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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.
Looks amazing and even more so that it’s all GF! Fantastic blog too! 😊
Entered! Thank you!! Xx
Gosh! Wouldn't it just be nice, for once, to feel like you weren't being a nuisance when ordering food and to completely trust the people who are serving and cooking it to understand what being a coeliacs means? It would be a first for me x
I relate to the so much. I sometimes outright fear going out to eat, just because I don’t want to be “that” person. I know I shouldn’t feel that way but it’s hard not to sometimes.
Those pictures look amazing!
Great post and amazing prize! I've had afternoon tea at the hotel which was incredible and the dinner/breakfast sounds amazing too!
What a great competition! A great, worry free menu on offer
Wow this is a brilliant prize! I've heard great things about the GF food here (from the chefs mum!)
Been wanting to go for ages, fingers and toes crossed
Nikki @ Notes of Life
I'd love to give the whole menu a try! It's a refreshing change not to have to worry about food allergies 🙂 The food looks delicious 🙂
The breakfast sounds amazing!! Would love to win!
This looks amazing! What an amazing prize!
Wow it looks and sounds fabulous. I'd want to try everything on the menu.
Entered 🙂 Would be lovely to win for hubby's 50th
Have wanted to visit here for SO long! - The whole menu looks delicious 🙂
Would be amazing as I've not dared to eat out for over 7 years and no breaks away from home for ten years. I'd be happy to have anything that could be confident won't make me ill. Well done for highlighting safe places for us
What a treat this would be.
Wow. Such amazing food. Such yummy looking dinner and breakfasts. What an amazing gf option. That muffin does look delicious too!
Gluten free tasting menu?! Definitely going to be looking that up.
This looks incredible - had the restaurant on my list to try for a while!
It looks so amazing! It makes such a difference to be able to dine out and not be limited to what you can choose and be able to eat with confiothat you are going to get sick.
I have such a sweet tooth so for me it’d be the GF chocolate pot 💕
I like the sound of the pistachio and polenta cake
What an amazing giveaway prize Sarah, I'd love to go and take Beth with me xxx
Would love to go one day!
I'd be most excited about trying the 7oz Fillet steak
Oh that menu!! I think I'd be most excited about the lemon tart because I haven't had one since being diagnosed coeliac and I always loved them! What an exciting competition 🙂
I'd love to win the competition for my ex's parents, which sounds weird but they so deserve this! Sounds amazing
Looks too good to be true! It would be so lovely to go to a restaurant knowing the food would be gluten free and not have to make a fuss about ordering
The chocolate pot sounds delicious!
Wow this looks amazing!!
This place looks amazing and definitely is now on my list!!!
Sandra's Own Story
The tenderloin pork, served with confit vine tomato, Jersey royals & Merguez sausage sounds delicious.
Would love to try it.
Frances Sunshine Hopkins
Would be great to have a meal without feeling horrible after, gluten free would be much a help
kim neville (@kimneville2)
Looks delicious. Would love to try the Valrhona chocolate mousse
the orkney scallops
Amy Jo mclellan
It's a tough choice but you have totally sold me that tenderloin pork dish. Drooling!
Can't believe it's all gluten free - such heaven! Tasting menu looks sublime !!
That Gluten free muffin looks incredible!!
I love Chocolate so definitely the Gluten Free Chocolate Pot. Fantastic prize, thanks for the opportunity.
Everything at the Indigo - but the gluten free breakfast would be a treat as it's so rare to have gluten free toast on offer. At the Cote Brasserie, I'd love to try the Duck Confit
I'd love to try the pistachio and polenta cake with red wine poached figs and a yoghurt sorbet, as I have a sweet tooth.
Benjamin Keith Richardson
Sarah, you nailed it. I honestly cannot thing of a place easier and better to recommend to a gluten free diner or traveller. If they are also dairy free, I am sure, there is nowhere I could more confidently recommend.
Looks like you experienced rather a lot of the goodness Indigo can offer but . . . . sharing that One Aldwych also offer an absolutely amazing gluten free Charlie & the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea. Enough to convince you to make a return trip? 😛