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More people these days need to find gluten-free menus and thankfully that now means more places are offering the choice. Here's a list of options for gluten-free at London cafes and restaurants. You can add your recommendations too.

I now have a  list of Gluten-Free Afternoon Tea in London.

1. Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market High Street Kensington
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Whole Foods Market is the world's largest retailer of natural and organic foods, with stores throughout North America and the UK. The flagship Whole Foods Market store in London is the Barkers Building,an iconic building on Kensington High Street with a upstairs floor of dining options and two floors of shopping. Find out more...

2. Mela

Mela Restaurant London
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Mela's menu may surprise you as it doesn't have the standard Indian dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala which have been created for the English palate. Mela actually serves authentic Indian dishes from all over India. The dishes are clearly described on the menu and staff can elaborate further and also make recommendations.

3. Manna

Manna, London
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Manna is London's oldest vegetarian restaurant and offers a higher quality of cuisine. It's not a 'hippy' place but a lovely little restaurant in Primrose Hill. Many people do not associate "connoisseur taste and gourmet presentation" with healthy, vegetarian food but Manna can easily quash that myth. The meals are not big but you won't go hungry. And it's a real treat to see vegetarian food presented so well. Also the ingredients used are all GM free and are organic as often as possible.

4. Food for Thought

Food for Thought, London
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Food for Thought is a Covent Garden institution. This basement vegetarian restaurant has been on Neal Street since 1974 and has a well-deserved reputation for good hearty vegetarian food at reasonable prices.

5. Wagamama

Wagamama London
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All the Wagamama restaurants are modeled on the popular ramen bars in Japan and there are over 15 branches in London alone. They have long bench seats and food is served quickly. Let your server know your dietary requirements and a large list of dishes can be made gluten or wheat-free. You can see the gluten-free menu options online before visiting. Find out more...

6. St James Hotel and Club

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 I compared the gluten-free and standard afternoon tea at St James Hotel and Club and it was very hard to spot the difference. Read my review...

7. 108 Marylebone Lane Afternoon Tea

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 The 'healthy' afternoon tea at 108 Marylebone Lane includes all the key components as the 'classic' (finger sandwiches, scones and cakes) but is gluten-free, as well as less dairy and sugar too. The 'healthy' gluten-free finger sandwiches come with mini superfood salads which were also delicious.

8. Mildred's

Mildred's is a Soho institution and has been serving well-priced hearty, vegetarian meals for the last twenty years. As well as a tasty vegetarian menu they use fair trade organic coffee, organic milk, and soya milk for their drinks. Their bar also has well-chosen wines and beers. Find out more...

9. Italian Options

 If you really miss carbohydrate-rich Italian cuisine then you'll be pleased to discover that Pizza Express has a gluten-free menu that not only includes salads and sides but also pizza's with a gluten-free base.

If it's pasta you're craving, Spaghetti House can prepare gluten-free pasta without notice but you need to be prepared for the 15 minutes cooking time.

10. Leon

Leon Spitalfields
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Leon has a reputation for healthy, fresh, seasonal dishes and is popular for lunch take-outs. Leon is a 'fast-food' cafe but aims to provide organic and fair-trade produce. They cater for special dietary requirements so the menu has symbols for gluten-free, wheat-free and more. I would say Leon is good value, offers good food, and has an excellent vibe.

11. Honest Burgers

All of the branches of Honest Burger have gluten-free buns so just let staff know when ordering. They do point out that meals are not prepared in a totally gluten-free environment but they do only use good quality ingredients.

12. Muffinski's

Muffinski's in Covent Garden have a gluten-free muffin with a different flavor each day. You can order large batches or individual muffins. They also sell popular frozen yogurts, juices and pastries.

5 King Street, London WC2E 8HN

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