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My Gluten Free Islington Guide {North London}

Over the last few years, Islington has really become a gluten free heaven! I know I always say that, but it’s almost ridiculous now and in the best possible way. Seriously every time I step outside of my front door, I seem to stumble onto something new to add to my ever expanding gluten free Islington list! Hence why it took me so long to pluck up the courage to make this guide as there’s just too much. 😅

It all started when Artisan Gluten Free Bakery, formerly known as Romeo’s Gluten Free Bakery, opened their door on Upper Street a few years ago. I’m sure there were some gluten free friendly restaurants before that, but Artisan really kick started the 100% gluten free scene. We had just moved from Brixton, another gluten free gold mine, and were so sad to lose all our favourite gluten free hangouts… So we were excited when we spotted that “gluten free bakery opening soon” sign on the window.

The rest happened like a domino effect.

With completely gluten free places popping up here and there. Niche, Beyond Bread, Cookies & Scream, Brother Wolf, Pho, Etc. I just watch this unfold and can’t help but feel that us local gluten free people are being truly spoiled here. A few years ago I never thought I’d be able to have brunch in a cafe like a ‘normal’ person again, let alone have several options to choose from, right at my doorstep. 😊

I feel so very lucky to be able to call this place home. And every time I think about the house prices going up and up, I feel a twinge of sadness at the idea that I may be priced out of this little piece of gluten free paradise one day… But I plan on holding on and on as long as I can. 😂

Wether you live in or are just travelling to London, Islington is certainly worth a visit and I’m sure you’ll see why from the list below. And since the list is long, I separated everything in different categories. Just click on the links below to jump to each section of the page.

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The 100% gluten free
The gluten free | Tried & Tested
The gluten free | Not Tried & Tested
Where to buy gluten free beer
The shops and supermarkets
Pubs & bars that serve gluten free beer

My gluten free Islington guide:

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BEYOND BREAD

Gluten free French toasts with cinnamon sugar and mascarpone from Beyond Bread | Islington | North London | Gluten Free Islington Guide

Location: 267 Upper St, London N1 2UQ

The food: an endless list of amazing and completely gluten free options from sweet to savoury – cakes, sandwiches, salads, toasties, a delicious brunch menu, pizza… you name it, they have it!

Highlight: their honey cake! And French toasts. 👍

Nearest tube station: Highbury & Islington (tube + overground)

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View full menu {here}

Read full review {here}

 

COOKIES & SCREAM

Gluten free and vegan doughnut ice cream sandwich | Cookies & Scream | My gluten free Islington guide

Location: 130 Holloway Rd, Highbury East, London N7 8JE

The food: Cookies & Scream is a completely gluten free and vegan bakery with tonnes of deliciously sweet options – cakes, doughnuts, cookies, milkshakes, etc.

Highlight: doughnut ice cream sandwich

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road + Highbury & Islington (tube + overground)

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For more info check out their website {here}

Read full review {here}

 

BROTHER WOLF

Gluten free ham and cheese panini | Brother Wolf | My gluten free Islington Guide

UPDATE: Brother Wolf has sadly permanently closed at this location.

 Location: Nags Head Market (on Seven Sisters Road)

The food: a completely gluten free bakery/cafe/market stall with so many delicious options to choose from – cakes, sandwiches, panini, brunch options, quiches, salads, etc. They are completely gluten free, but also have some dairy free and vegan options.

Highlight: the panini!

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road

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Read full review {here}

 

NICHE

Niche | gluten free Islington guide

Location: 197-199 Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4TJ

The food: British comfort food

Highlight: NFC fried chicken

Nearest tube station: Angel

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For more info, check out their website {here}

Read full review {here}

 

REAL PAELLA

Real Paella market stall in Chapel Market | gluten free Islington guide | North London

Location: Chapel Market | 77-78 Chapel Market, London N1 9EX

The food: Spanish / paella

Opening times: Monday – closed, Tuesday to Saturday – 9am to 6pm, Sunday – 8:30am to 4pm

Nearest tube station: Angel

This is a completely gluten free stall located in Chapel market, just around the corner from Angel Central.

 

ARTISAN GLUTEN FREE BAKERY

Artisan Gluten Free Bakery | Gluten Free Islington Guide

Sadly Artisan Gluten Free Bakery recently closed its doors on Upper Street, but I kept it in this list for two reasons:

  1. To let people know about its closure as a lot of people don’t seem to be aware!
  2. To let you know they still sell some of their products around shops in the area, including Budgens and Whole Foods.

