February 20, 2018

My gluten & dairy free guide to eating in London

London is one of my absolute favourite places to visit to find gluten and dairy free food options. There are so many places that cater for people with allergies/intolerances and dietary needs and I love trying out all of the amazing options dotted around the city. I have been on various trips to London recently and have sussed out all of the best gluten and dairy free food spots to share with you guys. From breakfast, lunch and dinner to lots of yummy sweet treats, you won’t go hungry in London! Here are some of the places I have been loving. I’ve also included their location to make them easier to find! 

Beyond Bread

Beyond Bread is an entirely gluten free bakery based in 3 locations around London; Charlotte place, Islington and Selfridges Food Hall. They specialise in gluten free pastries, cakes, bread and plenty of brunch options, with lots of dairy free choices too! My favourite is the vegan falafel and roasted vegetable panini, the blueberry muffin, the full English breakfast and the avocado toast. 

Located:

1. 2 Charlotte Place, London, W1T 1SB.

2. 267 Upper Street, London, N1 2UQ.

3. Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB

Niche 

Niche is an entirely gluten free restaurant located near to Angel tube station in Islington. Their speciality is the gluten free fried chicken, but they also have plenty of other options which will suit everyone, with very clear labelling on what is also dairy free and vegan. I went for the baked salmon with lentil and dill sauce and the banoffee cheesecake.

Located:

197-199 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4 TJ

Leggero 

Continuing the theme of entirely gluten free restaurants, Leggero is another one of my top choices in London. Located in Soho, Leggero offers plenty of delicious gluten free Italian dishes, with most of them also being dairy free too! Whilst there, we tried lots of the amazing dishes including the homemade focaccia with vegetables and vegan cheese and a potato and beetroot timbale stuffed with mushrooms and vegan cheese to start. For mains we had homemade sorghum tagliatelle with a Bolognese sauce and duck breast served with red berries. For dessert we had an almond and orange cake served with dairy free cream and it was delicious.

Located:

64 Old Compton Street, W1D4UQ, London

Yorica 

Yorica is an entirely gluten free, dairy free, vegan friendly and nut free dessert shop located in Soho, not far from Oxford Circus. They serve ice cream, crepes, waffles, shakes and fro-yo! With the most delicious tasting ice cream that you wouldn’t believe is vegan, Yorica is a MUST if you are in the area.

Located:

130 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8ZN

Flat Iron Steak 

I was recommended Flat Iron Steak by friends and was very impressed! Flat Iron Steak can be found in various locations around London including Soho, Covent Garden and Shoreditch and is exactly as it says on the tin, a steak restaurant. The staff were very knowledgable of allergens and I thoroughly enjoyed my steak, chips and salad.

Located:

1. 17 Beak St, Soho, W1F 9RW.

2. 9 Denmark St, Soho, WC2H 8LS.

3. 17/18 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, WC2E 8QH.

4. 77 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BS.

5. 46 Golborne Road, London, W10 5PR

The Deliciously Ella Deli 

The Deliciously Ella Deli is located just off Oxford street, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything at the deli is gluten and dairy free, and I enjoyed a delicious breakfast of coconut yoghurt, original granola, almond butter and apple and berry compote. You can also pick up cakes, soups, salads and more!

Located:

18 Weighhouse St, Mayfair, London W1K 5LU

Brickwood cafe 

Brickwood Cafe is an Australian themed cafe dotted in various locations around London including Tooting, Clapham, Balham and Streatham. Although not specifically mentioned on the menu, the cafe serves plenty of gluten and dairy free options with delicious gluten free sourdough bread. I went for ‘The Butcher’ which included poached eggs, gluten free sourdough toast, maple bacon, mushrooms, sausage, hash nuggets and tomato.

Located:

1. 11 Hildreth Street, Balham, SW12 9RQ.

2. 16 Clapham Common South Side, Lambeth, SW4 7AB.

3. 21-23 Tooting High St, London, SW17 0SN.

4. 292 Streatham High Rd, London, SW16 6HG.

