Where To Go For a Healthy Brunch in London
Kick off your weekend with a nourishing brunch
London has one of the best brunch scenes in the world, with endless cute cafes and chic restaurants to cater for leisurely weekend dining. And while a big-fry up certainly has its place (hello hangover cure), lighter dishes can be equally delicious. Here we highlight the best spots for a healthy brunch in London, offering smoothie bowls, poached eggs and matcha lattes aplenty.
Where To Go For a Healthy Brunch in London
Launched by sisters Megan and Georgia Salamat during lockdown, Acai Girls was originally delivery-only, but now there are two bricks-and-mortar branches in London – one in Fulham, another in Victoria. The menu is inspired by their travels around the world, and designed to be inclusive to dietary requirements. As the name suggests, there are acai bowls, which you can have ‘naked’ with just fresh berries – or build your own, topping it with coconut chips, almond butter and cacao nibs aplenty. If you’re after something a bit heartier, there’s toasted sourdough with a range of toppings (avocado, truffle mushrooms, peanut butter and banana). And for sweet-toothed brunchers, there’s vegan pancakes and banana bread – with everything available either to sit in or takeaway.
705 Fulham Rd., London SW6 5UL (Fulham) and 18 Eccleston St, London SW1W 9LT (Victoria), acaigirls.com
When Australian-born Rose Hood moved to London, she was disappointed at the healthy brunch options available – so decided to bring a bit of her hometown to the capital. She launched the first Farm Girl in Notting Hill in 2015, and it was an instant hit, with brunchers flocking there to try its famous super lattes (and snap the ultra-Instagrammable interiors). Two more branches followed, one in South Kensington and another in Soho, all offering an array of nourishing dishes. Think cherry pancakes, poached eggs with spinach, and hazelnut granola, alongside superfood smoothies aplenty. Be sure to pick up a maca high protein brownie for later, too.
59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB (Notting Hill), 8 Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2HF (South Kensington), 1 Carnaby St, Carnaby, London W1F 9QG, thefarmgirl.co.uk
Malibu Kitchen at The Ned
This Californian-inspired spot is tucked away in a corner of stylish City members’ club The Ned, complete with counter-style seating and booths. Taking its lead from health-conscious LA, it offers a vibrant healthy brunch featuring dishes like turmeric pancakes, French toast with coconut cream and plum compote, baked green eggs, and a grain bowl with avocado, eggs, kale and sprouts. If you fancy veering more into lunch territory, there’s also ahi tuna poke and avocado dip with crudites. Order the Detox Remedy juice to feel like the ultimate health king or queen.
27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ, thened.com
As restaurants go, it doesn’t get much healthier than Farmacy, the Notting Hill hotspot where all the coolest vegans congregate. Founder Camilla Fayed was inspired to launch it after discovering the healing benefits of a plant-powered diet – both for our own health and for the planet. Everything on the menu is vegan, and made from organic ingredients, many of which are hand-picked from the biodynamic sister farm in Kent. Brunch-wise, diners can tuck into dishes like buckwheat pancakes topped with coconut yoghurt, or the ‘Farmacy Benedict’ – a twist on Eggs Benedict featuring mushrooms, seasonal greens and gluten-free waffles. Enjoy alongside cold-pressed juices or go full health blogger with one of the ‘Farmaceutical Shots’ or adaptogenic lattes.
74-76 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH, farmacylondon.com
More and more great food spots are popping up in Nine Elms at the moment – but the prettiest has to be Linnaean, a restaurant which doubles up as a spa and hair salon. Aside from the flower wall ceiling, though, head here for a plant-rich brunch made with seasonal ingredients. The menu isn’t vegan, but it is centred around plants, and dishes are designed to help aid gut health. There’s gluten-free French toast topped with berries and agave syrup, avocado on sourdough, or a twist on the Full English featuring scrambled tofu, homemade baked beans and sauteed spinach. On the drinks side, there are herbal teas, juices and kombuchas, plus a bottomless brunch option complete with free-flowing prosecco (life is all about balance after all).
Embassy Gardens, 2 New Union Square, Nine Elms, London SW11 7AX, linnaean.co.uk
A chic restaurant on Marylebone’s Dorset Street, A.O.K. Kitchen is a great spot for diners with intolerances. The menu is designed to be as inclusive as possible, offering nutritious dishes made from small artisan producers, with everything made with limited gluten, dairy and refined sugar. For more classic brunch dishes, there’s pancakes with organic maple syrup and coconut chantilly, plus free-range eggs with smoked salmon or fresh truffle. Alternatively, you have more lunch-like dishes including fresh salads, grilled fish, risotto and BBQ vegetables. The interiors are lovely too: bright, airy and floral.
52-55 Dorset St, London W1U 7NH, aokkitchen.co.uk
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