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London train stations – gluten free options

By on October 31, 2013 in Transport Hubs with 3 Comments

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We have all experienced the sinking feeling of needing some food before a long train journey and knowing that train stations (like airports) are notoriously difficult for finding gluten free food.

These London British Rail stations all have options – even some sit down restaurant meals if you have time to spare.   All of these train stations are connected to underground (tube) stations if you want to pop out for some food on route somewhere.  Website links and reviews for restaurants are at the bottom of the post.

If you are also travelling through Heathrow or Gatwick airports, please see the London airports post.

This post was last updated in November 2016.

St Pancras

St Pancras is a lovely old station – if you have spare time, have a wonder around and look at it from the outside if you have arrived via the underground.  St Pancras is where the Eurostar leaves from.  Don’t forget you can order a gluten free meal on Eurostar if you are in first class (but they need several days notice).  King’s Cross and St Pancras are next door to each other, so if you have time you can also visit King’s Cross (for Leon!)

Carluccio’s – GF pasta and other dishes – eat in

Costa coffee – GF wrap (chicken salad – also dairy free)

Starbucks – worth checking for a GF sandwich or cake

Caffe Nero – not physically checked – worth checking for a GF sandwich or choc brownie

Yo sushi – sushi and GF soy sauce available

M&S Simply Food – good for a salad and some fruit; also worth looking for a GF premade roll

Le Pain Quotidien – although this is really a bakery, I have had success with a salad at a different branch

For opening hours & to keep up to date with any changes, see: stpancras.com/eat-and-drink/

 

King’s Cross
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King’s Cross and St Pancras are next door to each other, so if you have time you can visit St Pancras for more options (eg Carluccio’s).  If you are a tourist/Harry Potter fan, don’t forget to find platform 9 3/4! King's Cross Platform_opt

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Leon – great healthy food with lots of GF options marked on the menu board. Plenty of seating. (Western Concourse)

Giraffe Stop – prepacked feta salad, or freshly made ‘bowls’ (green chicken curry or 3 bean chilli) marked as GF (upstairs)

Prezzo – GF pizza and risotto – ask for allergen information.  Plenty of seating.

Benito’s Hat – Mexican – have heard rumours tacos are GF, but you could also ‘go naked’ with a salad – check with staff (can’t find anything on website)

Starbucks – worth checking for a GF sandwich or cake

Costa coffee – GF wrap (chicken salad – also dairy free)

Caffe Nero – double chocolate brownie

Yo sushi – sushi and GF soy sauce available

Wasabi – sushi.  Nutritional information on website – no GF soy sauce mentioned.

For opening hours & to keep up to date with any changes, see: www.networkrail.co.uk/london-kings-cross-station/shops/

 

Waterloo

Waterloo is quite a big station that has shops on the ground floor platform area, upstairs and there is also a McDonald’s downstairs where the Jubilee line exits.  If you are using Waterloo East, get your food at Waterloo first.

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Yo sushi – sushi and GF soy sauce available (balcony level, west end)

Carluccio’s – GF pasta and other dishes – eat in (balcony level, east end)

West Cornwall Pasty Co. – look for their gluten free pasty option (served in a sealed bag)

Caffe Ritazza – have seen GF lemon mini bites at Euston branch (concourse level, at station approach)

Burger King – fries or burger without bun (check with staff)  (concourse level, close to station approach exit)

Costa coffee – opposite platform 11 – GF wrap (chicken salad – also dairy free)

Caffe Nero – not physically checked – worth checking for a GF sandwich or cake (concourse level, by South Bank exit)

Starbucks – not physically checked – worth checking for a GF sandwich or cake (lower entrance level, close to Waterloo Road exit)

M&S Simply Food – good for a salad and some fruit; also worth looking for a GF premade roll (concourse level, close to Victory Arch exit)

McDonalds – fries or burger without bun (check with staff)  (lower entrance level, close to Waterloo Road exit)

Mi Casa – Mexican so usually some options – salad at least!

For opening hours & to keep up to date with any changes, see: www.networkrail.co.uk/london-waterloo-station/shops/

 

London Euston

M&S Simply Food – good for a salad and some fruit; also worth looking for a GF premade roll

Costa coffee – near platform 11 – GF wrap (chicken salad – also dairy free)

Camden Food Co. –  Nakd bars & fruit

Burger King – fries or burger without bun (check with staff)

Abokado – sushi, curry, wraps, salads (outside in the Piazza)

Nando‘s- chicken & chips, salads (outside in the Piazza)

Nam-po – sushi, curry & rice – ask staff to see if something is suitable (nothing on website about gluten free but I have a vague feeling someone has mentioned them on a coeliac forum!)

For opening hours & to keep up to date with any changes, see: www.networkrail.co.uk/london-euston-station/shops/

 

Paddington

If you are a tourist – don’t forget to find Paddington Bear (near Bar Burrito)!

