If you are a coeliac, sometimes you wake up on the weekend and just want to have a safe gluten free treat or a meal without asking a million questions. This listing was born out of my need for cake one weekend!
The criteria I use for inclusion is that the food has to be 100% gluten free (ensuring no cross contamination risk) and have its own outlet that you can visit.
The listing has grown so much over the last two years, this list contains cafes, restaurants and bakeries with a fixed address. There are nearly TWENTY places for you to visit around London. Enjoy!
For markets and street food that is 100% gluten free, please click here.
If you are venturing out of London, the UK 100% gluten free page may also be of interest.
This post was last updated in November 2016.
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If you would prefer a printable list, please see the restaurant lists page.
Coori Free From
Their large summer concession has closed, but they are still operating a smaller concession.
400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB
Hemsley & Hemsley
The dynamic sister duo have opened a cafe inside Selfridges. It is healthy food free from gluten, refined grains, sugar & hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Pictures above are sourced from their Twitter account, and please read more in the review by Forever Free From here.
400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB
Mon-Sat 9.30am-9pm, Sun midday-6pm
Missing baguettes or pastries, or even just being able to have a sandwich for lunch? Then, this is the place to visit!
What is available changes regularly, but you are likely to find cakes, muffins, pop tarts, mince pies, pumpernickel bread, baguettes and scones. The café serves lunch, snacks, hot drinks and juices. Click here for a review with more detail. Follow them on Facebook ‘Beyond Bread Bakery’ for more information and also see pictures of their creations!
2 Charlotte Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1SB Phone: 020 7636 7055
Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm, Weekends 10am-4pm
Also see location in Islington, North London.
Not surprisingly, dishes at this restaurant are based on polenta which is naturally gluten free and La Polenteria was certified 100% gluten free by Coeliac UK (2015) and is committed to the gluten free cause. It is an Italian restaurant with Italian trained chefs who are striving to rejuvenate traditional polenta dishes by giving them a cosmopolitan twist.
You will find a wide range of hearty meals as well as healthy salads that are all freshly home made. Of course there are also pasta dishes, including ravioli.
Below is stewed beef on a bed of polenta, but if you are vegetarian, La Polenteria also have plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. The menu also highlights allergenic ingredients such as milk, egg, celery.
Polenta based cakes and desserts are available if you are just after a snack. Gluten free beer also available.
Look out for their pre-theatre menu and ‘business lunch treats’ for people working in the Soho area.
64 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4UQ Phone: 020 7434 3617
Mon-Fri noon-11.30pm. Weekends 11am-11.30pm
Yorica! launched in London in March 2016 and are serving ice creams, shakes, fro-yo, crepes and waffles that are all free from dairy, egg, nuts and gluten. No animal products, so suitable for vegans.
Advise of any allergies when ordering so they can take extra care in preparation.
For a review by Forever Free From, click here.
130 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 8ZN Phone: 020 7434 4370
Mon – Wed 12 noon – 10pm, Thu – Sat noon – midnight, Sun 11am – 10pm
Premium Organic Cold-Pressed Juice Store & Experimental Plant-Based Kitchen
The LabOrganic team created their store to share their passion for a healthy lifestyle. They make and serve the highest quality, most nutrient-rich, organic, cold-pressed fruit & veggie juices, superfood blends, dairy free nut mylks, cleanse programmes, “free-from” food, gluten free snacks & much more.
Pop in for breakfast, lunch, snacks or an early dinner. Eat in or takeaway.
You can also book in for evening events every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (7pm-9:30pm) where LabOrganic host the finest & nutritious plant-based dining experience full of surprising seasonal flavours, with recipes showcased by leading guest chefs and health industry professionals.
Photo credits: Luis Veloso
58 Neal street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9PA
Mon-Fri 8am – 7pm (also special evenings, see above), Sat 10am – 7pm, Sun 10am – 6pm
All food is gluten & dairy free and no added sugar, available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you are aware of Leon, it is a similar concept with healthy options and takeaway boxes available. You can choose a particular menu item, or you can mix and match for your own tastes and or course you don’t need to double check what is gluten free!
There is a small amount of seating available. Please note not all drinks are gluten free, but gluten free beer is available.
For a review by Forever Free From, click here.
42 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5AJ Phone: 020 7240 3866
Mon-Fri 7:30am – 9pm, Sat 9am – 9pm, Sun Closed
East End E1
Run by a coeliac, you will find art alongside the gluten free cakes. Stop for a weekend breakfast when wandering around Brick Lane!
47 Brick Lane, London, E1 6PU Phone: 07799 292709
Please see the details in the section LONDON – North.
