It may be the fact that Planet Organic was an oasis for me when I first arrived in London, the first sighting of kombucha and flaxseeds in a grocery landscape seemingly full of heat-and-eat curries, prawn-mayo sandwiches -- actually make that anything-mayo sandwiches -- and pasta salads, but I felt like I had discovered something rare and amazing and continue to see the place in the glow of that halo. Nevermind the fact that there are plenty of other healthy and delicious lunch spots to discover near UCL, the hot buffet here is still my go to. Vegetarian but hearty, well-seasoned, and a pretty good price (£4ish for a small box, like a modest sized lunch, and just under £6 for a medium size box which is like a lunch feast).
Remember to tell the cashier if you're a student... 10% off everything including any of the groceries you buy. Makes a big difference when you're shopping here as the organic status may be delightful but also comes at a price.
Insanely overpriced I would say!
Organic ok but £4 for 125 g of raspberrys? Wow!
Where is the local stuff I also wonder is there nothing around here that does not have to be transported?
They have free water in plastic( biodegradable) cups for customers that eat there wouldn't it be good just to have cups you can wash , biodegradable cups have normally be burned at really hot temperatures that could be easily avoided . Also the refill of water bottles costs money I think that's sad a store like this should encourage the carrying of water bottles you can reuse!
When I was visiting there was one person at the registers, actually running two of them , because it was so busy at lunchtime!!
The garbage was overflowing and in front of it trash on the floor, plain nasty!
I know Wholefoods is a chain and I try to go to different places but that wouldn't happen there.
The 10% student discount is great, the veggie take-away hot food is awesome, and the selection is pretty good, but some of the stuff is insanely overpriced and a lot of the stuff isn't actually organic. There was a sale of Clif Bars when I was there, which has an endless list of ingredients and similar bars that seemed much more legit (e.g. less than 5 ingredients and no syrups like 'brown rice syrup', which apparently is the most nutritionally deficient sugar available) cost £3 per granola bar. I was looking for stuff to test out during an upcoming training run, but there is no way I'm going to buy multiple granola bars at £3 a pop! It's good for take-away food or little bits and bobs, but don't expect to do your weekly shop here unless you've got serious amounts of disposable cash.
Lots of delicious foods available here and they have a hot counter too with freshly prepared food. There is a small seating area within the shop but you are probably best taking it away with you.
Popped in today after finding out about the free Green and Blacks chocolate samples of their new flavours orange and lemon. I ended up walking out with 4 bars as there was a promo on 3 bars at half price and get a free lemon or orange bar. I also picked up a delicous 7 seeded roll to have for lunch.
As you would expect the prices aren't the cheapest but then the food is organic so it's never going to be super cheap. Also remember just because it's organic doesn't necessarily mean it's healthy. They do have lots of healthy choices in here including fruit and veg, however they also have cakes, chocolate and other less healthy options.
Delicious collection of organic eat in and take away foods. I tried the raw pumpkin pie and it was super delicious. There are so many raw food desserts to choose from. They cater for all diet types from vegan to ceoliac.
The supermarket section has a wide range of products ranging from organic flours, to different types of organic nut butters.
I will definitely be going back to sample something from the hot food section.
had a lot of different fresh food you can purchase here too. Everything considered amazing, I hope I could eat all of these the food
area was good-looking and there are some familiar foods but really unique. They
also have a desserts area with plenty of choices of desserts you can possibly
choose. A. Totally
extensive variety of fresh, organic, and good-quality foods.
Love the healthy air about it. I love selection of affordable 'free-from' cosmetics and toiletries.
The hot food counter is hard to compete with if you are a health-conscious person. They fill up a small takeaway box to the brim which keeps me satisfied.
Coconut dream smoothie is just so simple and great that despite the price I treat myself with it whenever I feel like it.
I probably wouldn't buy the produce - fruits & vegs as it seems to be overpriced - I prefer local greengrocers. But other than that: lovely branch, big and airy and has everything I need.
A student spending a term studying in London, I hunted around a bit for a suitable organic grocery store, and Planet Organic was the best I encountered.
It's a decently sized organics store, with sections of hot & cold food, a food counter, juice bar, produce, dry goods, cosmetics, supplements, etc., etc all the unusual. Unlike some health food stores there's a mixture of products offered and not just medicinal material and ultra-exfoliating shampoos. (Although they have those too).
There's a wonderful array of specialty products for those with dietary concerns, plenty of obscure but quality brand names - many local- and quite a few interesting foodstuffs that would be fun to experiment with.
