I’ve traveled to many places in the world as a celiac, but when it comes to London, I can truly say it’s a celiac’s playground! Here, you can indulge in all the delicious cuisine around London, and the best part is you won’t miss out on any traditional British dishes. Almost every traditional dish has a tasty gluten-free counterpart lurking on the streets of London. From gluten-free fish and chips and English breakfast to gluten-free street food and afternoon teas, I promise you’ll have the full British experience with our extensive gluten-free London guide. After all, this is the most comprehensive guide to eating gluten-free in London!
Table of Contents
- 100% Gluten-Free Restaurants in London
- Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants in London
- Chain Restaurants with Gluten-Free Options in London
- Permanently Closed Gluten-Free Restaurants
- Best of the Best in London
- Gluten-Free Food At London’s Popular Airports
- Gluten-Free Supermarkets in London
- Gluten-Free Hotels in London
- Tips for Navigating a Gluten-Free Diet in London
- Gluten-Free Resources
100% Gluten-Free Restaurants in London
Restaurants marked with an asterisk (*) are certified by Coeliac UK, the celiac association of the UK.
In the heart of Soho is London’s first 100% gluten-free Italian restaurant, Leggero (formerly known as La Polenteria). This celiac’s heaven serves food that’s not only 100% safe, but it’s so good that you’ll end up triple checking it to make sure it’s truly gluten-free. With a menu that’s divided into small and large plates, you can get a taste of everything with a mixture of smaller plates or opt to stuff your face, like I did, with one of the larger plates. Some of my faves are the must-have homemade focaccia bread, the funky-looking but tasty black ink ravioli stuffed with salmon, the chestnut pappardelle in truffle oil, and of course their mouth-watering tiramisu.
Besides being 100% gluten-free, Leggero is allergen friendly and has many dishes suitable for those allergic to nuts, eggs, soy, and milk. They also have many vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Making a reservation is highly recommended as it’s a fairly small but popular restaurant. However, if you can’t get a table, they do have stalls at Mercato Metropolitano and in Camden Market so you can enjoy some of their delish food while exploring London’s street food scene.
64 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4UQ, UK | Website
London’s first allergy-free sweet shop in Soho, Yorica has damn good ice creams that are free from gluten, eggs, nuts and dairy…they’re also vegan! So whether you’re craving ice cream, froyo, a shake, or waffles, you can have it all, as nothing is off limits! Flavors range from cookies & cream to my favorite, gooey vanilla cookie. But besides having great tasting ice cream and froyo, I think the best part, at least for me, is decking out my ice cream with all the crazy toppings! I am talking about gluten-free cookies, gummy bears, marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and even waffles! Did I mention that everything is free from artificial preservatives, colors, and sweeteners? Finally there’s a place where I can satisfy my sweet tooth without sacrificing my health!
130 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8ZN, UK | Website
Hemsley & Hemsley Cafe
It’s not often that a celiac can go shopping at a mall and safely eat at a restaurant or in the food court, but at Selfridges Oxford Street Mall we can do just that. Located on the third floor is the 100% gluten-free cafe, Hemsley & Hemsley. The menu is packed with wholesome and nutrient dense dishes that are also free from grains, refined sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oils, and of course gluten. While there, I enjoyed their slow cooked beef ragu with raw courgette, the piri-piri chicken wings, and the devilishly good chestnut crepes. An added bonus to this healthy yet flavorsome cafe is they serve afternoon tea after 3pm. So if you are looking for a pick-me-up while shopping at Selfridges, Hemsley & Hemsley’s afternoon tea awaits you.
400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB, UK | Website
Aprés Food Co.
Aprés Food is redefining comfort food by cheffing up delicious comfort food that’s not only yummy but healthy. The menu is packed with mouth-watering, home-cooked food like lamb curry, risotto, sweet potato hash, healthy juices, smoothies, and more. Everything is made with quality ingredients, all of which are gluten-free, free of refined sugars, and mostly organic. I highly recommend their breakfast, the bruschetta platter, and the homemade bread, they’re on point! With such amazing ethos and passion for creating food, I would say this gem is seriously an amazing addition to the growing number of 100% gluten-free eateries around the world.
72 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4DT, UK | Website
If you find yourself strolling through London’s famous Covent Garden area looking for a healthy, yet tasty quick meal, look no further than Farmstand. Not only is every dish entirely gluten-free, they are also free from dairy, added sugar, and artificial ingredients. Farmstand serves up fresh and wholesome food buffet style, where you get to build your own plate or lunch box by choosing a combination of mains like cuban beef, sides, and sauces.
Farmstand food is also backed by wonderful ethos as all of their ingredients are sourced from UK farmers. Plus, their meats and fish are ethically sourced and they have a 0% landfill waste. Farmstand is definitely a restaurant I can stand with. It’s undeniably a great find if you’re looking for a dedicated gluten-free restaurant in Covent Garden!
