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If you're looking for gluten free places to eat in London, you're in for a treat. The capital city is literally bursting with free from eateries.
Whether you head to a chain restaurant, a food market or an independent cafe, you're bound to find something gluten free.
Living in Devon, I don't get to visit London as often as I'd like. When I do, finding new gluten free places to eat in London is my number one favourite activity!
Here is my (constantly updated!) guide to more than 20 gluten free places (in no particular order) you HAVE to try if you're visiting London.
Yorica, Wardour Street, Soho
Yorica is basically free from heaven. Situated in Soho, Yorica serves up free from ice-cream, in either tubs, cones or with gluten free waffles. They have a ridiculously awesome selection of gluten free and dairy free ice-creams, and an equally amazing amount of gluten free toppings. It's amazing to go to an ice-cream parlour where there is no fear of cross-contamination! And while £8-odd might seem a lot for two scoops of ice-cream, the portions are so generous, it's basically a meal. A must visit.
Horn OK Please, Borough Market
Named after a phrase commonly found painted on taxis in India (apparently), I found Horn OK Please at Borough Market in London. I was absolutely full from all the other food I had eaten, but the tantalising smells of Indian street food just drew me in. Their food is vegetarian and can be made gluten free and/or vegan. I went for this dosa, a kind of lentil pancake, filled with spicy potatoes and with an amazing range of sides. If you want a bargain lunch which is DELICIOUS, come here.
Leon, various locations
Leon is one of those places which Londoners probably take for granted as another chain. I, on the other hand, sit there wondering why the hell there aren't more fast food options like this? Packed with healthy, fast food, Leon always has loads of gluten free options. The chicken meatballs are my go-to, and the gluten free pecan pie is to die for. And it's all clearly labelled for allergens. Win.
Honest Burgers, various locations
Honest Burgers just seems to keep growing - and it's clear to see why. Honest Burgers' gluten free offerings include gluten free burger buns, rosemary salted fries, and gluten free onion rings. Yes, that's right: gluten free ONION RINGS. I love the fact they have a simple menu, made up of good-quality, low-fuss food, and great-sized portions. I try and visit whenever I visit London.
The Gate, Hammersmith
Now I'm not vegetarian, but The Gate in Hammersmith was the first restaurant that made me realise vegetarian meals are not something to be scoffed at. Set in a beautiful, glass-roofed restaurant close to Hammersmith Apollo, The Gate serves up incredible gluten free food. Their polenta fries are worth going for alone, and whether you're vegetarian or not, it's worth a try.
If you love ice-cream then Grom is THE place to be. It's an ice-cream parlour at Piccadilly circus which does all sorts of gluten free wonders, including gluten free cones, brioche-stuffed ice-cream and even ice-cream cookie sandwiches. I highly recommend a visit, especially on a hot day!
Wild Food Cafe, Neal's Yard
Neal's Yard is a hidden treasure in London. It is this super cool courtyard surrounded by great coffee shops with a 'healthy' vibe. Neal's Yard has a completely raw menu, but one I found really interesting. The majority of the food is gluten free - this raw cheesecake was lovely, and if you can get a window seat, it's a great spot to sit and people watch over gluten free lunch.
Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza
Did someone say BOTTOMLESS PIZZA? I really enjoyed my gluten free pizza from Ramsay Street Pizza - the setting is pretty funky and they seem quite up on their cross contamination. I'd definitely visit this place again, and considering I went with two other gluten free bloggers, it was so nice to be able to all share each other's pizzas too!
Halloumi fries at Oli Baba's, Camden Kerb
I spent MONTHS dreaming about these halloumi fries before I finally tracked them down at Kerb Food Market in Camden. Crispy, salty cheese topped with pomegranate molasses, fresh mint, yoghurt and pomegranate seeds. They are so delicious and great to grab on-the-go. Make sure you check out my guide to gluten free Kerb in Camden here for more inspiration if you're in the area!
The Good Life Eatery, Chelsea
The Good Life Eatery is another place with a 'healthy' vibe to it. Lauren and I visited when we stayed in London a couple of years ago, and it was right opposite our Air BnB! I love the vibe of this place, and it has an interesting menu with gluten free options, including gluten free bread. It also has a selection of smoothies as well as some raw treats.
