Coeliac Guides to Eating Out, Gluten Free London
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A Coeliac’s Guide to Eating Out Gluten Free in London

Gluten free and planning a trip to London? Don’t panic! Eating out gluten free in London is getting easier and easier, and you will not be short of options. Read on to discover my favourite coeliac-friendly bakeries, restaurants, fast food, market stalls and cafes.

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Gluten Free Bakeries

 

beyondbreadmealBeyond Bread – The coeliac dream. A 100% gluten free, risk-free bakery and cafe in the centre of London. Freshly-baked gluten free breads, cakes, danish pastries, sandwiches, filled baguettes, soups and salads. They do a cracking hot chocolate too. Read my review (and drool over the pics) here.

2 Charlotte Pl, London W1T 1SB
www.beyondbread.co.uk

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wagfreeburgerWAGfree – WAGfree is a tiny 100% gluten free cafe/bakery/restaurant tucked away in hip foodie mecca, Brixton Village Market. Home of the gluten free cob bread, gluten free beer, gluten free burgers and fries, chicken schnitzel and salads, delicious cakes. Opening hours and menus vary, best to call ahead before making a trip. See an old review of mine here

Brixton Market, 26 Brixton Station Rd, London SW9 8PR
www.wagfreefood.com

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romeoscakeArtisan Gluten Free Bakery (aka Romeo’s)  A slightly posher 100% gluten free bakery/cafe in the middle of gorgeous Upper Street in Islington (think Hugh Grant-movie England). Fantastic gluten free brunch, cakes, breads and pastries. It is a little on the pricey side with hit and miss service in my experience, but worth it for a treat. Check out my review here.

167 Upper St, Islington, Greater London N1 1US
www.artisanglutenfreebakery.co.uk

Restaurants

20140525-201636.jpgFlat Iron – Flat Iron is home to the best steak I’ve ever had (read my review). They get very busy and you may have to wait for a table (no booking), but oh god, it’s worth it. Almost all of their menu is gluten free, and they do not use wheat flour in the kitchen. Meat perfection and great cocktails.

Multiple locations, see website
www.flatironsteak.co.uk
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Rossopomodoro – The best gluten free pizza in London, in my opinion. A Napoli chain who seem to have mastered the art of making gluten free pizzas stretchy, delicious and HUGE. They use only rice flour for dusting in their kitchen to minimise cross-contamination risk. They also do gluten free tiramisu. I am also rather fond of their ‘rossini’ cocktails.

Multiple locations, see website
www.rossopomodoro.co.uk
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carluccioslambCarluccio’s – Carluccio’s is an Italian chain which has a properly comprehensive gluten free menu (approved by Coeliac UK, no less). Their set menu (2 courses for £10.99) is decent value and there are quite a few branches around London. Good for gluten free pasta, antipasti, meat and fish dishes, and some scrumptious Italian puddings.

Multiple locations, see website
www.carluccios.com
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honestburgerHonest Burger – Fancy a gluten free burger with a gluten free beer? AND gluten free onion rings? Dreams do come true. Honest Burger have gone to some effort to make their menu almost entirely coeliac-friendly, using separate fryers where necessary and providing actually exciting gluten free options (not a salad in sight). Watch me eat a burger in their Market Place branch!

Multiple locations, see website
www.honestburgers.co.uk
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pizzaexpressPizza Express – Pizza Express is a mid-range Italian chain restaurant, and is a good option for an easy, fuss-free meal. The menu is clearly labelled, you can order any of their pizza toppings on a gluten free base (to eat in or takeaway) and there are gluten free desserts and beers. Check the offers section on their website before you go.

Multiple locations, see website
www.pizzaexpress.com
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dishoomDishoom – Mouth-watering Indian ‘street food’. Not your usual curry. The elegant decor and atmosphere make it a special experience. They have a gluten free menu, and in my experience the staff are well-trained to help coeliac diners.

Multiple locations, see website
www.dishoom.com

Fast Food

leonlunchboxLeon – Heroes of healthy fast food. The bulk of their menu is gluten free (and delicious), and everything is clearly allergen-labelled. Great for a pick me up when you’re all shopped out (the meatballs are my fave) or a sweet treat. ALL of their cakes and cookies are gluten free, and they serve the only gluten free pecan pie I have ever seen.

