Gluten-free London: A #nimatested Dining Guide
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From the Tower Bridge to Buckingham Palace, there are so many famous spots in London to see, but between all the sightseeing another important part of any city is its food! For people with Celiac Disease, it can be more time consuming than convenient to find food options while you’re touring the city. So, here is a Nima tested guide to restaurants within walking distance of London’s top attractions. I found many restaurants were very accommodating to allergies, having separate gluten-free menus or happily helping me find the options that were gluten-free.
Note: As with all our guides, always use precaution when dining out. The ingredients or staff can be different day by day and a Nima test does not guarantee the whole plate. Bring your Nima along with extra capsules and always let Nima take the first bite!
#nimatested Dish: Naked Burger with a salad
Notes: There are multiple Bill’s restaurant locations throughout London, but if you’re looking for a restaurant near Buckingham Palace this is the place to go. This location is on Cathedral Walk, which offers other gluten-free restaurant options as well. Enjoy many dishes from their dedicated gluten-free menu as well as helpful staff that accommodate for allergy needs.
#nimatested Dish: Egg, Cheese, and Mushroom Omelette with salad
Notes: Good for breakfast near Trafalgar Square and the Thames River, they don’t have a dedicated gluten-free menu but can make most dishes gluten-free. It is within walking distance of the Golden Jubilee Bridge, which gives you easy access to the London Eye, London Aquarium, The Queens Walk, and many more attractions.
#nimatested Dish: Egg with Avocado and fruit
Notes: If you’re looking for a traditional English pub experience, the Red Lion is a great place to go! Although they don’t have a dedicated gluten-free menu, the staff was very accommodating to allergies and able to suggest gluten-free options. There are numerous locations around London, but I suggest the Parliament St. location in Westminster because you will be close to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and able to cross the bridge to the London Eye.
Location: 450 Strand, London WC2R 0RG, UK
#nimatested Dish: Margherita Pizza from Gluten-free menu
Notes: A well-known Italian pizza place, Pizza Express has many gluten-free options on the menu. It’s convenient for a take away option if you’re on the go or for a sit down meal. Pizza Express locations are scattered around the city conveniently located around London’s main attractions. I stopped in to grab a bite to eat after getting off Charing Cross station in Trafalgar Square. You’ll be in a perfect location to visit numerous museums and theaters, such as the National Gallery and Her Majesty’s Theatre.
#nimatested Dish: Chana Masala
Notes: A perfect option for Indian food if you’re by the London Eye or Waterloo neighborhood. The owner offered a few gluten-free options and even suggested his favorite gluten-free dish for me to try. I picked this location because it is in proximity to main attractions along the Thames river and for its Indian gluten-free options.
#nimatested Dish: Chocolate Cake
Notes: A sweet little bakery close to Hyde Park, Peggy Porschen Cakes is perfect for high tea and to indulge some award winning cakes. There are a few gluten-free cake selections to satisfy your sugar cravings while experiencing the intriguing design of the bakery. It’s a must-see for any foodie in London!
Location: 99 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1DE, UK
#nimatested Dish: Salmon, Green Beans, and Potatoes
Notes: A classic English pub to try if you’re around St. Peter’s Cathedral. Although there isn’t a gluten-free menu, the staff happily checked with the chef to make sure they gave me accurate gluten-free options.
#nimatested Dish: Steak and French Fries
Notes: I’d highly recommend the Hay’s Galleria location for a nice place to enjoy dinner along the river. The restaurant has a dedicated gluten-free menu with many options and is close to the Tower Bridge and London Bridge.
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