There’s nothing quite comparable to the hustle and bustle of London. This was my second trip to London and I’m always ready to go back. London offers gluten-free and dairy-free options all over the city, so you won’t go hungry.
Where to stay
During our trip, we decided to stay in a cute flat in the Kensington area, just slightly west of Central London. I wasn’t sure if this location would work for us, but it ended up being the perfect starting spot for all of our London adventures. It was within walking distance of great pubs and a 10-minute walk from the Gloucester Road tube station. I’ll link the Airbnb here.
places to eat
I highly recommend a trip to the Diamond Jubilee Tea Room for the quintessential afternoon tea experience. It never seems to disappoint. Fortnum & Mason can accommodate both gluten-free and dairy-free needs. And the tea sandwiches, scones, mini desserts, they’re always just so delicious. Make sure to book a reservation in advance.
This pub and restaurant were located down the road from our Airbnb. The food was fresh, the drinks were delicious and the service was always fantastic. The wait staff was happy to help talk through what they could make gluten and dairy free. My favorite cider I tried while visiting here was the Cornish Orchards Gold Cider. If you’re going for dinner, make a reservation online. It was always packed when we visited.
Holy moly the burgers were good! Honest Burgers offer plenty of gluten-free options. I was able to order a burger with a gluten-free bun and gluten-free onion rings. I never get to have onion rings, so that was a must. We went to the one in Soho, but there are multiple locations across the city.
This is a Thai chain restaurant. All of their curries are gluten-free and they have some small plates and appetizers available gluten-free. Make sure to inform the waiter of your allergies.
LEON is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat and they offer gluten-free buns for their sandwiches. And don’t forget the yummy waffle fries! There was a LEON within walking distance from our Airbnb, which was helpful for flying in late and needing something last minute.
The Chipping Forecast
Sadly, this restaurant has since closed. Definitely check out some of the other gluten-free options: Hobson’s Fish and Chips, Indigo at One Aldwych, and Oliver’s Fish and Chips.
Pizza Express is a chain, so you will find them all across the city. Everything is labeled well and there are plenty of gluten-free and even vegan options. The gluten-free options range from pizzas to pasta dishes, chicken wings, salads, desserts, and dough balls. Don’t miss the dough balls, they are oh-so-good!
This is an Italian restaurant chain that was located near our Airbnb and the tube station. An easy option after exploring the city all day. They have a separate non-gluten menu they will bring to your table. They offer gluten-free pasta, pizza, risotto, fish dishes, and desserts.
We stopped by The Churchill Arms out of curiosity, as I wanted to witness it with my own eyes. It’s such a cool pub inside and out. There are Churchill memorabilia all throughout the pub and cozy corners hidden away. At least check it out for a cold cider!
There are so many other places in London that I did not get to visit because we were short on time, but hopefully, I’ll be back soon to explore more!