With a Pret A Manger and EAT on every corner, London isn't exactly short on takeaway breakfast options. With that in mind, sometimes the usual porridge with compote or bacon sarnie just doesn't cut the mustard - especially when you're trying to be more mindful about your eating habits.
It can be tempting (and easy) to reach for a sandwich when you're short on time but without proper nourishment or protein, chances are you'll be hungry again by 11am. We've picked some of our favourite eateries in London that make the whole grab-and-go breakfast situation a whole lot healthier.
The Detox Kitchen - Kingly Street & Mortimer Street
The first official Qnola stockist, Detox Kitchen is perfectly situated for grab-and-go dishes which don’t compromise on either flavour or nutrition. Free from wheat, dairy and refined sugar, the menu is honest and accessible. For time-short customers, our Almond & Vanilla snack pots are available to buy in store; there's also the more-ish avocado on rye, popular bircher bowls and warming vegetable frittata's.
26 Grains - Neal's Yard
When 26 Grains opened it's door last Summer, we couldn't wait to try each and every one of their delicious bowls. Think oats with quince, pecan, pear and orange alongside buckwheat granola and and host of divine savoury bowls with chickpea stew, kale and aubergine. It's porridge, but not as you currently know it.
Mae Deli - Seymore Place & Weighhouse Street
The brainchild of Ella Woodward (aka Deliciously Ella) and her husband Matthew, Mae Deli is haven for healthy and delicious dishes, using only the best natural and sugar-free ingredients. Breakfast bowls includes chia pudding, acai, porridge and CoYo - all ready to top with nut butters, compote and homemade granola. Pick up a smoothie or mylkshake for an extra morning treat.
Raw Press - Dover Street & Ellis Street
The superfood breakfast bowl from Raw Press is everything you could want from a nourishing morning meal; pick a base (chia pudding, bircher or fruit salad) and chose your favourite toppings (ours is Qnola - natch - but they also have muesli, nuts, seeds, berries) and you've got the takeaway breakfast of dreams. On those days you're craving something warm, there's also sweet (blueberry & maple) and savoury (avocado & cashew cream) waffles and toast to boot.
Bodyism's Clean & Lean - Notting Hill
The welcoming and friendly atmosphere is ideal for a healthy morning pit-stop - everything is unprocessed, gluten-free, naturally sweetened and organic where possible and there is a plethora of colourful and totally nourishing dishes including acai smoothies bowls, Clean and Lean superfood breakfast bowls (salmon, spinach, avocado, pumpkin seeds) and protein packed Paleo Slices alongside superboost smoothies, matcha latte and turmeric tea.
Good Life Eatery - Chelsea, Marylebone & Belgravia
GLE isn’t just about serving healthy food but about inspiring you to eat it everyday – and making it as easy as possible to do so. They serve a wide range of products, supercharged smoothies, jumpin’ juices and vibrant salad bowls - available to takeaway or order via the UberEATS app.
Counter Kitchen - Clerkenwell
We love giving and receiving generous portions and the same clearly goes for Counter Kitchen; alongside traditional toast options (avocado, nut butters) they also have chia puddings with fresh compote and yoghurts with various different fruits and homemade granola.
Whole Foods - Piccadilly Circus, Clapham Junction, Richmond, Stoke Newington, South Kensington
An oldie but a goodie, you know that Whole Foods will have something to suit every craving and appetite. It's an easy place to pick up a chia pudding or build your own muesli bowl - for those days when you really can't face waking at the crack of dawn to do it at home.
Ethos - Eastcastle Street
Just around the corner from Oxford Circus, Ethos is a pay-by-weight restaurant specialising in nourishing vegetarian dishes. Their breakfast menu includes superfood smoothies, protein pots and our personal fave, the Kale & Sweet Potato Hash.
Vital - various locations
One of the more obvious choices, Vital often has great breakfast deals (food & a drink for £3.95) and is easily accessible with home/office delivery and several London stores. We'd recommend one of their house breakfasts like the Energiser (rye, banana, grapes, cranberry, nuts seeds & cinnamon )or Super Brek (barley, melon, blueberries, raisins, pomegranate, chia & goji).