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Yo sushi – sushi and GF soy sauce available

M&S Simply Food – good for a salad and some fruit; also worth looking for a GF premade roll

Bar Burrito – corn tacos and nachos.  No GF menu, check with staff.

Caffe Ritazza – had GF lemon mini bites when checked (Aug 2013)

Zizzi’s – GF pasta and other meals – good if you’ve got a lot of time to kill!

Burger King – fries or burger without bun (check with staff)

Costa coffee – GF wrap (chicken salad – also dairy free)

EAT. – salad (upstairs)

Starbucks – worth checking for a GF sandwich or cake (upstairs)

Caffe Nero – tiny one so no GF sandwiches when checked (Aug 2013) – worth checking for a GF cake though!

For opening hours & to keep up to date with any changes, see: www.networkrail.co.uk/london-paddington-station/shops/

 

Victoria

Victoria is a big station and also has an upstairs food court as well as the ground floor platform area.

Yo sushi – sushi and GF soy sauce available

Starbucks – worth checking for a GF sandwich or cake

Caffe Nero – not physically checked – worth checking for a GF sandwich or cake

Camden Food Co. –  Nakd bars & fruit

Pret A Manager –  Salads

M&S Simply Food – good for a salad and some fruit; also worth looking for a GF premade roll

Burger King – fries or burger without bun (check with staff)

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

Wetherspoons pub – pub food – GF marked on menu.  Jacket potato is a good option. (Unit 5, 1st Floor above WHSmith)

Mi Casa – Mexican so usually some options – salad at least! (next to Paperchase)

For opening hours & to keep up to date with any changes, see: www.networkrail.co.uk/london-victoria-station/shops/

 

Liverpool Street

The first Mission Impossible movie was filmed at Liverpool Street station  – so your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find gluten free food!

Costa coffee – GF wrap (chicken salad – also dairy free)

Camden Food Co. –  Nakd bars & fruit

Pret A Manager –  Salads

Burger King – fries or burger without bun (check with staff)

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

Wetherspoons pub – Hamilton Hall – pub food – GF marked on menu.  Jacket potato is a good option.

Starbucks – worth checking for a GF sandwich or cake

Thorntons – GF chocolates

M&S Simply Food – good for a salad and some fruit; also worth looking for a GF premade roll (lower ground floor)

International Cheese – if you have your own biscuits you could have cheese & biscuits on the train 🙂

Moshi Moshi – sushi but not sure if gluten free options – worth asking (no mention on menu)  Weekdays only.

Wasabi – sushi.  Nutritional information on website – no GF soy sauce mentioned.

For opening hours & to keep up to date with any changes, see: www.networkrail.co.uk/london-liverpool-street-station/shops/

 

Charing Cross

Charing Cross is a very small mainline station, but you can still find some snacks there.

M&S Simply Food – good for a salad and some fruit.  This store had Free From chocolate muffins.

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Whistle Stop – crisps, mini cheeses (fridge)

Burger King – fries or burger without bun (check with staff)

Boots – in fridge section – carrot sticks, olives and ‘Made without wheat’ Salted Caramel.

Upper Crust – has popcorn

Funky pigeon (card shop) – has Thorntons chocolate gift boxes

Crussh – just outside station – smoothies, soups, stews

Costa coffee – GF wrap (chicken salad – also dairy free)

Caffe Nero – this is a tiny one and could not see even a choc brownie

For opening hours & to keep up to date with any changes, see www.networkrail.co.uk/london-charing-cross-station/shops/

 

Website links:

www.barburrito.co.uk/

benitos-hat.com/

www.burgerking.co.uk

www.cafferitazza.com/

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

www.carluccios.com

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

www.giraffe.net  (see blog post here)

www.internationalcheese.co.uk/

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

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www.marksandspencer.com   (see blog post here)

www.mcdonalds.co.uk

www.micasaburritos.com/our-food/

www.moshimoshi.co.uk/index.htm

www.nam-po.com/

www.pret.com/

www.prezzorestaurants.co.uk/

www.ritazza.sspweblive.com

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

www.thorntons.co.uk/

wasabi.uk.com/

www.yosushi.com

www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/

westcornwallpasty.co.uk

www.zizzi.co.uk   (see blog post here)

If you are going to York, also see the post on York train station.

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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. Annaliese Budimir says:

    Dear Caroline, having been GF for 12 years I can say that unfortunately both Burger King and McDonalds both use flour in their burgers. Burger King also uses coating on their fries to make them crispy so they are also not gf.

    • The Coeliac Plate says:

      Thanks, will have another look at their allergy list!

    • The Coeliac Plate says:

      Hi again
      I’ve checked the UK allergen listings and both clearly say their meat patties are 100% beef. BK also doesn’t list any allergens for their fries, although I can’t find if they are fried with gluten containing ingredients. McDonalds also have no allergens for their fries but state they may be fried with gluten containing products. Always best to check in store!

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