Gluten Free London: A guide to a gluten and dairy free London

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A guide to gluten free London. Everything you need to know about gluten free and dairy free in London.

As you know, I love to share information on the best places to eat if your gluten and dairy free. I’ve already blogged Part 1 of my Gluten and Dairy Free Birmingham guide (with part 2 on the way!) so decided to turn my attention to a gluten free London  (and a dairy free London too!) It is here that the gluten free restaurant scene is really thriving and businesses are starting to listen to what those with allergies, intolerances and coeliacs disease patients really want.  Because, although the gluten-free scene has exploded; knowledge and awareness has not. In fact, a recent survey by FATC showed that when using a gluten-free menu, 59% of customers still felt restaurants had poor awareness of cross-contamination. In other words, many restaurants are quick to offer a gluten free menu but less to quick to offer reassurance and the confidence we need to eat out (I know not all chains are like this  by the way, for example, I recently did a review of Pho, a Vietnamese chain, whose knowledge of allergens was excellent and had received Coeliac UK accreditation).

In this gluten free London guide, however, I’ve decided to feature gluten free restaurants in London that are exclusively ‘free from’. Restaurants that are really committed to providing a safe environment for their free-from customers and providing delicious, healthy food too!

 

Leggero

Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Sq.
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Tucked away behind the bustling streets of Piccadilly Circus is Leggero: London’s only completely gluten-free Italian restaurant. Originally beginning as a Polenta themed restaurant, owners realised the potential this Italian superfood had for the free-from market. They are fully Coeliac UK certified and don’t allow any gluten into their kitchen; offering plenty of dairy free options to boot. All foods are based around polenta (which inspired my recent polenta recipe) or gluten free ravioli made from a mixture of gluten free flours. Yet, the restaurant insists it is not only for free-frommers as it’s emphasis on natural, wholesome Italian cooking means it’s suitable for everyone. We tried the beef ravioli, which my gluten loving husband said it was the best he had ever tasted! For desert, the gluten free vegan crepes are amazing- sweetened with natural agave and Macadamia nuts, rather than sugar.

 

A guide to gluten free London. Everything you need to know about gluten free and dairy free in London. Leggero London is completely gluten free.

This crepe is the ultimate ‘free from’ desert: It’s completely gluten free, vegan and uses no refined sugars.

Niche

Nearest Tube: Angel

Located minutes from Angel tube, Niche is a completely gluten free London restaurant (with lots of dairy options) offering traditional British food made from scratch-without the allergens. Think smoked salmon and gluten-free bread; plenty of burger choices and everything from cheesecake to Tiramisu. In other words- the foods you  desperately want to eat but couldn’t find since ditching the gluten.The atmosphere is bustling and the decor is modern with contemporary art. What’s more, the waiters are extremely knowledgeable about all things free-from. If you are looking for a trendy hotspot with plenty of safe foods, then this is the best choice for you.  What’s more, keep your eyes peeled: Niche’s owners have big plans to expand the restaurant to more sites across London and offer free-from ready meals .

Niche is a gluten free restaurant in London. This gluten and dairy free restaurant is perfect for free frommers!

 

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It doesn’t get much better than gluten free homecooked chips and onion rings. Images courtesy of Matthew Burlem.

Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery (with gluten free and dairy free menus)

Nearest tube: Highgate and Islington

Romeo’s Sugar Free bakery started out as a traditional local bakery; until the owner noticed a growing need for healthy deserts- free from sugar, gluten and other allergens. The bakery has quickly become a hotspot for the health-conscious folk on the hunt for a desert fix; queues were out the door on our visit. If you are craving Pancakes or even a free from full English, there’s no  better place to spend a Sunday afternoon than curled up with a good book and one of Romeo’s inventive creations. Interestingly, Romeo is always on the hunt for ways to develop the free-from market and is currently working on a low carb bread to replace the many high-carb gluten free brands on the high street.

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We need to talk about this Crepe menu- simply delicious!

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You can even get a free-from full English!

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Have you ever seen so many cakes- all are sugar free, with the majority gluten and dairy free!

While I can personally verify how amazing all of the above are, there are a few more restaurants on my visit list the next time I’m in London.

