For almost a year I have been working with the Ophelia Froud, the founder of Glowcation. It’s a brilliant review site on the best independent healthy cafes across the globe. While I’ve been helping her grow her Instagram community I’ve learnt so much about wellness eating and some cutting-edge vegan cafes so I asked her to share her top five ‘Glowcations’ in London which are in no particular order. Enjoy – love Marie Louise xx
This is one of the most stylish Glowcations in town and it serves up plant-based food that looks and tastes amazing. Vegan and vegetarian options are available and everything is dairy, refined sugar, additive and chemical free. It can get busy so make sure you get there early at the weekend for a table or you can leave your name and number and they will call you when a table comes free. Our favourites include their beetroot daal with buckwheat followed by a brownie sundae made with dairy-free ice cream. We also like their turmeric and ginger shots. Dog friendly.
2. By Chloe
The US fast-food vegan sensation By Chloe opened their first UK Glowcation last year in Covent Garden and in June opened their second next to Tower Bridge. We adore their co-founder Samantha Wasser who is a brand genius. Think an uber-cool Glowcation with swinging chairs and neon slogan lights. And their sweet potato fries dipped in beetroot ketchup combined with a Guac burger have us visiting over and over again. If you like a view then we recommend the Tower Bridge Glowcation. Dog friendly with vegan dog treats for sale too. You can read our interview with Samantha at glowcation.com
Based on Aussie café healthy goodness you can find Farmgirl Glowcations on Portobello, just off the Fulham Road and in Soho at Sweaty Betty. Founder Rose is a Glowcation rock star who has Instagrammers and food trippers standing in the rain in Portobello waiting for a table. And it’s worth the wait. We adore their rainbow lattes, their açai bowls and their avo on toast Aussie style. If you are looking for something quieter then we recommend their new Chelsea Glowcation. But everyone has to visit Portobello’s Farmgirl atleast once for the fun, the vintage pink tables and the beautiful aqua wall tiles. And to take that perfect Instagram latte shot!
4. High Mood Food
Heard about Gut Health but don’t know what it means? Head to High Mood next door to Selfridges and they can help you. Everything they serve is designed to improve your gut health from kefirs to kombuchas to sauerkrauts. It’s simple, clever and delicious- you choose a bowl and then pick a salad, protein and kimchi or kraut to help your gut. We adore their gluten-free chocolate brownies and their smoothies made with protein from The Proper Food Project which sends £1 for every sale of a protein powder pack to their school and farm in Ghana. They also have a new Glowcation in Spitafields that opened in June.
We think they do some of the best smoothies and juices in town. We like their Glowcations on Westbourne Grove and in Chelsea. We have also been known to travel for miles to buy one of their Snix- a vegan version of a Snickers-style bar made from coconut sugar. We also love their take-out kale salad and pick your own dressing- we like the turmeric option. Our favourite smoothie? The Berry Antioxidant. Try it. You can thanks us later.
Ophelia Froud is the Founder of Glowcation, a plant-powered community that works with local wellness bloggers to find and review the best independent healthy cafés on the planet. Former BBC Producer and You magazine journalist read more about Glowcation here and follow them on Instagram @Glowcation