Hello and welcome to The Holist, London's first luxury health and wellbeing lifestyle guide and community.
While health conscious city dwellers in LA, New York and even as far afield as Australia have been plugged in to the health revolution for a while now, London is only starting to embrace a healthier side to itself and all the goodness that brings with it.
If I asked you to imagine your average British person, what would you see? Overweight, drinks too much, smokes too much? Hardly a picture of health! But times are changing. We Brits are slowly realising the importance of health and wellbeing and how powerful the switch to a greener way of life can be. That's not to say there aren't already lots of amazing wellness warriors out there, people such as Calgary Avansino, James Duigan, the Hemsley Sisters, Jenna Zoe and Vicki Edgson to name but a few, have been doing an amazing job at spreading the message to lazy Londoners.
But right now Londoners, we are on the edge of greatness and the wellness revolution is about to become mainstream as people start to realise they can't ignore our toxic, sedentary lifestyles any longer.
Our goal here at The Holist is to be at the front line of this revolution, keeping healthy Londonites up to date on the latest global health and wellbeing news and gossip as well as the definitive list of what, were and who to trust in London if you care about your health.
One of the the driving forces behind The Holist was being fed up of being presented with so called "healthy options" only to find, having had to employ detective skills that Sherlock would be proud of, that they are actually crammed with nasties. As health becomes ever more trendy we will see more and more companies branding their products and services in this manner. We want to save you the leg work and provide you a one-stop shop for all things good for you in London with listings for everything from the best juice bars to natural beauty options and well beyond. We have big plans but it takes us a little time to do our homework on everyone we feature so please be patient while we build out "The List".
To keep you satiated in the meantime, here's a couple of our current favourite London health hot-spots.
1. Borough Market, London Bridge
London's oldest fruit and veg market, Borough Market is a foodie's heaven. Packed to the rafters with incredible local, seasonal fresh produce and , it's one of our favourite spots in London. Make sure to check out Ted's Veg, Sow Gourmet, Total Organics, The Veggie Table and Chegworth Valley.
2. The Good Life Eatery, Chelsea / South Kensington
One of the newer additions to London's health scene is the diminutive Good Life Eatery. But don't be fooled, in spite of it's small size it packs a major nutritional punch. Don't miss their signature kale salad and their divine cold pressed juices.
A London yogi institution, Triyoga offers a range of expertly delivered yoga and pilates, for all styles and abilities from their Soho, Covent Garden, Primrose Hill and Chelsea studios. They also offer rigorous and well-respected teacher training programmes and a range of workshops and retreats.
4. Content Beauty, Marylebone
Tucked away in Marylebone this unassuming little emporium is a treasure trove for natural health and beauty lovers. Don't know your Rosehip from your Lemon Mrytle? Not to worry the amazing staff here are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. They also have a great online store too.
5. Whole Foods Market, High Street Kensington
At 80,000 square feet, Whole Food's London flagship is also their largest globally. Stocking what probably remains London's widest array of organic and healthy produce, great dining options and masterclasses this place is a healthy Londonite's dream. Yes, it's pricey, but when you're on the hunt for that elusive new superfood brand this heavy hitter still remains your best bet!
Make sure to check out our full profiles of these healthy hot spots over at "The List" here.