42 Drury Ln, London WC2B 5AJ, UK | Website
Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych*
London’s vibrant Covent Garden houses many gluten-free restaurants, but one that stands out for its exquisite cuisine and posh dining experience is unmistakably Indigo. Located in the elegant One Aldwych Hotel, Indigo serves incredible 100% gluten-free and dairy-free cuisines for lunch and dinner. They have a wonderful tasting menu that includes seared scallops and braised shoulder lamb, but there’s also an a la carte menu that has must-have gluten-free fish and chips. Though pricey, the food is absolutely divine!
Indigo also has one of the most creative afternoon teas in London, a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed afternoon tea that even comes with a golden egg! Indigo Restaurant is a must-visit, especially if you are searching for an exceptional pre or post-theatre meal, as its near some of London’s best theatres.
Celiac Note: Though Indigo serves a dedicated gluten-free menu for lunch and dinner, their kitchen is not a dedicated kitchen. For breakfast they prepare food that does contain gluten. However, I should note that they are accredited by the UK coeliac association.
1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ, UK | Website
Tucked away in a basement in Soho is where healthy meets tasty. This hidden gem offers up a buffet lined with some of the best and innovative vegan food you’ll find in London. From stews and curries to fermented foods and smoothies, you can indulge in it all. Vantra has a pay by weight policy, so you can load up your plate with as much scrumptious food as you’d like or you can go back for seconds. Popular favorites are the jackfruit curry, the raw cacao ganache, the cultured cocktails, and the wine.
Vegans rejoice as everything at Vantra is wholesome, plant-based, and of course vegan. Vantra is also gluten-free, sugar-free, oil-free, and paleo-friendly. If you are looking for a great valued restaurant that serves delicious vegan, raw, and fermented food in the center of London, don’t pass up Vantra Loungevity.
5 Wardour St, London W1D 6PB, UK | Website
Beyond Bread is hands down the best gluten-free bakery in London. The breads, the sandwiches, and the cakes are to die for. Whenever I am in London, I always take a loaf or two (no judgements please) to go. My favorite sandwiches are the savory and juicy BBQ pulled pork sandwich and the crunchy toasted tuna melt, and the smoked salmon is exactly what the doctor ordered. It’s safe to say I am in love with their breads.
Beyond Bread is also a great place to enjoy brunch before exploring London’s attractions. The brunch menu includes waffles, french toast, and a full English breakfast. Visiting London and not visiting Beyond Bread would easily be a celiac sin!
Along with their location is Fitzrovia, they have a stall at the Selfridges Food Hall and another on Upper Street in Islington.
2 Charlotte Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1SB, UK | Website
Wild Food Cafe
Located in the colorful and vibrant Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden is the plant-based restaurant Wild Food Cafe. Though small, the menu is always changing and packed with colorful and playful dishes inspired by places all over the world. Everything on the menu, including the smoothies and drinks, are vegan, raw, gluten-free, and organic. For a healthy and rich plant-based meal in the heart of the city, Wild Food Cafe is a must visit.
1st Floor, 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden WC2H 9DP, UK | Website
Healthy and vegan eaters will happily fall in love with this minimalist yet innovative plant-based restaurant in the heart of Shoreditch. Raw pad thai, garbanzo scrambled “eggs”, chocolate brownies, nut cheese boards, and kelp noodles are just a few of the tasty things on offer at Essence Cuisine. The menu is completely free from meat, dairy, gluten, refined sugar, and chemical processing! But don’t let that fool you, as the food is full of flavor and beautifully presented. It’s easily one of the best gluten-free and vegan restaurants in London. To be honest, whether you’re a vegan or meat-lover, you’ll definitely enjoy their unique and tasty meals.
Essence’s sister brand, Essence Express, offers a grab and go option. You can simply order online and pick up your meal at Essence Cuisine or Blok London for a quick and delicious lunch in the city.
94 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH, UK | Website
For an amazing 100% gluten-free dinner in London, Niche is your spot. Everything that’s usually off limits for celiacs at regular restaurants is what you’ll find on Niche’s vast menu. I am talking about classic British dishes like hearty and savory pies, a full English breakfast, white chocolate blondies, quiches, sausages, and mash. To list my favorites would be to list the entire menu, but if I had to recommend a few things not to miss I would say the parmesan and cheddar doughnuts, sausage and mash, or the finger-licking good fried chicken.
When it comes to eating with allergies or dietary restrictions at Niche, vegans and dairy-free guests are well catered to. There’s truly no place to eat gluten-free in London quite like Niche, it’s one of the best gluten-free restaurants in London. Did I mention they’re London’s first 100% gluten-free restaurant accredited by the Coeliac UK?
197-199 Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4TJ, UK | Website
Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery
A great spot for a gluten-free breakfast in London is Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery in Islington. From the English breakfast to the cakes and breads, everything is sugar-free and gluten-free. They also have many vegan and dairy-free options. The menu is packed with savory and sweet goodies like quiches, sausages rolls, and cheesecakes, and on weekends you can indulge in buckwheat crepes. The gluten-free goodies are good, but they’re kind of on the expensive side for what it is. Nonetheless, it’s worth adding to your list of must-visit gluten-free spots in London.
