Noticed the surge in popularity of healthy eating, clean eating and natural food choices over the last year or two? Whether you live with an allergy or food intolerance and struggle to find places that cater for your needs, or you’re a pioneer of leading a healthier lifestyle, we’ve handpicked our top five favourite spots to grab some free-from food in London!
197-199 Rosebery Avenue, Finsbury, EC1R 4TJ
Niche is a totally gluten-free restaurant, although you’d never know it from looking at the menu! With a ‘Best of British’ theme running throughout, Niche offers the likes of pies, quiche and burgers to tickle any coeliac’s taste buds, as well as a range of gluten-free yet gorgeous desserts to wash them down afterwards. With seasonal ingredients sourced from local suppliers throughout the year, Niche is one of our favourite ‘niche’ spots in town. We’d highly recommend it for some casual gluten-free dining in north London.
Image: The Canvas Café
42 Hanbury Street, Shoreditch, E1 5JL
This bright café in Shoreditch is a great little place for gluten-free cookies and vegan cakes as well as, wait for it, dairy-free freakshakes! Canvas joined the freakshake trend just last month, and their launch of the dairy-free version has gone down an absolute treat with London’s lactose-intolerant crowds. The extravagant milkshakes you’ve been drooling over can now be enjoyed by all with these dairy-free, and just as delicious, alternatives! Café chef, Maria, blends coconut milk ice cream and soya milk to create the perfect freakshake base, topped with gluten-free treats. You have to try it to believe it!
167 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1US
With a promise of great-tasting, high quality, gluten-free products in a non-contaminated environment, a lot of care and passion goes into the daily bakes at Artisan Bakery. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea – you’ve got it right here! From cakes, pastries and scones that still have the intense flavour and richness of non-gluten-free versions, to beautiful breads and pizzas; all your baked gluten-free needs are covered at Artisan.
130 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 8ZN
This recently-opened dessert haven is London’s first vegan ice-cream parlour! Priding itself on the idea of freedom, Yorica is totally gluten-free, dairy-free, egg and nut-free. The range of ice cream, froyo and shakes is incredible and all taste delicious. From their peanut-free ‘WOWbutter’ ice cream, to their toppings of brownies, tiffin and cookies and cream; scoot on down to Wardour Street to sample one of the delights for a free-from summer treat!
20 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8LB
The capital’s pioneers of eating better, healthier and happier, the Good Life Eatery has an all-day menu that’s as delicious as it is delightful. In their own words, they’re ‘not diet, not boring’ and they certainly don’t compromise on taste. The gluten-free and dairy-free options on offer range from wraps and sandwiches to tortillas and waffles, laced with health and superfood ingredients to feed the soul. Clean, simple and fresh. Well worth a visit!
What are your favourite free-from food spots to hang out at in London? Let us know in the comments below!