London has it covered when it comes to juice bars and yoga studios, but knowing where to find the capital’s best matcha latte and vegan snacks is no easy feat. To help you on your way, wellness guru Natalia Bojanic highlights her top healthy spots in London.
As co-founder of natural protein brand Form Nutrition and founder of Sexy Mind – a live meditation app – Brazilian-born Natalia Bojanic’s recommendations are an insight into the best of London’s wellness scene. From fitness studios to plant-based cafés, these are the places to know.
“Almost all of Daylesford’s ingredients come from their organic and sustainable farm. You really can taste the love and care they put into their products. I love the Daylesford Slaw – a combination of cabbage, carrot, beetroot and spicy toasted cashews with a chili, ginger and soy dressing – which I always order with a side of avocado and a Radiance tea.”
“My food philosophy is everything in moderation. As a vegan, I pay a lot of attention to my nutrient intake and use every meal as an opportunity to provide the best ingredients for my body to thrive. However, it’s important to treat yourself and indulge in something a little less wholesome now and then. Crosstown Doughnuts serves up the best vegan doughnuts in London – my favourite is the coconut and lime one with spirulina dough.”
“Juicebaby on the King’s Road is one of my favourite healthy spots in London. When I’m missing Brazil, I’ll seek refuge there and order a cacao acai bowl – packed with wild acai berries, banana, dates, almond butter and cacao. They also serve delicious smoothies, booster shots, salads and plant-based snacks.”
“One of London’s best-kept wellness secrets, Gazelli House in South Kensington champions a holistic approach to beauty. They offer everything from microneedling facials to oxygen infusions, and some treatments include an abdominal massage, priming the connection between skin, gut and overall wellbeing. The likes of reiki, acupuncture and habit-change coaching are all on offer too, as well as motivational workshops.”
“With seven branches across the capital, there’s no excuse not to get your Planet Organic fix. They have the best selection of natural and organic products, including iconic and up-and-coming brands. I always stock up on bamboo toothbrushes when I pop in; unlike traditional toothbrushes, they’re made without added chemicals or pesticides and are biodegradable.”
“You can find me at the incredible Duke of York Square Food Market every Saturday without fail. Rainforest Creations makes the best raw and plant-based Caribbean roti and turmeric hummus – I take all my international friends there when visiting London and they all agree. Plus, they use non-plastic food packaging and you can even take your own Tupperware or food containers to take away.”
“Whether it’s a chilled-out yin class or a dynamic vinyasa flow, Triyoga has your yoga needs covered. As well as classes from some of the biggest names in the yoga world (keep an eye out for classes from Julie Montagu, Leila Sadeghee, Mercedes Ngoh Sieff and Mona Lisa Godfrey), they also offer workshops and alternative treatments.”
“Method Movement in Chelsea specialises in transformation programmes, whether you’re looking to lose weight or tone up. As well as a variety of different classes – think HIIT and strength training, among others – they also offer personal training and nutrition advice to keep you motivated. To foster the mind-body connection, they also offer meditation classes and you’ll find me teaching there regularly.”
“Frame is one of the most mood-boosting places to workout. There’s a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and they offer some fun dance classes, which make cardio less painful. Frame Rave and Dance Cardio are two of my personal favourites. Plus, there are now six Frame studios across London.”
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“I grew up in Brazil and spent most of my time outdoors, playing in the sea and sand. In London, I try to spend as much time as I can outside (weather permitting), and always find myself coming back to Hyde Park. It’s vast, beautifully kept and, even on a busy weekend, you can always find a quiet spot to have a picnic.”