If you're looking for a health lunch -hot or otherwise - there's a decent selection of nutritious meals available. The hot lunches are served in biodegradable containers that are priced by the size, not the weight, which is a rare thing. And yes, they fill them to the brim. Expect servings of wonderfully prepared things like brown rice, tofu, quinoa, lentils, and other members of the health-conscious food families along salads and side-dishes. There's plenty of seating area both inside and outside, but beware of the London lunchtime stampede at the usual hours.
I'm willing to spend money on organic, local, healthy food, so the prices aren't objectionable too me especially since I mostly buy ingredients, not snacks. In general organic food costs more, and Whole Foods has similar if not identical pricing so I wouldn't fuss. On the up side, there are discounts and meal deals if you hunt for them, and students get 10% off - but you have to ask.
The downside would be the often unfriendly staff which is a bit of a puzzler to me as the healthy, earthy vibe of the place makes me happy as soon as I walk in. Also, the produce section is limited compared to other supermarkets, and sometimes the vegetables aren't in peak condition. And if you're look for non-specialty food, well, sometimes that can be tricky. In other words, you can find every kind of bread except whole wheat flour on a bad day.
But still, thumbs up.
I am looking for a product - vital wheat gluten, also known as gluten powder. Do you happen to sell this product in any of your stores?
Unfortunately we don't stock that here at Planet Organic.
We do stock non gluten alternative thickeners for cooking/baking methods due to the myriad associated dietary problems associated with gluten and gluten based foods
These include kuzu starch, agar flakes and 2 brands of xantham gum.
I hope your questions are answered.
Now why would that answer my questions? Why would I be interested in non-gluten alternatives if what I originally asked for was 'vital wheat gluten'? Basically, I asked for gluten. Full stop.
[rant] And, for that matter, what 'myriad associated dietary problems'? I mean, unless I'm a coeliac, I think I'll be all right. And if gluten is such a problem, perhaps Planet Organic should stop selling bread. [/rant]
Despite the puzzling email from someone at Planet Organic headquarters, I can't fault them for being timely in their response (literally within a couple hours), so I decided to check out Planet Organic a couple of weeks later. It reminded me of the Whole Foods store in Kensington, just on a much smaller scale. The front offered a hot food bar; the back offered natural and/or organic skin care products and make-up; the middle offered general food stuffs that may or may not be difficult to find at chain supermarkets.
As an option to avoid travelling halfway across London to the Whole Foods store for some fancy olive oils and the like, Planet Organic is definitely a good alternative. But it's nothin' special.
I mistakenly thought this place will sell food similar to those at Whole Food Market and Natural Food Kitchen- this assumption was verified as I stood in the long queue waiting to be served and the only bit I can see was the selection of salads!
after few minutes wait it was my turn to order, so I asked for grilled chicken
'we don't have chicken'
'right. anything with chicken in it?'
'we don't serve meat in here !'
so I asked for two salads (Greek salad and coscus with vegetables).
when I saw the Greek salad almost finished in the bowl, I asked if there is a new salad that she can serve me from, as there is no any cheese in the Greek salad in the bowl
the girl rolled her eyes and with an authoritative tone, speaking slowly like I am some retard who don't understand English told me that this is Greek salad !!
of course I had to shut up
this is the Greek Salad a la Planet Organic version!!
I won't be complaining about the high price I paid- but the box food was in could hardly be sealed- I kept adjusting the lid and it was impossible to keep it in place- ended up reaching the office with all the salad bits in the plastic bag instead of the box!!
trying to emulate the concept of Whole Food Market, unfortunately a very bad copy
Fresh and ethical, Planet Organic is famous for the health focused ranged of food products. Very carefully planned this store is quiet the place for the conscious worried soul.
The fresh vegetables some of which you can't find in any of the food retail chains are a definite grab for your platter. The meat and poultry section not overstacked and consciously packed is surely pricey but good quality. Cheese is close to what you find in the retails but nevertheless organic.
They even have a beauty product range from hair care to skin care. There is a slightly Nordic origin and Indian influence to the products and their value. But thats because both countries are conscious trend setters to the aims and benefits of such a lifestyle.
Something for us to adapt as a lifestyle. But there is a controversial element of 'expense' which is another debate altogether. If your pocket can afford it occassionally I recomend a good shopping spree for your home.
Dreading another tin of soup and bread for lunch today, I tagged along with my co-workers to Planet Organic. I heard only good things from Molly K before about it, so I was excited!
The place was bustling (as places usually tend to be round lunchtime) so I got a little flustered and overwhelmed, especially when my eyes feasted upon the lunch bar. So many options!