178 Upper St, London N1 1RG, UK | Website
Cookies And Scream
Cookies and Scream is a 100% vegan cookie and shake bar with some of the best shakes I’ve had. Their salted caramel and cookie dough shakes are a must! Their baked goodies are just as awesome and include pecan pie and super moist and chocolatey brownies, you can’t even tell they’re vegan or gluten-free! Same goes for the ice cream. If I have to recommend a once in a celiac lifetime menu option, it would be the doughnut/cookie ice cream sandwiches, they are unbelievably good. Cookies and Scream is by far one of the best places in London for a sinfully good gluten-free treat!
Cookies and Scream also used to have a location in Camden, but it’s since closed because of a nearby fire.
130 Holloway Rd, Highbury East, London N7 8JE, UK | Website
Pearl & Groove
This little flourless bakery on Portobello Road is 100% gluten-free with many dairy-free and sugar-free options. The stars of Pearl & Groove in West London are the mini cakes. At first glance these cakes don’t look as appealing as most cakes or pastries, but I learned (just as you will) to never judge a book by it’s cover. What these cakes lack in appearance they make up for in taste! If you don’t want to trek all the way to West London for these delicious cakes (though you should), you can enjoy some of their goodies scattered around London restaurants like Farmstand and Selfridges Food Hall. Besides their mini cakes and good tea, Pearl & Groove has a nice variety of savory dishes for breakfast and brunch.
341 Portobello Rd, London W10 5SA, UK | Website
Nama Restaurant – CLOSED Not to far from the Portobello Market is the wonderfully raw and vegan restaurant that specializes in healthy refreshments as well as recreating delish raw versions of popular dishes. A few examples are a healthy twist on the full English Breakfast, the vegan nut cheeseboard, and the raw pad thai. There are no fake meats on the menu, only dishes that are fresh, nutrient-dense, wholesome, and healthy for the soul. Celiac Note: The have one barley drink and use oat milk in many of their drinks (however, they have alternative options), so please avoid them. 110 Talbot Rd, London W11 1JR, UK | Website
Unfortunately Nama Restaurant closed. However, they still do wholesale, offer catering services, and hold raw food workshops.
This local gem in West London specializes in French patisserie and authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Besides their tasty focaccia bread and exquisite pastries, Manna Dew also serves all day breakfast. They even have surprisingly delicious french toast! Another added bonus is that they offer an inexpensive gluten-free afternoon tea tradition without the hefty price tag! Manna Dew is a great spot for an incredible gluten-free brunch that’s not too far from Central London.
169 Battersea High St, London SW11 3JS, UK | Website
This is a small, healthy, and wholesome food cafe in Notting Hill where you go for food that’s great for the body and the soul. Everything on the menu is not only gluten-free and refined sugar-free, but also ethically sourced, seasonal, and nutrient-rich! Most of their dishes are dairy-free and they have some vegan options.
From colorful acai bowls and probiotic shakes to wraps and broth, everything is flavorsome.They also sell their own supplements that can be added to their smoothies. Everything is also available for take out if you want to take some goodies with you.
Celiac Note: Gluten-free oats are used in many of their cakes, breads, and baked goods, so if you can’t tolerate it, let them know and they will provide an allergen list so you know what to avoid!
222-224 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH, UK | Website
With weekends full of live music jam sessions and cocktails, this jazzy bar in Clapham is exactly where you need to be for late night partying and eating! Like most restaurants in London they have an array of menus including their bottomless prosecco brunch menu, a Sunday menu, as well as a diary-free/vegan menu.
As for the food, Mommi serves up a mix between Japanese and Peruvian food. Popular favorites are definitely the tempura battered fish & chips, sunday roast, and the classic Peruvian ceviche. All the dishes can be devoured via small sharing plates or with one large plate. An added bonus to Mommi is that they are accredited by Coeliac UK.
44-48 Clapham High St, London SW4 7UR, UK | Website
Located in the heart of Brixton Village Market is this cozy restaurant that boasts a menu filled with healthy gluten-free foods that are both flavorful and delicious! Popular dishes include the slow cooked duck, grilled halloumi, and beef venison burger. The menu also includes a few vegetarian dishes for those who need them. Station 26 is the perfect spot “for anyone looking for a combination of healthy food, cozy atmosphere, and a great dining experience.”
Coldharbour Lane, Unit 26 Brixton Village Market, London SW9 8PR, UK | Website
FC Wellbeing Cafe
This small 100% gluten-free cafe focuses on feel good foods that are plant-based and filled with superfoods like tumeric, ginger, kale, cacao, and more. The small menu includes salads, soups, smoothies, and a good range of baked goodies like pies, tarts, and cakes. FC Wellbeing is very veggie and vegan-friendly with dairy-free and sugar-free options.
28a, Grove Vale, East Dulwich, London SE22 8EF, UK | Website
Though outside of Central London, this vibrant health food restaurant deserves to be mentioned for so many reasons. Passionate about the food they make, The Willow is the epitome of the saying, “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”. They use local and ethically sourced ‘real food’, use specific cooking methods to retain the nutritional value of the food, and adhere to Food4Health plate guidelines. If that doesn’t have you running to Willow maybe this will.
