Food Allergy-Friendly City Guide
There are so many reasons to fall in love with London. From the double decker buses to the British Museum, the Beatles and the Queen — we're obsessed with all things British. For food allergy families, the iconic city is an ideal international destination, and not just because they speak English. Since 2014, restaurants and packaged foods are required by law to provide ingredient information on 14 of the top food allergens (top 8 + sesame, mustard, molluscs, celery, lupin, sulphur dioxides/sulphites). Between these high allergen standards and high tea, we may never leave!
From baguettes to brioche and everything in between, Beyond Bread has mastered gluten free baking. Their menu is entirely gluten-free and includes allergen labels for nuts and dairy, making this little haven a go-to destination for locals and travelers with celiac or food allergies.
Locations: Fitzrovia, Islington, Selfridges Food Hall
Bill's takes food allergies as seriously as their brunch and burgers. They provide a detailed allergen chart for their menu that labels each dish with any of the top 15 allergens that might be included. With locations all over London, Bill's is a great spot for food allergy families to grab a bite any time of the day.
Franco Manca gets food allergies. Their famous sourdough pizza can be easily modified for milk allergies, and their menu comes with a clear allergen key to help guests make informed choices. While they don't currently have a gluten-free crust, they are busy working on a recipe — stay tuned!
Hemsley + Hemsley Cafe
If you need a break from the fish and chips, Hemsley + Hemsley is a healthy, flavor-packed option. The Hemsley sisters opened their London cafe after writing several bestselling cookbooks that focused on the importance of gut health and allergen-free swaps. They offer breakfast, afternoon tea, and light meals that are free from gluten, grain, refined sugar, and hydrogenized oils. Nuts and dairy are limited and clearly marked on the menu.
Location: Oxford Street
If you're looking for one of the best milk and egg free meals in London, head over to Mildreds. This vegetarian and vegan restaurant has limited nuts, gluten free options, and eclectic mod decor that is Instagram-worthy and kid-approved.
Locations: Camden, Soho, Kings Cross, Dalston
Oliver's Fish and Chips
You can't get any more British than a plate of fish and chips. Known for their "Gluten-Free Wednesdays" and being great with food allergies, you won't want to miss Oliver's Fish & Chips. Their fish, chips, and anything fried is cooked in rapeseed oil (vegetable oil), and they use dedicated fryers on Wednesdays when the restaurant goes gluten free.
Location: Chalk Farm
One of Mayfair's oldest pubs, the Punchbowl captures the history and heart of London. Their pub and dining room is ideal for food allergy families with a full kids' menu and allergen information readily available upon request.
For a decadent family dinner or drinks in their magical gin garden, Rivington Greenwich does everything they can to make customers with food allergies feel like royalty. They were named by Go London as one of the best places for people with food allergies or gluten intolerances and are known for customizing dishes to keep guests safe. Their seasonal menu changes daily, but kids have a set menu and can eat free Monday through Friday.
Gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free — Stingray wants everyone to enjoy their authentic Italian pizza and pasta. This cozy restaurant nestled in Tufnell Park is happy to accommodate food allergies and offers a clearly marked menu with tons of gluten-free options.
Location: Tufnell Park
Inspired by Japenese ramen bars, Wagamama serves up food allergy-friendly Asian fusion dishes all over London. Their mission is to ensure that every customer with food allergies can enjoy their rice bowls, gyoza, and more. They offer an incredibly detailed allergen guide and are more than willing to modify dishes to accommodate allergies or specialized diets.
For brunch, lunch, or afternoon tea, the Wolseley is an unforgettably picturesque experience. Their incredible service extends to their allergy-friendly attitude with gluten-free options and their ability to modify menu items to accommodate for food allergies.
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