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.
During our trip we decided to stay in a cute little 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 walking distance to great pubs and a 10 minute walk from the Gloucester Road tube station. I’ll link the Airbnb here.
Fortnum & Mason
181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER, UK
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.
The Hereford Arms
127 Gloucester Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4TE, UK
This pub and restaurant was 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.
4A Meard St, Soho, London W1F 0EF, UK
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.
Busaba Leicester Square
35 Panton St, London SW1Y 4EA, UK
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.
Kensington Arcade, 8 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SF, UK
LEON is known as the natural fast food spot around London. These are great places 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 walking distance from our Airbnb, wish was helpful for flying in late and needing something last minute.
The Chipping Forecast
29 All Saints Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 1HE, UK
We made a stop at The Chipping Forecast after stopping by the Portobello Road Market. I had to get in at least one meal of fish and chips! They were happy to accommodate my restrictions with a gluten-free beer batter on any of the fish. Make sure to inform them of your allergies before ordering.
Other restaurants that offer gluten-free fish and chips that I didn’t get to visit, but will have to try next time: Hobson’s Fish and Chips, Indigo at One Aldwych and Oliver’s Fish and Chips.
88 Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4EN, UK
Pizza Express is a chain, so you will find them all across the city. Everything is labeled well and there’s 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!
23-24 Gloucester Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4SF, UK
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 pastas, pizza, risottos, fish dishes and desserts.
The Churchill Arms
119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN, UK
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 is 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!