10 gluten free places you HAVE to try if you’re visiting London

10 gluten free places you HAVE to try if you’re visiting London

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 guide to 10 gluten free places (in no particular order) you HAVE to try if you’re visiting London.

Beyond Bread, Charlotte Place

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Beyond Bread is a truly magical place for coeliacs. Beyond Bread, in Charlotte Place, is a 100% gluten free bakery, brimming with all sorts of treats. From freshly-baked gluten free bread to flaky gluten free croissants, it’s such a strange, yet exhilarating, feeling to be able to walk into a bakery and eat EVERYTHING. My only regret was not spotting their brunch menu before I ordered – but this gluten free toaste with mozzarella and mushrooms was an absolute delight.

Yorica, Wardour Street, Soho

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Wild Food Cafe, Neal’s Yard

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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.

Cookies and Scream, Camden

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How could I mention my gluten free London guide, without a mention of Cookies and Scream? I haven’t been for a while and sadly I only have this awful photo – which just doesn’t do this amazing place justice! With gluten free doughnuts, cookies and pies, delicious coffee and thick, dairy and gluten free shakes, Cookies and Scream is a great place for a treat and a great addition to the gluten free London list.

The Good Life Eatery, Chelsea

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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.

Artisan Gluten Free Bakery, Islington

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Ok, confession time. I have not yet been to the actual Artisan Gluten Free Bakery in Islington. However, I did visit them at the Allergy and Free From Show and had the pleasure of trying some of their amazing gluten free pastries. They had an impressive range of gluten free croissants, sausage rolls, pastries and bread, and I’ve heard their bakery is even better, and worth a trip.

Gluten free London – what are your recommendations?

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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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11 Comments

  1. Elspeth Morrison
    July 28, 2017 / 23:20

    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)
      July 29, 2017 / 20:43

      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!

  2. ClaireO
    July 29, 2017 / 10:25

    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)
      July 29, 2017 / 20:43

      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!

  3. Benjamin Keith Richardson
    July 30, 2017 / 16:23

    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 🙂

  4. July 31, 2017 / 07:21

    Think Beth and I need to go back to London….I’ll get this girl eating more variety if it kills me!!!

  5. Robyn
    August 1, 2017 / 19:41

    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

  6. Steph
    August 5, 2017 / 13:23

    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)
      August 5, 2017 / 14:56

      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

  7. Karen
    August 17, 2017 / 19:13

    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)
      August 17, 2017 / 20:06

      Wow, that sounds like heaven!! Will have to try that!

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