London has all the hustle and bustle you want from a big city—but it also carries with it a distinctly calm and collected vibe. That’s probably part of the reason it’s a treasure-trove of wellness-related shops, restaurants and spas. We love our hometowns, but we were so excited to hop across the pond to bring you this Day W.E.L.L. Spent in the historic city of London. Keeping our wellness goals was easy while we scooted around the city on the tube—here’s what we discovered for a perfectly W.E.L.L. day.
Start the day off RIGHT with a gluten-free pastry and a delicious latte at Beyond Bread. The entire shop is gluten-free so those abiding by the diet by choice or for health reasons can have freedom in choice. Want a ham and cheese croissant (we recommend it)? It’s yours! A quiche? A muffin? Some banana bread? It’s all ready for you—and you can pick up a baguette or loaf of bread for at-home consumption too.
Try out a treatment at Spherical Living. Esoteric healing is my recommendation. It gently allows you to release negative energy and thought patterns from past hurt while encouraging you to relax in a sort of guided meditative state. The practitioners here are some of the best—word has it that they train healers in the U.S. too.
Practically everyone traveling to London wants to stop at Selfridges or Harrods—we say pick Selfridges, since they have the Hemsley + Hemsley cafe. Stop in and get a mouthwatering dish that’s free from gluten, grains, refined sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oils—but doesn’t taste like rubbery cardboard either. It’s usually quite busy, so if you’re in a rush, try an off-peak time like mid-afternoon.
If you just want to say hi and grab a snack for later, try high tea at The Orangery at Kensington Palace for a late lunch instead. They offer a fabulous atmosphere and delicious gluten-free afternoon tea options.
Yes, you might have already had a treatment today, but you still have to stop into Content Beauty Wellbeing for a little retail therapy. The green beauty retailer is small in square footage (they carry lots of brands online-only), but you can certainly spend more than an hour here if you’re interested in U.K. and international beauty brands than haven’t quite made it across the pond yet. They carry staples like rms beauty, but their strongest game is in the British brands. Ask a staff member to give you a mini makeover or suggest a moisturizer best for your skin type. And if you have time, try a facial or a massage. Or, run over to Oblique Nails and get a mani with nontoxic nail brand Nailberry. You’ve got options!
Heralded by goop as a must-stop in London, Mick’s Garage has kombucha on tap—Jarr Kombucha, to be exact. The bar was the first to bring the local kombucha to the taproom scene and it’s well worth a stop. It will even satisfy non-kombucha lovers with craft brews and a fun atmosphere.
Last stop of the day is Niche Restaurant, an entirely gluten-free restaurant with seasonally inspired dishes you wouldn’t actually know were gluten-free. It was the first restaurant to be accredited by the Coeliac UK, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s an intimate and friendly atmosphere with great options for anyone with food preferences, but won’t intimidate those without special diet needs.
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