Open since early 2017, the Point A Hotel London Shoreditch is a budget 3-star hotel located near Old Street in East London. Housed in a new build property on a quiet street, this hotel has 181 rooms, which are mainly all doubles and twins plus a couple of single rooms. This property is one of a number of Point A Hotels in London; the budget hotel chain also has other locations in Kings Cross, Canary Wharf, Westminster, Paddington – plus […]
I’m so excited to be launching my gluten-free Soho walking tour today! I’m always on the look-out for a foodie tour in every city I visit but can rarely find one that caters for gluten-intolerant travellers. So I decided to pay-it-forward and share the GF love for my home city with people visiting London this summer! I’ve lived in London for 12 years now and have worked in and around Soho for most of that time as it is the […]
London has an abundance of chain restaurants and cafes; some are big international brands like Pizza Hut, Pret and Starbucks, whilst others are very UK specific, like Wahacca, Leon and Zizzi. Over the past couple of years, there has been a huge increase in the attention they’ve paid to their gluten-free customers, so now many of them have clearly marked items on their menus! Pretty much wherever you are, there will be one of these gluten-free restaurants in London. So […]
Unmarked menus - some restaurants are very gluten-free friendly but don't mark the options on their menus (booooo!). This should be changing soon with the introduction of the new Food Allergen Regulations. In the meantime, ask your waiter what they would recommend!
Gluten-free option - some menus will mark a meal as a 'gluten-free option'. This means that it isn't actually gluten-free, but they can adjust the ingredients easily for you. Just make sure specify that you want it gluten-free!
Allergy vs intolerant - many restaurants will ask if you have an allergy if you indicate you want a gluten-free meal. They are just checking if you are coeliac so their chef can take extra precautions with the area the food is prepared in. If you are intolerant (like me!) or opt not to eat gluten, just let them know.
Why you will love gluten-free London
We are pretty spoilt for choice these days! There are so many amazing places to eat out where the staff are knowledgeable of the ingredients in the food they serve. There are some great independent cafes and restaurants that cater specifically for or are inclusive of those who can't or choose not to eat gluten. Plus many chains, both large and small, are now ensuring that they have options and they are clearly marked on their menus. The sheer variety is HUGE: pizza, fried chicken, cakes, Thai, Italian, Chinese, burgers, and of course fish and chips! There is also an increasing number of healthy eateries that omit gluten as part of a meat-free, dairy-free diet as well, serving up fresh delicious meals that will make you feel great! London is such a massive city and thus, you can find something to eat pretty much everywhere you go!
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