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London's best restaurants and bars for healthy eating and virgin drinks

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That's right, 2016 is now upon us, and with it comes all of our resolutions for healthy eating and lots of chat about health, fitness and wellbeing. 

While we're advocates of being kind to yourself and eating food that makes you feel good, we never think that should mean compromising on taste. What's the fun in eating otherwise? 

With that in mind, we've scoured the whole of London to find the best healthy restaurants and bars that offer tasty-but-healthy-food, as well as virgin cocktails that don't make you feel like you're a child drinking with the grownups.

  • The Good Life Eatery

    59 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DH

    Nearest tube: Sloane Square

    Menu highlight: It's hard to choose but we love their light eggs royale served on wholegrain sunflower rye bread (pictured)

    This restaurant dedicates itself to healthy eating in the tastiest way possible. From waffles without the guilt to their detox lunch salad we're obsessed with their food. Head over to their Instagram feed and you'll know what we're talking about, without having to taste a morsel. Warning: you'll want to go straight there after seeing just a few of their pics. 

    goodlifeeatery.com

  • The Grain Store

    Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King's Cross, N1C 4AB

    Nearest tube: King's Cross St Pancras

    Menu highlight: Corn fermented brioche, burnt leeks and a slow cooked duck egg (pictured)

    While this isn't a vegetarian restaurant, this does give veggies a starring role in dishes rather than being pushed to the side in favour of meatier flavours. Created by chef Bruno Loubet and The Zetter Group's Michael Benyan and Mark Sainsbury, this is the place to go if you're after great - and healthy - food in central London. 

    grainstore.com

  • Pure Taste

    115 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UP

    Nearest tube: Bayswater or Royal Oak

    Menu highlight: Asian pork, cabbage and confit potato (pictured)

    Everything on the menu here has been made free from dairy and gluten, so it suits many diets, particularly those who are following a paleo diet or are coeliacs. Set up by nutritional therapist, chef and chemistry graduate, Holly Redman, a coeliac herself, this is the first restaurant in London of its kind to offer this type of menu at a fine dining level.

    puretasterestaurant.com

  • Ethos Foods

    48 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8DX

    Nearest tube: Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road

    Menu highlight: Aloo scotch eggs (pictured)

    Taking inspiration from cuisine from all over the world, Ethos delivers beautiful and creative vegetarian food. When you're there you can even build your own plate and then will get charged on weight. 

    ethosfoods.com

  • The Gate

    51 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9QL or 370 St John Street EC1V 4NN

    Nearest tube: Hammersmith for the Hammersmith branch and Angel for the Islington branch

    Menu highlight: beetroot ravioli (pictured)

    Open since 1989, this is one of the must-try places for any healthy eater or vegetarian. The food is a blend of Jewish, Arabic and Indian foods, which reflects brothers and co-owners Adrian and Michael Daniels' cultural heritage. Expect exciting and interesting taste combinations that you'll instantly love.

    thegaterestaurants.com

  • Tanya's Cafe

    Myhotel Chelsea, 35 Ixworth Pl, SW3 3QX

    Nearest tube: South Kensington

    Menu highlight: mushroom kebabs (pictured)

    Detox, raw food expert and wellness couch Tanya Maher opened up Tanya's Cafe in Chelsea in July last year and hasn't looked back since. It's already become popular with food blogging superstars such as Deliciously Ella. And for anyone who can't do without a tipple or two, there's the famous superfood cocktails to try, which includes organic booze. Try the 'what the doctor ordered' drink, which is a combination of vodka, lemon, beets, carrot, sweet potato, raw honey, ginger, lavender bitter and chia seeds, and is thought to help with a hangover, but in a healthy way. 

    tanyascafe.com

  • The Portobello Organic Kitchen

    207-209 Portobello Road, W11 1LU 

    Nearest tube: Ladbroke Grove

    Menu highlight: the pizza

    While it would seem strange to recommend pizza as a healthy option, the thing about The Portobello Organic Kitchen is that they make everything from scratch. From the bread to the ketchup, they create all their produce using all organic and predominantly English ingredients.

    portobelloorganickitchen.co.uk

  • The Detox Kitchen

    Kingly Street 10 Kingly Street, W1B 5PJ

    Nearest tube: Oxford Circus

    Menu highlight: Prawn and chickpea salad

    Located in central London, The Detox Kitchen aims to offer healthy food without sacrificing taste. They offer up dairy and wheat alternatives, and ensure they only using lean meats and the freshest vegetables for their dishes, of which are prepared in their kitchen in Battersea.

    detoxkitchen.co.uk

  • Sea Containers at the Mondrian Hotel

    20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD

    Nearest tube: Blackfriars

    Menu highlight: the kale salad (pictured)

