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Gluten-Free London


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.

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. Ooze

Westfield Shopping Centre London
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At last there is an Italian restaurant you can dine at with many gluten-free options. Ooze at Westfield is big on risotto as well as pasta. Most of the cooked to order risotto is gluten-free and the menu is very clear on which dishes are gluten-free and/or vegetarian.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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...

7. 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...

8. 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.

9. 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

10. Chelsea Teapot

Note, The Chelsea Teapot is closing in 2014.

The quaint and cute tea shop is all about the cupcake so afternoon tea or scones and tea are popular here. They also have fresh fruit and vegetable juices, salads and wheat-free sandwiches.

402 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LJ

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