  • Cookies and Scream (Nearest tube: Camden Town) An all gluten free, vegan  bakery in the heart of Camden.
  • Yorica (Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road) ) which offers free-from fro-yo, shakes and ice creams.

 

I’d love to hear whether you’ve tried any of these places and how important it is to you that a restaurant is completely ‘free from?’ It is so great to see that the many restaurants are learning how to do things right- hopefully the more we talk about this, the better range of restaurants we’ll have to eat out safely at.

Enjoyed reading? Checkout all my other gluten free posts here. 

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25 Comments

  1. April 8, 2016 / 11:02 am

    I hardly eat out and when I do, I don’t look out for all these. Just doesn’t cross my mind. Thanks for sharing this post. It informed me x

  2. April 8, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    This looks wonderful – especially those poached eggs. I have a real thing for a good poached egg! H x

  3. April 8, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Wow what some delicious sounding places to stop for a bite, I could definitely see myself trying them all out 🙂 x

  4. April 8, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    I love the look of the food from Niche, they seem to have a nice range.

  5. April 8, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I’m not gluten or dairy free so sometimes it amazes me how amazing things that are look. I definitely need to check some of these place out when I’m next in london! It’s nice to have some kind of idea where to go!

  6. April 8, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    This is perfect for my mum, thanks for this guide – now I know where I can take her!

  7. April 8, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Oh some great options, love the dairy free options as I always try to eat a vegan diet where possible. x

  8. April 9, 2016 / 6:51 am

    How wonderful to have such a wide variety of restaurants available to visit! Sounds good! 🙂

  9. April 9, 2016 / 8:45 am

    This does look amazing! I have friends who are allergic to gluten and dairy so they would love going to Cookies and Scream.

  10. April 9, 2016 / 10:43 am

    Oh my gosh all of these photos look so good, can’t believe they’re all dairy or gluten free! You’ve made me hungry! 🙂

  11. April 9, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    Though I am not Gluten free, friends of mine are and I was so impressed that so many eateries now do take this into account x

  12. April 9, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    Wow! These all look so very food! Hard to believe they are all gluten free! Thank you!!

  13. April 10, 2016 / 11:02 am

    This is a very handy guide, thank you so much!

  14. Elle
    April 10, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    My husband and I ate at Cookies and Scream today. Really nice goodies! Very rich and filling. The shakes are really good and one would not know there is no dairy in them. The cookies are lovely and we brought home some brownie treats to try out. They’re worth going to if you like a really sweet snack.

    Honest Burgers is directly across from Cookies and Scream and offer gluten free buns and options. We didn’t eat there but it’s on our list of places to try next time we’re in Camden.

    • Healthyglobetrotting
      April 11, 2016 / 6:09 pm

      good to know- I haven’t heard of honest burger so I’ll definitely check them out! I really want to try cookies and scream!

  15. April 10, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    This place looks SO delicious! The food looks divine

  16. April 10, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    I love your blog name! That picture of the crepe is mouth wateringly delicious!

  17. April 11, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    I’ve got two vegan friends coming to visit me in London soon so the dairy free aspect will appeal to them 🙂

    • Healthyglobetrotting
      April 11, 2016 / 6:08 pm

      fab!

  18. April 11, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I always worry about the understanding of cross-contamination. I’m also finding more & more that ‘safe’ dishes for me are coming with odd extras that aren’t mentioned on the menu so I’m having to send food back. I’m organising my sister’s hen & have been given the task of sorting the restaurant. I have a lot of allergies & my sister is allergic to wheat, so I’ll be checking these places out first so we can relax & enjoy the experience rather than worry about whether the restaurant really understand our needs. Xx

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    • Healthyglobetrotting
      April 11, 2016 / 6:08 pm

      Yes I worry about cross-contamination too! Yes do give these restaurants a try- they’re great at understanding different needs!

  19. April 11, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    I don’t eat make a point of eating gluten-free food, but all of these dishes look delicious!

  20. April 12, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    I am trying to avoid wheat and dairy, so next time I am in London I will try out one of the free from restaurants.

    • Healthyglobetrotting
      April 12, 2016 / 8:47 pm

      Ah great; hope it helps!

  21. December 22, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    I’ve been to Niche and loved it! it was also packed so I think they must be hitting the spot!

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