Greetings from Kensington
Equinox's London club is officially open for business. Here's where to fuel up after toning up.
London may be known for dark beer, battered fish and killer curry, but times are a changing. Since Kensington is home to the newest Equinox location (open as of this morning), we decided to get to know our culinary neighbors, and, we're happy to report, we like what we see. Whether you replenish with a juice or bite at The Juicery, our locally and organically sourced in-club spot, or hit up one of our health-minded neighbors, there are options to satisfy every palette, preference and craving:
On a low sodium diet? You'll love the neon sign behind the sushi counter which reads 'Without Soy Sauce.' The chefs at this discreet Japanese restaurant tucked away behind Kensington High Street prefer to finish the sushi with truffle oil or a quick blast from a blowtorch, as they feel the soy sauce masks the sushis' flavor.
The Japanese-inspired noodle bar is a cheap and cheerful choice whether you're in the mood for a slurpy ramen soup, cooked noodles with vegetables or sticky white rice with curry sauce. The restaurant chain, started by famed restaurateur Alan Yau, shares our philosophy that positive eating promotes healthy attitudes and choices.
Kensington Square Kitchen
Perfect for a post-workout wind down, this relaxed and friendly restaurant feels like eating in your own kitchen, complete with a selection of magazines for you to browse. Fresh salads of the day and other specials are scrawled on the blackboard and are all are made using seasonal British produce.
In a rush? Ottolenghi is a popular deli that serves exotic salads influenced by the owners' Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian backgrounds. The small Kensington branch only offers a takeaway service, so pop in and choose from the selection of fresh and colorful salads (think aubergine and pomegranate, lentils with gorgonzola or red rice with pistachio nuts). Be warned: The homemade cakes and pastries will tempt you to break your diet.
Down to Earth
Nothing complements a post-exercise high quite like the clean deliciousness of organic fare, and this cafe is stocked. Down to Earth caters to a full range of dietary specifications (vegan, vegetarian, raw, gluten-free, dairy-free), all in the form of inventive and flavorful dishes (from raw pizza to sweet potato and pea samosas.) After a bite, browse their shop for fresh produce and natural skincare products to bring home.