August 5, 2021

My gluten and dairy free guide to London

London is one of my all time favourite places for eating out gluten and dairy free, as there are so many different places dotted around the city, you really are spoilt for choice! This guide includes chain restaurants, independent restaurants, cafes, bakeries, takeaways, afternoon teas, 100% gluten free restaurants, vegan restaurants, markets and much more!

*Please note, all of the information in this guide is correct as of August 2021, however always ensure you check with the restaurant beforehand to ensure no allergy information has changed and they are able to cater for your dietary requirements. Please drop me an email at glutenfreealice@yahoo.com if you believe any of the information in this guide is outdated, and I will get this updated. 

Utter waffle (Herne Hill)

119 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, SE24 0NG

A must try if you are in the area, all the waffles on the menu are gluten free (apart from 1!), with lots of dairy free and vegan options. I’d 100% recommend trying the delicious vegan fried chicken waffle along with the tasty dessert waffles. 

Honest Burgers (Various locations)

Honest Burger has to be my all time favourite chain restaurant and there are plenty of branches located all around London in areas such as Brixton, Soho, Camden, Canary Wharf, Clapham, Greenwich, Kings Cross, Oxford Circus and more (Click here for a full list of locations). They offer gluten free buns, amazing vegan options using Beyond Meat and even the onion rings are gluten free! 

Niche (Angel) 

197 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TJ

Niche is a 100% gluten free Coeliac accredited restaurant with plenty of dairy free and vegan options. Choose from a wide array of dishes such as Niche Fried Chicken, herb crusted cod, Glamorgan potato cakes and beer battered onion rings. They also have plenty of delicious gluten free desserts.

Mommi (Clapham) 

44-48 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UR 

Mommi has a delicious Peruvian-Japanese menu, with lots of tasty dishes for brunch and dinner. They did used to be 100% gluten free but have now started to offer a few non gluten free options, however they are still accredited by Coeliac UK. A great place for bottomless brunch with friends! 

Crust Bros (Waterloo) 

113 Waterloo Road, DS1 8UL and 113 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UL

Crust Bros offer a ‘create your own’ pizza with gluten free bases, vegan cheese and plenty of toppings! The gluten free bases are some of the best I’ve tried. Ensure to let your server know if you are Coeliac and they will cook your pizza on a separate tray. 

Cotto (Waterloo) 

89 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HR

Cotto is an independent restaurant based in Waterloo serving Italian food. They are great at catering for allergies and intolerances, and offer gluten free pasta and pizza options cooked in their separate gluten free kitchen. 

Arepa and Co (Bethnal Green and Haggerston)

254 Paradise Row, E2 9LE and 58a De Beauvoir Crescent, N1 5SB 

Arepa and Co serves delicious Venezuelan food with lots of gluten free, dairy free and vegan options. The traditional arepas are naturally gluten free, and lovely stuffed with guacamole, plantain, black beans and sweet potato.

Vida Bakery (Brick Lane) 

139 Brick Lane, E1 6SB

Vida Bakery is an entirely gluten free, dairy free and vegan bakery based in Brick Lane. They are only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for coffee and cake but do also have an online store. They serve delicious cake tubs, brownies, cookie dough, tray bakes and more! 

Holy Carrot (Knightsbridge) 

Urban Retreat, 2-4 Hans Crescent, SW1X 0LH

A beautiful entirely vegan restaurant based in Knightsbridge which focuses on using ethnically sourced, seasonal produce and has an entirely gluten, dairy and refined sugar free menu. Be sure to try the delicious purple potato croquettes and maki set!

Brickwood café (Balham, Clapham, Tooting, Streatham) 

An Australian inspired café based in 4 different locations around South London. Brickwood Café offers plenty of coffee and brunch options with allergy information available upon request. They have lots of different gluten free breakfast/brunch options including their delicious hash nuggets (*Note: you cannot book in advance, this cafe is first come first serve). 

Purezza (Camden) 

45-47 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PN

For an entirely vegan pizza restaurant, head down to Purezza in Camden where you can order any of their pizzas on a gluten free base. They offer tonnes of tasty flavours, amazing garlic pizza bread and they even have a vegan chocolate covered pizza dessert. 

Dishoom (Kensington, Shoreditch, Kings Cross, Covent Garden and Carnaby)

If you are looking for a delicious Indian restaurant, you must try Dishoom which is located in 5 different areas around London and offer gluten free, dairy free and vegan menu options. I absolutely loved the masala prawns and gunpowder potatoes along the huge array of tasty cocktails.  