Whether you are a celiac, gluten-intolerant, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, diabetic, or simply follow a paleo or low FODMAP diet, you can dine in peace at Willows. It’s where dreams come true for people with multiple allergies and dietary restrictions. Everything is extremely well labeled on the menu, even the specific kind of nuts used. As for the food, well it’s colorful, flavorful, and exactly what the doctor ordered.
Accompanying their gluten-free dishes is their fantastic bar. It has one of the widest selections of gluten-free beers, ciders, and wines (homemade and sulphur-free) I’ve seen outside of a dedicated gluten-free brewery. They even offer a gluten-free beer flight board! From the food and ethos to the menu and beer, The Willow is worth the trip!
16 The Triangle Kingston upon Thames KT1 3RT, UK | Website
This 100% gluten-free artisan bakery in Kingston advertises themselves as “that special place you have always dreamed of, but never knew existed”. On offer is an array of freshly baked bread, over 20 different flavored cupcakes, brownies, cakes, and coffee. Everything is made fresh daily and on site. Besides their baked goodies on site, they make and offer specialty cakes for different occasions that can be made allergen friendly. The bakery has many options that are vegan as well as egg and dairy-free.
43/a, Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JQ, UK | Website
Juliet Gluten Free Bakery
Juliet Bakery is an independent bakery in Walthamstow that serves deliciously healthy and organic gluten-free bread and baked goodies. From muffins and brownies to pizzas and salads, they have it all. Everything is both gluten-free and vegan! Unfortunately, the cafe itself has closed, but you can still order their breads online and pick them up at one of their pick-up sites (Romeo’s Bakery or Incoming Coffee). Many restaurants in London even still serve their bread, including Farmacy, Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery, Wild Food Cafe, and more.
787 Lea Bridge Rd, London E17 9DZ, UK | Website
Borough 22 is an award-winning gluten-free and vegan doughnut online bakery serving delicious donuts throughout London. Raspberry glazed, classic cinnamon sugar, jam filled, or topped with sprinkles are some of the yummy flavors sold by Borough 22. These donuts are all gluten, dairy, soy, egg, and nut-free (with the exception of the nut toppings). You can order them online by the dozen or enjoy these bad boys at places like Planet Organic and the food hall in Selfridges Mall where they are stocked daily.
Rana’s Bakery is a dedicated wholesale gluten-free bakery in London. Many of their baked goods are sold at restaurants like Mommi, FC Welling, Farmstand, The Willow, and more. You can order any of their baked products or bread mixes online. They sometimes make an appearance with a stall at festivals like the Free From Show or the Gluten-Free Food Festival.
Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants
If you are in search of the best gluten-free Indian restaurant in London, Dishoom is the spot to be. Dishoom is a popular Bombay cafe with locations in Covent Garden, Shoreditch, Carnaby, and King’s Cross that always has a line regardless of what time you get there. Since queues are always a good sign, you can be confident it’s worth the wait. With a seperate menu that distinguishes between naturally gluten-free food and dishes modified to be gluten-free, knowledgeable staff, and allergen markers, you know you’ll be in good hands. Some of the dishes I highly recommend are the Big Bombay for breakfast and the chicken tikka, spicy lamb chops, black daal, and chai tea for lunch/dinner.
Various locations | Website
Herman Ze German
Herman Ze German is a small German chain in Central London selling primarily German sausages and fries. All the sausages and sides are gluten-free and the fries have their own dedicated frier. With the exception of the curry sauce, the remoulade, and the crispy onion, the toppings and sauces are also gluten-free. Please note that they do serve schnitzel that’s not gluten-free.
Various Locations | Website
Chips are no longer just a side. This new hipster hot spot in Soho has taken the popular UK side dish and turned it into a main. HipChips serves up a medley of seven different kinds of potatoes that are paired with your choice of tasty savory or sweet dips. Besides the regular dips, each month they have a range of new or special dips! With that being said, double check to make sure the dips you want are gluten-free! HipChips is easily a fun and unique gluten-free eating experience in London.
56-58 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4UF, UK | Website
Flat Iron is a simple restaurant in Soho that has perfected the art of good quality steak! The limited menu includes flat iron steak as its only main, along with five sides, including the delicious fries cooked in beef drippings, four sauces, and one dessert. There are only two things on the menu that aren’t gluten-free. Did I mention while you wait they serve you free beef dripping popcorn? I think it’s because they usually have a line at the door. If you want a good quality but cheap gluten-free meal in London, I highly recommend Flat Iron, they won’t disappoint. Flat Iron has four other locations in Covent Garden, King’s Cross, Shoreditch, and near Portobello Market.
Various locations | Website
The Good Life Eatery
This superfood health cafe serves simple yet flavorful and clean food. The majority of the menu at Good Life is gluten-free. Besides their croissants, the only thing that isn’t gluten-free is their bread which can be swapped for gluten-free bread. The menu is well labeled and has many vegan and dairy-free options. Good Life has multiple locations throughout London in places like Chelsea and Belgravia.
