Long gone are the days that health food shops were reserved for granola munching hippies. If the recent expansion of Whole Foods is anything to go by it can be surmised that we Londoners take pride in what we feed our family as well as how we take care of both our spiritual and physical health.
We asked our readers to share their favourite west London based health food shops. Rarely does one shop cater to every need, but there is steady growth in this market and you’ll also find that most staff are highly knowledgeable and passionate about the products they sell.
Here is our round-up of local health food shops:
OLIVER’S KEW GARDENS – KEW
Opened in 1989, Oliver’s sells organic groceries as well as an extensive range of natural remedies, nutritional supplements, homoeopathy, natural organic body care and make up. They also hold evening workshops with local practitioners.
Address: 5 Station Approach, Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3QB
More info: www.oliverswholefoods.co.uk
PORTOBELLO WHOLE FOODS – NOTTING HILL
Portobello Wholefoods sells natural products, organic food, as well as vitamins, herbal remedies ,natural body and biodegradable cleaning products.
Address: 266 Portobello Road, London W10 5TY United Kingdom
AS NATURE INTENDED – CHISWICK AND EALING
In 2000 Malcolm Walker (Iceland founder and chief executive) set up As Nature Intended. They stock a wide selection of organic products, health and beauty, household cleaning products and have well versed staff in their dispensary.
Address: 201 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4 2DR | 17 – 21 High Street Ealing, W5 5DB
More info: www.asnatureintended.uk.com
BUSHWACKER – HAMMERSMITH
Independently owned Bushwacker is located on King Street. The shop offers a good range of food from specialty bread to organic produce, as well as body care items and household cleaning products.
Address: 132 King Street, London, London, W6 0QU
WHOLE FOODS – KENSINGTON, RICHMOND AND FULHAM
One of the original health food stores and with locations around the world, Whole Foods is rapidly expanding across west London. Depending on the size of store a smorgasbord of products and services can be found.
Address: 63-97 Kensington High Street, The Barkers Building, London W8 5SE
More info: www.wholefoodsmarket.com
ABSOLUTE ORGANIC – WIMBLEDON
Established in April 2012, Wimbledon’s Absolute Organic aim is to provide fresh, healthy, tasty and competitively priced organic food in their local area. They offer a wide range of organic food products, as well as other supplements.
Address: 560 Kingston Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8DR
More info: www.absoluteorganic.co.uk
PLANET ORGANIC – NOTTING HILL, WANDSWORTH
Orginally opened in 1995, Planet Organics now has six locations across London. The shop carries a wide range of seasonal organic food products as well as health & beauty, household and a dispensary. In addition to it’s online locations they also offer online shopping.
Address: 42 Westbourne Grove London, W2 5SH
More info: www.planetorganic.com
THE NATURAL FOOD STORE – CHISWICK
Don’t let this store’s size deceive you. It’s packed full of natural beauty products, vitamins and non-perishable food items – including baby food.
Address: 41 Turnham Green Terrace, London W4 1RG