With London Fashion Week only a month away, the capital will soon descend into a whirlpool of Gucci loafers, aspiring fashion editors and free-flowing cheap champagne. For the uninitiated, LFW is a bi-annual parade of new designer collections spanning five long, intense days that require editors to hot-foot it about town to successfully make it to every show. From the outside it's all high heels, sassy clothes and fancy dinners but the reality is sore feet, no sleep, a lot of drinking and very disrupted mealtimes.
Hectic and conflicting show schedules often don't allow time for proper meals and many rely on sugary snacks to keep going during the season. At a time of high stress and high-energy expenditure, our bodies and minds crave proper food and functional ingredients that offer natural body and brain boosting benefits.
Whether you're a London local or just flying in for a few days and looking for ways to rejuvenate in the City during LFW,, we've rounded up our favourite and most accessible, central stores and eateries in London.. Read on to find out more.
THE DETOX KITCHEN
The first official Qnola stockist, Detox Kitchen is perfectly situated for grab-and-go dishes that never compromise 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 too. Tempt your sweet AND savoury tastebuds with the Protein Pots (hard-boiled egg, smoked salmon, broccoli & kale) and build your own banana bread; both available to takeaway, both full of nourishing goodness and both totally delicious. Winner winner.
The superfood breakfast bowl from Raw Press is everything you could want from a nourishing morning meal; pick a base 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. During the day, Raw Press serve a revolving lunch menu of plant-based, gluten-free salads alongside hot options including Vegan Lasagne and Cauliflower Cheese. Not forgetting the HUGE selection of nourishing juices and snacks that include homemade biscuits and almond pulp cake - the perfect guilt-free afternoon treat.
Set within the original grand banking hall, The Ned's vast food court is open to the public and offers a tempting selection of culinary treats including breakfast featuring Qnola. Serving a sunny slice of California to hungry, health conscious Londoners, Malibu Kitchen is a beautiful concept restaurant; think botanical juices, raw poke bowls and wholesome plates of fresh, zesty salad with wellness shots and kombucha thrown in for good measure.
GOOD LIFE EATERY
With several locations across London, this restaurant isn't just about serving healthy food, but is about inspiring you to eat it everyday and making it as easy as possible for you to do so. They serve a wide range of products, supercharged smoothies, jumpin' juices, and delicious and vibrant salad bowls.
HEMSLEY + HEMSLEY CAFÉ
Known for their nutritious and nourishing dishes made using top quality ingredients, Hemsley + Hemsley champion the gluten-free, refined-sugar free lifestyle without compromising taste or flavour. The central location is ideal for quick breakfasts and lunches, away from the crowds.
Natural, simple and good looking food is the ethos behind Pride Kitchen in Neal's Yard; founder David Bez is a salad connoisseur and a master at creating tasty, beautiful vegan food. For a savoury snack, the Farinata gets our vote. Wash it down with a superfood (matcha, turmeric, rose, spirulina or beetroot) smoothie for a nutritious caffeine alternative.
Just around the corner from Oxford Cirus, Ethos is a pay-by-weight restaurant specialising in vegetarian dishes. If you time it right, you can get discounted meals at the end of the day to save on waste too!
When 26 Grains opened its door last year, we couldn't wait to try each and every one of their delicious dishes. Think oats with apricot cardamom compote and tahini yoghurt alongside strawberry coconut bircher and host of divine savoury bowls including yellow daahl with spelt flatbreads. It's porridge, but not as you know it.
With meat that is humanely treated, fish that is sustainably sourced, vegetables that are GM free and a menu that is refined-sugar, dairy and gluten free, Farmstand know the importance of good food provenance. Build your own box of colourful dishes including Miso Salmon, Lemon Chicken, Asparagus & Peas and Roasted Sweet Potato for a fresh, easy and satisfying takeaway lunch.
Poke bowls took London by storm last year and Ahi Poke near Fitzrovia is one of our favourite exports to come out of Hawaii since brightly coloured shirts and Spam. Serving four signature bowls alongside a bespoke, build your own option - it’s one of the best lunches in town! Our favourite is the Heat Wave, a spicy kick to help you through the afternoon slump with: quinoa, salmon, avocado, kimchee, cucumber and spicy mayo.
SELFRIDGES FOOD HALL
A foodie mecca for healthy, takeaway options, the Food Hall has everything under one roof; from sushi to salt-beef and everything in between, there’s something for every taste and budget. Hit two birds with one stone and grab a bag of Qnola whilst you’re there.
Every ingredient used at Farmacy is 100% organic and more importantly fresh; most of them are entirely homemade too. Farmacy focus on what they call ‘nutritional intelligence’ - serving nutritionally aware and considered balanced meals, snacks and juices. Most of the menu is also gluten free and no refined sugars are used in the process of creating each dish. Slightly further afield, but worth the trip.
An oldie but a goodie, you know that Whole Foods will have something to suit every craving and appetite. On those days you can’t face making breakfast at home, it's an easy place to pick up a chia pudding or build your own muesli bowl and they have a cracking selection of takeaway lunch options.