London Gluten Free Guide
I've lived in London for 6 months now, and have spent a lot of time conducting important research into the gluten free market (by which I mean I've eaten as much as possible). I often get messages asking for recommendations in London, and it's so hard to fit everything into a message, so I've put together this Gluten Free Guide to London!
It's split into brunch, dinner, and treats, so there's something for any time of the day. It was impossible to fit everything in, but I've included all my favourites. I'm also vegetarian so can vouch for all of these places having gluten free veggie options too!
Don't forget that some of London's best gluten free finds are at the markets - so make sure to check out my London Markets Gluten Free Guide too.
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For 100% Gluten Free: Beyond Bread
You can't go wrong with a 100% gluten free bakery, and Beyond Bread is a must for anyone who hasn't been. They have tons of breakfast options including waffles, pancakes, and french toast, as well as loads of delicious lunch options. If you're in a rush you can grab a pastry, sandwich, or even mini pizza on the go.
Locations: Fitzrovia, Islington, Selfridges Food Hall
For Vegan/Sugar Free: Lele's London
Lele's is a great little local cafe that not many people know caters amazingly for gluten free. Everything is vegan, and it's the perfect spot for brunch before spending the day at Victoria Park as it's within walking distance. I can wholeheartedly recommend the pancakes, just look at them!
Location: Lower Clapton Road
For Cooked Brunch: Leadbelly's
Leadbelly's is a relatively new bar and kitchen which has a 99% gluten free menu. I love their veggie and vegan cooked breakfasts - the scrambled tofu is to die for - and their lunch and dinner options are incredible too. With options such as waffles, open sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, and even roast dinners, it's not one to miss.
Location: Canada Water
For My Favourite: The Bach
The Bach (pronounced 'Batch' and named after a New Zealand style of modest beach house) is the most gorgeous place to go for brunch. Almost everything can be made gluten free, including pancakes, french toast, cooked breakfasts and toasties. They also have weekend specials like the corn fritters with halloumi, avocado, chilli jam and aioli pictured below. Their Broadway Market location is a great place to stop for brunch whilst exploring the Saturday market.
Locations: Hoxton and Broadway Market
For Healthy Lunch: Farmstand
Farmstand is a cafeteria style restaurant where the vast majority of options are gluten free, and lots are veggie too. You can mix and match from the mains and sides, including options like BBQ pulled jackfruit. It's reasonably priced for the portions, and a great place for an easy, healthy lunch.
Location: Covent Garden
For Indian (and my favourite): Dishoom
If you like Indian food, I can't speak highly enough of Dishoom. The Bombay style food includes mouthwatering dishes like paneer masala, black lentil dahl and the infamous (and not-to-miss) gunpowder potatoes. The staff's allergy knowledge is second to none and all dishes come with allergy markers. Get there very early or go at lunch time as there's always a huge queue, but the staff look after you it's worth the wait.
Locations: Carnaby, Covent Garden, Kensington, King's Cross, Shoreditch
For Pizza: Rossopomodoro
Rossopomodoro pizza is the most authentic tasting pizza I've had since I started eating gluten free. The base is perfect - both soft and crispy - and the tomato pizza sauce is just delicious. Don't be fooled by the seeming lack of cheese, Rossopomodoro know just how to do pizza!
Locations: Camden, Chelsea, Covent Garden, Hoxton, Kingston, Oxford Street, Swiss Cottage, Wandsworth
For Asian: Tootoomoo
Tootoomoo is a quirky Pan-Asian restaurant with decor that makes you feel as though you've stepped right onto the bustling streets of Thailand. The food includes Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese tastes, and there's tons of veggie options too!
Locations: Crouch End, Highgate, Islington, Whetstone (also available for delivery)
For Mexican: Cafe Pacifico
I often head to Cafe Pacifico on a Friday evening for some delicious cocktails and top notch Mexican food. Their gluten free menu is extensive, including gluten free fajitas (what more could you want?). The Covent Garden location makes it a great place to spend an evening.
Location: Covent Garden
For Venezuelan: Arepa and Co
If you haven't tried Venezuelan food, you absolutely must head to Arepa and Co. Arepas are naturally gluten free maize dough 'buns', stuffed with delicious fillings like black beans, avocado, and plantain (or pulled meat). You can sit outside and enjoy the sun, or sit inside and enjoy the atmosphere. Whatever you choose, make sure to get a side of tasty yuca fries.
Location: Bethnal Green
For 100% Gluten Free: Niche
Niche is a 100% gluten free restaurant with tons of vegetarian and dairy free options too. The menu ranges from sausages and mash to fried chicken baskets, with tons of amazing looking dessert options too. There is even now a low fodmap menu, so a must for anyone with multiple (or any) dietary needs.
For Burgers: Honest Burgers
Absolutely everything at Honest can be made gluten free, including brioche buns and onion rings! The rosemary salted chips are the star of the show, joined by the onion rings which come gluten free as standard (and no cross contaminated fryers). Honest has a special every month, often in collaboration with other restaurants, which always looks incredible. They have one veggie option, which has mixed reviews, but if you're reading this in August 2018 get to the St Pancras branch to try this month's plant burger special (pictured below - yep, it's vegan!)
Locations: All over the place, check their website for your nearest branch
For Roast Dinners: Leadbelly's
Leadbelly's is mentioned above in my brunch section, but given that they serve gluten free yorkshire puddings, a variety of meats, and a gf veggie wellington, I had to mention them again here!
Location: Canada Water
Other options include:
- Mexican: Wahaca
- Pizza: Apollo Pizzeria, Pizza Union
- Dumplings: Ugly Dumpling
- Healthy/veggie: Mildred's
- 100% gf: Leggero
- Veggie burgers: Vurger
For 100% GF/DF/Vegan: Yorica
If you only have time for one stop in London, Yorica is the place I'd recommend. Absolutely everything is gluten, dairy, egg and nut free, as well as vegan, but you would not know it. I've been with gluten-eaters who genuinely could not tell the difference, and as someone who can tolerate dairy, I can vouch for the froyo and ice cream! You choose your ice cream/froyo and then pick from tons of toppings, including freshly baked mini waffles. They also offer crepes.
Location: Wardour Street (near Carnaby and Tottenham Court Road)
For Doughnuts: Borough 22
If, like me, you've spent much of your gluten free life not living in London, you'll know that gf doughnuts are nearly impossible to find. Not in London! Borough 22 has your back with their amazing gluten free and totally vegan (but you wouldn't know it) doughnuts. They're moist, and the flavour choice is to die for.
Location: stocked in various cafes around London and in Selfridges Food Hall - check the stockists section of their website to see where and which days
For Crepes: Crêpes à la carte
I love a crepe, and the lovely French owners behind Crêpes à la carte know how to make them. The staff's allergy knowledge is fantastic, and there are vegan options too. Personally I can never resist a sweet crepe, but you can also pick up savoury options.
Locations: Camden (stall), Kentish town (shop)
For Ice Cream: Amorino
Who could resist an ice cream in the shape of a rose? Definitely not me. Amorino have shops all over London, and stock gluten free cones. All of their ice cream flavours are gluten free, so it's the perfect treat for a summer's day.
Locations: 13 locations across London, check website for your nearest
Other options include:
- 100% GF: Cookies and Scream, Pearl and Groove, Cupcakes and Shhht
- Pancakes: My Old Dutch
- Cupcakes: Lola's Cupcakes
- Vegan: Vida Bakery
- Ice cream: Grom