Free from Bakehouse, Borough Market 

Free From bakehouse is an award winning gluten free, wheat free and dairy free bakery specialising in amazing cakes and treats. Based in Borough Market from Wednesday-Sunday, Free From bakehouse sells tasty cakes including their famous Battenberg and Pecan Pie!

Located:

8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

Indian Street Food, Borough Market 

I stumbled across an incredible gluten free and vegan street food stall in Borough Market recently and couldn’t resist trying one of their dishes. I went for the ‘moong dal dosa’ which is a spiced lentil crepe made with moong beans and rice filled with masala potatoes, served with Chana chaat: chickpeas topped with red onions, homemade chutney, pomegranates and coriander! If you are passing Borough market, I 100% recommend trying this tasty dish and I can’t wait to go back.

Located:

8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

Chipotle 

Chipotle is a Mexican fast food restaurant which has recently been accredited by Coeliac UK and is dotted in various locations around London. They are really knowledgable with allergens, and if you tell them you are gluten free they will immediately wash their hands and change their gloves. My favourite are the tacos with their vegan filling of shredded tofu. 

Located:

Click here to find your closest Chipotle. 

Broadway market 

Broadway market is home to an abundance of gluten and dairy free food stalls including Floris Food, Eat and Mess, Osu Coconuts, Meringue girls, The Bach, Norah’s Brownies, Bad Brownie and more! If you are gluten free or dairy free, I definitely recommend going to check the market out on a Saturday. Click here for my blog all about my top gluten and dairy free finds are Broadway Market.

Located:

Broadway Market London E8 4QJ.

Greenwich Market 

The famous Greenwich Market is another fantastic place to visit for both gluten and dairy free options, along with being a beautiful day out! The market is home to various different stalls including Ruby’s of London which sell gluten free and vegan doughnuts. They also have a huge array of other food stalls and is the perfect place to pick up an ice cream in the summer! I was lucky enough to find a stall with vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream and gluten free cones!

Located:

5B Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ. 

Leon 

Leon is a fast food restaurant with lots of gluten and dairy free options. You can find Leon all over the UK, but the majority of stores seem to be located in London. One of my favourite dishes is the gluten free, dairy free and vegan rainbow mezze salad as well as the meatless meatballs and criss cut fries. They have also recently started selling gluten free chicken nuggets and the Ruby’s of London doughnuts. 

Located:

Click here to find your closest Leon store.  

The Bach 

The Bach is an amazing coffee, breakfast, lunch and brunch spot based in Broadway Market and in Hoxton. They sell plenty of gluten and dairy free options from toasties, to fritters, brunch plates, cakes and waffles! The chef is actually Coeliac to understands all about cross contamination issues! I’ve had both the ham and chutney toastie with Kumara fries and the avocado, smoked salmon, tomato and poached egg breakfast, both were delicious!

Located:

1. 12 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ.

2. 98 Hoxton St, London N1 6SG

Leadbelly’s 

Leadbelly’s is a 99% gluten free restaurant, with so many amazing dishes you will struggle to decide which to pick! From southern fried chicken burgers, to pies, roast dinners, fish and chips and steak. Leadbelly’s is located right outside the Canada Water tube station. Click here to read all about my experience at Leadbelly’s.

Located:

Montreal House, Market Square, London SE16 7AQ

Honest Burger 

Honest Burger are an amazing burger chain dotted around London that offer the most delicious gluten free burgers, chips and onion rings along with lots of dairy free options too! The staff are amazing when it comes to catering for dietary requirements, and it’s a restaurant I’m always going to love! They also now offer a vegan ‘Beyond Meat’ burger which is my new go to choice and tastes incredible! 

Located:

Click here to find your nearest Honest Burger branch. 

Mommi

Mommi is another entirely gluten free restaurant which is accredited by Coeliac UK and located in Clapham. It offers a mix of Japanese, Peruvian and south American food with the choice of brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. Mommi is a great location for a group meal and I recently went for a bottomless birthday brunch where I enjoyed the ‘Mommi Boy Burger’ which was delicious! 