The Bach, Hoxton and Broadway
I visited The Bach for the first time recently for brunch with the lovely Laura at My Gluten Free Guide. They have such an extensive gluten free menu and are really clued up on coeliac disease and cross contamination too. From gluten free bread to gluten free pancakes, they are THE place to visit and I can thoroughly recommend them. Plus the decor is amazing and reminds me of being home near the beach!
Indigo Restaurant at One Aldywch, Covent Garden
Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden, is a gluten free haven. The menu is approved by Coeliac UK and there is so much choice! When I stayed there I tried the taster menu and it was incredible, but I've heard talk of all sorts of goodies, including gluten free fish and chips. Oh, and they do the BEST gluten free white chocolate and raspberry muffins ever - check out my full review here.
Broadway Market (Saturdays)
I don't even know where to start with Broadway Market! It's an absolutely playground for coeliacs - from gluten free doughnuts to gluten free s'mores cheesecake brownies (I know!) there are so many different stands that are coeliac friendly. I managed to find scotch eggs, pancakes and much more - just spend an afternoon wandering! Read my top picks at Broadway Market for gluten free here.
Arepa & Co, Bethnal Green
I'd never tried arepas before but I had certainly heard a lot about them. So I was very excited to go along and try these corn breads, which taste insane. Most of what Arepa & Co serve is gluten free and a lot can be vegan/dairy free too. There's plenty of lunch and brunch choice and I LOVED my food here.
Gluten free sushi at Abokado
I was told by friend that Abokado had a largely gluten free range, and I wasn't disappointed. You can pick up all sorts of sushi-inspired treats here, and they're delicious. I enjoyed a hoisin rice salad but you can also get bottles of gluten free soy sauce from the counter. Various locations in London.
Chipotle, various locations
I absolutely love Chipotle and the fact they're safe for coeliacs to eat at in London. They do a whole host of Mexican-inspired foods and burrito bowls, including vegan options as well. I love my rice bowls loaded with lots of cheese and guacamole and always try and pop into a branch when I can.
DF Tacos, Spitalfields
I was really pleasantly surprised visiting DF Tacos - they have a gluten free menu and you can specify at the till you are coeliac. Everything gluten free comes out with a little flag and they seem to be able to cater well for dairy free too. I'd definitely recommend the steak and cheese tacos, and the frozen passionfruit margaritas are incredible!
The Detox Kitchen, Kingly & Mortimer Streets
If you want something healthy then definitely pay The Detox Kitchen a visit. You choose from a range of salads and either meat, fish or vegetarian/vegan proteins. Everything is gluten free and there's a great selection. It's certainly a good place to visit if you've eaten too much cake!
Borough 22 at Selfridge's Food Hall
I love the idea of being able to pick up a gluten free doughnut and the Borough 22 doughnuts in Selfridge's are delicious. Some are vegan and they come in a range of different flavours. You can also buy them in a selection of other spots but this is my go-to place in central London.
The Sanderson Hotel
The Sanderson Hotel offers an amazing gluten free afternoon tea - I went with My Gluten Free Guide and we had a Mad Hatter's afternoon tea with a gorgeous and eclectic mix of cakes, sandwiches and treats. I'd highly recommend this spot for a magical experience.
The Kitchen at Holmes
This was such a gorgeous hotel and restaurant I'd never have even thought to look at but it turned out they have loads of gluten free options and are really clued up on coeliac. Even one of their waiters has coeliac disease! They talked us through all the dishes and even served us amazing, fresh gluten free bread. It was a fantastic meal.
Gluten free London - my interactive map
To make life a little bit easier, here's my gluten free map of London! Blue pins are eateries and restaurants, Green are coffee shops and lunch options. Dark red are some markets which have lots of gluten free options and purple is ice-cream! I really hope this helps you navigate gluten free London!
Gluten free London - what are your recommendations?
With some more visits to London on the cards, I'd love to know if there are any places I MUST visit in London which do gluten free food. I'm thinking of putting together a Gluten Free London Bucket List for my next trip(s)! Comment below with your suggestions on exploring gluten free London, or on my Facebook Twitter and Instagram pages!
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Do you know about Vitao? https://vitao.co.uk/ Being going for quite a while now. Really unusually delicious with an pan Asian spin. And vegan. On Oxford Street, right by Tottenham Court Road tube.
