INSTA-LONDON: EAT LIKE A GLUTEN-FREE KING

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London is one of the most gluten-free friendly cities in the world. Forget uninspiring salads and feed your face with these tasty treats on your next visit to the UK capital.


Brunch: Beyond Bread

 

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Pancakes, waffles and toast - oh my! Beyond Bread are undoubtedly London's best 100% gluten-free cafes and their brunch selection is exactly what's been missing from your mornings. Their flagship cafe is just off Charlotte St (near Soho) whilst their second branch is a large bakery/café on Islington’s Upper Street. They also recently opened a deli in Selfridges Foodhall on Oxford St, which means all their locations are easy to visit if you’re staying at Generator London. Their brunch menu, available at their main cafes till 3pm each day, features mouthwatering options such as toasted banana bread with blueberries and natural yoghurt, or smoked salmon and poached eggs on toast. Speaking of toast, theirs is so good you'll forget it’s sans-gluten, so make sure you grab a loaf or rolls to take away. It’s also perfectly fine to indulge in one of their sweet treats after brunch: no one is going to judge you for chasing your pancakes with a slice of their amazing cheesecake too.

Alternative option: Long White Cloud cafe in Shoreditch.
 


Pizza: Rossopomodoro

 

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Good gluten-free pizza is hard to find. Despite the numerous options available these days (from Dominos to Pizza Express), most places leave me with a serious case of food envy for the real deal. That's why the internet exploded a few years ago when Neapolitan restaurant chain Rossopomodoro started serving up their more-ish pizza on gluten-free bases. With six options for toppings, including their signature Napoletana (plum tomato sauce, mozzarella, anchovies, garlic, oregano and basil), you'll be spoilt for choice with the pizza options - and locations! There are seven restaurants spread across the capital, from Hoxton to Wandsworth, with Generator London an easy walking distance from both restaurants in Camden and Covent Garden. They also have several other gluten-free options on their menu including gnocchi, tiramisù and beer, so you can happily carb-up Italian style.

Alternative option: Crate Brewery & Pizzeria at Hackney Wick
 


Fried Chicken: Bird


Post-pub, your gluten-free options are often fries, fries and more fries. Why not try some crispy, delicious fried chicken with them? Bird is as far from KFC as you can go in this food group: their diner-style restaurants are casually cool, the chicken is free-range, and the home-made dips feature flavours like Wasabi Lime Mayo or Blue Cheese. What's amazing about Bird is that all its chicken is coated in gluten-free flour, which means you can eat all the wings and drumsticks your gluten-avoiding heart desires! Bring your vegetarian pals along as there some great meat-free options on the menu, such as the Crispy Fried Halloumi Skillet or Buffalo Nachos. With locations in key party areas such as Shoreditch and Camden, you can satisfy your alcohol-infused urges any time before 11pm each night. Of course, if you wake up with a hangover that only fried chicken can cure, they're open from 11am every day.

Alternative option: none yet!
 


Thai: Rosa's Thai Cafe

 

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You're always in safe hands when a chef understands your dietary requirements personally. Saiphin Moore, the founder of Rosa’s, has a gluten-intolerant son so the issue is very close to her heart. Look at their online menu and you'll discover a substantial selection of gluten-free options including Drunken Noodles, Spicy Seafood Hotplate and Pineapple Fried Rice. Their cheerfully designed restaurants can be found in London's key locations, including Brixton, West Hampstead and Carnaby Street (an easy walk from Generator London). Saiphin, who grew up on a farm in northern Thailand, originally started selling her spicy and fragrant dishes on East London's iconic Brick Lane market in 2007. They were so warmly received that she opened her first restaurant around the corner near Spitalfield Market the following year, keeping the name of the shop's previous occupier, Rosa. So, if you're hankering for some Pad Thai, make a beeline for a mother who knows best.

Alternative option: Busaba Eathai, available across London.
 


Burgers: Honest Burgers


Trust me when I say I've saved the best to last. The brilliance of Honest Burger is in its simplicity: they just do burgers and they do them incredibly well. There's a chicken, a vegetarian and a couple of beef options on the menu, which can be served on amazing gluten-free buns with a load of rosemary salted chips. The portions are massive, so it's not necessary to order anything else but, just in case you have a sizeable appetite, they also do gluten-free onion rings too. Wash this down with a Daura Damm's coeliac-friendly beer and you'll be in burger heaven. Don’t miss the chance to try the vegetarian fritter as it receives rave reviews from veggie and meat eaters alike! Honest Burger was originally launched as a food truck by two university friends and then found its first permanent home in Brixton Market in 2011. Since then, they've grown to include 21 locations in London, such as Oxford Circus, Portobello Road and Peckham, with the Kings Cross branch a short walk from Generator London. If there's one gluten-free place you shouldn't miss in the capital, this is it. Enjoy!

Alternative option: Ed's Easy Diner, available across London.

 

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