With thousands of people opting for a gluten-free diet to supercharge their health and millions of others forced to make the switch to a gluten-free diet for health reasons, countless restaurants, cafes and other eateries have popped up all over the capital, with mouth-watering gluten-free menus to satisfy even the most discerning palate. Let’s take a look at some of the top places to eat in London for gluten-free diners, from Finsbury Square restaurants to trendy cafes in Brixton.
Afternoon tea at Claridge’s is famous for being one of the most refined and elegant ways to dine – and the gluten-free menu is perfect for coeliacs who want to enjoy the splendour of this grand hotel. Those choosing the gluten-free menu can enjoy everything that the regular menu has to offer, including French fancies, scones with clotted cream, and delicate finger sandwiches. You’ll find Claridge’s on one of London’s most prestigious streets: Mayfair, of course.
There are many Indian restaurants with gluten-free options all over the capital, but none as delicious as Dishoom. Many of the dishes on the menu are gluten-free to begin with, and even more of the options can be tweaked to suit those with gluten intolerances. Staff are extremely well informed about the contents of each dish, so you can have a good chat with your waiter or waitress beforehand, to see which gluten-free dishes would suit you best. There are a number of Dishoom restaurants dotted all over the capital, including Shoreditch, King’s Cross and Covent Garden.
Chinese food isn’t renowned for being gluten-free – but this charming restaurant in Surbiton, run by a husband and wife team, is one of a kind. The restaurant uses the finest ingredients to produce delicious Chinese meals with no MSG or additives. There’s a dedicated gluten-free dim sum menu, so those with intolerances won’t feel cornered into ordering one of two options on offer. You may have to travel a little way out of the centre of London to visit this restaurant, but it’s certainly worth the trip.
Romeo’s Gluten-Free Bakery
This delightful bakery shows that even those on gluten-free diets don’t have to miss out on a good slice of cake or a delicious golden pastry! Everything in this charming bakery is totally gluten-free – you can also enjoy a traditional Full English Breakfast (sans gluten, of course) if you get there early enough! The bakery is located opposite Islington Town Hall, so it’s super-easy to find.
The Modern Pantry
The Modern Pantry, with food created by Anna Hansen, is one of the hottest gluten-free eateries in the city right now. Many coeliacs are already accustomed to substituting unusual foods in place of common items to avoid eating gluten – but we guarantee you’ll find some ingredients here that even the biggest foodies may never have heard of! The new Finsbury Square restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, an all-day menu and a full A la Carte menu, so there are plenty of options no matter what time of day you visit.