries like miso caramel trifle.
Where: Urban Retreat, 2-4 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, SW1X 0LH
Avobar, Covent Garden
Why: Has any food item had more of a resurgence over the past 10 years than the humble avocado. What was once considered a slightly tasteless fruit best enjoyed as guacamole, now features on hipster brunch menus across the UK. Avobar, as you might have guessed, is all about celebrating the avocado and offers a superfood-heavy menu which really demonstrates quite how versatile this fruit is. You'll find everything on the menu from an avocado burger complete with avocado bun to superfood salads topped with ye old faithful.
Where: 24 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8ND
The Good Life Eatery, various locations
Why: If the name wasn't enough of a clue in itself, The Good Life Eatery is all about food that is good for you that also tastes amazing. The five outposts across the Capital all serve food throughout the day, beginning with healthy breakfasts such as vegan porridge with strawberry and raspberry chia compote, and chestnut and almond waffles. Later in the day, you can expect a mixture of superfood salads, wraps, and a selection of warm bowls like vegetable curry.
Where: Chelsea, Marylebone, Notting Hill and St John's Wood
Linnaean, Nine Elms
Why: Named after the famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, Linnaean is a rather beautiful space in Nine Elms, comprising not only of a health-focused café but also a beauty salon and apothecary. Chef Fran Winberg's menu is built around providing options for all diets so that everyone is catered for. Dishes on the menu include vegan banoffee crepes for breakfast and plates such as a duo of vegetable tartlets and orange glazed tempeh for lunch and dinner. Linnaean also does cakes made to deliver, including four-layer chocolate fudge and a vegan caramelised biscuit cake.
Where: Embassy Gardens, 2 New Union Square, SW11 7AX
Farm Girl, various locations
Why: Inspired by the health food scene of Melbourne, Farm Girl now has a number of branches across London and serves tasty plates of food alongside wonderful coffee. The brunch menu may be the focus here, with healthy dishes such as buckwheat pancakes, and the acai bowl always proving popular, but there are also plenty of all-day options available too. Think superfood salads, special sandwiches and rose lattes.
Where: Belgravia (relocating from Knightsbridge), Fitzrovia, Notting Hill, Soho and South Kensington coming soon
Atis, Shoreditch and Belgravia
Why: Owned by ex-Noble Rot sommelier Eleanor Warder and her husband, Atis is just a stone's throw from Old Street station and serves super healthy, ultra-Instagrammable bowls of delicious food. Pick from the vast array of different options including spiced lentils with turmeric roasted cauliflower, or you can choose to build your own bowl. With a real focus on sustainability too, you can also grab any leftovers on the food waste app Karma. Click and collect and delivery are also available.
Where: 145 City Rd, London EC1V 1AZ; 1-2 Eccleston Yards, London SW1W 9AZ
Skinny Kitchen, Islington
Why: Skinny Kitchen is a healthy-eating haven for all-day dining with a range of fantastic dishes to suit everyone. Try the chicken satay for a delicious hit of protein, the crispy cauliflower tacos for your fill of veggies, or re-energise with a refreshing salmon ceviche topped with Asian slaw. The food is as vibrant as the setting, with pretty greenery everywhere, and fun pops of pink which provide Instagrammable moments. For a less healthy (at least for your liver) option, Skinny Kitchen does a bottomless brunch and, in keeping with their Ibiza roots, have their own resident DJ.
Where: 52 Upper Street, N1 0QH
Wild by Tart, Belgravia
Why: Wild by Tart is all about sustainability and cooking seasonal produce to ensure that the ingredients are at their prime. The menu explores big flavours from grill to wood oven but still remains health-conscious. The roast pumpkin with caramelised aged feta and wilted kale is a lesson in eating well, while the grilled prawn and celeriac tacos are a proper feast to nourish the body. However, this is not just a restaurant. Wild by Tart is also a bar, coffee kiosk, shop, event space and photography studio.
Where: 3-4 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ
Brother Marcus, Balham, Angel and Shoreditch
Why: Brother Marcus is based in Balham, Angel, and Shoreditch, with a Mediterranean-Middle Eastern fusion of dishes, made from well-sourced, quality ingredients. This is ingredient-forward, happy eating but without any heaviness. The menu is divided into earth, land, and sea sections where you can expect delights such as salt-roasted beetroot, kohlrabi fennel salad, and saffron steamed mussels.
Where: 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA; 37-39 Camden Passage, N1 8EA; 2 Crispin Place, E1 6DW
Lantana Café, Fitzrovia, London Bridge and Shoreditch
Why: If you’re looking for your next Antipodean-inspired obsession, Lantana Café (Fitzrovia, London Bridge, Shoreditch) may fit the bill with their exciting menu. Half the menu is plant-based, but all the dishes are wholesome, from the lamb kofte with bulgur and pomegranate fresh herb salad to the avocado poke bowl topped with tenderstem broccoli and pineapple cucumber kimchi. The London Bridge and Shoreditch branches also serve dinner.
Where: 13 Charlotte Place, W1T 1SN; 44-46 Southwark Street, SE1 1UN; 2 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road, EC1Y 1HQ; 78 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QS coming soon
The Good Egg, Soho and Stoke Newington
Why: Head to The Good Egg in Soho or Stoke Newington for your fix of fresh, light Israeli eats. The menu is way more inspiring than the typical hummus, pita and mezze situation. Try the roast cauliflower doused in golden tahini or burnt aubergine complemented by whipped feta and confit tomatoes. Dishes are packed with exciting flavours and sustainable ingredients.
Where: Kingly Court, W1B 5PW; 93 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS
The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell
Why: The menu at The Modern Pantry reads like an impressive list of intriguing ingredients fused together into a smorgasbord of exciting dishes. With a mishmash of cultural tastes, this restaurant has got a little bit of everything. While you might not be able to calorie count this one, you can expect good, honest food that is intricately flavoured, such as the miso oyster mushrooms featuring apple and almond gratin, and a pea puree.
