Before we start, let’s make something clear: sadly, eating a goji berry won’t give anybody a six-pack and drinking one or two green smoothies isn’t going to remove all the toxins in your body. There’s nothing wrong with trying to keep fit however, or using the New Year as a starting point for your health kick. With that in mind, here’s our curated list of good-for-you food in London.
Asia de Cuba, Covent Garden
What: To help out anyone on a health kick, Asia de Cuba is launching a great value ‘healthy menu’ throughout the month. Chow down on dishes including chilli-rubbed tofu with black rice, black beans and roasted cauliflower, or steamed sea bass with truffle consommé.
Where: St Martins Lane Hotel, 45 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4HX
How much: £30 for three courses
Aubaine, various London locations
What: Aubaine is going all out with its Veganuary menu. The purely plant-based offering includes the likes of beetroot and green apple tartare, a Portobello mushroom and black bean burger, and an organic chocolate and raspberry brownie. There’s even vegan wine.
Where: Various locations
How much: Two courses, £12.50
Farm Girl, Notting Hill
What: Farm Girl is big on the veggies (it’s in the name) and is perfect for January detoxing. Alongside its Instagram-friendly multi-coloured super lattes, you can also get your fix of a lunchtime staple, with Farm Girl’s vegan coconut version of a BLT.
Where: 59a Portobello Road, W11 3DB
How much: Lattes from £3.60
Fiume, Battersea and Radici, Islington
What: These two Francesco Mazzei restaurants are offering tempting plant-based dishes throughout January. Go for the vegan tortelli with pumpkin and winter herbs, or tuck into the oozing vegan chocolate cake, which is almost too good to be true.
Where: Circus West Village, Sopwith Way, SW8 5BN; 30 Almeida Street, N1 1AD
How much: Chocolate cake, £6.50
Gillray’s Steakhouse, South Bank
What: A steakhouse isn’t exactly the obvious choice for a healthy meal, but Gillray’s has created a vegan menu just in time for Veganuary. The three-course set menu includes a refreshing mocktail, with dishes such as this dark chocolate mousse topped with berries.
Where: Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
How much: Three courses, £29
Jean-Georges at The Connaught, Mayfair
What: Jean-Georges at The Connaught has got your next healthy breakfast covered with its range of breakfast shakes and bowls (which are available to take away if you’re short on time). They’re also very pretty and perfect Instagram fodder for your newly #zen feed.
Where: The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL
How much: Bowls from £7
The Jones Family Project, Shoreditch
What: If you’re taking part in Dry January, head to The Jones Family Project where you can sip on a mocktail or two. Why not try the Lean & Green, which mixes Seedlip Garden non-alcoholic spirit with watercress, pea shoots, lime juice and ginger ale – bottoms up!
Where: 78 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL
How much: £6.50
OXO Tower Restaurant, South Bank
What: OXO Tower has gone vegan for the month, offering a three-course set menu for under £40. Dishes to try include panko-crusted tofu with citrus croutons, and apple cinnamon cake with hazelnut ice cream – who said vegan food has to be bland?
Where: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, SE1 9PH
How much: £36 for three courses
Redemption, Notting Hill and Shoreditch
What: It doesn’t get much healthier than a vegan, sugar-free, wheat-free and alcohol-free restaurant. Redemption is all these things, but still manages to retain taste – we’re fans of the moreish stuffed maki rolls (pictured) and the sticky-sweet banoffee pie.
Where: 6 Chepstow Road, W2 5BH; 320 Old Street, EC1V 9DR
How much: Banoffee pie, £6.95
Tootoomoo Crouch End, Islington and Whetstone
What: All three branches of Tootoomoo will be offering a veggie menu this month, which also includes a high number of vegan dishes. Guests can opt for the kappamaki (futomaki rolls of cucumber and roasted mixed sesame seed) or the lemongrass tofu stir-fry.
Where: 12 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA; 278 St Paul’s Road, N1 2LH; 1371 High Road, N20 9LN
How much: Dishes from £5
Wright Brothers Battersea, Borough Market, Soho, South Kensington and Spitalfields
What: Wright Brothers is getting in on the action with a Detox Menu offering dishes renowned for their health benefits. That means an antioxidant-packed truffled Jerusalem artichoke soup, and superfood-dressed oysters topped with pomegranate and spring onions.
Where: 26 Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW8 4NN; 11 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD; 13 Kingly Street, W1B 5PW; 56 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3DY; 8a Lamb Street, E1 6EA
How much: £20 for two courses
For more healthy food inspiration, take a look at our list of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in London.