Various locations | Website
Hobson’s Fish and Chips
Hobson’s Fish and Chips is the only non-gluten free restaurant that offers gluten-free fish and chips every day of the week. The gluten-free battered fish, onion rings, and fries are all fried in a dedicated fryer and they are well versed on cross-contamination and how to avoid it. Besides their gluten-free fish, almost all the starters and sides are gluten-free. For dessert you can finish off your meal with a warm apple crumble or deep-fried Mars bars. They also have gluten-free beer.
9 Porchester Rd, London W2 5DP, UK | Website
This small Peruvian restaurant chain has a great selection of gluten-free options. The clearly marked menu consists of small plates which give it a nice tapas style feel where you can share with others while getting a taste of everything! Portions are small so they recommend at least three small plates to fill you up. The food is full of flavor, healthy, and delicious. Ceviche, grilled octopus, and the roasted chicken are a must! The menu is also 50% vegetarian.
Various locations | Website
Who said that socializing has to be at the expense of your health. At Redemption Bar in Notting Hill the owners created a place where you can socialize with friends, eat healthy, drink healthy, and not destroy your liver in the process. They call it “spoiling yourself without spoiling yourself”…it’s brilliant if you ask me. They are quite possibly the world’s healthiest bar restaurant, serving up vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free food with an alcohol-free bar. Their creative drink menu includes mockjitos like crantini, flu fighter, activated charcoal martini, “beer”, and spirits.
As for the food menu, it’s packed with vegan delights such as pulled BBQ jackfruit, roasted papers and pecan parmesan, burgers, and Buddha bowls.
Celiac Note: Everything on the menu is gluten-free (oats are also certified), however some dishes are made with buckwheat flour that comes with a “may contain traces of gluten” message on the packaging. Hence why they say the are wheat-free. Just let them know you are a celiac and they will tell you what to avoid.
Redemption also has another location in Shoreditch.
6 Chepstow Rd, London W2 5BH, UK | Website
The Chipping Forecast
This slightly more upscale joint in Notting Hill offers gluten-free fish and chips. The gluten-free fish and chips are fried in a dedicated fryer and the staff are knowledgeable about cross-contamination. Another location has also opened up in Soho.
29 All Saints Rd, London W11 1HE, UK | Website
There is a reason why authentic Italian restaurants hold a special place in my heart, because they understand that celiacs love food too and want to eat everything. Thankfully, Cotto’s owner is a celiac who understands that and has made almost everything on their menu available as a gluten-free option. This includes pastas, pizzas, antipasti, bread, and soups. The only things we can’t have are the calzones and the stuffed pasta. Gluten-free meals are made in a dedicated kitchen, while gluten-free products are stored separately to avoid cross-contamination. Cotto is also certified by Coeliac UK. Cotto caters very well to vegetarians and other allergies too, as long as they are notified in advance.
89 Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7HR, UK | Website
The Famous Olley’s Fish Experience*
There is a shortage of safe gluten-free fish and chips restaurants in London, but thankfully Olley’s is one of the few. Not only is Olley’s renowned for the food, but it’s also certified by Coeliac UK. The entire menu is gluten-free every Monday and Tuesday, and no dishes are cooked with gluten on those nights. To avoid cross-contamination, everything is thoroughly cleaned, including the friers, prior to gluten-free nights. The menu is decorated with seafood like calamari, mussels, and King prawn shrimp, but the true stars are the great quality and sustainably sourced fish that can be fried, grilled, or steamed. Though lacking in the dessert department, they do have five beers and cider on offer. Olley’s also offers this menu for take-out if you’re not in the mood to sit-in.
Update: The gluten-free menu is now available everyday on request.
65-69 Norwood Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9AA, UK | Website
Lu Ma Cafe
Though widely advertised as a healthy, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free cafe, Lu Ma Cafe is also very gluten-free friendly. With the exception of two drinks and the soup of the day, which comes with sourdough bread, everything is gluten-free.
Celiac Note: Some of the bread mix contains gluten-free oats for those who want to avoid it or can’t tolerate it.
43 Worple Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 4JZ, UK | Website
Leadbelly’s Bar & Kitchen
Though the menu is seasonal, it’s always 98% gluten-free. Gluten dishes can easily be made gluten-free by opting for gluten-free buns/bread or by getting a GF Yorkshire pudding. The menu itself has many traditional British options like a full breakfast and fish and chips while also boasting other awesome dishes like gluten-free waffles, wings, mac and cheese, and cheese fries. As for cross-contamination, buns are toasted in a separate toaster, and they have separate fryers.
Montreal House, Market Square, London SE16 7AQ, United Kingdom | Website
Crispy, juicy fried chicken is hard to come by for celiacs, but fear not because London’s Bird restaurant chain makes finger-licking good gluten-free fried chicken. All of their fried chicken is gluten free, and is prepared and cooked in a separate area away from items with gluten. Their fries are also gluten-free, except in the Camden branch where they are fried in oil containing gluten. As for the sides and sauces, there are a few gluten-free options, including the buffalo and blue cheese sauce. When ordering, just make sure to mention you are a celiac or gluten-intolerant.
