Ask the average Londoner about their favourite summer hangout, and the answer will probably involve the nearest beer garden. But there’s more to this great city than overpriced pints and overflowing pubs. Without further ado, say hello to this summer’s hottest healthy hangouts.
Behind This Wall, Hackney
411 Mare Street, E8 1HY Nothing shouts nocturnal Hackney quite like a subterranean cocktail bar. Except Behind This Wall is a hipster hangout with a twist. Here they replace artificial additives, colouring and excess sugar with botanicals and small-batch distillates, all of which give their cocktails a delicious edge. For those on the wagon, there’s also a ‘temperance’ menu, featuring the sublime Sue Mac – a cocktail of sumac kombucha, fennel seed extract and zesty lemongrass tonic.
Riverside Vegetaria, Kingston
64 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1HN Riverside tables. Vegan food. Organic wine. On a steamy summer’s day in London, it doesn’t get much better. And at Riverside Vegetaria you can enjoy all three. Serving up vegan, organic and gluten free beside the river, this is the place to be when the mercury rises.
Carnaby Street, Soho, W1B 5PW Summer in London not hot enough for you? Then get yourself down to Soho’s Triyoga. Decked out with a heated studio, this yoga hotspot offers incredible bikram yoga sessions. Perfect for ticking off those summer fitness goals. The best bit? The downstairs organic cafe and juice bar. Serving up cold-pressed juices, superfood salads and gluten-free granola, it’s the perfect place to cool down after you’ve worked up a sweat
Street Feast, Various Locations
Canary Wharf, Canada Water, Shoreditch and Lewisham London’s summer Street Feast might offer up burgers, barbeque and beer galore, but among the dozens of street food vendors there are some delicious vegan gems. From Club Mexicana’s juicy jackfruit tacos to Rola Wala’s spicy Keralan Dal, Street Feast offers enough plant-based dishes to satisfy any vegan foodie.
Tooting Bec Lido, Streatham Park
Tooting Bec Road, SW16 1RU Dive into summer with a trip to London’s iconic Tooting Bec lido. With its famous colourful changing huts, this bathing spot offers a slice old world glamour – despite the crowds. Our advice: get there early. After all, what can beat a pre-work dip on a hot summer’s day?