London is one of those cities you just have to see. It’s huge and it’s amazing. There’s always something going on. Lucky for gluten free travellers hoping to explore the UK’s capital city, London has a bunch of gluten free options for celiac visitors. As London is only nine hours by car or bus from Glasgow and even less by train, I’ve done the trip a bunch of times and I’ve always had a great time. I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t, there is so much to see and do in London. John and I will probably live there at some point in our future and at that point I’ll have even more gluten free suggestions for you!
When I was back in the UK in the Spring of 2011 I went to visit one of my best friends who lives just outside of London. This was my first time in London as a celiac. These are the gluten free eateries I came across in my research for this trip.
Hummus BrosÂ have three locations in London. You can search their online menu by allergen to see what safe options are available for you. They do a variety of gluten free options including hummus, guacamole, meat and veggies dishes which they serve with rice cakes, gluten free bread, carrot sticks or corn tortilla chips instead of pitta bread. They also have a bunch of side dishes are desserts which are gluten free.
Manna CuisineÂ (4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, London)Â is a gourmet vegetarian restaurants which caters for celiacs. They serve a variety of gluten free options clearly marked with ‘gf’ on their menu. Many of their starters, mains, sides and desserts are gluten free Â and I really want to try their coconut cheesecake! Yum.
Cotto Restaurant on 89 Westminster Bridge Road,Â Waterloo has an amazing and extensive ‘gluten free celiac menu’. Yes, a whole entire menu for celiacs! Gluten free options include a huge variety of antipasti, pizza, pasta and risotto as well as fish and meat dishes. Cotto is at the top of my must visit list for when I’m next in London!
LeonÂ isÂ a chain with gluten free options which can be found at many locations throughout the UK. There are ten locations in the city of London. Gluten free dishes are marked on the menu with ‘GF’. A large variety of their really delicious sounding dishes are gluten free, including mains such as Chilli Chicken, Chilli Con Carne and Sweet Potato Falafel. Gluten free desserts include a Chocolate Brownie, Pecan Pie and Lemon and Ginger Crunch.
The Gate (51 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London) is another vegetarian restaurant in the city which also offers gluten free options. Dishes which are gluten free are marked with a ‘g’ and those which can be made gluten free are marked with ‘g o’ Gluten free mains include Green Thai Curry and Wild Mushroom Rotolo
OttoÂ in theÂ Notting Hill area of London (6 Chepstow Road) does gluten free pizza. All of the pizza’s on their standard menu and also many of their specials can be made on a crust which is wheat and gluten free. They say that while they take every precaution they can, they cannot guarantee cross contamination. This is normal in pizza restaurants but when eating here I would take the usual precautions (as we should everywhere that isn’t 100% gluten free) to ensure they are doing enough to keep gluten free eaters safe.
Bake a Boo isÂ a bakeshop and tearoomÂ in West Hampstead (86 Mill Lane)Â which offers a whole bunch of gluten and dairy free cupcakes. Some of them sound absolutely delectable for example Banana and Peanut Butter (I LOVE peanut butter cupcakes..or peanut butter anything for that matter!), Plum and Blackberry and Blueberry and Passionfruit!
A gluten free restaurant addition from my cousin (Thanks, Kim!) is VitaoÂ (Wardour St) in London. It’s a buffet style restaurant with tonnes of gluten free (as well as vegan and raw) options and she tells me that the food is some of the best she’s ever had!
Another recommendation from another of my cousins (Thanks, Joanne!) is Organica Pizza. Apparently they do really tasty gluten free pizza.
I would recommend that any celiac visiting the UK should check out Coeliac UK for up to date information. Their Food and Drink Directory is a great resource if you are gluten free and looking for help on buying safe gluten free products in supermarkets. All of the main supermarket chains in the UK (such as Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons) carry gluten free product ranges which can be found in the ‘Free From’ section of the store. For safe products not in these sections, check out the Coeliac UK Food and Drink Directory for safe product lists and read labels carefully. This directory contains a huge amount of safe products for coeliacs so you shouldn’t have too many problems finding safe meals and ingredients to prepare meals with. Products labelled as gluten free in the UK must contain less than 20ppm. For more info on gluten free labelling have a read at my post on Gluten Free Labelling Around The World.
Our family just spent a week in London in August! You can read about all the tasty gluten-free food we found in my new Gluten-Free London Travel post. Happy eating!
If you’re looking for gluten free chocolates or ice cream in London (or anywhere in the UK) Thorntons has a great coeliac friendly selection!
Are you living gluten free in London or have you travelled gluten free to London and found some fantastic celiac friendly options? Add your favourites to the comments below…