Various locations | Website
Arepa & Co.
Arepa & Co.’s menu is packed with popular Venezuelan cuisines, but the true star is the gluten-free Venezuelan corn bread, arepa! This versatile bread is stuffed with anything you can think of. From shredded beef, cheese, and avocado to smoked salmon and plantains, whichever you choose you’ll be in heaven. Best part, the menu is almost completely gluten-free with the exception of one starter and the desserts. Arepa & Co. also has a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian options. They have a second location in Bethnal Green.
58A De Beauvoir Cres, London N1 5SB, UK | Website
Though not widely advertised, 100 Hoxton is a very gluten-free friendly restaurant, as most of their menu is naturally gluten-free. The food is mainly made up of Asian flavors and spices, and their dishes are creative and simple yet mouthwatering. As for catering to other allergens and dietary needs, 100 Hoxton is very accommodating.
100-102 Hoxton St, London N1 6SG, UK | Website
Mattarello Restaurant has a limited menu that does not serve pizza, but sells the best damn gluten-free pasta in London! Specializing in Bologna pastas, you can indulge in Italian homemade and fresh pastas that don’t just include spaghetti, but also tagliatelle and tortellini. I highly recommend the tagliatelle or tortellini with bolognese ragu sauce. As for desserts, they’re all gluten-free including the chocolate souffle and tiramisu!
3 Middlesex St, London E1 7EX, UK | Website
The Bach at Broadway Market or in Hoxton is a great spot for a gluten-free breakfast or brunch. This New Zealand style cafe has gluten-free bread on offer, which makes all their small and big plates and toasties available for gluten-free eaters at an additional price. The bread is heated in a separate toaster. With a chef that is gluten intolerant and a cafe that’s very willing to accommodate dietary needs, you know you’ll be in good hands.
98 Hoxton St, London N1 6SG, UK | Website
Oliver’s Fish and Chips
Every Wednesday at both locations is Oliver’s gluten-free Wednesdays. On these days they change the oil and make a dedicated fryer just for gluten-free fish and chips. The batter is rich, gluten-free, and crispy, but not oily. Besides fish and chips, they serve onion rings, gluten-free beer, and desserts like deep-fried Mars bars and warm apple crumble pie. Oliver’s has locations in Belsize Park and Whetstone.
95 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London NW3 4RL, UK | Website
We all know that Chinese food is not known for being gluten-free, but Naturally Chinese has changed all of that. They boast an extensive gluten-free menu certified by Coeliac UK which includes dishes us celiacs thought we would never have. I am talking about gluten-free dumplings, spring rolls, fried rice, and sweet and sour chicken. Did I mention they have gluten-free dim sum? Yeah, you aren’t getting that anywhere else but here! That alone is a reason to take a trip to Naturally Chinese. To make things better, everything on the menu is MSG and additive-free.
59-63 Brighton Rd, Surbiton KT6 5LR, UK | Website
Chain Restaurants with Gluten-Free Options in London
Below are a few British chain restaurants that offer safe, gluten-free options and are celiac-friendly. Some are certified by Coeliac UK (marked with an asterisk), which means they are trained to serve safe gluten-free meals to celiacs. Unlike the U.S., these chains use quality ingredients and real food, so please don’t think any less of them. Some of them serve damn good food and offer some of the best gluten-free food London has to offer.
With each chain having five or more branches in London, no matter where you are you won’t be far from safe gluten-free goodness! I told you that London is a celiac’s paradise!
Chipotle* – Scattered around London is the popular American chain Chipotle. With the exception of the flour tortillas, everything is gluten-free. To avoid cross-contamination, inform the waiter you’re gluten-free and ask if they can wash their hands, change their gloves, and be the only one in charge of making your burrito bowl. Make sure they don’t pass your food to the next person in line so they won’t contaminate your food with their gloves!
Pho* – This Vietnamese chain is nearly entirely gluten-free. The only things that aren’t gluten-free are their crispy spring rolls and the hoisin sauce. Their bun noodle bowls can be ordered without the crispy spring rolls to make them gluten-free! Pho is certified by Coeliac UK.
Nando’s – Specializing in succulent peri-peri chicken, Nando’s has various gluten-free options including chicken, fries, and salads. Please make sure to inform the server you are GF or celiac so they can take the necessary precautions to avoid cross-contamination.
Itsu – This Japanese chain specializes in sushi and soups that are healthy, nutritious, and low in fat. Their soups, salads, and of course sushi all have gluten-free options available. Gluten-free hoisin, chili, and now soy sauce are available too. Some of Itsu’s gluten-free products are sold in supermarkets around London.
Pizza Express* – One of the UK’s largest pizza chains is certified by Coeliac UK and serves delicious gluten-free pizza across London and the UK. Besides gluten-free pizza, they have many gluten-free options including pasta, dough balls, and dessert. The menu is clearly marked.
Zizzi’s – This Italian chain is popular among celiac Londoners, and they rave about their gluten-free pizzas. They have an extensive gluten-free (labeled non-gluten) menu filled with pasta, pizza, mains, and dessert! Gluten-free pizzas come with a “non-gluten” marker.
