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London Specialty

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26 Grains
2 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden
It can be surprisingly hard to find a healthy breakfast or lunch to-go in London, which is why places like 26 Grains are a godsend. The concept is pretty simple—choose a grain (of which there are 26, duh), a few spices, and a couple of toppings and you are good to go. Plus, you sit for a meal at their communal table, which is a lovely experience, complete with beautiful, handmade ceramic dishes. At breakfast, you'll find porridge and bircher muesli and at lunch, it's more like quinoa, rice, and the like. Don't miss the turmeric almond milk latte.
Allpress
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.
Allpress Espresso
55 Dalston Ln., Dalston
One of our favorite coffee spots in East London for the killer cold brew, natural light, 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 house-made croissant. There's definitely a laid-back vibe here, which can be attributed to the backstory: Founder and New Zealand native Michael Allpress was so inspired by the 1980s coffee scene in Seattle that he started the first coffee cart in his home country, which led him to open a roastery in his garage and, ultimately, several cafés and roasteries around the world
Bodyism
222-224 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
To say fitness gurus James and Christiane Duigan have a cult following in London doesn't quite sum it up: People are dropping large sums of cash to join their beautiful Notting Hill gym, where circuit workouts include a mix of yoga, pilates, and ballet yielding modelesque physiques. Regardless of whether you're a member, you can enter the Duigan's "Clean and Lean" realm through the gym's own front of house deli. Here, oxygenated air pumps through the light-filled room and Açai bowls, green juices, smoothies, and the like come infused with Bodyism's own line of supplements.
Brahms & Liszt
10 Chatsworth Road, 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.
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