With nine outlets in London (and counting) and two high-profile cookbooks, Leon is fast becoming a fixture on the capital’s fast-food scene. We welcome it; the company’s commitment to animal welfare, sustainability and healthy but tasty food is admirable, and the simple culinary creations usually work well.

This branch is perhaps the coolest (and is certainly one of the largest). Industrial ceiling fittings, glass walls and mismatched 1950s furniture (battered leather sofas, lamps with retro patterns) are juxtaposed with metal tables and chairs and wooden picnic tables in the front terrace area.

Lunchtimes are busy. The hot dishes we sampled were both satisfying and fresh: grilled halloumi combined perfectly with a sweet chilli relish, while aïoli chicken was both light and creamy. A brown rice and fresh coleslaw accompaniment (the same for all hot dishes) was wholesome and flavourful. Other excellent bets include the ‘better brownie’ (extremely moist) and smoothies. Breakfast baps, organic porridge, various wraps (mexican salsa, chilli chicken), superfood salads, and fruit- and spice-filled tea-time treats like cranberry and pecan flapjacks provide sustaining and delicious snacks or meals. A welcome addition to the Spitalfields food court.


Venue name: Leon
Address: 3 Crispin Place
E1 6DW
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-10pm Mon, Tue, 8am-10.30pm Wed-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat; 9am-8pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
Price: Main courses £3.95-£6.75. Set dinner (6pm-close Mon-Sat) £27.50 2 courses (2 people)
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Natasha P

The space has been recently revamped with a lick of paint that makes it look brighter. What it loses in cosiness it makes up for in the reliable quality of the food. Not widely advertised are the kids' meals – healthy and excellent value at only £2.70. Tip – ask for a loyalty card: the staff will often give several stamps per visit and you get a generous choice of a free side or dessert as well as the usual coffee when it's full.