Multiple locations, see website
www.leonrestaurants.co.uk
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hermanHerman ze German – A lovely bit of sausage. Gluten free wurst and fries. Sadly no gluten free beer but they do have cider. Good clear allergen menu and a healthy amount of puns. Also mentioned in my where to get a gluten free lunch near Oxford Circus post!

Multiple locations, see website
www.hermanzegerman.com

 

Market Stalls 

maizeblazeMaize Blaze – 100% gluten free Columbian food. Check out my beef empanada at the Camden Gluten Free Festival. They do not use ANY of the main 14 Allergens in their food.

Camden Lock Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AF
www.maizeblaze.com
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freefrombakehouseFreefrom Bakehouse – 100% gluten free (and about 2/3rds dairy free) bakery. Excellent cakes, brownies and savoury tarts. The chocolate amaretto torte is a work of art.

8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL (every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday)
www.sugargrain.com
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cookiesandscreamCookies and Scream – Yummy 100% gluten free and vegan doughnuts, cookies, milkshakes and ice-scream in a retro American style.

The Market Hall, Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AF
www.cookiesandscream.com 

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Tea & Cake

The aforementioned Leon and gluten free bakeries all do fantabulous gluten free cakes, here are a few more sweet recommendations.

chateaudessert2Chateau Dessert
– Beautiful gluten free french patisserie desserts in lovely Turnham Green (old-style London village). Macarons. Very nice savoury quiches as well. On the ball and aware staff – the gluten free products are cooked in a separate facility and displayed in a separate cabinet.

213 Chiswick High Rd, London W4 2DW
www.chateaudessert.com
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20140225-113343.jpgSamba Swirl – Gluten Free (buckwheat) crepes with nutella, what could be better? They also do frozen yoghurt. They have several cafes around London – check out my nutella crepe review here

Multiple locations, see website
www.sambaswirl.co.uk
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flatplanetFlat Planet – Sweet little cafe tucked away at the foot of Carnaby Street. No good savoury GF options, but they stock the amazing Freefrom Bakehouse gluten free cakes.

39 Great Marlborough St, London W1F 7JG
www.flatplanet.co.uk
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nordicbakeryNordic Bakery – Hip and ‘hygge’ Scandi cafe. They serve gluten free muffins (the chocolate one is particularly good) and a cookie in a cosy setting.

Multiple locations, see website
www.nordicbakery.com

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Places I haven’t been yet, but have heard good things: 

Niche – 100% gluten free restaurant. Check out Wandering Gluten Freely’s rave review.
1 Aldwych – A top restaurant that recently went 100% gluten free and dairy free. Read about their transformation. 
Manna Dew – 100% gluten free bakery/cafe. A fellow Tweeter told me that they found their pastries even better than Helmut Newcake in Paris. High praise indeed. It all looks very good on Instagram.
Olley’s Fish and Chips – I  was really impressed with their pop-up gluten free fish and chips at Camden Gluten Free Festival.

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There are of course zillions more places where you can eat out gluten free in London, these are just a few of my personal favourites. Let me know if I’ve missed somewhere awesome! 

If you enjoyed this post you may want to check out: Let’s Do Lunch: 8 Places to Grab a Gluten Free Lunch Near Oxford Circus and don’t forget to subscribe to catch the next one!

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Issi x

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27 Comments

  1. Susan says

    I’m traveling to London in a few weeks with a non-celiac friend. She’s keen to eat in pubs a lot. Are there any pubs where someone with Celiac could get something to eat (outside of Truscott Arms)? Or is that a nonstarter?

  2. Graham Kenyon says

    Hi,

    I’m a coeliac, and rare visitor to London, but visited La Polentaria in Soho, earlier this month. Highly recommended.
    La Polentaria, 64 Old Compton Street London W1D 4UQ
    http://www.lapolenteria.co.uk/

    I am however a frequent visitor to Manchester, and my favourite restaurant anywhere is there:
    Dough Pizza Kitchen, 75 – 77 High St, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1FS
    http://www.doughpizzakitchen.co.uk/
    VERY highly recommended!

    Great guide, thank you.