I hope Artisan isn’t gone for good and opens up at a different location one day, who knows…

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PHO

Pho | gluten free Islington guide

Location: 39 Upper St, London N1 0PN

Food: Vietnamese

Gluten free status: gluten free friendly + excellent knowledge of coeliac disease and cross contamination. In fact nearly everything on the menu is gluten free!

Highlight: it’s hard to say as everything is delish! I do hope they make the fried spring rolls gluten free again one day!

Nearest tube station: Angel

Home deliveries: yes

For more info, check out their website {here}

Read full review {here}

 

TIERRA PERU

Gluten free ceviche and fried plantain | Tierra Peru | my gluten free Islington guide

Location: 164 Essex Rd, London N1 8LY

Food: Peruvian

Gluten free status: gluten free friendly + excellent knowledge of coeliac disease and cross contamination. In fact I was told the owner herself is Coeliac! There are many gluten free options on the menu.

Nearest tube station: Angel + Highbury & Islington (tube + overground) + Essex Road (overground)

For more info, check out their website {here}

Read full review {here}

 

BIRD

Bird | gluten free Islington guide

Location: 81 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LT

Food: fried chicken and chips with a choice of sauces and glazes

Gluten free status: gluten free friendly + excellent knowledge of cross contamination. All the fried chicken is prepared and cooked in a separate area away from gluten and no gluten goes into the chip fryer.

Highlight: coconut jerk and katsu curry sauces

Nearest tube station: Highbury & Islington (tube + overground)

Home deliveries: yes

For more info, check out their website {here}

Read full review {here}

 

ROSA’S THAI CAFE

Rosa's Thai Cafe | gluten free Islington guide

Location: 6 Theberton St, London N1 0QX (just off Upper Street)

Food: Thai

Gluten free status: gluten free friendly + excellent knowledge of cross contamination.

Highlight: Red panang chicken curry

Nearest tube station: Angel + Highbury & Islington (tube + overground) + Essex Road (overground)

Home deliveries: yes

For more info, check out their website {here}

Read full review {here}

 

AMIGOS

Amigos | gluten free Islington guide | gluten free pork quesadillas

UPDATE: Amigos has sadly permanently closed at this location.

Location: 171 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LX

Food: Mexican (takeaway only)

Gluten free status: gluten free friendly + excellent knowledge of cross contamination + many gluten free options on the menu.

Highlight: braised pork quesadillas!

Nearest tube station: Highbury & Islington (tube + overground) + Holloway Road

Home deliveries: yes

For more info, check out their website {here}

Read full review {here}

 

STINGRAY CAFE

Stingray Cafe | gluten free Islington guide | Tufnell Park | gluten free pizza

Location: 135 Fortess Rd, London NW5 2HR

Food: Italian

Gluten free status: gluten free friendly + excellent knowledge of cross contamination + many gluten free options on the menu (from pizza to pasta to desserts, etc). So much so that the gluten free pizzas are cooked in a dedicated gluten free oven away from any gluten!

Highlight: delicious stone baked gluten free pizzas

Nearest tube station: Tufnell Park

Home deliveries: yes

For more info, check out their website {here}

Read full review {here}

 

WAHACA

Wahaca | gluten free Islington guide | gluten free tacos

Location: 68-69 Upper St, London N1 0NY

Food: Mexican

Gluten free status: gluten free friendly + excellent knowledge of cross contamination + many gluten free options on the menu.

Highlight: Yucatecan grilled chicken and the grilled ancho chicken tacos

Nearest tube station: Angel

For more info, check out their website {here}

Read full review {here}

 

NANDO’S

Grilled halloumi, chips, macho peas and Savana Dry cider | Nando's | my gluten free Islington guide

Location: 324 Upper St, London N1 2XQ

Food: flame frilled peri peri chicken | African-Portuguese inspired

Gluten free status: gluten free friendly + excellent knowledge of cross contamination + many gluten free options on the menu.

Nearest tube station: Angel

Home deliveries: yes

For more info, check out their website {here}

Read full review {here}

 

OA COMTAM

Gluten free Vietnamese curries from Oa Comtam | Holloway | Islington | North London

Location: 232 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DA

Food: Vietnamese

Gluten free status: gluten free options marked on the menu / but difficult communication with staff regarding cross-contamination. I have however eaten there a few times without problems.