Pearl & Groove Bakery
Details coming soon!
A fine dining experience, the “RAW” part of the restaurant is 100% gluten free and has a separate kitchen to the grill area to prevent cross contamination.
Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria St, London, SW1E 6SQ
Completely gluten free stall at Broadway Market, with fridge and pantry supplies (pasta, flour etc), as well as freshly prepared food such as pizza, rolls, toasted sandwiches as well as sweet treats. You can pre-order your food and drinks by texting your order and table reservation to 07484 074 794.
Coori also organise gluten free nights once a month at restaurants in Barnes and Wimbledon – check their Facebook page for more detail.
Broadway Market, Tooting High Street, Tooting
Mon-Wed, 12pm-6pm, Thurs-Sat 12pm-11pm
A 100% gluten free bakery and cafe specialising in french patisseries and mediterranean food. Photos to come, but in the meantime, look at their Facebook page!
For a review click here.
169 Battersea High Street, Wandsworth SW11 3JS Phone: 020 7223 2288
This unit in Brixton village has been a WAGfree outlet, then became Vozars restaurant is now back to being a WAGfree outlet. These photos relate to the first version of WAGfree – please let me know of any changes if you have visited the second reincarnation!
Before visiting, you should check their Facebook page – there has been activity on their Facebook page since Feb 2016, so it looks closed again… As of 2015 it was taken over by a Brazilian chef, so expect a Brazilian/British fusion! It is a cash only shop.
The Wheat and Gluten (WAG) Free bakery are artisan bakers, making bread, pies, pastries and cakes and has been part of the Brixton market for several years. They no longer bake on site, but their products are still sold here. Below is a picture of their seeded bread.
.The shop front may have changed, but the photos still give you an idea of what it is like – there is some seating inside, as well as outside in a covered walkway. The original menu was fairly small, with a ham and bacon sandwich (below), toasties, pies and quiches and of course cake!
Unit 26, Brixton Village, London, SW9 8PS Phone: 020 7274 6267
LONDON – SOUTH EAST
Unfortunately there are no permanent listings in this area, but there are several market stalls.
This bakery and café opened at the end of March 2014 as a gluten free offshoot of Chez le Boulanger (also on Upper Street), after the owner recognized the demand for gluten free products and the need for a dedicated kitchen. All food is gluten-free, but there is also sugar free, dairy free and egg free.
They make patisseries, cakes, sandwiches and savoury dishes (eg lasagne, goat’s cheese tart, pizza). I visited when they had only been open a few weeks and there were many teething problems with service – hopefully this has been resolved now.
For a more recent review, please see the Coeliac on the road blog.
167 Upper Street (opposite Islington Town Hall), N1 1US Phone: 020 7354 8945
Daily from 9.00am-7.00pm
The second Beyond Bread store opened in mid 2016. See the Fitzrovia entry for more details and for a review.
267 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2UQ Phone: 020 7183 3213
Mon-Fri 7.30am-7pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-6pm
This restaurant is at the northern end of central London and as the closest tube is Angel, it is included in the North London section.
In 2015 this restaurant became 100% gluten free (certified by Coeliac UK), offering a daytime menu, pre-theatre menu and dinner menu. It is very close to Sadler Wells theatre, so handy if you are seeing a show there.
You have a lot of choice – pop in for a bakery item or a drink, a light meal or a main meal. Think salads, burgers, pie, quiche, fish, steaks and much more. Click here for a review.
197-199 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TJ
Monday to Saturday 10am-late, Sunday 11am-4pm*
(*also open for dinner on Sunday night if there is a show on at Sadler Wells)
Cookies and Scream is a vegan bakery at Camden Market, located within the Dingwalls gallery area of the market (conveniently close to Honest Burgers!). Every product is dairy, egg, wheat and gluten free. There is some bar style seating looking into the bakery. Tea and coffee available.
Dingwalls gallery, The Market Hall, Camden Lock Place, Camden, NW1 8AF Telephone: 07778 691519
Open from 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week.
Juliet Gluten Free Bakery
A sister bakery to Romeo’s – launch is imminent (February 2017).
PHOTOS TO COME
Keep up to date on Twitter @
787 Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow E17 9DZ
Also see the street food post for an East London market stall.
Photos and logos are either author’s own, or used with permission.
For more ideas on eating out gluten free in London and the UK, please check the following links:
- 100% Gluten Free UK page (all of England)
- Visiting the UK
- Summary of chains offering gluten free options
- London restaurant reviews
- all UK restaurant reviews
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