Lucky Londoners have a number of fully gluten free eateries to choose from. Here I have compiled details of my top fully gluten free London picks, nearly all of which I tried personally during my 12 years in London.
I am coeliac and rate all these places as very safe choices when dining out in London. As always, please do double check when you visit just in case for some mad reason they have decided to add gluten to the menu!
I have added in a few places where the food menu is 100% gluten free, but that do serve gluten-containing oat milk in their drinks. These are clearly marked with an asterix on the list below.
While this guide focuses on fully gluten free eateries only, you can also find loads of mixed facility restaurant recommendations in my Central London Gluten Free Guide and my East London Gluten Free Guide.
I’ve also got guides for Brunch, Bottomless Brunch and Afternoon Tea in London. Plus loads more covering the food markets across the city. Hit the top right search box and hopefully you will find what you are looking for.
Dedicated Gluten Free London Bakeries & Ice Cream Parlours
WHAT: A fantastic choice for people who are gluten free and dairy free, Cookies & Scream is a fully gluten free vegan bakery. They produce some wonderful sweet treats, including doughnuts (although make sure you get there in the morning as they sell out fast). Everything I had tried from Cookies & Scream has been excellent and you would never know the products are vegan.
WHERE: They have one store near Holloway Road station in North London – sadly their original Camden bakeshop location has now closed.
Cupcakes & Shhht
WHAT: For the prettiest gluten free cupcakes in town, you need to visit Cupcakes & Shhht. Oh and everything is vegan too, making it another ideal spot for dairy free peeps.
WHERE: They have a small cafe and bakery in the Artworks near Elephant & Castle station. They also do occasional pop ups and food markets, so check out their Instagram for details.
WHAT: My favourite Italian gelato chain has FINALLY arrived in London – woohoo! Grom is 100% gluten free, from their chocolate-dipped cones to their biscuity toppings. Their gelato and sorbets are obviously all gluten free as well and every flavour is utterly delicious.
They also offer warmed gluten free brioche, filled with the ice cream flavour of your choice and it is SERIOUSLY good.
WHERE: Located in central London, near Piccadilly station.
*update – I checked the allergen list on their website and it now lists a possible “trace” of gluten and dairy across all products. Perhaps speak to them to assess risk level before ordering*
WHAT: A fully gluten free (however note above warning) and vegan cookie bakery in Shoreditch Box Park. I’m not vegan and even I thought their cookies were spectacular. Honestly you’d never know they were dairy and egg free (let alone gluten free). Cookies, cookie sandwiches and cookie-topped ice cream tubs.
WHERE: Shoreditch, take the overground to Shoreditch High Street or underground to Liverpool Street Station then walk.
WHAT: A low carb, organic, sugar and gluten free bakery.
WHERE: Notting Hill
WHAT: A fully gluten and sugar free bakery :D. I’ve not tried Libby’s yet but their gluten free croissants look prrretty spectacular.
WHERE: Notting Hill
WHAT: Tiny works of cake art that taste as good as they look. Pearl & Groove is a fully gluten free bakery that also offers some dairy free and refined sugar free cake options. They have some amazing flavours, such as dark chocolate and ginger, pistachio and vanilla, or espresso martini.
WHERE: Exmouth Market – Angel or Farringdon are the best tube stations.
WHAT: A gluten free bakery and cafe, which is a perfect place for lunch. They do various baked goods, both sweet and savoury.
WHAT: A fully gluten free and vegan bakery on Brick Lane, in East London. Their doughnut-topper cupcakes are my top recommendation. Utterly delicious! Plus they have a new pop up location near Kings Cross, currently running until April 2020.
*Note they have gluteny oat milk for their coffees, so best avoid any drinks that might require use of the milk frother if you are coeliac or very sensitive.
WHERE: Take the tube to Liverpool Street station and walk from there – it’s a great stroll through Spitalfields Market then up Brick Lane (lots of trendy bars, shops and cafes) to the bakery.
Kings Cross – you’ll find them in the small circular building directly in front of the station.