Leon* – One of my favorite chains in London, Leon, is certified by Coeliac UK and sells healthy fast food for every meal of the day. From rice bowls to salads and burgers, you can indulge in all of it. Gluten-free buns are available for burgers. Their GF chicken nuggets are a must.
Honest Burgers – London’s most famous burger joint serves juicy gluten-free burgers on gluten-free buns (on request)! Everything on the menu besides the regular buns are gluten-free, including the sauces, onion rings, and fries! The staff are trained to avoid cross-contamination, so let them know you are GF.
Carluccio’s* – Carluccio’s is an accredited Italian restaurant chain that has a seperate and extensive gluten-free menu for lunch and dinner. The menu includes everything from pasta and pizza to cheese boards and gelato. They also have a seperate dairy-free menu.
Rossopomodoro – Many will argue that this Naples-born Italian pizzeria chain serves the best gluten-free pizza in London! To avoid cross-contamination, they go through several procedures to keep their pizzas safe for gluten-free eaters. You can read about it on their website. I highly recommend booking in advance as their gluten-free pizzas do run out.
Côte Brasserie* – Côte serves tasty and authentic French cuisine all day. They offer an extensive gluten-free à la carte, brunch, and breakfast menu. Côte is also certified by Coeliac UK.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe – Rosa’s serves authentic Thai food with seasonal and local ingredients. They have a gluten-free menu that is actually labeled “Coeliac-friendly”, which is nice. The owner takes gluten-intolerance seriously as her son requires a gluten-free diet. The staff are knowledgeable about gluten.
Pret a Manger – This chain that is on almost every corner carries a few gluten-free options if you’re looking for a quick snack on the go.
Prezzo* – This is another certified Italian chain that caters to gluten-free eaters. From pizzas and garlic bread to giant meatballs and risottos, there are enough gluten-free options to satisfy all of your gluten-free needs!
Chiquito* – Chiquito is a Mexican chain with a large gluten-free menu that’s certified by Coeliac UK. The menu is packed with fajitas, naked burgers, jambalaya, and dessert.
Brasserie Blanc* – This upscale brasserie from chef Raymond Blanc serves a mix of French and world cuisine. They have a seperate gluten-free menu with a wide variety of dishes. Also certified by Coeliac UK.
Permanently Closed Gluten-Free Restaurants
One of the things I hate the most when I am traveling is going to a gluten-free restaurant recommended by websites and others only to get there and find out it’s permanently closed, especially when I’m hungry.
Have you ever met a hangry celiac? Trust me, it’s not a pleasant interaction. To make sure you aren’t a hangry celiac, I listed some of the gluten-free restaurants in London that I know of that are unfortunately closed.
- Artisan Gluten Free Bakery
- Joe’s Southern Table & Bar
- Truscott Arms
Best of the Best in London
If you are looking for places to indulge in some of London’s must-have gluten-free dishes, check out this superlatives list below. This list is based on my taste buds, so if you don’t agree, I guess we can agree to disagree!
- Best Gluten-Free Burger in London: Honest Burger
- Best Gluten-Free Bakery in London: Beyond Bread
- Best Gluten-Free Fish & Chips in London: Olley’s Fish Experience
- Best Gluten-Free Afternoon Tea in London: Claridge’s / Fortnum & Mason
- Best Gluten-Free Pizza in London: Rossopomodoro
- Best Gluten-Free & Vegan Restaurant in London: Essences Cuisine / Cookies And Scream
- Best Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Restaurant: Indigo at One Aldwych Hotel
Gluten-Free Food At London’s Popular Airports
It’s not often airports have viable gluten-free options for celiacs, but as you learned, London isn’t an ordinary city with ordinary airports. If the city is covered with awesome gluten-free food, you can expect for their airports to be as well. To make sure you enjoy a nice hot and safe meal at one of London’s popular airports, here are my gluten-free finds at Heathrow, Gatwick, and London Stansted. Please note that most options are after security, unless stated.
Restaurants certified by Coeliac UK are marked with an asterisk (*).