  3. Lynn Bruce says

    I am so glad I found your site. I feel I can comfortably visit London and not worry about where to find my next meal. How difficult is it to find gluten free restaurants outside of London and in Scotland? Thank you for this site.

    • Issi says

      Thank you for your kind comment Lynn. Though there is a lot more awareness now in the UK, it can still be difficult to find safe gluten free options outside of metropolitan areas. You will likely have more luck in bigger cities and in affluent areas, and if you get to know which of the big chains (e.g. Pizza Express) do a good gluten free menu. If you look back through my blog, I have posted about gluten free options in Leeds and Manchester. As for Scotland, I’ve heard that there are lots of gluten free options in Edinburgh, check out http://glutenfreeedinburgh.com/ :)

      Issi

    • Issi says

      I have posted about eating gluten free in Oxford and Bath also! Issi

  4. Nancy says

    This may be slight OT but do you know of a pub in London that has GF Beer? (In the States we have one beer, O’Mission that is GF.) Are there any pubs that are coeliac friendly? Sorry if this is OT, perhaps there is a post you could direct me to if you know of one?

  5. Sarah says

    Love this blog! We have been planning a trip to London and are so excited that we’ll be able to eat so well. Thank you Issi. You’re the BEST!

  6. Raquel Hernandez says

    Hello Issi! THanks a lot for this post. We are visiting London in September with my coeliac daughter and we feel more relax having all these places to eat.

  7. Thanks a ton for this. I’m visiting London with my two celiac daughters (7 and 12) mid May. This blog and the map is allowing my anxiety levels to go back to normal… We’ll try to go to the Candem Market Festival, all thanks to you.

    • Issi says

      Thanks for your lovely comment Ramón, I hope you and your daughters have a great time. Hopefully bump into you at the Camden Market festival! Issi x

  8. Erin says

    I am an American Celiac, and will be spending five weeks in London this summer as part of my graduate school program. I haven’t spent a significant amount of time in the UK since before my diagnosis in 2009, and was nervous that eating was going to be difficult. Seems like it should be much easier than I imagined. Thank you so much for this comprehensive and helpful list!

    • Issi says

      Thankyou for your lovely comment Erin, best of luck for your trip! x

  9. Nicole says

    This is so fantastic!! I live over here in Canada and will spending a week in London this summer. Have been a Celiac for the last 10yrs. Doing some restaurant research for trip and this is the best list I’ve come upon! Thank you!!

    • Issi says

      Thanks for your kind words Nicole! :) I hope you have a great trip. xxx

  10. Christine Waite says

    Didn’t get a confirmation that I’d subscribed successfully. Please confirm if I have done so. I used this email address.

    • Hi Christine,

      I’ve checked my inbox and it says you have subscribed – when testing yesterday I found it took a little while for the confirmation email to arrive. It is also worth checking your spam folder. Not ideal I know, I am working on improving the signup process but it is very much a learning curve for me!

      You should receive an email from ‘Issi’ titled ‘Gluten Free in London: Subscription Confirmed’ with a link to download the gluten free guide, please do give me a shout if it doesn’t arrive.

      Issi x

      • Christine Waite says

        Hi Issi
        Thank you. I am now subscribed and have a printable list – much appreciated. Should there be a printable map too?
        Christine

        • Excellent! If you click on the map in the post to enlarge it, you can print it directly from Google. :) Issi

  11. Ashley says

    Great list! Vintage Salt in Islington does really good gf fish & chips. Also Truscott Arms in Maida Vale and Truscott Cellar in Belsize Park have extensive and delicious gf menus.

  12. Thank you for this post, it really makes it easier for coeliac tourists to plan their trip to London without worries!

    I tried Beyond Bread Bakery last October: they serve fantastic food and the place is very nice, too. Carluccio’s is also a very good place!

    You know what’s very odd in Rossopomodoro chain? Their restaurants in Italy don’t have any gluten free option. They keep saying that a coeliac-friendly menu will be available soon, but it’s been almost one year and a half…

    • Thank you for your comment lovely! That’s so strange about Rossopomodoro not doing a coeliac-friendly menu in Italy, I would have thought it would be even better over there?! Maybe they are sensing more demand in London? I hope you get their amazing pizza soon! x

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