Located:

44 – 48 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UR

Station 26 

Continuing on with the theme of entirely gluten free restaurants with Station 26, which is a tiny but delicious restaurant located in Brixton Market with lots of amazing healthy home cooked options. All of their food is totally gluten free, with dairy free and vegan options too. I popped by for brunch recently where I tried their vegan breakfast with homemade beans, avocado, red peppers and courgette on ciabatta bread with cassava chips. 

Located:

Coldharbour Lane. Unit 26, Brixton Village Market. SW9 8PR

Arepa and Co 

Arepa and Co is a Venezuelan restaurant located in Haggerston and Bethnall Green which serve amazing traditional food. All of their arepas are gluten free, with tonnes of vegan, veggie and dairy free options too. I recently visited and opted for the vegan arepa brunch with avocado, plantain, sweet potato & black beans. It was all so delicious and is definitely a great place to go if you want to try something a bit different!

Located: 

  1. 58a de Beauvoir Crescent London N1 5SB
  2. 254 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE

Love Shack 

Love Shack is a vegan and plastic free restaurant based in Hackney with a chilled and relaxed vibe, perfect for breakfast and brunch! Their menu includes amazing gluten free banana & buckwheat chocolate pancakes, which are definitely worth a try if you are in the area.

Located:

Arch 298-299 Cambridge Heath Road, London – E2 9HA

Feya Cafe 

If you are after somewhere to take the perfect ‘Instagramable’ photo then the Feya Cafe will be right up your street! It’s located near to Bond Street station and is the most beautiful cafe. They offer a few different breakfast/brunch options such as gluten free pancakes, a smoothie bowl and a chia pudding. 

Located:

23 James Street, London, W1U 1DT

Chin Chin Ice cream 

For the most amazing gluten & dairy free hot chocolate try Chin Chin Icecream located in Soho Camden and Shoreditch. Its the perfect stop off for a sweet treat with everything gluten free clearly marked on the menu. I opted  for the dairy free hot chocolate made with almond milk and topped with a veggie marshmallow but they also have an array of ice cream which is all gluten free (with vegan options too!).

Located:

  1. 54 Greek Street, London, W1D 3DS
  2. 49-50 Camden Lock Place. London, NW1 8AF
  3. 19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ

Georgian House Hotel 

Georgian House is an amazing boutique hotel located near to Victoria Station that offers the most incredible afternoon tea with gluten free, dairy free and vegan options! I recently enjoyed their delicious ‘dairy free cheese’ afternoon tea which included mozzarella, pesto & tomato bruschetta, cheddar and thyme scones, caramelised banana pancakes & BlackForest cheesecake with a pretzel topping and lots more! 

Located: 

35 – 39 St George’s Dr, Pimlico, London SW1V 4DG

So there you have it, all of my top picks for gluten and dairy free eating in London, I hope this has been helpful if you are going to be visiting London and are on the hunt for food you can eat. As you can see, there are so many options and plenty that I’m still yet to try so if you have any more recommendations let me know!

Alice x

 

6 responses to “My gluten & dairy free guide to eating in London”

  1. I’m looking for somewhere to take my gluten and dairy intolerant cousin for dinner in London and this is INSANELY helpful, thank you!!!!! 😍

    • glutenfreealice@yahoo.com says:

      So happy I’m able to help!😊 hope you manage to find somewhere nice to eat and enjoy your trip to London! Alice x

  2. Kacee says:

    I’m headed London next year to visit from the States. I am recently gluten and dairy free and this post has helped me see how many options I am going to have. THANK YOU!

    • glutenfreealice@yahoo.com says:

      No problem! So happy I’m able to help, I actually need to update my guide as I have some more places to add to the list! Hope you enjoy your trip. Alice x

  3. Jenn Hagwood says:

    Just returned from a London trip and found your blog post! We ate at many of the places you mentioned and stumbled into a few more. Leggerro and Beyond Bread are amazing and we made a special trip to Broadway market just to eat all the GF! Great review and guide to GF london.

    • glutenfreealice@yahoo.com says:

      So happy my blog was useful during your trip to London!😊 I love Leggero and beyond bread too! You’ll have to let me know the other places you stumbled across so I can try them out too 😃 Alice x

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