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Soul Food Meditation and Brunch

unnamed-5Here at Redemption we are holistic bunch and so we are back by popular demand with our amazing meditation & brunch sessions in Notting Hill – another step in our journey to give people the space to ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’ – rather a different type of lunch break, a bit of LA in London!

In a world in which many of us admit we are too busy to slow down and eat with mindfulness and appreciation and with scientific studies showing that eating too quickly can negatively impact our digestion, absorption of nutrients and overall health the Soul Food sessions are designed to provide the antidote.
“Guided meditation is a brilliant way for anyone to easily access the well-established physical, mental and emotional benefits of meditation. The guided meditation at Redemption not only helps customers connect to their inner state of peace and wellbeing, but it allows the body to slow down, reset and repair, ensuring everyone is in the most optimal relaxed state to digest and absorb the delicious, nutritionally-packed food being served”, explained Sophie Purvis the meditation guide.

Monday 27th February 9.30am – 11am
Guided mediation followed by brunch

Buy your ticket here:

1. Daily Mail Online, 10 June 2013, “Britain’s minute meals: The average adult only spends 23 minutes A DAY eating breakfast, lunch and dinner”. Available here.
2. Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, “How to heal your digestive problems naturally”. Available here.

Healthy tips for January

Healthy tips for January

As you guys will know, here at Redemption towers we are definitely not holier than thou. We need Redemption more than anyone else – why do you think we invented it?!

Admittedly we are somewhat regretting the decision to close operations for 10 days over yule since we are now feeling rather bilious and can’t get into our jeans. We need to get back on the Redemption wagon – fast! There are a few nice national schemes to help support us such as veganuary, dry janaury, dryathlon etc. But here’s our 3 top go-to detox and healthy ingredients and tips to get you back on top form and hitting those resolutions toute suite. Spoil yourself without spoiling yourself.

1. Beetroot

What it does:

Beetroot has been the focus of a great deal of clinical research in recent years – it’s very high in natural nitrates which the body converts into nitric oxide that regulates blood pressure. Liver health studies show betacyanin has a benefit on liver function helping to increase the detoxification enzymes that remove alcohol from the liver. And many of us need that after Christmas. Who can argue with this, it’s like PROPER SCIENCE?!

As seen in: our smoothie heart beats: we shake together cold pressed beetroot juice, coconut water, orange, lime and ginger juice. Delicious!

2. Chia

What it does: chia is the Mayan word for Strength – these tiny seeds are powerhouses of nutritious energy, extremely filling and low in calories. They are also remarkably high in Omega 3 as well as soluble fibre and easily digestible protein, filling you up and keeping you energized for longer. Chia is as close to a perfect food as you can get.

As seen in: our best-selling instagram-favourite buckwheat & chia pancakes served with coconut yoghurt and seasonal fruit; and in our protein-rich superhero shake designed for post-workouts – a blend of bananas, blueberries, almond milk, chia, cacao and hemp.

3. Coconut

What it does: Coconut contains lauric acid, which has strong antiviral properties and can block the way viruses enter our cells and multiply. It has the ability to kill a wide range of harmful pathogens making it an effective way to help treat or prevent infections and viruses.

As seen in: erm, our entire menu! It’s our no.1 source of ingredients. We use coconut water, milk, yoghurt, oil and sugar. Does this justify moving head office to Thailand, we wonder?

Check out our daytime menu here and our evening menu here.

a tour around the healthiest autumn menu in London

As the nights draw in, the wind picks up and the leaves fall, we finally accept summer is behind us. Sob! But now we embrace the richer, earthier tastes of autumn and look forward to the mysterious promise of Halloween, Bonfire Night and beyond.

It might be tempting to succumb to sausages and mash, but here at London’s healthiest restaurant we have a mission to create super healthy food which is exciting, delicious and satisfying. Here are a few highlights from our new autumn menu, which we are really excited about. We hope you will love it too.

We’ve been serving our amazing nerone black rice risotto with English asparagus and peas all summer, but now the dish will excite the umami palette with the deep rich flavours of seasonal wild mushrooms and earthy porcini. Customers are genuinely incredulous that this dish is vegan and gluten-free.

We love a bit of spice in our lives and so we’ve added firecracker cauliflower – sticky baked cauliflower florets with a ginger, garlic, chilli and tamari sauce sprinkled with sesame seeds. This works beautifully as a sharer with our grilled aubergine and tahini (with toasted pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and fresh micro basil).

Many of you will be aware of our mighty-instagrammable buckwheat pancakes and now we are giving them an autumn twist by serving them with banana, caramelised pecans and maple syrup – hmmm, resistance is futile!

