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Gluten-free Family Food in London

Keeping your child’s diet gluten-free is tricky at home, and even harder when you move to a new city. But if you’re living in London with gluten-free kids, there are many popular family restaurants and grocery store chains that carry gluten-free options.

Grocery Stores

Four of London’s biggest grocery store chains, TescoSainsbury’sMarks and Spencer and Morrisons, offer lines of gluten-free products. Check the store’s website to confirm if your local store has the products you need in stock.

When you arrive in London, you’ll notice an M&S on practically every corner. Small M&S stores are great for grabbing a quick lunch, as most offer a meal deal that includes a drink, a sandwich and a bag of chips for a few pounds. They now offer two gluten-free premade sandwiches – British Ham with Crunchy Salad and Cheddar Cheese Ploughmans. Not every M&S stocks the gluten free range, so check the website for stores near your new home.

Whole Foods Market has stores in Kensington, Piccadilly and Camden, and offers a wide range of gluten-free products.

Fast Food

Pizza Express is a fast food pizza chain found across London.  It offers a gluten-free menu and, for moms and dads, a gluten-free pilsner.

Families can find child-friendly chicken at Nandos, another easy-to-find chain restaurant in London. Gluten-free items aren’t identified on the menu, but the ingredients binder lists gluten free options.

If the kids need a quick snack, Costa Coffee is the largest coffee café in the UK, and offers several gluten free sweet treats for all ages.

Leon offers “naturally fast food” and has a dozen locations across London. Gluten-free options are clearly labelled on the menu, including several children’s meals.

Wagamama specializes in fresh, fast, Asian food and will happily modify their menu into gluten-free, just ask your server.

Restaurants

Because eateries can change hands rapidly in London, a list of gluten-free restaurants can become quickly outdated. For accuracy, I have only included information for chains or eateries in tourist attractions. For an up to date list, visit blogs and websites run by Londoners who eat gluten-free for restaurants in a particular location .

J.D. Wetherspoon’s is a popular chain of pubs with gluten-free meals clearly identified on the menu. You won’t walk down the street and see a Wetherspoon’s sign because each pub has its own unique name, so check the website for one near you.

Nothing says “London” like attending afternoon teaThe Diamond Jubilee Tea Room at London’s Fortnum & Mason offers a gluten intolerant afternoon tea so everyone in the family can enjoy this famous English ritual.

Both the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain offer gluten free snacks in their cafes. Gluten free products aren’t listed on the websites, so contact them before you visit about what’s available.

The Royal Academy of Arts restaurant Peyton & Bryne isn’t officially gluten-free, but will accommodate dietary restrictions.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, so please add your favorite gluten-free restaurant in London in the comments!

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