Where: 47-48 St John's Square, EC1V 4JJ (however this branch is temporarily closed and will be relocating)
Caravan, various locations
Why: Caravan (City, King’s Cross, Exmouth Market, Bankside, Fitzrovia) is a vegetarian hotspot with buckwheat grain bowls of brunt stem broccoli and pickled oyster mushrooms, and plates of braised puy lentils, roast Jerusalem artichokes, and slow-roasted carrots. For the health-conscious pescatarians and carnivores, there’s the zingy za’atar baked cod and confit duck with a gigante bean and fennel stew. The healthful menu is varied, and a long way from boring. Once you've tried their food, you'll probably want to buy the 'Dining All Day' cookbook too.
Where: Various locations
Why: Driven by the stunning flavours of Peru, Chicama concocts fresh dishes of veggies and seafood. Ceviche is an obvious must, with the likes of scallops and sea bass marinated with truffle and soy tiger’s milk, but the blackened octopus featuring confit potato, sundried tomato, and cauliflower is also not to be missed. The food is flavour-packed but light, best to share a couple of plates so you get to try a bit of everything.
Where: 383 King's Road, SW10 0LP
Malibu Kitchen, Bank
Why: Live out your LA dreams at this cool spot, where Californian sunshine meets Mediterranean ingredients. Veggie, meat, and fish dishes equally share real estate on the menu; neither is side-lined at Malibu Kitchen. The dishes are varied, but have an air of West-Coast flair, from the ahi tuna poke bowl to the beetroot tartare. The sea bream tacos are zingy, while the beef fillet doesn’t go easy on the colourful vegetables.
Where: The Ned, 27 Poultry, EC2R8AJ
Daylesford, Notting Hill, Brompton Cross and Pimlico
Why: Daylesford has a few cool locations, in Notting Hill, Brompton Cross, Pimlico and Marylebone where you can treat yourself to sustainable produce, for some real farm to table appreciation. The vegan market garden vegetable and nut burger will sustain you, and the Jerusalem artichoke carnaroli and spelt risotto will warm you up. For dessert, try the dairy-free blackberry cheesecake, made with coconut yoghurt and Medjool dates.
Where: Various locations
Farmacy, Notting Hill
Why: From a farm in the Kentish countryside to quaint Notting Hill, Farmacy aims to deliver exciting plant-focused dishes that tantalise with their eclectic mix of inspirations from pad Thai to garden green pesto to loaded mushroom tacos with frijoles and charred corn. This is clean eating done right, you won’t realise the food is free-from at all. The décor is just as classy and chic as the food, with hints of greens peeping out everywhere.
Where: 74 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH
Mildreds, various locations
Why: A decades-old establishment where vegans and veggies alike can rejoice in the variety of healthy dishes and stunning flavour combinations, Mildreds now has a number of different branches across London. With their Levantine-inspired “chicken” kebabs and Sri Lankan curries, the menu is wide-ranging and intriguing. The food is entirely plant-based but the chefs like to stretch the boundaries with the burgers, such as the plum teriyaki with kale and pickled red onions.
Where: Various locations
Why: Omoide is the perfect grab and go option for refuelling after a heavy gym sesh, or for lunch, when you don’t have much time but still want to get your veggies in. You can get chirashi bowls topped with proteins such as den dashi chicken and tuna wasabi shoyu piled high with delicious pickled vegetables and sauces. The concept is German-Japanese Chef Angelo Sato’s solo debut, which he opened after working in some of London's top restaurant kitchens.
Where: 126 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TX
Wulf & Lamb, Chelsea and Marylebone
Why: Wulf & Lamb is all about making the vegetables the star of the dishes, with plant-based alternatives for classics, such as their non-carne chilli and open burritos. The food is nourishing and wholesome, with seitan burgers, pulled jackfruit stews, and cauliflower steaks. As a SquareMeal Silver Award rated restaurant, this chic eatery is the perfect vegan joint for staying on the health train, but also enjoying great flavours.
Where: 243 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP; 66 Chiltern Street, W1U 4EJ
Natural Kitchen, various locations
Why: Natural Kitchen has a smashing selection of gorgeous salads that aren’t boring or basic in the slightest, with Asian blackened teriyaki salmon fillets, and wild line-caught tuna loin among the options. The burgers are flavoured with spicy jackfruit, and Greek-style lamb and a halloumi, carrot, and broccoli concoction. The plant-based dishes include superfood courgetti and a natural protein curry, for the super health-conscious. For the less health-conscious, Natural Kitchen's happy hour runs from 5-7pm every day.
Where: Various locations
The Petersham, Covent Garden
Why: An upgrade from the original hotel in Richmond, this fine Italian eatery takes you on a seasonal journey with their char-grilled celeriac and squash, or the fillet of hake dressed in a watercress and caper sauce. The starters are impressive too, with delectable pumpkin gnocchi and fennel Portland crab. Feast happily on the nourishing plates of vegetables and well-sourced fish and meat at the grand Petersham.
Where: 27-31 King Street, WC2E 8JB
Farmstand, Covent Garden
Why: Farmstand is the perfect pit stop for fuelling up on honest, healthy food based on the founder’s philosophy towards healthy eating. Inspired by roadside market stalls, the food is entirely free of wheat, dairy, and gluten, following the 80% vegetables, 5% fish, and 15% meat rule. You can choose a main among the likes of miso aubergine and harissa chicken, alongside sides of za'atar beans and roasted sumac cauliflower.
Where: 42 Drury Lane, WC2B 5AJ
For more healthy eats, check out our pick of the best vegan restaurants in London.