Where to Eat Healthy in London

Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter

 

As promised, today I’m sharing part two of our London honeymoon adventures: where we ate during our four days exploring this magical city! Aka the really good stuff 😉

If you’re interested in hearing more about what we did during our time here, check out my first post from a few days ago: 4 Days in London.

The London restaurant scene— where do I even begin? I guess the only cities I can really compare it to are San Francisco or New York. You can get literally ANY kind of food you want, and you can be sure it is done WELL. Not to mention the ambiance, the unique menus, and the amount of healthy vegetarian/ vegan options available (key word healthy, which can be harder to come by in Europe). London really has become this blossoming foodie city!

I’m going to give you a heads up, I didn’t take photos at every restaurant we ate at (because that gets old real fast, especially on your honeymoon), but I did add in descriptions of those other places because they were also DELICIOUS. Sound good?

 

Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Lunch Spots

After arriving in London, we dropped our bags at our hotel and headed straight for Timmy Green. This place was the perfect spot for lunch after a long red-eye, filled with fresh healthy dishes, lots of veggie options, and delicious coffee (CRUCIAL).

Nate ordered their Shakshouka, which is one of our favorite brunch dishes, and I got their Broccoli + Corn Fritters with Avocado + a Poached Egg. Both were so satisfying and filled us up for the rest of our afternoon!

Timmy Green is right around the corner from the Victoria Station and Buckingham Palace, and is part of the Daisy Green restaurant group (there’s a bunch more from this group around the city). I definitely recommend them for a healthy breakfast or lunch (or brunch!)

 

Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter

Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter     Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter

 

On our second day in London, we made our way to Deliciously Ella, which is right near Oxford Circus, a huge shopping area in central London (a short walk from Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square).

I’ve been dying to go to this place for SO long, basically since Ella Woodward (one of my favorite Instagrammers) opened it a few years ago. If you don’t follow her blog or Instagram already, I totally recommend doing it. She’s such a beautiful, positive person and makes some incredible looking (and tasting) plant-based food.

Her cafe was simple, yet sophisticated, with wholesome plant-based dishes that were just what we were craving after lots of exploring. I ordered the Three Bean Chili with Cornbread and Tangy Slaw (see below) and it was so flavorful and comforting. Perfect for a rainy London afternoon!

 

Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter

Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter     Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter

 

During our third day in London, while exploring the Notting Hill neighborhood, I planned our lunch at my very favorite British pub, the Churchill Arms.

I told you guys in my last post, this was a special place for my roommates and I when I was living here in 2008 and we frequented it all the time. The pub is absolutely gorgeous on the outside and the best part— it has a hidden Thai restaurant in the back corner of the bar!

I recommend basically everything on the menu, but my personal favorites are their Pad See-Ew and spring rolls. Since this place became an Instagram sensation over the past few years, it can get pretty busy, so I would definitely plan to go for lunch or an early dinner.

 

Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter

 

On our last full day in London, while exploring the Shoreditch neighborhood, we made a point to eat lunch at Ottolenghi, another place we’ve been dying to try for quite a while. I have a few of the Ottolenghi cookbooks at home that I absolutely adore, so I knew the restaurant would absolutely live up to the hype.

Ottolenghi specializes in fresh, mediterranean food that is simply prepared but packed with flavor. Nate and I both ordered vegetable plates, that allowed us to pick 3 or 4 salads or vegetables as our main meal. Ohhmyygoodnesss, I swear vegetables have never tasted so good!

You can easily dine in at Ottolenghi or take their prepared salads and bakery items to go for a picnic. We took a big slice of their carrot cake to-go after our meal and it was fabulous! They have multiple locations around the city, so make sure you hit this place up if you’er ever in town.

 

Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter

Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter

Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Dinner Spots

We all know London is known for their Indian food, but I never thought that I’d be eating the BEST Indian food of my life the first night we got into town.

One word you need to remember: DISHOOM.

Dishoom is just phenomenal. It’s definitely high on the top 5 list of best meals we had during the entire trip, it’s that good! The ambiance, the decor, the unique menu, the quality of the food, the service— I swear, we were raving about this meal for days after we ate it.

The menu of Dishoom is mostly small plates that are meant to be shared, which I love because it allows you to try lots of different things. We ordered their garlic naan (obvs), the mahi tikka (delicious, but our least favorite thing we got), the black house daal and basmati rice (AMAZING), the bowl of greens (totally recommend), and Nate got their chicken tikka (he was raving about this). It was the perfect amount of food, and we even had some leftovers to snack on the next day!

If you like Indian food, just go here. Ohhh but make a reservation! We were SO glad we did because there was a 2 hour wait when we showed up (which we heard is very typical at most hours of the day).

 

Where to Eat Healthy in London || pumpkin & peanut butter

 

On our second night, I made reservations at one of the top vegetarian restaurants in London, a kind of hole-in-the-wall place called Vanilla BlackWe honestly have mixed feelings about this restaurant.

The restaurant specializes in unique and interesting plant-based dishes that are very out of the box and take you a little outside your comfort zone. I usually love places like this, and while it was delicious, I feel it was a little over-priced for the amount of food.

We ordered the two-course meal, which included an appetizer and entree for each of us. I got the smokey eggplant dip with homemade flatbread as my entree (top left) and the roasted cauliflower dumplings as my main (bottom right). I really loved both of my dishes and enjoyed the interesting flavors, especially the cauliflower dumplings.

Nate ordered the cucumber, sticky rice, & ginger puree as his appetizer (which we both loved, top right) and the tomato shortbread with roasted broccoli as his main (bottom left, it was just ok).

If you like out-of-the-box dishes and tasting menus, you will definitely like this place. We really enjoyed our experience here and felt full enough when we left. But honestly, we went to a very similar-concept restaurant in Paris that was much more food for about the same price as this that I would recommend instead. That is, if you’re going to Paris 😉 Don’t worry, more on Paris to come soon!

 

     

     

 

The last two nights, I kept my camera put away so I don’t have any pictures to share, but I will tell you a little bit about these two restaurants.

On our third night, we met my husband’s cousin and his wife, who actually live in London, for dinner at Busaba Eathai in Soho. This is a communal table casual Thai restaurant with a nice menu and good prices. I ordered their Pad Thai and Nate ordered one of their curry dishes, and both were satisfying and delicious!

Our last night, we ate at a Turkish restaurant near Marylebone called Yosma. The decor is beautiful and the menu has lots of mediterranean favorites, which you can probably tell, is one of our favorite cuisines. It wasn’t the healthiest meal we ate, but it sure was delicious! We ordered about 5 small plates and it ended up being a TON of food.

That about sums up our eating experience in London! We sure did eat well during our four days in this magnificent foodie city 🙂

Ohh, and look out for my Paris and French Riviera travel posts coming your way over the next month or so!

 

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pumpkinandpb

Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

4 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness!! All the heart-eyes! We ate at Dishoom in London and it’s definitely some of the best Indian food we’ve ever had!! I’m dying to go back and try Deliciously Ella & Ottolenghi!

    • It’s SO good! And you must try Deliciously Ella & Ottolenghi— both are so fresh and healthy!

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