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London airports – Heathrow and Gatwick gluten free

By on February 28, 2014 in Transport Hubs with 6 Comments

As a coeliac, we all know airports can be very difficult to find gluten free food.  This is a gluten free guide to the two large airports serving London – Heathrow and Gatwick (last updated November 2016).

I’ve travelled regularly from Terminal 5 at Heathrow and it has several options for gluten free.  My favourite is Giraffe for something to eat before a flight in case the GF meal isn’t on board!  I haven’t been to the other airports as often, but have done some research that might be helpful for gluten free travellers.  My top tip for T3 & T2 is Leon.

If you are not from the UK, the visiting the UK page will give you further guidance for your trip, including restaurant lists for central London.   My guide to emergency travel food may also help you for ideas for your trip home.

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Need to save some money on your trip? For many UK airports you may be able to get discounts on food through Eat Drink & Fly

London Heathrow

Click here for airport information for all five Heathrow terminals.  Websites for restaurants are listed at the bottom of the post and if I have reviewed the cafe, you will also find a link to the relevant post there.   They have recently added a special dietary options page to their website, which includes gluten free, vegan and vegetarian, but does not say what is available at those restaurants.

If you get the Heathrow Express to Paddington, please see my post on London train stations for further options at Paddington.

 

LHR Terminal 5 before security

Carluccio’s – GF pasta and other dishes – ask for GF menu.  Coeliac UK accredited.

Caffe Nero – worth checking for a GF chicken roll or cake (see blog post on wraps here)

The Five Tuns  (Geronimo pub) –  GF marked on menu.

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

LHR Terminal 5 after security

Giraffe –  variety of meals (eg nachos, steak).  Ask for the allergy menu to see what you can have, but to see the general menu click here.

Starbucks – worth checking for a GF sandwich or cake (see blog post on wraps here)

Wagamama’s – asian  – ask for GF menu

Pret A Manager –  many salads are GF (downstairs)

Itsu –  sushi (no soya sauce) (downstairs)

Boots – often good for a salad and may have gluten free wraps/rolls.

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food – never visited, but the menu looks like GF might be possible and Trip Advisor reviews say GF bread is available.  (Bookings possible.)

The Crown Rivers (Wetherspoon’s pub) – ask for allergy information (eg baked potato, salmon salad).

Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar – smoked salmon, prawns

LHR Terminal 5 arrivals

M&S Simply Food – often good for a salad & worth checking if they are stocking any of the ‘made without wheat’ range, including sandwiches.

Costa coffee  – worth checking for a GF chicken and basil wrap, or GF cake (brownie or bakewell tart)  (see blog post on wraps here)

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

LHR Terminal 4 before security

The Windsor Castle (Wetherspoon’s pub) – ask for allergy information (eg baked potato, salmon salad).

Cafe Rouge – you can download allergen information from their website – go to location, then menus and you will find the allergen details  (Caution – french fries fried in same fryers as wheat products; side salad and tomato & onion salad contain gluten).

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

LHR Terminal 4 after security

Giraffe –  variety of meals (eg nachos, steak).  Ask for the allergy menu to see what you can have, but to see the general menu click here.

Carluccio’s – GF pasta and other dishes – ask for GF menu.  Coeliac UK accredited.

Pret A Manager –  many salads are GF

Comptoir Libanais – Lebanese Canteen – there are a few options (eg halloumi, salad, falafal) – GF marked on menu

Costa coffee  – worth checking for a GF chicken and basil wrap, or GF cake (brownie or bakewell tart)  (see blog post on wraps here)

Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar – smoked salmon, prawns

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

LHR Terminal 4 arrivals

Costa coffee  – I have seen the GF brownie and bakewell tart there – also worth checking for a GF chicken and basil wrap (not there when I have visited at the end of the day) (see blog post on wraps here)

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

LHR Terminal 3 before security

Pret A Manager –  many salads are GF

Leon – great healthy food with lots of GF options marked on the menu board (see blog post here)

The Three Bells  (Geronimo pub) –  GF marked on menu.  Located directly above Virgin check-in desks.

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

LHR Terminal 3 after security

Rhubarb British Restaurant and Bar – menu is marked with options that can be made GF on request

Pret A Manager –  many salads are GF

Strada –  risotto and salad (ask for allergen information – not all risotto’s are GF)

Yo sushi – sushi and GF soy sauce available (you can pre-order bento packs to take on board)

Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar – smoked salmon, prawns

EAT – worth checking for a salad or fruit (allergens listed on shelf label)

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

LHR Terminal 3 arrivals

M&S Simply Food – often good for a salad & worth checking if they are stocking any of the ‘made without wheat’ range, including sandwiches

 

LHR Terminal 2 before security

Costa coffee  – worth checking for a GF chicken and basil wrap, or GF cake (brownie or bakewell tart)  (see blog post on wraps here)

LHR Terminal 2 after security

Leon – great healthy food with lots of GF options marked on the menu board (see blog post here)

WonderTree – healthy food.  GF menu available

Yo sushi – sushi and GF soy sauce available (you can pre-order bento packs to take on board)

EAT – worth checking for a salad or fruit (allergens listed on shelf label)

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar – smoked salmon, prawns

LHR Terminal 2 arrivals

M&S Simply Food – often good for a salad & worth checking if they are stocking any of the ‘made without wheat’ range, including sandwiches

Caffe Nero – worth checking for a GF chicken roll or cake (see blog post on wraps here)

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

LHR Terminal 1

Terminal 1 closed at the end of June 2015.

