The Flexi Foodie Shares Her Favorite Places To Eat Right Now

Written by Leah Vanderveldt
Leah Vanderveldt is an author living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her bachelor’s in communications and media from Fordham University, and is certified in culinary nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute. She is the author of two cookbooks: The New Nourishing and The New Porridge.

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We were lucky enough to have the lovely Julie Montagu of Flexi Foodie and Ladies of London fame drop by the mindbodygreen offices recently.

Julie talked about cooking for her family (including four hungry kids) on a busy schedule, how she got started as a foodie and yogi, and even whipped up two delicious recipes from her new cookbook, Superfoods Superfast, for us on Facebook Live.

Julie also shared the places she loves to eat in her home city — London — whether for a leisurely meal with friends or a quick and healthy bite. Check them out if you're in London, or just scroll through their Instagram pages for some stellar meal inspiration.


The restaurant by former fashion industry exec Camilla Fayed just opened this "veggan" (meaning mostly vegan, but including eggs) restaurant in Notting Hill. The menu includes vegan nachos, chia pudding, veggie burgers, and nourishing bowls — all packed with superfoods and plant-based favorites like hummus and avocado.

Farmacy 74-76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London

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"Notting Hill is really great right now for new, healthy restaurants," says Julie, and this alcohol-free gastropub is on the cutting edge. You read that right: a bar sans the hearty English beer and gin and tonics.

Instead, they serve up a fresh, seasonal menu that changes daily, intricate mocktails, and desserts that include raw vegan cheesecake and energy balls — so you can have a night out without the alcohol or sugar-related hangover.

Redemption 6 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill, London

Hemsley + Hemsley Café at Selfridges

One of mbg's favorite sibling duos, Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, are serving up green juice, colorful bowls, and breakfast sandwiches with their genius probiotic ketchup and flaxseed buns at their all-day café in the famous department store.

Hemsley + Hemsley Café at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor, London

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The Good Life Eatery

Think cold-pressed juices, colorful açai bowls, a whole section of the menu devoted to "superfood salads," and lots of gluten-free bread and treat options. We know you guys will love this one.

The Good Life Eatery, 20 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, London (multiple locations)

The Detox Kitchen

"I love Lily Simpson [the owner] — she's really got the right idea. She's healthy but isn't obsessive about it," says Julie. The Detox Kitchen is both a clean food delivery service and a handful of delis in London where you can grab a whole-foods-packed breakfast or lunch.

Check out Lily's warming porridge recipe here.

The Detox Kitchen, 10 Kingly Street, Soho, London (multiple locations)

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