    Recently opened Sea Containers at the Mondrian hotel is run by chef Seamus Mullen, who is loved by Gwyneth Paltrow, and is ideal for those who enjoy raw food. While the menu also includes flatbreads or lamb rump, the kale salad, homemade ricotta and shaved mushrooms are simply delicious.

    morganshotelgroup.com

  • Nopi

    21-22 Warwick Street, W1B 5NE

    Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus

    Menu highlight: Black Rice, coconut milk, banana, mango breakfast

    We don't need to tell you that when a restaurant is attached to celebrated chef Yotam Ottolenghi you know that it's going to be good. It's a little more lively than some of his other establishments but this place is great for informal dining. It's menu changes from season to seaon but signature dishes such as the  courgette and manouri fritters, coriander seed-crusted burrata with slices of blood orange and twice-cooked baby chicken with lemon myrtle salt and chilli jam are all a must-try.

    ottolenghi.co.uk

  • Mark's Bar

    66-70 Brewer Street, W1F 9UP

    Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus

    Menu highlight: Shirley Temple

    Sip on decent and delicious cocktails in one of Mark Hix's elegant and cool establishments. 

    marksbar.co.uk

  • Vanilla Black

    17- 18 Tooks Court, EC4A 1LB 

    Nearest tube: Chancery Lane

    Menu highlight: the milk chocolate and walnut oil pate with avocado ice cream, lime meringue, dark chocolate and bee pollen (pictured)

    Not all veggie and healthy food has to be pasta bakes and curries. At Vanilla Black you get gourmet food and a contemporary vegetarian cuisine. 

    vanillablack.co.uk

  • Pont St

    20 Chesham Place, SW1X 8HQ

    Nearest tube: Knightsbridge

    Menu highlight: the wheat free afternoon tea

    Formerly the private chef of Claudia Schiffer, head chef Sophie Michell has a keen interest in making food healthy and delicious. She was also part of Channel 4's TV series Cook Yourself Thin, so she knows what she's talking about when it comes to healthy eating.

    pontst.com

  • Wild Food Cafe

    1st Floor 14 Neal's Yard Covent Graden, WC2H 9DP

    Nearest tube: Covent Garden

    Menu highlight: the raw white chocolate and caramel cheesecake

    Not only do they profess to have the best veggie burger in town, the Wild Food Cafe is completely dedicated to the raw food that they offer guests. Their food is made daily on the premises with wild, fresh and colourful ingredients. 

    wildfoodcafe.com

  • The Bonnington Cafe

    11 Vauxhall Grove, SW8 1TD

    Nearest tube: Vauxhall

    Menu highlight: the menu changes daily

    The Bonnington Café is a former squat now co-operatively run vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the Bonnington Square Community Centre in the heart of Vauxhall. Great for anyone who's after cheap eats but with a raw food edge. 

    bonningtoncafe.co.uk

  • Roots & Bulbs

    5 Thayer Street, Marylebone, W1U 3JG

    Nearest tube: Bond Street

    Menu highlight: chia seed pot with homemade almond milk, bananas and honey

    Roots & Bulbs' ethos is to ensure that everything you put into your body makes you feel good. Head here for smoothies, juices and tasty food - all of which is guaranteed to make you feel great.

    rootsandbulbs.com

  • Redemption bar at Fairly Square

    51 Red Lion Street, WC1R 4PF

    Nearest tube: Holborn 

    Menu highlight: The Beet O Tini - Fresh organic beetroot, orange and lime juice with coconut water and a dash of agave, shaken over ice

    The Redemption Bar is a bar with no alcohol but that doesn't mean it's not fun. Sip one of their delicious cocktails and feel wonderful the next day. 

    redemptionbar.com

  • Mildred's

    45 Lexington Street, W1F 9AN

    Nearest tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus

    Menu highlight:  persian spiced lemon, almond and pistachio polenta cake with pomegranate syrup and yoghurt (pictured)

    A well-known vegetarian hotspot, that doesn't make Mildred's any less incredible. While we love their takeaway salads for a healthy lunch break, we also crave their heavenly desserts too.

    mildreds.co.uk

  • 106 Baker Street

    106 Baker St, Marylebone, W1U 6TW

    Nearest tube: Baker Street

    Menu highlight: dishes change daily

    This place only opened in August but we're rather excited about what it has to offer. All of their produce is freshly made and they regularly create sandwiches that are gluten free. We especially love the sound of their avocado and kale rolls

    106bakerst.co.uk

     

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Alessia Armenise is picture editor of Stylist and Stylist.co.uk. In her free time you'll find her tasting vegan street food around east London and sharing her (many) opinions on London Fields Radio.

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