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Blog 8 top places to eat gluten-free in London
Date: 29 July 2020

8 top places to eat gluten-free in London

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On the hunt for gluten-free grub in the British capital? You won’t go hungry. There are more top-notch restaurants in this fabulous city than you can shake a wheat-free breadstick at.

Whether you’re on the hunt for pizza, pasta or pastries, these eight fabulous gluten-free places to eat in London have you covered.  

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Note: Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the availability of the restaurants could be affected. Remember to check current travel restrictions before booking travel.

1. Fortnum & Mason: Best for Afternoon Tea

A table at Fortnum & Mason with violet flowers, a lamp and an afternoon tea stand
Enjoy the exceptional service, elegance and exquisite taste of a British afternoon tea. Photo © Fortnum & Mason

No trip to London is complete without afternoon tea, or a visit to the iconic Fortnum & Mason. Tick both off your list with a fabulous gluten-free afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Opened by the Queen in 2012, the food is fit for royalty.

Tickle your taste buds with rare breed hen’s egg mayonnaise and cress sandwiches, followed by indulgent passion fruit and avocado mousse. It may sound like a bizarre flavour combination, but it’s out of this world.

Gluten-free afternoon tea in London doesn’t get better than this.

Tip: If Fortnum & Mason leaves you hungry for more teatime treats, check out our post on the best places for afternoon tea in London for inspiration.

4th Floor, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s

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2. Indigo: Best for fine dining

A chef in a kitchen at Indigo at One Aldwych Restaurant presenting a plate of fish and vegetables
Discover traditional British ingredients with an innovative touch. Photo © Indigo at One Aldwych Restaurant

Looking for a coeliac-friendly, ‘free-from’ fine dining experience? Indigo at One Aldwych Hotel is the answer.

This chic, gluten-free London restaurant serves up the likes of Rhug Estate rump of lamb and Cornish turbot in a creamy shellfish reduction. Is your tummy rumbling? It should be!

Fun fact: Indigo went gluten and dairy-free months before announcing it to the world, and no one noticed. Proof that gluten-free tastes just as good as gluten-packed food!

1 Aldwych, London

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3. Pearl & Groove: Best for cake

A fork cutting into a chocolate Pearl & Groove cake with white frosting
Try out some of the gluten, sugar and dairy-free cakes at Pearl & Groove. Photo © Pearl&Groove

You can have your gluten-free cake and eat it at Pearl&Groove. Gluten, sugar and dairy-free, it’s a safe haven for sweet-toothed coeliacs.

The secret behind the indulgent treats is ground almonds, which are used instead of flour.

Whether you’re craving brownies, tarts or cheesecake, this gluten-free bakery in London’s trendy Notting Hill will hit your sweet spot.

341 Portobello Rd

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4. Niche: Best for comfort food

A vegetable gnocchi dish and two glasses of wine at Niche restuarant in London
Indulge yourself with coeliac-friendly comfort food. Photo © Niche

A stone’s throw from Sadler’s Wells, this bistro-style restaurant is 100% gluten-free, so nothing’s off-limits.

If you’re after gluten-free comfort food in Central London, this is the place to go. Whether you fancy ‘bangers and mash’, wild mushroom gnocchi or cheesy doughnuts, you can munch away worry-free at Niche.

Tip: If you’re catching a show at the famous performing arts venue next door, the pre-theatre menu will do just nicely.

197-199 Rosebery Avenue

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5. Leggero: Best for gluten-free Italian

Two pieces of salty focaccia from leggero restaurant
Leggero restaurant is the place to go to get your gluten-free Italian food fix. Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.

If you’re a fan of carb-rich Italian cuisine, you’re in luck. From focaccia to tiramisu, all the delicious wheaty dishes that are usually off-limits are on Leggero’s menu. There are also plenty of vegan, vegetarian and allergy-friendly options, so no one has to miss out.

Tip: The pink ravioli with Gorgonzola cheese and beetroot not only tastes incredible, but it’s the prettiest pasta we’ve ever seen!

64 Old Compton Street, Soho

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6. Honest Burgers: Best for burgers (obviously)

A burger, fries, onion rings and orange juice from Honest Burgers on a wooden table
Try a gluten-free burger with rosemary-salted fries from Honest Burgers. Photo © Honest Burgers

With various locations across London, this is the place to get your burger fix, be it gluten-free, plant-based or otherwise.

Honest Burgers also offer onion rings made with gluten-free batter, as well as gluten-free buffalo wings, rosemary-salted fries and chicken burgers, so there’s plenty of choice.

And if you just can’t get enough of their delicious recipes, you can buy an Honest Burger at Home Kit, complete with all the ingredients needed to create your very own Honest Burger.

Several locations across London

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7. Station 26: Best for brunch

A dish made of grilled vegetables and beans on top of toasted bread at Station 26
Enjoy gluten-free fusion cuisine made with love. Photo © Station 26

This little gem in the heart of Brixton Village Market is the place to go for a gluten-free brunch in London.

Their signature dish, the Station 26 Brekkie, is a taste sensation. Think beans in tomato and red pepper sauce, egg, chorizo and toasted ciabatta bread.

Hearty and delicious, no matter what you order here, you won’t leave disappointed – or hungry!

Coldharbour Lane, Unit 26 Brixton Village Market

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8. Olley’s Fish Experience: Best for fish and chips

A plate with fried fish and chips at Olley's Fish Experience
Enjoy a gluten-free British classic. Photo © Olley’s Fish Experience

Gluten intolerant but craving a classic fish and chip supper? You don’t have to miss out; head to award-winning Olley’s gluten-free fish and chip restaurant in Herne Hill, South London.

The fish here is spot on. The batter is light and crispy, and you get a generous portion.

Thirsty? Wash it down with a gluten-free beer. Yum.

65 – 69 Norwood Road, Herne Hill

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Whet your appetite?

Gluten-free burger and side order of chunky chips on wooden table at Station 26
There are so many places to eat gluten-free in London, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Photo © Station 26

These are just a handful of gluten-free places to eat in London. In each place, the staff are knowledgeable, mindful of cross-contamination and don’t make you feel like a fussy eater. Winner, winner, gluten-free chicken dinner!

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