If you're looking for gluten free hotels in London, look no further than the amazing One Aldwych in Covent Garden. Situated in the heart of the buzzing Covent Garden, with a beautiful lobby bar and the amazing, Coeliac UK-accredited Indigo restaurant, One Aldwych is a must when you're visiting London.
From the moment Steve and I entered the classy lobby bar, and then took the amazing, purple-lit lift (seriously, this was made for silly selfies) up to our room, I was absolutely enchanted by the place.
Our room was the perfect location, right on the corner of the hotel, overlooking the opposite theatre which was showing The Lion King - I wish we'd thought ahead to book it! Luckily we had plenty of other ideas for things to do in London while we were there.
When we arrived in the room, we were a little taken aback. The bed was enormous, the room was stunning, and there were gluten free macarons and a little Happy Anniversary cake waiting for us on the side! It's little details like this that really make a trip special, and our anniversary weekend in London was already off to a perfect start.
The room itself was well-equipped with everything we could possibly need or think of. The most incredibly fluffy pillows; beautifully-scented bath products; charging plugs by the bed; our very own sound system - we could almost have just stayed in there all weekend! But, there was gluten free food to be eaten, and on our second night we booked a reservation at Indigo restaurant.
Gluten free at Indigo restaurant
For our evening at Indigo, we were lucky enough to try out the five-course gluten free tasting menu. I've never had a tasting menu at a restaurant before but honestly, I'm sold. It was such a brilliant experience and I loved being able to sample so many different dishes!
To start off with we were brought a bottle of red wine and some freshly-baked gluten free bread. The bread was herby and delicious and had an incredible texture - we greedily opted for seconds!
The first course was a watercress soup with a poached egg, and it was exceptional. The egg really complimented the fresh flavours the soup and whet our appetites for the rest of the courses.
Our next course was seared Orkney scallops with Granny smith, cauliflower and sea purslane. This looked super fancy was but the flavours were incredible. I loved the tangy sweetness of the apple against the salty sea tones.
After this was a course of tenderloin pork, served with confit vine tomato, Jersey royals and Merguez sausage. I think this was my favourite course of the lot. The pork was so tender it just fell apart in your mouth, and I really liked spiciness of the sausage with it. It was a really rich and flavoursome dish and the perfect way to balance out the two sweet courses that followed.
Because yes, the best thing about this tasting menu was that you got not one, but TWO desserts. I don't think I've ever seen Steve look so happy! The first was a pistachio and polenta cake with red wine poached figs and a yoghurt sorbet. The cake was so delicate and light, and was beautiful combined with the tangy fig and creamy sorbet.
But the final dessert was really the pièce de résistance. A blackberry soufflé with vanilla ice-cream. The dessert arrived looking suitable impressive, but even more so was the show that came with it! The waiter placed the dish down, before using the spoon to cut open the soufflé and pour in a rich, blackberry sauce. It really was a masterpiece - the soufflé was so light and airy and combined with the richness of the sauce it was a work of art.
Gluten free breakfast
As well as our incredible meal, we also enjoyed a gluten free breakfast at Indigo every morning of our stay. It was a lovely setting as you could look out from the mezzanine floor over the lobby bar, or through the windows onto the streets. I love people watching over my morning coffee so this was perfect!
The first morning I opted for a gluten free breakfast and was given gluten free toast and the most incredible, home-baked white chocolate and raspberry gluten free muffin. Honestly, I think this was the best gluten free muffin I've ever tried! I then had a full English of sorts, with a bacon, egg, gluten free sausage, mushrooms, spinach, tomato and avocado.
The second morning was my favourite breakfast - I had a mug of fresh coffee, along with smoked salmon and eggs on gluten free toast. This is one of my favourite breakfasts ever and eating it here made it feel even more special. I also managed to request another amazing muffin to sneak out and take with me for the journey home!
The best gluten free hotel in London
Whether you're looking for gluten free hotels in London, or you just want an amazing and coeliac-safe restaurant in London, you HAVE to try One Aldwych. I think staying here was probably one of the high-points of my year. The staff were so friendly, the food was incredible and the little details, such as leaving us an anniversary cake and turning down the sheets each evening, made it even more special.
As part of our stay we also enjoyed some delicious cocktails in the Lobby Bar, which would be perfect before going to see a West End show, and went for a dip and a steam room session in the fabulous pool too. This hotel really has everything!
I can't wait to return to One Aldwych again and test out even more of their gluten free food! And if you want to be in with a chance to experience it for yourself, check out this AMAZING competition...
WIN a stay at One Aldwych and dinner at Indigo Restaurant
How would you like to WIN an overnight weekend stay for two at One Aldwych, with breakfast and dinner-for-two at Indigo restaurant? If so, I've got a brilliant competition just for you! Just enter using the form below, but hurry, the competition ENDS at midnight on Tuesday, January 2 (Full T&Cs below). GOOD LUCK!
Terms and Conditions
Prize offered is overnight weekend accommodation for two people (sharing one room maximum) including Full English breakfast and a three-course dinner in Indigo restaurant with non-alcoholic drinks for two people. Valid from 2nd January 2018 to 2nd April 2018. Subject to availability. No cash alternative.