We have an exciting new range of desserts with vanilla and acai cheesecake, a festive pumpkin pie, and a totally indulgent ruby forest gateau – layers of rich chocolate mousse on a crunchy nutty chocolate base with raspberries and vanilla cream. And yes they are STILL low in natural sugars, gluten-free, wheat-free and bursting with only good fats.

On top of that we are getting great feedback from our newly extended drinks menu, full of smoothies, raw juices, alcohol-free cocktails and beautiful warming teas and lattes.

Overall we hope we have delivered one of the most exciting top vegan restaurant menus in London, and a great place for eating out if you want to spoil yourself without spoiling yourself. We hope to welcome you soon.

Here are the menus for you to browse:

Notting Hill weekday daytime menu

Notting Hill weekday evening menu

Notting Hill weekend daytime menu

Shoreditch daytime menu

Welcome to London

Welcome to London

Given that London is the no.1 tourist destination in the world and we are now heading into holiday season, we wanted to give a big welcome to all our overseas visitors. We are ignoring all the boring political things that are happening, and we hope you feel totally welcome and have a lovely time in our city. We’d be honoured if you’d come and visit us, arguably the healthiest restaurant in London, described by some as the best vegan restaurant in London. We are located near Portobello market in Notting Hill and in the middle of Shoreditch, the party capital of London, where you might #needRedemption. Don’t forget to bring the sun with you!

Étant donné que Londres est la destination touristique no.1 dans le monde et nous sommes maintenant à la tête dans la saison des vacances, nous avons voulu donner une grande bienvenue à tous nos visiteurs d’outre-mer . Nous ignorons toutes les choses politiques ennuyeux qui se passe , et nous espérons que vous vous sentez totalement bienvenue et un agréable séjour dans notre ville . Nous serions honorés si vous souhaitez venir nous rendre visite , sans doute le plus sain restaurant à Londres, décrit par certains comme le meilleur restaurant végétalien à Londres . Nous sommes situés près du marché de Portobello à Notting Hill et dans le milieu de Shoreditch , la capitale de la fête de Londres, où vous pourriez #needRedemption . Ne pas oublier d’apporter le soleil avec vous!

Teniendo en cuenta que Londres es el destino turístico número 1 en el mundo y ahora estamos dirigiendo en temporada de vacaciones , hemos querido dar una gran bienvenida a todos nuestros visitantes extranjeros . Estamos ignorando todas las cosas aburridas políticos que se están produciendo , y esperamos que usted se sienta totalmente bienvenido y tienen un precioso tiempo en nuestra ciudad . Nos sería un honor si lo venga a visitarnos , posiblemente el restaurante más saludable en Londres , descrito por algunos como el mejor restaurante vegetariano en Londres. Estamos ubicados cerca del mercado de Portobello en Notting Hill y en medio de Shoreditch , la capital de la fiesta de Londres, donde es posible que #needRedemption . No se olvide de traer el sol con usted!

Dato che Londra è la meta turistica numero 1 al mondo e ora stiamo andando in stagione delle vacanze , abbiamo voluto dare un grande benvenuto a tutti i nostri visitatori stranieri . Stiamo ignorando tutte le cose politiche noiose che stanno accadendo , e speriamo sentire completamente il benvenuto e hanno un bel tempo nella nostra città . Saremmo onorati se saresti venuto a trovarci , forse il ristorante più sano di Londra , descritto da alcuni come il miglior ristorante vegano a Londra . Siamo situati vicino al mercato di Portobello a Notting Hill e nel mezzo di Shoreditch , la capitale del divertimento di Londra, dove si potrebbe #needRedemption . Non dimenticate di portare il sole con te!

Seeking Redemption in London Fashion Week

Seeking Redemption in London Fashion Week

So as you, your mum and your cat will all know, London Fashion Week has brought the city to a swanky standstill with designers showing of their unique collections and predicting trends.

Naturally, we immediately began to seek Redemption, and here’s what we found:

There are definitely traces of our Beet-O-Tini on Xiao Li’s AW16 runway:

Ashish’s AW16 collection made us feel like a load of models had had a beautiful battle with a packet of jumbo crayons and the result makes our hearts so happy – much like our Elderflower Fizz too!

Temperly London’s collection was just ridiculously beautiful… the mix of colours reminded us of our Raw Goddess Salad.

