My first weekend getaway after moving to France was London. While traveling to a new country with dietary restrictions, especially with no access to a full kitchen, can seem daunting at first. London is an extremely Paleo and gluten-free friendly city! I was impressed by how many gluten-free and Paleo options were available in both restaurants, and health food stores in the UK. Restaurant staff were also very knowledgeable of food allergies and cross-contamination, which gave me peace of mind when dining out.
Below, I’ve rounded up some of the Paleo and gluten-free restaurants I tried on my short stay in London to help you plan your next trip!
The Good Life Eatery
With five locations throughout London, this cute little cafe is the perfect place for weekend brunch. The staff were knowledgeable about the difference between food intolerances and allergies, and were very accommodating, offering to let me mix and match menu items and create my own meal.
I chose the Skinny Royal: smoked salmon, poached egg and saffron yogurt. I simply substituted the dairy yogurt for coconut yogurt, and added a side of mashed avocado to include veggies in the meal. The only regret I have is that I didn’t order the chestnut and almond waffle, since it sounds amazing!
59 Sloane Avenue London SW3 3DH UK
The Willow Real Food Restaurant and Bar is completely gluten-free and is certified by Coeliac UK. They also offer Low-Fodmap, Paleo, and Vegan menu items, with all the allergens clearly listed on the menu, making it the ideal choice for people with multiple dietary restrictions. I recommend visiting on Sundays when they offer a full English Dinner, all 100% Paleo!
6 The Triangle Kingston Upon Thames KT1 3RT United Kingdom
Farmer J offers build-your-own cafeteria style trays with the freshest ingredients sourced from high welfare British farms and cooked from scratch on-site daily. Build your own tray by choosing from options such as leafy greens, rice, a main protein (I loved the roasted salmon) and two sides, such as roasted broccoli or sweet potatoes.
107 Leadenhall Street, EC3A, farmerj.com and 24-32 King William St, London EC4R
With a build-your own-salad menu featuring local, seasonal ingredients, Chop’d makes it easy to create a gluten-free and Paleo salad. Keep in mind though that not all of the locations offer the build your own menu, so you might want to check beforehand. I planned on picking up a salad to eat on the train back to Paris from the location in St Pancras station, however they only had pre-made salads. There were no safe options for me, so I picked up some prosciutto, fruit salad, and sweet potato chips from the supermarket located in the station instead.
Locations across London, 6 Queens Head Passage, London EC4M 7DZ, UK
Whole Foods Market
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Whole Foods! I’m a little embarrassed
to admit how excited I was when I found out there are six Whole Foods in London. I went to the Kensington St. Whole Foods after visiting Kensington Palace. It had an impressive prepared foods bar where I picked up roasted sweet potatoes cooked in coconut oil, (take note US Whole Foods!) along with a salad from the salad bar. They also had the biggest selection of COYO products I’ve ever seen, so I brought some yogurt to the Airbnb for breakfast. I also picked up some Paleo pantry items that aren’t available in France, such as coconut aminos, coconut butter, sunflower seed butter, and canned pumpkin puree.
63-97 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SE, UK
There you have it, some of the best Paleo and gluten-free places in London! I hope this list helps make your next gluten-free trip to London a bit easier!