I admitted I was a newbie to the man helping me, and he was very kind. Luckily my coworker in front of me recommended the Lasagne, and the worker suggested the greek salad. I also chose the broccoli. It was kind've a random mix, yes. But can I just say it all tasted so good?! Okay, the broccoli was .. broccoli. But I really really really enjoyed the lasagne!! I usually don't like lasagne because of Ricotta cheese, but I'm not sure if it had any.
The lunch bar option is not ideal for people who have strict food rules (like I usually do). I usually like all my food separated, or at least in 'combos', like curry and rice - things that are meant to be. So it was kind've hard having my greek salad on top of my lasagne. But that's just me, and I'm weird!
It's a good price, maybe a tad on the pricier side. But it's a good option if you really want to sample a wide variety of things!
I resisted the cakes and sweets, but I am just going to have to go back to look for the pumpkin pie and other goodies.
ok I cant give this place more stars as its quite frankly out of my groceries budget.
I understand thats not their fault i cannot afford to shop here but i will give it some due praise as they have absolutely, unquestionably the most remarkable danish pastry my senses have ever had the delight of knowing.
As a student of one of the numerous colleges in the neighbourhood i always salivate at the gorgeous looking lunches being consumed graciously as one does of course at such an establishment. I try not to make the lunchers feel like apes at the zoo being ogled at during feeding time.
being on a student budget inclined to the odd lunch time pleasures, i grab one of those consistently delectable danishes and i mean time and time again, make a dash to the university cafe clutching the highlight of my day for a mediocre coffee and let the danish consume me!
holy crap - food can put me in a trance!!!
Planet Organic is a health and organic food store curiously located in the student heart of Bloomsbury.
It is a good sized store that includes a café-juice bar. There are coolers on the left that have food and drinks to take away. There is a large range of food (such that if you were so inclined you could do all your shopping here) and a health and beauty section here. The takeaway food I have tried has been good and wholesome.
The main negative point about the place is that the service is frequently quite bad, which is fairly typical in these kinds of shops. It's odd, or perhaps not, people that look very healthy but miserable at the same time.
I love the selection of product in here, I love the canteen type food, but I can't, for the life of me, forgive their atrocious prices. I get that organic food is supposed to be a tad more expensive but this is just taking the piss. £3.95 for a TINY TINY tub of Kale chips. Eff off.
But there is one redeeming point, the food is quite nice and there is seating which is good because it means I can sit and eat before I go to my lectures. I'm very tempted to get the smoothies too but sadly my student budget does not allow this. I don't have any clue how they've got away with staying here this long next to a uni full of students. Do they not know they're being ripped off...(Saying that though, the roberts cafe at UCL charged me £2.20 for ONE MUFFIN. DAYLIGHT FREAKIN' ROBBERY!)
Planet Organic suffers from frankly hideous prices.
Having said that, this is a great place for people with alternative diets to fill up on supplies: they have some gluten-free stuff, raw food, a variety of meat substitutes, vegan cheese, and seitan (!).
Offer prices are halfway decent and there is an amazing selection of grains, nut butters, teas, and coffees (and coffee alternatives). Fruit and veg section is a little small, but you can get thsose anywhere- it's the packaged goods that are the real draw.
I'll be back... Who needs extra cash anyway?
For all the complaints about prices- go and get the buffet take out. The lunch time servers here are most generous when it comes to portion size. You will leave with a small (bio-degradable) container stuffed to the brim, overflowing in fact, with baked quinoa, lentil mash, veg-lasagne, brown rice, stirfry tofu and brocoli salad. They will keep packing until you have a bit of everything you want.
So take away for eat outside, at the coffee bar out back next to the green grocer, or up front for Torrington street watching. They also do a student discount, don't forget to ask.
I bloody love this place. I think it's because I have never lived or worked near a big snazzy healthfood store before, and this is now a 5 minute walk from my office. I feel like I want to not like it, because it is a big, brash, expensive chain, but at the moment I'm bowled over. I'm just so happy to live in a place that has this kind of store. Hooray for London and hooray for people who love food, and think it's worth thinking about.
I have never found it so easy to find veggie lunchtime foods. I am obsessively keen on a £3 pot of vegan chickpea salad from the refrigerator cabinet, which I have had three times so far, and it was with utter glee that I queued up to get my £3.99 box (looks small but is surprisingly deep) filled with a selection of different hot foods, salads and side dishes. I demolished it with equal glee, and vowed to copy the simple but scrummy cheese crouton salad at home.
I am also a fan of the enormous range of healthy snack foods - licorice, seed bars, vegan cakes, fruit wheels and the like, which make giving in to snack temptation feel not only ok, but positively virtuous.