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road

Read full review {here}

 

GONUTS

Lychee green tea bubble tea from Gonuts in Holloway | Islington | North London | Gluten Free Islington Guide

Location: 228 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DA (right next to Oa Comtam / ran by the same people)

Food: boba / bubble tea

Gluten free status: When I asked about gluten, the lady was happy to show me the ingredient labels of the different syrups and tapioca pearls. Everything looked fine and the added sugar is honey. I didn’t risk the other topping options like jellies, but the tapioca pearls are kept separate anyway. I’m also not sure about the milk powder so just ask to see the ingredients of whatever interests you. I went for the lychee green tea with tapioca pearls and reduced sugar and it was yummy!

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road

 

THE TIFFIN TIN

Tandoori paneer kebab, chicken curry and pilau rice from The Tiffin Tin in Tuffnell Park, North London | my gluten free Islington guide | gluten free North London

Location: Tufnell Park, Hornsey, West Hampstead, Wanstead and Tottridge

Food: Indian takeaway

Gluten free status: excellent knowledge of gluten and cross-contamination | safe for Coeliacs

Highlight: unlike many Indian restaurants, they even use a separate clay oven for the bread meaning the tandoori dishes are safe!

For more information, you can check out their website {here} or view their full menu {here}.

View my full review {here}

 

ITSU

Itsu | gluten free Islington guide

Location: N1 Centre, 21 Parkfield St, Islington, Unit 2, London N1 0PS

Food: Japanese fast food / takeaway — sushi, soups, snacks, etc.

Gluten free status: gluten free friendly + excellent knowledge of cross contamination

Highlight: Classic Chicken noodle soup

Nearest tube station: Angel

For more info, check out their website {here}

 

YAK & YETI

Yak and Yeti | gluten free Islington guide | Stroud Green | Finsbury Park

Location:

Food: Nepalese & Indian

Gluten free status: gluten free friendly + excellent knowledge of cross contamination

Highlight: Hariyali chicken + chicken chettinad

Nearest tube station: Finsbury Park

Home deliveries: yes — so technically this restaurant isn’t in Islington, but they do deliver around the area!

For more info, check out their website {here}

Read full review {here}

 

MCDONALD’S

McDonald's fries | gluten free Islington guide

Location: 251-252 Upper St, London N1 1RU (+ a few other locations)

Food: always ask to make sure as things can vary from branch to branch, but the fries are gluten free (no gluten goes into the same fryers). There are some other options available as well, such as some of the burgers when ordered without the buns.

Gluten free status: many coeliacs happily eat burgers without the bun (or bring their own buns). Personally I’m a bit wary of cross-contamination at McDonald’s and choose to only eat the fries, but the option is there for those who are willing to risk it or for those who are gluten for other health or medical reasons.

Nearest tube station: Highbury & Islington

For more info, check out the allergens menu on their website {here}

 

CHIPOTLE

Gluten free burrito bowl, tacos and tortilla chips from Chipotle | Gluten free Islington guide | North London

Location: 334 Upper St, London N1 0PB

Food: Mexican fast-food

Highlight: the burrito bowl all the way

Gluten free status: good knowledge of cross-contamination | safe for Coeliacs

Nearest tube station: Angel

Virtually everything on the menu is gluten free except the wheat wraps. They were recently accredited by Coeliac UK and are well trained to avoid cc. Just make sure you tell the person serving you about your dietary requirements. They put on new clean gloves and use a different cheese container for gluten free orders. Also make sure the person serving you doesn’t pass the bowl to another employee (with gluten contaminated gloves) in the process.

 

WETHERSPOONS (3 locations)

Locations: 1) The Coronet (nearest station: Holloway Road), 2) The Angel (nearest station: Angel) and 3) The White Swan (nearest station: Highbury & Islington)

Food: inexpensive pub food

Gluten free status: gluten free options available. They usually have a good knowledge of cross-contamination, but it may vary from branch to branch so always question them first. Most of the food isn’t actually cooked in Wetherspoons and is simply re-heated which minimises risks of cross contamination.

Check out their gluten free menu {here}

 

COSTA

Location: multiple locations

For more info, check out their website {here}

 

STARBUCKS

Location:

Highlight: their new panini!