 

 

London Gatwick

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For more information for both Gatwick terminals click here.

Websites for restaurants are listed at the bottom of the post and if I have reviewed the cafe, you will also find a link to the relevant post there.  

 

Gatwick Airport (LGW), Airport Rail, Main Concourse, South Terminal, Gatwick RH6 0RD

LGW South terminal before security

West Cornwall Pasty Co. – look for their gluten free pastie option (served in packaging) at the South Terminal train station.

Giraffe –  variety of meals (eg nachos, steak).  Ask for the allergy menu to see what you can have, but to see the general menu click here.

Caffe Nero  – worth checking for a GF sandwich or cake

The Beehive (Wetherspoons pub) – ask for allergy information (eg baked potato, salmon salad).

M&S Simply Food – stocking ‘made without wheat’ sandwiches & wraps, also often good for a salad

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

LGW South terminal after security

WonderTree – healthy food.  GF menu available

Frankie & Benny’s – have GF menu (eg potato skins, lamb shank, banana split sundae). Coeliac UK accredited.

Nando’s – Portuguese chicken – most marinades and chips are GF – ask for allergy booklet

Pret A Manager –  many salads are GF

Wagamama’s – asian  – ask for GF menu

Boots – often good for a salad  or free from sandwich

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

McDonalds – fries or burger without bun (check with staff)

The Flying Horse (Wetherspoons pub) – ask for allergy information (eg baked potato, salmon salad).

Caviar House – smoked salmon and other seafood, scrambled eggs

Cafe Rouge – you can download allergen information from their website – go to location, then menus and you will find the allergen details  (Caution – french fries fried in same fryers as wheat products; side salad and tomato & onion salad contain gluten).

LGW South terminal arrivals

Boots – often good for a salad  or free from sandwich

LGW North terminal before security

Departures ground level:

Jamie’s Italian – reduced airport menu – some GF items (ask staff & see disclaimer on website).  Selling bags of ‘Proper Corn’ popcorn.

M&S Simply Food – often good for a salad & worth checking if they are stocking any of the ‘made without wheat’ range, including sandwiches.

LGW North terminal after security

Yo sushi – sushi and GF soy sauce available

Pret A Manager –  many salads are GF

Starbucks – stocking GF wrap “Veggie Good Houmous” (see blog post on wraps here)

Boots – often good for a salad or free from sandwich

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

Comptoir Libanais – Lebanese Canteen – there are a few options (eg halloumi, salad, falafal) – GF marked on menu

Wagamama’s – asian  – ask for GF menu

Caviar House – smoked salmon and other seafood, scrambled eggs

Jamie’s Italian – reduced airport menu – some GF items, including pasta (ask staff & see disclaimer on website)

Jamie's menu Gatwick_opt

Cafe Rouge – you can download allergen information from their website – go to location, then menus and you will find the allergen details  (Caution – french fries fried in same fryers as wheat products; side salad and tomato & onion salad contain gluten).

LGW North terminal arrivals

Boots – often good for a salad  or free from sandwich

WH Smith – may have Urban Eats gluten free rolls/sandwich

 

Website links and blog post links:

www.gatwickairport.com/

www.burgerking.co.uk

www.caffenero.com  (see blog post on wraps here)

www.caferouge.co.uk

www.carluccios.com

www.costa.co.uk    (see blog post on wraps here)

www.eat.co.uk

www.frankieandbennys.com

www.giraffe.net  (see blog post here)

www.geronimo-inns.co.uk/

www.gordonramsay.com/planefood/

itsu.com/

www.jamieoliver.com/italian/

www.leonrestaurants.co.uk/     (see blog post here)

www.marksandspencer.com        (see blog post here)

www.nandos.co.uk

www.mcdonalds.co.uk

www.pret.com/

www.rhubarb.net/

www.starbucks.co.uk/    (see blog post on wraps here)

www.yosushi.com

www.wagamama.com/

www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/

westcornwallpasty.co.uk

www.wondertree.net/

 

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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .

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  1. Sarah says:

    This is amazing!! Currently taking up your advice in T4 🙂 do you mind if I share this on my blog?

  2. Erin Smith says:

    What a great list! Thank you for putting this together for all of us gluten-free globetrotters!

  3. jayne says:

    thank you for compiling such a comprehensive list. it is great

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