Planet Organic makes me so happy. Being gluten-free in London isn't at all easy, but Planet Organic does everything in its power to help you be a health-conscious consumer. I'm so thankful that they label each product with allergy information, too. Great for groceries or a hot meal - and their selections of herbal teas and dark chocolates are to die for. Can't speak highly enough of this place
Planet Organic on Torrington Place is not just an organic supermarket, but also offers a great value for money lunch takeaway. There are tables and chairs inside as well, so you can take refuge from the cold as you have lunch from the takeaway boxes. A large box is about 5 pounds, and a small one is 3. They also have a juice bar with a large variety of organic juices and smoothies, as well as wheatgrass and various other supplements.
The takeaway lunch has two sections, one with salads and fruit, and the other with cooked tofu, lentils and vegetables. If none of this whets your appetite, there are a range of ready made sandwiches, yogurts and fruits that you can pick up from the supermarket shelves. This is a healthy and good value lunch if you are eating in the business area, but can sometimes get quite crowded.
This is my lunch destination near work. They have a great selection of lunch take away food bar. I usually try to fit 4 or 5 kinds of salad, pasta etc in a medium size container. My favorite pastries are date pudding and granola bar. The drink selection is also amazing, almond cacao and sweet green juice are what I always have. The only down side is that it's extremely crowded during lunch time!
Fantastic real food and natural product store that does a really good job of stocking a bit of everything.
I'm here today though for 1. a new lipstick and 2. some lunch. Cosmetic wise they only stock Dr Haushka, Lavera and Elysambre which was ok but I had remembered there previously being more choice. Also it's a bit dim out at the back of the shop, so I'm hoping that a made a good Colour choice in the dark. Lunch wise there was very little choice at 11.30 on this fine Saturday so I opted for preprepared out if the fridge, which I always find disappointing, and today was no exception.
Sorry guys, only four stars today.
my new go-to for lunch/breakfast! Planet Organic is an absolute must if you are celiac/coeliac or have other food issues or are vegetarian or just enjoy lighter, healthier fare. it's not cheap, but if you have a student ID there's a 10% discount which puts a slight dent in the bill (thank you, fellow yelpers, for that tip!).
I love the huge selection of ready-made cold or hot dishes. most of the soups (the carrot-coriander is particularly delish), if not all, are GF. the falafel box was very dry and sawdusty, but other than that, I've liked or loved everything. oh, and they have incredible gluten-free cake and mindblowing GF muffins in the coffee area - check that out, especially the banana-pecan muffins.
it's great too that you pay by the takeaway box size, not by weight, and the servers jam in as much as they can. not bad. :)
also a vast array of groceries, beauty products, the whole nine yards. great for takeaway or to dine at the cafe benches or at a table outside.
my only gripe - the wooden utensils, while I appreciate the recycley intention, are awful - like licking a tongue depressor. it sends chills down my spine to even contemplate it. also, fyi, you will be charged 10p for a plastic bag if you need one.
Planet Organic is more the kind of place I'd expect to find in Mayfair or Crouch End; a supermarket perfect for yummy mummies - but that is actually right round the corner from UCL so it is full of students instead.
Great for shopping I'm sure, although I wouldn't bother stopping by for a coffee.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this place: the love comes from all the healthsome and downright delicious food on offer (along with the occasional dubious-looking superfood claim) and the hate is naturally cost-related. Cheap it ain't, but you can eat well here without spending a fortune if you reign yourself in a little and just get your lunch, avoiding all the exciting organic deserts and biscuits.
A few years ago, I spotted Gwynneth Paltrow shopping here, so its faddy celebrity diet credentials are solid!
Well stocked, fantastic and popular health food shop. Excellent deli and cakes.
Planet Organic kept me alive while I was at UCL. The lunch is delicious, healthy and affordable. Hence the long lines! As I recall they fill up once and run out early, so get there on time.
I love the not-so-affordable vegan cakes, the glass bottle soy yogurts, and the herb tofu. Best place in the Bloomsbury area for all things vegan, at reasonable prices, with a great selection of vegetables, fruits, boxed food, and so on.
An excellent respite from the bustle of the city, Planet Organic feels peaceful and homey, with plenty of nourishing food.
Great hot food and drinks. Great health product shopping. Great atmosphere from clever university crowd. Great seating and interior space. One of my favs
Wish the hot food and drinks till would operate quicker, you choose your food with careful staff, but as soon as you hit the til at the drinks end it grinds to a halt - weird, but not worth demoting them for ;)
Planet Organic is one of the best organic shops I have been to, with a good selection almost anything you would get from a any regular shop -except that everything here is organic.
