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The best juice bars in London

Feeling thirsty? Here are London's best juice bars to cool you down this summer

By Nicola Arencibia
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London has really let the juice loose of late; these days, anybody who is anybody is sipping the stuff – cold-pressed and organic, of course. With juice bars on their way to becoming as ubiquitous as coffee bars in the city, we’ve rounded up the best in town. Straws at the ready...

London's best juice bars

The Detox Kitchen

Restaurants Soho

When ho-hum juices like carrot, apple and ginger are called ‘Fabulously Focused’, you just know the target audience of this Carnaby Street temple to clean-living is Instagram’s #grateful and #blessed. Food prices are steep (and rise further if you eat in); small juices, meanwhile, cost from £3.75, have in or take away. It’s a beautiful place, and if they can make a juiced courgette taste good (try it for yourself in a ‘Green Machine’) they must know what they’re doing.

Elephant Juice Bar

This travelling juice team doesn’t care whether you’re fanatical about your five-a-day or just need a vitamin-packed hangover-helper – at their weekday stall in Whitecross Street Market (they also pop up at Southbank Centre, Primrose Hill and other markets and festivals), they concentrate on getting their seasonal concoctions into your hands as speedily as possible. Just pick one from the rainbow display – try the red juice (beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger) – then browse the rest of the market. From £2-£4.

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The Good Life Eatery

Restaurants Cafés South Kensington

These cold-pressed juices are made using a hydraulic extractor to ensure all the healthy bits are retained for longer. Imaginations have run wild in the development kitchen, resulting in inspiring (if unusual) combinations including ‘Pineapple Immunity’ (pineapple, coriander, coconut, ginger), plus flavoured nut-milk drinks, smoothies and intense juice ‘shots’, all to have in or take away. At £3.30 for 250ml, these juices are a millennial lifestyle accessory more attainable and affordable than the designer bags of generations past...

London's best juice bars, The Good Yard
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The Good Yard

Restaurants Juice bars City of London

This salad and ‘protein’ bar – whose mission is to banish boredom from the world of healthy eating – also serves veg-heavy juices that are just a couple of steps away from being a liquid salad (think spinach, cucumber, celery, lemon and ginger, £4 for 450ml) while remaining tasty. Credit to the creators, too, for making healthy smoothies with party-pooper ingredients like spirulina and hemp protein sound like the life and soul thanks to silly names like ‘Choca Khan’.

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Joe and the Juice

Restaurants Juice bars Soho

Less juice bar, more juice empire, this worldwide chain has nine branches in London alone. At the Soho outpost, whatever the time of day, staff are invariably having a party that customers are (sometimes reluctantly) invited to – even those in the café whose hangovers preclude participation. Juice options range from hedonistic (if there is such a thing) mixtures such as ‘Hangover Heaven’ (apple, elderflower, mint) to health-conscious statement orders such as ‘Peas of Mind’ (peas, avocado, kale, celery, apple). From £4.20.

Moosh

Shopping Shopping centres Soho

If shopping in Soho is leaving you feeling bleak, then this friendly little grab-and-go café in Kingly Place will bring you back from the brink. Try one of their juicy fruit classics (from £4.20), a more targeted special (‘Cholesterol Buster’, ‘Fatigue Beater’), or something from the green-only selection, whose ingredients read a bit like a word-association exercise. The café menu runs from acai porridge and chia pots at brekkie to salad boxes and virtuous toasties for lunch.

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Portobello Juice Cafe

If juice bars have a spiritual home, that home is probably Notting Hill’s Portobello Road, which was a 100% natural hippy haven back when imbibing hemp was still a niche pursuit. This independent spot sources produce from Portobello Market – try a bestseller such as ‘Flu Fighter’ (carrot, celery, beetroot, spinach, lemon, ginger, honey; £4.95) or go off-menu at no extra cost. If you’re feeling very brave, order a ‘Black Magic’ super smoothie containing activated bamboo charcoal (£7.50).

Press Juice Bar

Hotels Soho

Press is the Apple Mac of the juice bar world – all lean looks, high-tech wizardry and image-conscious marketing. Their double-filtered,cold-pressed, takeaway juices and cleanses – all raw and unpasteurised – are stocked by all the celeb hangouts, from Chiltern Firehouse to Ham Yard Hotel. Choosing from one of five ever-so-slightly different ‘Greenhouse’ juices is a game of spot the difference for the uninitiated – simpler pleasures can be found in the fruity ‘Orchard’ selection (try the strawberry, apple and coconut; £6).

Press also available in Broadgate, Selfridges and Cheapside.

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Supernatural

Restaurants Juice bars Canary Wharf

Sorry, Class War: we’re not sure when Brick Lane will hit peak gentrification, but juice-and-smoothie bar chain Supernatural didn’t help your cause when it opened its flagship London branch here. Offerings such as ‘Forever Young’ start at £3.95, but New Covent Garden Market-sourced fruit and veg is also put to use in unashamedly pretentious (and, note, also delicious) concoctions such as ‘Opulent Peony’, made from rosewater, fresh pressed Braeburn apples and Sicilian lemon.

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Cyclelab

Shopping Shoreditch

At this bike shop and café, cyclists running on empty can refuel on saintly, superfood-stuffed snacks and juices. The latter (from £3.40) range from orange, apple and strawberry to super-healthy echinacea- or kale-packed elixirs – phone in your order while you’re still in the saddle if you prefer to keep moving. Juice aficionados can also hire a juicer bike for parties (OK, so we’ve never been to a party and found the juicing facilities lacking, but it takes all sorts...).

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