60A Holborn Viaduct, Holborn
What brings us back to Workshop again and again is more than the coffee—it's the industrial-modern space. The center is anchored by a huge concrete-and-marble bar surrounded by lots of seating for singles or small groups. They’re big fans of the Aeropresse press here, so if you love your coffee black, Workshop is a must-visit. Note: It’s closed on the weekends, which is when the staff hosts barista master classes (and yes, we’re inclined to try one).
55 Dalston Ln., Dalston
One of our favorite coffee spots in East London for the killer cold brew, natural light that pours through the windows, and brick-lined interiors. This is a spot to hunker down with your laptop or book for the morning with an almond milk latte and housemade croissant. There's definitely a laidback vibe here, which can be attributed to the backstory: Founder–New Zealand-native Michael Allpress–was so inspired by the 1980's coffee scene in Seattle, he started the first coffee cart in his home country, which led him open a roastery in his garage and ultimately several cafés and roasting locations across the globe.
Nude Coffee Roasters
25 Hanbury St., Shoreditch
The espresso here is serious: smooth, heady, and perfect on its own, which gives reason why this café is always packed. Back in 2008, Nude's founders created their first café tucked along Brick Lane, where they served ethically sourced, artisanal coffee. Word spread quickly and the team moved to its current location on Hanbury Street that also hosts a state-of-the-art roastery. Every cup served comes from beans roasted on-site by the industry's most ecologically friendly roaster. You'll find here locals who are in to their coffee, from where's grown to how it's sourced. There's also a sister café on Bell Lane.
Delivered in sheep's wool-insulated bags, these frozen meals lock in nutrients and make for easily re-heatable (and highly portable) meals. Sustainably sourced meats and fish are used throughout the menu, although there are vegetarian options, like stuffed portobello mushrooms with goat cheese and beetroot and apple barley risotto.
The Pure Package
Started more than ten years ago (which is a lifetime in the realm of meal delivery services), The Pure Package offers a variety of meal plan options that range from a full-on 21-day detox to vegetarian to paleo-inspired. Their general healthy eating option packs maximum nutrients into a gourmet package: lunch might be a smoked chicken, wild mushroom, and artichoke terrine, with stuffed roasted red peppers for dinner (and a dark Belgian chocolate mousse snack in between). Founder Jennifer Irvine also recently launched a more affordable version, called Balance Box.
Georgia Cummings started Potage in her mom’s kitchen in 2012, delivering food locally in Notting Hill on her bicycle. Today, her small team delivers to offices and homes across central London, with special attention paid to sustainability: They use no plastic and minimal, fully compostable packaging, and have a commitment to zero food waste. Seasonal, locally sourced ingredients contribute to nourishing, filling meals, like red lentil and spinach dhal with roasted sweet potato and chili saffron marinated chicken thigh with chickpea and pistachio.
Fresh Fitness Food
With plenty of meal plans to choose, ranging from vegetarian to performance, this is a good meal delivery plan if you have a specific purpose in mind. From the start, they assess your goals—and lifestyle—helping tailor meals to your need, and you’re able to call a nutritionist whenever you want to ask questions. Meals here err on the side of simple with a lot of flavor (think harissa marinated chicken breast with artichoke hearts and mixed veggies), with some curveballs thrown in, like matcha protein waffles. They’ll deliver the easy microwaveable (and recyclable) containers to your office or home.
Meals from Spring Green are typically fairly colorful: The menus, designed by chef and founder Bonnie Stowell, are filled with plant-based options and include everything from rainbow rolls with chia crackers and grapefruit-ginger dip to pumpkin pasta with cashew and mushroom cream. With an emphasis on nutrients for skin health and meals full of healthy fats (but mindful of not cutting carbs completely), there are three tiers of menu plan, starting with fully vegan and working up to higher protein meals with eggs and some meat.
Brahms & Liszt
10 Chatsworth Rd., Clapton
Nothing pairs better with tacos than mezcal, and for the best selection in London, look no further than Brahms & Liszt. Owner Melanie Symonds has amassed a collection of bottles for the most discerning tastes after years traveling through Mexico—where she found a mezcal maestro to work with and produce her own distinctive variety, Quiquiriqui—so she's a veritable fountain of knowledge on the subject. While it's worth going in just to browse, a tasting session here takes the experience to a whole new level.
Salsas Latin Street Food
571 Cable St., Limehouse
Journey way-east to the parking lot on Cable Street in Limehouse and you will reap the rewards in the form of the Santos taco truck. Everything here comes served with heaps of fresh toppings and a serious serving of chipotle mayo. Those in the know go for the fried chicken taco (which comes packed in styrofoam, for authenticity's sake).
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