For more info, check out their website {here}

 

PRET A MANGER

Location: 27 Islington High St, London N1 9LH

Nearest tube station: Angel

For more info, check out their website {here}

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G L U T E N   F R E E   F R I E N D L Y  |  N O T   T R I E D   &   T E S T E D

I don’t feel comfortable recommending restaurants I’ve never personally tried (especially to fellow Coeliacs), but I wanted to include these here so you can know what’s out there in Islington. Some of these do have great reviews and sound promising while some are possibly more suited for the non-coeliacs. I’ll keep updating this post as I get to try more of them.

And if you’ve tried any of these, let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

CARLUCCIO’S

Location: 305-307 Upper St, London N1 2TU

Food: Italian

Gluten free status: gluten free options / good feedback from Coeliacs

CABANA

Location: 56 Upper St, London N1 0NY

Food: Brazilian

Gluten free status: gluten free options / good feedback from Coeliacs

COTE BRASSERIE

Location: 4-6 Islington Green, London N1 2XA

Food: French

Gluten free status: gluten free options / good feedback from Coeliacs

 

PIZZA EXPRESS

Location: 

Food: Pizzeria

Gluten free status: gluten free options / generally good feedback from Coeliacs (but it seems to depend on the branch).

CASA MANOLO

Location: 43 Upper St, London N1 0PN

Food: Spanish

Gluten free status: gluten free options / maybe not for Coeliacs though

OTTOLENGHI

Location: 287 Upper St, London N1 2TZ

Food: Mediterranean / Middle Eastern

Gluten free status: ????

THE GATE

Location: 370 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NN

Food: Vegetarian / Vegan

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unsure about cross-contamination

THE TACO STAND

Location: 21 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ

Food: Mexican (food stall in Chapel Market)

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unsure about cross-contamination

LA PORCHETTA

Location: 141-142 Upper St, London N1 1QY

Food: Italian

Gluten free status: gluten free pizza & pasta available / unknown cross-contamination risks

THE REGENT

Location: 201-203 Liverpool Rd, London N1 1LX

Food: pizzeria / pub / takeaway

Gluten free status: gluten free beer & pizza available / unknown cross-contamination risks

ROMEO’S SUGAR FREE BAKERY

Location: 178 Upper St, Islington, London N1 1RG

Food: sugar free bakery

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unknown cross-contamination risks

HOLY COW

Location: 98, Angel, Chapel Market, London N1 9EY

Food: Indian takeaway

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unknown cross-contamination risks

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

Location: 31 Camden Passage, London N1 8EA

Food: English & American breakfasts + comfort foods

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unknown cross-contamination risks

Nearest tube station: Angel

FIVE GUYS

Location: 71 Upper St, London N1 0NY

Food: burgers & fries fast-food

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unknown cross-contamination risks

ZIA LUCIA

Location: 157 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LX

Food: Italian / pizzeria

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / but sadly not safe for coeliacs – apparently their gluten free pizza is amazing though so if you’re not a coeliac / don’t need to be careful with cross-contamiantion, then give this place a go.

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road + Highbury & Islington

APOLLO RESTAURANT

Location: 

Food: Greek

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / I haven’t tried them yet, but they sounded very clued up and confident when I questioned them.

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road + Finsbury Park

JAMIE’S ITALIAN

Location: 409-411 St John Sreet, North Retail, Angel Building, London EC1V 4AB

Food: Italian

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unknown cross-contamination risks

Nearest tube station: Angel

PIZZA HUT

Location: 169 Upper St, London N1 1RG

Food: gluten free pizza

Gluten free status: although Pizza Hut has gluten free options available and are accredited by Coeliac Uk, they are questionable for Coeliacs. Many report getting glutened from them and I suspect it depends on the branch, but be careful if you are a Coeliac.

Nearest tube station: Highbury & Islington

DOMINOS

Location: multiple locations

Food: gluten free pizza

Gluten free status: same as Pizza Hut, Dominos has gluten free options available and are accredited by Coeliac Uk, but they are questionable for Coeliacs. Many report getting glutened from them and I suspect it depends on the branch, but be careful if you are a Coeliac.