Sarah H (GF Blogger)
I think I’ve actually popped into here before, and got an almond milk latte. The food looked good but wasn’t looking to eat at the time – will have to give it a go!
Hey love this guide! Thanks for putting it together. Honest Burger is one of my all time favourites. I love fresh Vietnamese - the chain called Pho (but apparently menu has changed recently and I haven't been since..) and 'Pho and Bun' in Soho. Both brilliant with loads of gluten free options. Worth checking out next time you're up!
Sarah H (GF Blogger)
I REALLY want to go to Pho! I hear so much about it but haven't been yet - it's a MUST for next time!
Benjamin Keith Richardson
Sarah, tremendous article which includes many of my own favourites. I also love your website design and writing. As a fellow free from blogger, I may well provide the most sincere form of flattery and imitate some of what I see 🙂
So let me pitch to you just *one* new place to try. You will love it. I know this because you already love Leon and it is basically Leon but way, waaay better. Seriously.
Farmstand on Drury Lane.
Fast casual. 100% Gluten Free with lots of Vegan options. Lovely interior. Fantastically healthy food and fantastic business ethics to match. If you try it, please review it! it deserves LOTS of love 🙂
Think Beth and I need to go back to London....I'll get this girl eating more variety if it kills me!!!
Hi, just stumbled on your blog and am so glad I did as there are places here I had never heard of despite living in London e.g. Beyond Bread. I will be visiting them and returning to your blog. Thank you
Hi Sarah, I'm in London today and stumbled across your blog yesterday. So glad I found I found this post. Have been free from gluten for a few months and sometimes find it difficult to find places to eat. Really miss burgers so we are definitely heading to Honest burgers! Thank you for the suggestion. Steph x
Sarah H (GF Blogger)
Hi Steph, so glad I could help! Let me know what you think - I'm very jealous!! And don't forget the onion rings! Enjoy x
Restaurant called Indigo which is in the 1Aldwych hotel off the Strand. In the upper price bracket but superb food and EVERYTHING on the menu is Gluten Free! So no questioning 'is it GF or can it be made GF' - it all is! My husband is a Coeliac and loves it.
Sarah H (GF Blogger)
Wow, that sounds like heaven!! Will have to try that!
Romeo's Gluten Free Bakery on Upper St in Islington is great - delicious full meals and sandwiches, sausage rolls and pastry savouries, and lovely cakes! And great staff! 🙂
Love this, so many good places to eat! I'd also recommend Herman ze German which is on the same road as Leggero (also amazing) in Soho. Amazing if you like German sausage and chips. Sadly the currywurst isn't gluten free but the sauerkraut is delish!
So glad I came across your blog !! Been for a day out into London and make a trip to beyond bread was amazing that I could actually get a gluten free danish (something I never thought I would get) without worry even my not gluten free friends loved it! Thank you
Great list, I'll be heading to some of these.
Niche in angel is completely gluten free and many vegan options. Completely delicious....especially the southern fried chicken!!
Nikki @ Notes of Life
I love Yorica and always head there for a treat when I'm down in London 🙂
I still rate Cookes and Scream incredibly highly. Vegan and gluten free, they do the most amazing sweet treats!!! The website doesn't look terribly impressive but they are one of my favourites: http://www.cookiesandscream.com/
Pho is a fantastic place for GF foods !
Wish I had seen this before I went to London at begining of year.
Apart from Leon's I found it really hard to get safe gluten free food ended up really not well after one meal that I was assured was gluten free.
And there were a few other times I was told things were gr but the cramps told me otherwise.
Also was shocked at the amount off place that didn't cater at all for gf not one thing on menu.
Will be going to London in the next couple of months as my daughter will be staying in hospital for some specialist treatment so I will see if any of these places are near her hospital and my Hotel. Always enjoy reading your blog. I'm wheat intolerant so going for the g/f options means I'm safe too.
By the by, I recently went to a Chinese/Malaysian restaurant in Ilfracombe, Devon, called Emperors Court and loads of g/f options. They were so helpful too when it came to choosing what I could and couldn't eat.
Keep up the good work. X
Great i want to try this. thanks for sharing great information.