Station 26 (Brixton)

Unit 26, Brixton Village Market, SW9 8PR

This entirely gluten free restaurant is located in Brixton Village Market and is one of the smallest (but still incredibly yummy) restaurants I’ve ever been to! Choose from their brunch menu or main menu which includes dishes such as burgers, chicken schnitzel, vegetable stack and crab cake salad.

Chipotle (Various locations)

Chipotle is a Mexican fast food restaurant based in various locations around London (Click here to find a location). All of their bowls, salads and tortilla chips are suitable for Coeliacs – just inform a member of the team before placing your order and they will wash their hands and change their gloves. They also offer lots of vegan and dairy free options. 

Leadbelly’s (Canada Water) 

Montreal House, Deal Porter Square, Canada Water, SE16 7AQ

Leadbelly’s have a huge gluten free menu (98% of the food they serve is gluten free!) which includes brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu ranges from burgers to steaks, roast dinners, fish and chips and plenty of gluten free desserts! They were also really accommodating with offering dairy free options too. 

The Bach (Broadway Market)

12 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ

Based in Broadway Market, The Bach is a New Zealand based café with a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They focus on using organic and seasonal produce with plenty of gluten and dairy free breakfast and lunch options including toasties, corn fritters and French toast. 

Pearl and Grove (Exmouth Market)

30 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE

Pearl and Grove is a 100% gluten free bakery based in Exmouth market. They serve takeaway cake, coffee and ice creams (they do have a few tables outside, but it’s mainly takeaway food) with dairy free options too.

Plant Hub (Hackney) 

217 Mare Street, E8 3QE

Plant Hub is a plant based, gluten free and organic Italian restaurant and natural wine bar based in Hackney. They use local and seasonal ingredients and offer options such as garlic bread, gnocchi, pizza, and plenty of desserts. 

Cookies and Scream (Holloway Road)

130 Holloway Road, N7 8JE

Cookies and Scream is an entirely gluten free and vegan bakery based in North London which offers a range of cookies, brownies, pies, doughnuts and thick ‘Scream’ shakes. A place to visit if you are after a sweet treat!

Ceru (South Kensington) 

7-9 Bute Street, SW7 3EY 

Ceru is a Coeliac UK accredited restaurant based in South Kensington serving Levantine food. Almost all of the menu is gluten free, and there are plenty of dairy free options too. The dishes use lots of Levant’s staple ingredients – chickpeas, tahini, feta, aubergine, mint, lemon and yoghurt along with lots of amazing middle eastern flavours. 

Georgian House (Victoria) 

35-39 St George’s Drive, SW1V 4DG

Georgian House is a boutique hotel based in Victoria. They offer amazing afternoon tea options including a Wizard Afternoon tea which they are able to make gluten free and/or dairy free. Simply contact them in advance to let them know your dietary requirements. They are also a really lovely hotel to stay at, who offer fab gluten and dairy free breakfast options. 

The Vurger Co (Shoreditch and Canary Wharf) 

Unit 9, Avant Garde Building, 6 Richmix Square, Cygnet Street, Shoreditch, E1 6LD

Unit 1, The Wharf Kitchen. Jubilee Place Lower Mall -2, Canary Wharf, E14 5NY

The Vurger Co is a 100% plant-based restaurant serving lots of delicious vegan burgers which can all be made using a gluten free bun. They also have a huge array of sides which are all gluten free including fries, crispy dippers, tater tots, mac and cheese and shakes. 

Pho (Various locations) 

Pho is a Vietnamese restaurant located in various places around London including Battersea, Covent Garden, Islington, Kingston and more (click here to view all the locations). They are Coeliac UK accredited and 95% of the menu is gluten and dairy free which includes dishes such as summer rolls with tasty peanut sauce, wok fried noodles, curry and more.   

Rosa’s Thai (Various Locations)

Rosa’s Thai is an authentic Thai restaurant located in various sites around London including Baker street, Islington, Chelsea, Carnaby and more (Click here to view all the locations). They offer a ‘Coeliac Friendly’ menu which includes dishes such as chicken satay, butternut red curry, panang curry, pad Thai and more. 