Fully Gluten Free London Restaurants
WHAT: A wonderful cafe/restaurant in Clerkenwell who serve a fully gluten free menu. The menu is also refined sugar free and cows milk free, but you would never know as the food taste so good! Owners Catherine and Danny developed the menu specifically to serve nutritiously good food that tastes amazing. With a heavy focus on quality ingredients and seasonal food, I highly recommend this gluten free London gem.
WHERE: Farringdon is the closest station.
WHAT: Fancy gluten free vegan food. A new restaurant (2021), which has a fully vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free menu. I’ve not tried it personally, but have seen other coeliac reviews speaking positively about this restaurant.
WHERE: Knightsbridge – Knightsbridge is the closest station.
WHAT: A fully gluten free restaurant in a the beautiful One Aldwych hotel – this is the place to go for a special meal or to treat yourselves to a lovely evening dinner, they even have a 5 course tasting menu. Indigo are brilliant as they went secretly gluten and dairy free for months before announcing it in the papers. Proof that gluten free food can taste just as good as regular food. Accredited by Coeliac UK.
WHERE: Central London – Holborn is the closest station.
WHAT: A fab place for gluten free brunch, with a “world brunch” menu featuring french toast, mexican breakfast and more. All gluten free too! They also have a main menu with a focus on Mexican food, with large and small plates to share.
WHAT: One of the original fully gluten free offerings in London. A great place to visit for serious gluten free gluttony – from pies and fried chicken to classic British puddings. Their restaurant is a good choice for lunch or dinner.
WHERE: Closest station is Angel.
WHAT: Latin American cuisine with a fully gluten free menu. I tried their menu recently and loved their food! They have a fully gluten free menu featuring empanadas, tacos, CHURROS, cassava fritters, ceviche and more. I really enjoyed visiting this neighbourhood gem in Southwark and would recommend.
WHAT: A teeny cafe/restaurant in Brixton Market, South London. Station 26 is 100% gluten free and their food is wonderful. I visited for brunch (see pic below) and had an absolute feast with my friend – we really rated all the dishes we tried. Next time I am visiting them for dinner and I hear their tex mex ribs are epic!
WHERE: A short walk from Brixton station.
100% Gluten Free London Cafes
WHAT: Naturally gluten free Venzuelan food, think arepas, fried plantain and corn balls. A newbie I’ve not tried this one personally but it looks amazing.
WHERE: Mercato Metropolitano (Elephant & Castle station), Old Spitalfields Market (Liverpool Street Station) and Greenwich.
WHAT: A fully gluten free cafe in West London. I am due to pop by for a visit soon, but haven’t tried this cafe personally yet.
WHERE: Ladbroke Grove – take the tube to the station of the same name.
WHAT: This fully gluten free cafe is slightly out of the way in South London, but it is certainly worth a visit if you can make it to Wimbledon. Their food is wonderful and the owners kindly gave me a tasting of many different items on their menu. You can even get gluten free pancakes if you visit them for weekend brunch – yummy!
As detailed above, Pearl & Groove also have a tasty gluten free brunch menu that you can sample at their Exmouth Market cafe. Or pop by for a gluten free bagel or toastie at lunch time. Yum!
WHAT: Offering a fully gluten free food menu, this new vegan cafe offers amazing gluten free foccacia bread, freshly baked cakes and other yummy dishes. PLEASE NOTE – their drinks are not all gluten free as they serve gluten-containing oat milk.
WHERE: Hackney – Bethnal Green is the closest underground station.
Smashing Kitchen* (currently closed due to family reasons, may reopen in 2022)
WHAT: A pretty, plant-filled cafe serving a fully gluten free, vegan food menu. They do use Oatly gluten-containing oat milk for their hot drinks, but if you steer clear of those you will be fine. Dishes here include sourdough gluten free pizza, vegan burgers and tasty salads.
WHERE: Hackney. Closest station of London Fields (overground).
Looking for more London recommendations? Then be sure to check out my extensive guides on other London eateries that can cater for coeliacs:
- Central London Gluten Free Guide
- London Food Markets Gluten Free Guide
- 100% Gluten Free London Street Food Stalls
- London Brunch Gluten Free Guide
- London Bottomless Brunch Gluten Free Guide
- East London Gluten Free Guide
- Gluten Free Fish & Chips in London
- Where to Get Gluten Free Pizza in London
Enjoy London! x