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 have tried personally as I live in central 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.
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.
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: Two locations – 1) On Portobello Road in West London – head to Notting Hill Station and walk from there, 2) on Exmouth Market – Angel or Farringdon are the best tube stations.
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: A fully gluten free Italian serving up crispy thin pizzas and homemade pasta, amongst other delights. They have some fabulous gluten free desserts on offer too. Not the easiest to get to, unless you live in the area, but the yummy food might just tempt you to make the journey West.
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 fully gluten free Italian restaurant in Soho, Central London.
WHERE: Soho – closest stations Oxford Circus/Tottenham Court Road.
**AUGUST 2019 UPDATE – Mommi’s are no longer fully gluten free. Their evening menu will return to being fully gluten free mid-August, however the brunch menu will now feature gluten bread as an option. They are still acreddited by Coeliac UK and have processes in place to minimise CC.**
WHAT: One of my gluten free London favourites as the team at Mommi are wonderful. You would never guess that the evening food here is gluten free – it is a wonderful Peruvian-Japanese hybrid menu with some incredible dishes. Head here on Sundays for bottomless brunch and immense roast dinners, including gluten free Yorkshire puddings. Or head there in the evenings for sharing dishes, big plates and delicious cocktails. NOTE THE UPDATE ABOVE THAT MOMMI IS NO LONGER FULLY GLUTEN FREE AT BRUNCH.
WHERE: Clapham – the best station to head to is Clapham North.
WHAT: A fully gluten free menu focused on raw food…however there is also a further “grill” part of the restaurant serving up steaks and non-raw food, most of which is gluten free. I haven’t tried this spot yet, but it is on my list.
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: A healthy cafe serving up some very tasty dishes from their fully gluten free menu. It’s a lovely spot for brunch, especially on a sunny day as they have a little courtyard out back. I love their sweetcorn fritters washed down with one of their freshly made juices.
WHERE: Shoreditch – Old Street station is closest.
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: A fully gluten free cafe. I still haven’t had the chance to visit as they are not central, but I have tried their products and their gluten free pastas are incredible! Their in-store menu include charcoal-base pizzas, for that extra Instagrammable shot.
WHERE: Kew, so it is fairly far out of central London, but it is a lovely area. It is also ideal if you are planning a visit to Kew Gardens. The cafe is also very kid friendly, I have been told.
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) and Old Spitalfields Market (Liverpool Street Station).
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 Notting Hill bakery and 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.
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).
*Usually fully gluten free – please call to check prior to visiting*
WHAT: A vegan cafe in beautiful Neil’s Yard in Covent Garden. The cafe is usually fully gluten free, however on their website they ask that you call ahead to double check their current menu. When you visit be sure to save space for dessert as they do some amazing (and very pretty) gluten free puds. They also now have a second brand in Islington.
WHERE: Covent Garden – take the tube to Tottenham Court Road. Islington – take the overground or underground to Highbury & Islington.
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