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
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
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.
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.
Cookies and Scream, Camden
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
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
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?
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!