Leon (Various locations) 

Leon is fast food restaurant dotted in various locations around London (click here to view all locations). They have plenty of well labelled gluten free, dairy free and vegan options including waffle fries, rice boxes, breakfast pots, gluten free nuggets, coffee, cakes and more. 

Flat Iron Steak (Various locations)

Flat Iron Steak is a steak restaurant located in various locations around London including Covent Garden, Marylebone, Soho Shoreditch and more (click here to view all locations). They have a very simple menu – steak, sides and sauces. Let the staff know you are gluten and/or dairy free and they will be able to cater for you (most of the menu is naturally gluten free).

Loveshack (Bethnal Green)  

298-299 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9HA

Loveshack is an entirely vegan restaurant, café, cocktail bar and events space offering a breakfast menu with amazing gluten free pancakes and smoothie bowls along with a main menu with options such as beyond meat burgers and teriyaki tofu. 

Paladar (St George’s Circus)

4-5 London Road, SE1 6JZ

Paladar is an entirely gluten free Latin American restaurant located near to Elephant and Castle tube station. With vegetarian options such as empanadas, fish options such as prawns, meat options such as crispy pork belly and dessert options such as churros plus plenty of cocktails to choose from. 

Chin Chin Ice Cream (Camden and Soho)

45-50 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF and 54 Greek Street, WLD 3DS

Chin Chin is an Ice cream parlour offering an amazing array of different ice creams, desserts, hot chocolates and more with lots of gluten free options. I personally loved the vegan hot chocolate with amazing marshmallow topping! 

Indigo One Aldwych (Covent Garden) 

1 Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ

Accredited by Coeliac UK, all of the dishes in the Indigo kitchen at the One Aldwych Hotel in Covent Garden are gluten and dairy free. They also offer a 5 course tasting menu, afternoon tea options and breakfast. 

Pizza Express (Various locations)

Pizza Express is a chain restaurant with plenty of locations dotted around London (click here to find a location). They are always a safe bet if you are looking for a gluten free Coeliac UK accredited pizza, with all their gluten free pizzas being served on black boards for reassurance. They also offer vegan cheese options.

Feya Café (Bond Street and Knightsbridge)

23 James Street, Marylebone, W1U 1DT and 146 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW3 1HX

Feya Café is a very beautiful (and Instagramable!) cafe which offers lots of pretty gluten free, dairy free and vegan brunch options such as rose avocado toast, chia pudding, pastel rainbow smoothie bowl and pancakes along with smoothies and hot drinks. 

Zizzis (Various locations)

Zizzi’s is another Italian chain restaurant, with lots of branches dotted around London (click here to find a location). They have lots of gluten free options including pizza, pasta, salads and delicious dessert options too!

Supermarkets

Wholefoods supermarket (Various locations) 

If you are looking for gluten and/or dairy free snacks or food on the go, Wholefoods is an amazing supermarket located in Clapham Junction, Camden, Fulham, Kensington, Piccadilly Circus and Richmond (Click here to view all locations). They sell plenty of your favourite Free From brands.

Selfridges Food Hall (Oxford Street)

Selfridges and Co, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB

Selfridges Food Hall is located on Oxford street and sell plenty of gluten and dairy free goodies including Borough 22 gluten free and vegan doughnuts, Lola’s cupcakes, Little Moons Mochi along with plenty more grab and go treats.

Planet Organic (Various locations) 

Planet Organic is another health food store located in various places around London (click here for view all locations). They sell lots of Free From snacks and on the go food. 

Markets

Greenwich market

Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ

Greenwich market is a lovely market filled with plenty of food stalls with gluten and dairy free options such as gluten free galettes and pancakes, ice creams and the amazing Ruby’s of London doughnuts which are gluten free and vegan! 

Borough Market

8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL

Borough Market is one of the largest and oldest markets in London. They are home to the Free From Bakehouse which sell lots of tasty free from treats, along with lots of savoury options including Horn Please which is an amazing Indian street food stall. 

Broadway market

London Fields, E8 4PH 

One of my favourite markets for finding gluten and dairy free treats is Broadway Market which is open every Saturday. They have options such as Eat n Mess for gluten free sweet treats, Floris foods for fried doughnuts, Osu Coconuts for pancakes, Meringue Girls for meringues and more! The Bach café is also located in the market. 

So there we have it, plenty of amazing gluten and dairy free places to try in London. I will continue to update this guide as I visit new places, make sure to let me know if you try any of them!

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