Looking at the fresh breads and cakes on display at London’s numerous artisan bakeries used to be torture for the gluten intolerant. Luckily, if you’re looking for a gluten-free London bakery these days, you’re spoiled for choice. From casual cafes to exclusive patisseries, there’s no need to miss out on tempting cakes, tasty pies and delicious breads.
1. Beyond Bread
Fitzrovia’s Beyond Bread is a 100% gluten-free bakery that opened in January 2015. The selection includes a range of gourmet sandwiches with different fillings, scones, danishes, muffins, cakes and quiches. The range of breads on offer includes pumpernickel, sourdough, ciabatta, brioche and baguette.
Beyond Bread, 2 Charlotte Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1SB
2. The Free From Bakehouse
This completely gluten-free bakery specializing in cakes also caters for other food intolerances and special diets with a varied selection of dairy-free, egg-free and-sugar free baked goods. Select from a tempting menu that includes brownies, red velvet cupcakes, salted caramel chocolate cake and flapjacks.
The cakes are available from various shops and cafes across the city including Whole Foods Market, Fortnum & Mason and B Street Deli. You can also visit their stall at Borough Market every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Free From Bakehouse, Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL
3. Artisan Gluten Free Bakery
Formerly known as Romeo’s, this sweet café and bakery in Islington is a great spot for afternoon tea with its vintage teacups and gluten-free scones and cakes. As well as the café menu there is also a nice selection of different breads to take away, including sun dried tomato, olive & rosemary, sourdough and caramelised onion.
Artisan Gluten Free Bakery, 167 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1US
4. Cookies and Scream
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love Cookies and Scream in Camden, with its delicious gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan cookie bar. The Scream Sandwiches (coconut and vanilla frosting sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies) are a must-try.
Cookies and Scream, Dingwalls Gallery, The Market Hall, Camden Lock Place, Camden, NW1 8AF
Suzzle is a small coffee shop on Brick Lane, specialising in gluten-free baked treats served by friendly staff. While enjoying your steak pie, mango cake or millionaire’s shortbread, check out the artwork by local artists decorating the walls and keep an eye out for the resident cats.
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6. Manna Dew
This Mediterranean-inspired café and patisserie serves freshly-made soups, salads, sandwiches, and a delicious selection of cakes and pastries, all gluten-free and made with natural sweeteners. They also offer a bespoke cake delivery service, which includes wedding cakes.
Manna Dew, 169 Battersea High Street, London SW11 3JS
7. Elvira’s Secret Pantry
Elvira’s Secret Pantry is an artisan Italian bakery in South London serving gluten-free, dairy-free and yeast-free treats. Goodies on offer include cakes, tarts, sweet and savoury pies, bread and pasta. Their products are stocked at various shops and cafes throughout the capital or you can visit their stall at Crystal Palace Food Market every other Saturday
Elvira’s Secret Pantry, Crystal Palace Food Market, Haynes Lane, SE19 3AP
8. Selfridges Gluten Free Bakery
The food hall within Selfridges has included a dedicated gluten-free bakery since 2013. There’s a tempting selection of cakes and biscuits and even a gluten-free deli section for savoury pies and pasta. You can also check out the rest of the food hall for a good selection of other gluten-free products while you’re there.
Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB
9. WAG Free Bakery
Brixton’s WAG Free supplies many other cafes and shops around the city including the aforementioned Selfridges. To enjoy their full selection, visit Brixton market where you can visit the gluten-free restaurant and deli as well as stocking up on some treats from the bakery.
WAG Free Bakery, Brixton Market, 26 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PR
10. Mr Prempy’s
You might think that raw cakes that are free of dairy, gluten, eggs and refined sugar don’t sound very tasty but you’d be wrong. Mr Prempy’s selection of gourmet cheesecakes and chocolate slabs will delight the taste buds of any dessert connoisseur. All products are certified organic by the Soil Association and the chocolate used is hand made from scratch using organic maple syrup as a sweetener.
Mr Prempy’s, Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market, Alexandra Palace Farmers’ Market & Chiswick Food Market