Gluten-Free Food At Heathrow Airport in London
- Caffè Nero – Cafe that may have a gluten-free sandwich (T2, T3 – Arrival, T5)
- Wondertree – Healthy food restaurant with a seperate GF menu (T2)
- YO! – Sushi with gluten-free soy sauce available (T2, T3, T5)
- Leon* – Gluten-free certified healthy fast-food chain with plenty gluten-free options (T2)
- Carluccio’s* – A GF certified British Italian chain with plenty of gluten-free options from pasta and mains to salads and dessert. Ask for GF menu. (T4, T5 – Before Security)
- Itsu – Sushi and other gluten-free options available (T5)
- Pret A Manger – Offers some gluten-free salads (T3 – Arrival, T3, T4, T5)
- Starbucks – Usually stocks gluten-free sandwiches (T5)
- Wagamama – Can adopt some dishes to make gluten-free; ask staff (T5)
- Giraffe – Gluten-free options available, ask the staff for allergy menu (T5)
- The George – Modern British pub, can adapt menu options to be gluten-free. They have gluten-free buns for their burgers and one gluten-free beer available (T5)
- No1 Lounge – Airport lounge that offers a few gluten-free options
Gluten-Free Food At Gatwick Airport in London
- Caffè Nero – Cafe that may have a gluten-free sandwich (South – before security)
- Wondertree – Healthy food restaurant with a seperate GF menu (South)
- YO! – Sushi with gluten-free soy sauce available (North)
- Pret A Manger – Offers some gluten-free salads (South & North)
- Starbucks – Usually stocks gluten-free sandwiches (South & North)
- Wagamama – Can adopt some dishes to make gluten-free; ask staff (South & North)
- Giraffe – Gluten-free options available, ask the staff for allergy menu. (South – before security)
- Nando’s – Peri-peri chicken (normal) with some sides that are available gluten-free (South)
- The Beehive – Has some gluten-free options marked on their menu (South)
- No1 Lounge – Airport lounge that offers a few gluten-free options
Gluten-Free Food At London Stansted Airport in London
- Giraffe – Gluten-free options available, ask the staff for allergy menu.
- Itsu – Sushi and other gluten-free options available
- Pret A Manger – Offers some gluten-free salads
- Leon* – GF certified healthy fast-food chain with plenty of gluten-free options
- Starbucks – Usually stocks gluten-free sandwiches/wraps
Gluten-Free Supermarkets in London
Food shopping on a gluten-free diet in London is fairly easy, as most supermarkets stock a range of gluten-free products. Actually, with Coeliac UK’s “Gluten-Free Guarantee”, participating supermarkets are guaranteed to stock the eight gluten-free staple items (bread, cereal, bars, pasta, etc) in all their stores. Some popular gluten-free brands in the UK include Genus, BFree, Freefrom, and Schar. Certified gluten-free products have an official EU cross grain symbol on the package.
Below are some supermarkets that carry an extensive range of gluten-free products and may have ready-to-eat meals available.
- Planet Organic
- Whole Foods
- As Nature Intended
- Mother Earth
- Mark & Spencer (M&S)
Gluten-Free Hotels in London
One Aldwych Hotel
This 5-star luxury hotel in Covent Garden is probably the most popular gluten-free friendly hotel in London. The way in which they cater to gluten-free eaters is impeccable. For breakfast you can enjoy anything off the dedicated gluten-free breakfast menu, while for lunch or dinner you can fine dine at the in-house 100% gluten-free restaurant, Indigo, which happens to be 100% dairy-free as well! For an afternoon treat, you can even partake in their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed afternoon tea which has a gluten-free option available. As a celiac, there is no better hotel than One Aldwych in Covent Garden. Check price and availability here.
The Rubens at the Palace
Located just a minute away from the public entrance of Buckingham Palace is the 4-star luxury hotel that accommodates gluten-free needs well. Rubens offers elegant rooms, suites, and apartments. The apartments are fully equipped and come with a dishwasher, oven, and electric stove, making it ideal for self-catering celiacs. For breakfast they offer many gluten-free options on request including a full English Breakfast, gluten-free toast, pastries, and sausages. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable about cross-contamination. Rubens at the Palace also has a gluten-free afternoon tea option available. Check price and availability here.
St. Ermin’s Hotel
Located conveniently within walking distance to many popular attractions like Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, St. Ermin’s Hotel is well equipped and trained to cater to celiacs and gluten-free travelers. Besides having an attentive staff and elegant rooms, they offer room service that includes gluten-free options, a delightful gluten-free afternoon tea option, and a tasty and filling gluten-free breakfast. Check price and availability here.
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Tips for Navigating a Gluten-Free Diet in London
- Make sure fries/chips are truly gluten-free if they are not homemade. Some manufactured fries contain gluten.
- Double check that chips/fries aren’t fried with gluten containing items; same goes for gluten-free fried fish, chicken, etc.
- For those who can’t tolerate gluten-removed beer, double check that gluten-free battered dishes are not made with beer. If it is made with beer, ensure it’s not from a gluten-removed beer.
- Always make sure to say you are a celiac and not just order a gluten-free meal, so the chefs can take the proper precautions.
- Most restaurants have an allergen list. Request it so you know what’s really in your food.
- Items marked with “gluten-free option/available” does not mean it’s gluten-free. You must request the gluten-free option, otherwise it will contain gluten when served.
- There are great restaurants (like Elliot’s) that don’t have GF options marked on their menu, but are very gluten-free friendly, so don’t be afraid to ask about gluten-free options if you don’t see any.
- Look out for Coeliac UK’s GF symbol on menus and in the windows, as it means that the restaurant or venue is certified gluten-free and trained to cater to celiacs.
- eBook: 1000+ Dedicated Restaurants Around the World
- Gluten-Free London Facebook Group
- Coeliac UK (UK’s Celiac Association)
As you can see from this super extensive guide, eating gluten-free in London is a piece of cake (gluten-free cake, of course). So why not go forth my celiac kings and queens and conquer the gluten-free city that is London!