100% Gluten Free in London 2022 – The Sightseeing Coeliac

I can remember so clearly the first time I ate out at a 100% gluten free restaurant after my diagnosis. It was in Australia at the Gluten Free For Me cafe on the way to Australia Zoo. I can remember the feeling of being able to eat anything I wanted, the pure joy, relief, excitement. The not having to ask loads of questions just to find something safe and realising how much eating out had become a game of Russian roulette since being diagnosed as Coeliac. After a lot of deliberating over the menu, eating waffles for breakfast set me up for one of my best days in my two month trip to Australia and New Zealand and apart from Australia Zoo being totally amazing I’m sure my food experience played a huge part in my memories.

For many, 100% gluten free options may be the only places you’ll consider eating out at to protect yourself from any potential risk for cross contamination, that you definitely don’t want whilst on holiday. If that’s you then a trip to London is easily doable with so many 100% gluten free eateries. Every Coeliac I think gets excited at being able to pick anything to eat off a menu and just feel normal, in which case there’s plenty for you to try on a trip to the Capital!

Bakeries and treats

Beyond Bread

Artisan Gluten Free Bakery

Cookies and Scream

  • Location: Holloway Road (Highbury and Islington)

One of my favourite places in London – their food is super indulgent and unbelievably gluten free and vegan. If heaven was a place on Earth it would come in the form of a Cookies and Scream bakery. Go, indulge and don’t regret it.

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Yorica

Manna Dew

Location: Battersea High Street

Located in Battersea is Manna Dew, a 100% gluten free patisserie. Serving up sandwiches using their foccacia, a breakfast menu with treats such as eggs benedict, cakes and an afternoon tea if booked in advance this is a place to seek out in London if you’re Coeliac to truly indulge. Their croissants that are available for delivery across the UK are some of the best I’ve tried and I order them annually for Christmas.

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Pearl and Groove

Floris Foods

Location: Broadway Market, Hackney (Bethnal Green)

An effort to get to Broadway Market on a Saturday (9am-5pm) rewards you with the 100% gluten free bakery stall with to die for gluten free donuts. Yes the panic will set in as you question whether they really are gluten free but just relax and enjoy the delights that they are.

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Borough 22

Location: Selfridges, Oxford Street (Bond Street)

More doughnuts can be found in Selfridges and at various cafes around London. Delicious ring donuts that are gluten free, dairy free, vegan and soy free so a great option for those with multiple allergies wanting to indulge in a sweet treat. I love these, although the texture is more cakey than that of normal donuts so be prepared for that! (Also check that the cafe is storing them safely, Borough 22 donuts are 100% gluten free but when I went to buy one from Timberyard they’d cross contaminated them by storing them with normal cakes).

As of 2022, Borough 22 have also perfected the fried doughnut which go onsale online every Friday at 6pm, but be quick as they reportedly sell out in minutes!

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Freefrom Bakehouse

Location: Borough Market (London Bridge)

The Freefrom Bakehouse is the must visit stall at Borough Market for those on a free from diet. All gluten free, with lots of dairy free and vegan options you’ll be there a while deciding which delight to go for. For me it has to be the Battenberg, the only place I’ve seen it sold in London.

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Street Food

Khanom Krok

  • Location: Borough Market (London Bridge)

If you’re missing some authentic Thai food visit Khanom Krok for some unbelievable pad Thai made using gluten free Tamari. There are also coconut pancakes if you fancy a warm, sweet, gooey, coconutty ( and vegan) dessert.

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Horn Ok Please

  • Location: Borough Market (London Bridge)
  • No longer 100% gluten free and I chose not to eat there on my last visit.

Arepazo Bros

  • Location: Camden Market (Camden)

Arepas are amazing for those who are Coeliac as they are naturally gluten free. Arepa at Camden is one of my favourite lunch options and can be made dairy free or vegan. Head to Camden if you have never tried one as before this I didn’t know what I’d been missing!

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Oli Baba’s

  • Location: Camden Market (Camden)

There are no words to describe this stall! Everyone loves halloumi but these halloumi fries are out of this world delicious. You must come to Camden for these!

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Maize Blaze

  • Location: Camden Market (Camden)

Also at Camden the 100% gluten free stall of Maize Blaze can be found serving up boxes of incredible Colombian food. Street food in London is easy to find gluten free when you know where to go and in the end you’ll struggle to know what to pick!

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Louisiana Chilli Shack

Restaurants

The Farm stand

Hemsley and Hemsley

Vantra

  • Location: Oxford Street (Tottenham Court Road)

Vantra is a hidden gem of a restaurant near Tottenham Court Road for those following a gluten free, vegan and/or refined sugar free diet. Serving up vegan meals I’ve never actually eaten lunch there but the red berry cheesecake was amazing!

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Niche

Location: Islington (Angel)

One of the favourites amongst gluten free-ers you’re bound to be astounded by the menu that includes fried food, burgers, pies and everything out of bounds on a normal restaurant menu. Order the fried chicken, it’s my absolute favourite! Oh and the peanut butter blondie dessert is exceptionally heavenly.

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Mommi

  • Mommi is no longer 100% gluten free

Apres Food Co

  • Location: Clerkenwell (Farringdon)

Apres Food Co is 100% gluten and refined sugar free and their menu is a dream. I went for breakfast and had the American pancakes topped with bacon and coconut blossom and it was perfection. Highly recommend for breakfast on a trip to London with a slice of cake or two. I can’t wait to return for more!

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Leggero

There are so many exceptional places to eat in London gluten free and enough 100% gluten free places to choose from if you’re nervous eating out. Specialist gluten free eateries are opening all the time, next on my must visit list is Station 26 as the photos I’ve seen on Instagram make the food look incredible, I just need to find a reason to go to Brixton to check it out! Where else would you recommend in London that’s 100% glutenfree? Leave me a comment so that I can give it a try!

This list shows that you don’t need to be worried about eating out safely and that you don’t need to take food with you on a trip to London. Just book the trip and and go and have fun!

*Italics show the closest underground station that I’m aware of to the restaurant. 

6 thoughts on “100% Gluten Free in London 2022 – The Sightseeing Coeliac

  1. Isn’t La Polenteria gluten free? They were fantastic when we last visited. They are in Soho I think. We found them by accident, glad we did.

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