Raw Goddess Salad (2)

This outfit from Lantern Sense layered stunning neutral tones, topped off with cherry coloured ear muffs – which got us dreaming about our Chocolate and Vanilla cheesecake…

Redemption Bar is arguably London’s healthiest restaurant, serving up vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free food with an alcohol-free bar. Our two restaurants in Notting Hill and Shoreditch are being described by many as the best vegan restaurants in London. Our motto is ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’, and our ethos is rooted firmly in caring for the planet, its animals, and ourselves. Come and visit London’s top alcohol-free, vegan bar – or order in via the luxury delivery service SUPPER if you live in central London.

Our latest Instagram Favourites

Our latest Instagram Favourites

We’ve been sooooo busy recently, which we love – especially because it means there’s more gorgeous Instagram photos of you all seeking Redemption for us to drool over. So we’ve chosen a few of our favourites (which was extremely difficult to narrow down!) and have featured them below – make sure to tag us in your foodie pic so you can be included next time!

#VeganValentinesday with #mom 💗💗💗🌟🌟🌟 #London #Redemptionbar #Veganfood

A photo posted by Mila Ridella (@milalula) on

If you’re as hungry as us after all that, feel free to pop in – we’d love to see you!

Who is having the best sex this Valentine’s Day?

Who is having the best sex this Valentine’s Day?

We have just announced that due to popular demand we will be opening on Sunday evening in Shoreditch for Valentine’s Day.  We know our lovely Redemptioners always have a spring in their step – and we started looking into why:

1. What women want

For a start recent research has discovered that modern women have expanded on their love of a sense of humour; they now value altruistic men and those who are environmentally aware and kind to animals. It follows, then, that men with a conscience should be getting plenty of female attention.   Leonardo di Caprio anyone?!

2. Get inspired

Potassium, vitamin B and zinc (found in foods such as pine nuts, figs, almonds, asparagus, celery, and chickpeas) all help the body to produce sex and desire-inducing hormones, so perhaps people eating a plant-based diet are more likely to initiate sex than their meat-eating counterparts?

3. Get your blood pumping

Everyone knows that red meat contributes to clogged arteries, while a vegan diet is fabulously low in fat and avoids all the synthetic hormones associated with meat-based diets – two key elements in getting your blood flowing. If your blood is pumping that means better erections and more multiple orgasms.  In fact, thanks to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (a US consortium of some 10,000 doctors) we have the brilliant hashtag #ItsNotYouItsMeat.

4. Drink in the atmosphere


Overdoing it on the booze can seriously effect both parties’ performance, causing erectile dysfunction in men, and less intense orgasms for women. Not to mention the likelihood of forgetting the best bits as we engage in our national pastime of ‘unconscious coupling’.

So as we said in the Evening Standard recently, guess who is having the best sex on Valentine’s night?!  

Redemption Bar is arguably London’s healthiest restaurant, serving up vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free food with an alcohol-free bar. Our two restaurants in Notting Hill and Shoreditch are being described by many as the best vegan restaurants in London. Our motto is ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’, and our ethos is rooted firmly in caring for the planet, its animals, and ourselves. Come and visit London’s top alcohol-free, vegan bar – or order in via the luxury delivery service SUPPER if you live in central London.

And then there were two: the making of Redemption Shoreditch

And then there were two: the making of Redemption Shoreditch

When I first came up with the idea for Redemption in 2012, I had an instant vision of a white / grey neon sign and the dark navy teal colour.  (Maybe it was a reaction to being at Virgin and looking at the colour red all day for 17 years!) I began to think of what colours would work well with navy and teal, and rose gold was leaping out at me on fashion and jewellery pages but not yet in interiors. I thought how beautiful it would look with the navy teal in an interior, quite unlike anything else we’d seen in interiors and definitely unlike anything you might see in a “healthy” space.  I showed the palette with some texture ideas to my designer friend Pat, and after a couple of weeks he came back and said, you’ll never guess what, those colours are what’s being predicted for interiors in 2015.  And so that has come to pass.

“As it was Shoreditch we wanted a ‘wow’ factor too”

We were really limited on what we could do with our vision during our three pop-ups 2013-2015.  We had the neon sign and a few plants, candles, fairy lights, disco balls, and that was about it.  As soon as we got our own site in Notting Hill, we were able to really bring the colour palette to life.  It was a bit muted however, and I felt it needed one more colour to punch through.  I went on a girls’ weekend to Berlin and visited some amazing clubs, bars and restaurants. I saw a brilliant turquoise banquette in a black wall, with copper accent lights and that inspired bringing in turquoise velvet into our scheme.  At the same time, JD, our general manager, was scoping out the restaurant and felt we needed a banquette to make it more luxurious.  JD, Andrea – our amazing executive chef – and myself went to a supplier to choose the fabrics, looking at them in different lights until we eventually all agreed that this was the Redemption brand colours.  We fitted out Notting Hill on a shoestring, and its still not finished really, but we decided to splash out on the beautiful fabrics and marble tables, as well as stunning tableware, in order to live up to the brand promise of ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’.

