London is a dream for Coeliacs. No matter where you are staying, you are not far from an entirely gluten free restaurant. That might be a pleasant shock if you are from a a less gluten friendly country. The existence of 100% gluten free restaurants means that you are likely to find types of food that you thought you were never going to eat again or at least never going to find in the supermarket. Pies, onion rings, fried chicken, waffles, tortellini, schnitzel are just some of my favourite finds in London - check out below for some restaurant suggestions.
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Niche is a 100% gluten free restaurant serving all sorts of gluten free goodies. They regularly switch up their menu but always keep they famous NFC 'Niche Fried Chicken' - a must try if you ever go. This restaurant also has plenty of dairy free and vegetarian meals - and even offer a low FODMAP menu for those with IBS. Everytime we go, we always finish off with the brownie of the moment of which our all time favourite was the Hazelnut. We ordered two because it was so tasty! As it's a popular restaurant, booking is recommended.
Mon-Sat lunch 12pm-2:30pm, dinner 5pm-10pm. Sundays 12pm-5pm.
Indigo One Aldwych - Aldwych, Central London
Indigo is a classy restaurant in the One Aldwych hotel at the top of the Strand. This restaurant is completely gluten and dairy free but still has a sizeable menu. The also offer 2, 3 or 5 course set menus, and is located in the Westend - so a great option for a pre theatre meal. I have written a blog post about my most recent visit on my birthday - so please have a look here for my recommendations!
This Japanese/Peruvian fusion restaurant is an absolute gem. They are fully accredited by Coeliac UK with 100% of their menu being gluten free/gluten free adaptable. The food here is amazing, Japanese/Peruvian fusion might seem like an odd mix but you end up with miso-glazed salmon and quinoa, or crisp fried pork belly bites. Mommi also holds themed nights/days - like vegan Saturdays, 30% off Mondays, or bottomless brunches.
Open Mon-Fri 6pm-Late, Sat 12:30pm-2am, Sun 11am-11pm.
Fish shaped cones, yuzu, matcha, and red bean flavours is what you will find at this unique Taiyaki shop not too far from Trafalgar Square. Taiyaki is a traditional Japanese treat - kind of like filled waffles, but can be both sweet and savoury. The batter is made from rice flour, which makes it wonderfully light - and of course gluten free. My pick would be the matcha ice-cream with sprinkles. Some of the topping are not gluten free however, so be sure to ask your server.
Open Mon-Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 12pm-7pm.
Leggero - Soho, Central London
Leggero is an Italian-run, 100% gluten free restaurant in the heart of Soho. They serve a variety of handmade pastas, tagliatelle, ravioli, pappadelle, and even cannelloni. It's refreshing to be able to choose different types of pastas!
The presentation is beautiful, and the flavours are to match.
Booking is recommended for any night of the week - this place is always busy!
Open Mon-Sat 12pm-9:30pm. Sun 12pm-9pm.
Station 26 - Brixton, South London
Station 26 is a cosy restaurant in the heart of Brixton Village. It only seats about 10 inside so it's a great idea to book if you are able (they take bookings for the evenings only). The food is home cooked goodness, big plates and very affordable. I recently had the chicken schnitzel and it was amazing. They also offer daily desserts, like tarts and brownies
Open Wed 11:30am-5pm, Thurs-Sat 11:30-10pm. Sun 11am-5pm.
You'll find several flavours of perfectly made gluten free/vegan cupcakes at Vida Bakery. I have been there so many times for a takeaway cupcake - my favourite flavour is earl grey, but no-tella (a vegan Nutella) is a close second. But you also can't forget their red velvet, or vanilla with a mini doughnut on top... look, any cupcake they do if a great cupcake. They also do beautiful cakes and brownies as well!
Open Mon 1:30pm-7pm. Tues-Fri 11am-7pm. Sat/Sun 10am-6pm.
Other places I'm yet to try....
Paladar - A Latin American Tapas restaurant in Southwark, Central London
Open Mon-Sat for lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays.
Naturally Chinese - A Chinese restaurant in Surbiton with a large gluten free menu.
Open Wed-Monday. Closed Tuesdays.
Yorica - Allergen free ice-cream bar in Soho.
Mon-Thu 1pm-9pm. Fri/Sat 1pm-12am. Sun 12pm-9pm.
Apres Food Co. - A cafe in Clerkenwell Central London serving healthy cafe style food
Open Mon-Sat. Closed Sundays.
Cookies & Scream A vegan/gluten free bakery in Islington, North London.
Open Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-8pm.