What is super special is the selection with wines! Again, all organic.
I also love to have lunch as take a ways and then enjoy it in the parks near by, as I think the cafe side is not that charming. It is actually the only down side of this place, with just few adjustments they could make it much more nicer and it could easily become my new living room.
If I'm having a crap day, I'll take a bit of walk over to Planet Organic for lunch. It's hidden from the craziness of Tottenham Ct Rd and brings a mix of students / professionals. As an organic grocery, they have all the basics that any healthy conscious person could want. They have a great lunch bar with everything from basic salads to stir fry to pasta. They also make a wonderful Americano.
Good selection of organic products and there is usually sales on selected items going on.. I wish they had a better fruit and vegetable selection. Prices are a bit higher than Sainsbury, Waitrose, but is expected with organic items. A student ID card gets you 10% off.
Planet Organic was all my hopes and dreams - on a (brutal) American expat budget. I regularly stopped here for dinner from the ready-made food bar on my way home from work - my walk from the tube station took me past it and, most days, I couldn't resist going in. I can't remember exactly what I got anymore, but I believe I had veggie lasagna which was incredible. Planet Organic makes mouth happy.
Planet Organic is a culinary gem amidst a sea of mediocre, overpriced sandwich shops. The store doubles as a grocery store and casual eatery and is always bustling with students and faculty from UCL, Birkbeck and RADA. There are a dozen or so seats at the window for those who deign to break bread with strangers, but, really, sitting at one of the big, communal tables is part of the experience. You really can't go wrong with anything from their hot food bar, or any of their homemade soups, but I would go as far to say that their chicken pumpkin soup is not to be missed. If you're a student, be sure to inquire about their 10% student discount.
The vegetarian buffet lunch here is a great option if you're in the area. You choose the size box you want (medium is normally perfect for a good-sized portion) and then fill it up to the top with simple, organic food. Some of the food is rather oily and probably quite high in calories, but it's all very tasty. It's more expensive than a sandwich, less than eating a restaurant, but is definitely worth it for a treat at lunchtime once in a while.
I enjoyed their fresh foods and the abundant selection of products. Highly recommended.
I am so happy to find that there is a Planet Organic near my flat. I can find natural and organic basic grocery, body care and household cleaning products here with reasonable prices. I wish they have more produce though. I usually have to go to a chain store to get my produce afterwards.
Least of all, this is a fun bookshop which stocks books on yoga and a free paper that only prints good news! More importantly, you can eat an amazing, hot, organic (vegetarian) meal here and somewhere in between lies the fact that there is an enormous organic supermarket at the back. Being where it is, Planet Organic is always full of ethical university types...don't bother going there at lunchtime unless you're happy to take away. It's all organic but their selection of fair trade products is limited. However, their chai is as chai should be, it's probable that the staff meditate or do capoeira and if you have a "zinger" shake you'll feel super human. Very good news.
Planet Organic is an amazing shop, tasty and healthy food, well presented, clean and fresh ingredients, all the factors to make it a very pleasant experience for anyone.
this place is a true gem. excellent, organized stock of natural body care, vegan, superfoods, produce. ate lunch from the salad bar daily and didn't tire of the regular dishes. eating area has a small library and the window seats are lovely for revising/people watching. not sure if she's still there, but the skincare assistant was super informative and encouraged customers to take home samples before purchase. try the ren line if you stop in.
Planet Organic has been the number one place for lunch time during my university years. I particularly like their hot foods because they are healthy and not at all expensive. This place is catered for vegans and veggies, so don't expect to see meat here. Price depends very much on the size of the packaging which you want that ranges from £3 and onwards, but still cheap for filling lunches. I particularly love their pastas and soups. They also serve nice hot drinks, including the Chai Tea Lattes, which is only £2. I prefer this drink over the Star bucks one, because it's a tad bit sweeter. I also enjoy the cheese cake, which is very addictive, yet pricey. There was one episode where I ordered the wild mushroom soup, and after absorbing it succulently I couldn't stop laughing at my next class. Suggestions as to why this happened please bring your comments forward. The food products they sell however are not cheap. Buying organic fruits or dairy products are up to £5 each. Ouch! It's so ironic that natural foods that are untouched by GM are so expensive. Therefore, it's only for the wealthy that'll want to complete all the food shopping in Planet Organic. The queues are long during the lunch hour so stay away, or expect a 20 minute chat with your friends in them. This also applies to their seating area which is limited during busy hours. You'll have to use your confidence and politely ask others permission to steal their chair or eat on their table.
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