When I first went to see the Moroccan restaurant Boyago with a view to buying it early in 2015, it had been very heavily decked out with Moroccan red colours and black ironwork.  But I could see that there was a classic Georgian room, almost like an orangery, waiting to burst out of the bones of the place.  Just by removing all the clutter and taking it back to a white and dove grey basic scheme, its beauty would shine through.  It took nine months to acquire that site so it was such a relief to finally get the keys and turn it into Redemption Shoreditch, which we turned around in two months of very hard work!  We used the same turquoise upholstery for the chairs and banquettes and we found some lovely lampshades that are grey on the outside and copper inside.  As it was Shoreditch we needed more ‘wow’ factor though.  So I decided to take the scheme forward with a coral pink neon – the same colour Tracey Emin uses – set on a concrete bar with a copper top.  It’s a beautiful work of art and gives off an alluring glow to the street.  

All three of us have a good eye for design. JD is Dutch – he appreciates clean lines and he’s brilliantly practical at coming up with stuff that looks great but works well too.  In Shoreditch we’ve had to use every inch of the space for storage as there isn’t any, and he’s been very ingenious with that.  Andrea and I have similar taste in most things, she’s got a laid back Ibiza glam sensibility.  So she always comes in at the end and finishes off the space with stunning flowers and candles and we also have exactly the same taste in music.  And in those final touches, the brand and the experience comes to life.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Catherine x

Redemption Bar is arguably London’s healthiest restaurant, serving up vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free food with an alcohol-free bar. Our two restaurants in Notting Hill and Shoreditch are being described by many as the best vegan restaurants in London. Our motto is ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’, and our ethos is rooted firmly in caring for the planet, its animals, and ourselves. Come and visit London’s top alcohol-free, vegan bar – or order in via the luxury delivery service SUPPER if you live in central London.

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All sorts of shiny new things

All sorts of shiny new things

Hello and Happy New Year!

We hope you don’t need to seek too much redemption after the holiday season – but we’re always here if you do…

In fact, we’re super excited to announce that we have opened our second site in Shoreditch! So even more of you beautiful people can seek redemption (We’re at 320 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DR if you want to come and find us.)

With a greater number of people to redeem, we’ve raised our game with an exciting and nutritious January detox menu from Andrea.

New dishes include: a kelp noodle & lemongrass laksa with shitake mushrooms, spring onions, red chilli, ginger and coconut water; roasted pumpkin coated in cashew & gamasio with avocado, lemon, garlic and detox powerhouse horseradish guacamole; and an amazing new raw dish – beetroot linguine with kale & almond pesto with wild rocket and lemon flaxseed oil.

On top of that we’re working with Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon campaign to give people plenty of ideas for alcohol-free cocktails if they are taking January off booze, and we are also delivering to central London via the Michelin-star restaurant delivery service, supper.

We’re delighted to have featured in the news over the past week or so, too – both the Metro and The Observer have shone a light on Redemption, and we’ve had lots of love on social media too! It looks like 2016 is getting off to a healthy and happy start! Phew! We look forward to seeing you soon :)

Redemption Bar is arguably London’s healthiest restaurant, serving up vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free food with an alcohol-free bar. Our two restaurants in Notting Hill and Shoreditch are being described by many as the best vegan restaurants in London. Our motto is ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’, and our ethos is rooted firmly in caring for the planet, its animals, and ourselves. Come and visit London’s top alcohol-free, vegan bar – or order in via the luxury delivery service SUPPER if you live in central London.

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A beverage bonanza

A beverage bonanza

We are all about the good stuff here at Redemption, so we just thought we’d pull together a few of our favourite snaps of the delicious drinks we serve here at Redemption. All of our drinks are alcohol-free and low in natural sugars. If you need a cosy winter warmer, we offer a range of high quality ethical teas and coffees including Union Coffee, served with fresh almond, coconut or soy milk.

Which one is your favourite?

1. Apple Mock-Jito

2. Elderflower Fizz & Coco-Rita

3. Beet-o-Tini

4. Lettuce Spray

5. Green is the new black

6. Tomato Tonic

7. Cappucino with almond milk

8. Delicious, dairy-free hot chocolate

Don’t forget to post your gorgeous pics up next time you visit!