JAMON JAMON

Location: 88 Upper St, London N1 0NP

Food: Spanish / tapas

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unknown cross-contamination risks

MASALA ZONE

Location: 80 Upper St, London N1 0NU

Food: Indian

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unknown cross-contamination risks

THE HUMMINGBIRD BAKERY

Location: 405 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4AB

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unknown cross-contamination risks

Nearest tube station: Angel

BANANA TREE

Location: 

Food: Indo-Chinese

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unknown cross-contamination risks

Nearest tube station: Angel

ASK ITALIAN

Location: 52 Upper St, London N1 0PN

Food: modern Italian

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unknown cross-contamination risks

PIEBURY CORNER

Location: 209-211 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DL

Food: pies – takeaway or eat in

Gluten free status: gluten free pies available / unknown cross-contamination risks

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road + Highbury & Islington

TOOTOOMOO

Location: 

Food: Asian fusion

Gluten free status: gluten free options available / unknown cross-contamination risks

Nearest tube station: Highbury & Islington

FIREZZA

Location: 

Food: pizzeria / takeaway

Gluten free status: gluten free pizza available / unknown cross-contamination risks

Nearest tube station: Highbury & Islington

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These aren’t exactly in Islington, but close enough and well worth a visit for the gluten free beer lovers who live in the area.

KRIS WINES

Location: 394 York Way, London N7 9LW

Nearest tube station: Caledonian Road + Holloway Road

This place a several different gluten free beers. Some clearly labelled and some not so just ask and they’ll tell you everything they have in stock at the moment.

INDIE BEERS

Gluten free beers from Indie Beers in Holloway | gluten free Islington guide | North London | Fantasma IPA | Bad Kitty vanilla porter

Location: 322 Holloway Rd, London N7 6NJ

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road

This place even has the two best gluten free beers (in my opinion): Fantasma IPA and Bad Kitty vanilla porter. 🙌

CLAPTON CRAFT

Location #1: 

Nearest tube station: Finsbury Park

Location #2: 326 Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2TH

Nearest tube station: Tufnell Park + Kentish Town

Last I checked this place had every single flavours of First Chop among other things.

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T H E   S H O P S   &   S U P E R M A R K E T S

There’s a huge selection of shops and supermarkets in the area so definitely no shortage of gluten free products around.

WAITROSE

Location: multiple locations

MARKS & SPENCER

Location: 5 Liverpool Rd, London N1 0RR

SAINSBURY’S

Location: multiple locations – – – main one: 31-41 Liverpool Rd, London N1 0RW

TESCO

Location: multiple locations

MORRISONS

Location: 10 Hertslet Rd, London N7 6PL

It’s technically in Holloway, but it’s a large one with a huge gluten free section so it’s worth the trip.

BUDGENS

Location: 213-215 Upper St, London N1 1RL

This one even sells Artisan Gluten Free Bakery products like croissants!

HOLLAND & BARRET

Location: multiple locations

PLANET ORGANIC

Location: 64 Essex Rd, London N1 8LR

PRICKLY PEAR

Location: 148 Seven Sisters Rd, London N7 7PL

This little shops has lots of gluten free products. It’s not technically in Islington as it’s closer to Finsbury Park, but it’s close enough.

HING YIP (Chinese supermarket)

Location: 88 Holloway Rd, Highbury East, London N7 8JG

HUA RUN (Chinese supermarket)

Location: 122 Seven Sisters Rd, London N7 6AE

Both of these Chinese supermarkets have a tonne of gluten free products from rice noodles, rice wraps, naturally gluten free soy sauces (like Datu Puti, which is much cheaper than the mainstream supermarkets), curry pastes, sauces, mochi… they even have some gluten free Shaohsing wine!

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P U B S   &   B A R S   T H A T   S E R V E   G L U T E N   F R E E   B E E R

There are probably more pubs that serve gluten free beer, but these are just the ones I’ve personally noticed. And the best is by far House of Hammerton! Let me know in the comments if you know of any other. 🙂

HOUSE OF HAMMERTON

Gluten free beers from House of Hammerton |Saldler's Dakota & Citrus Tine | Islington | Holloway

Location: 99 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LT

Nearest tube station: Highbury & Islington (3 mins) + Holloway Road (9 mins)

That Sadler’s Dakota IPA is one of of my favourites so far.

THE CASTLE

Location: 54 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9HF

Nearest tube station: Angel

THE REGENT

Location: 201-203 Liverpool Rd, London N1 1LX

Nearest tube station: Angel + Highbury & Islington

THE SWIMMERS ARMS

Location: 

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road

WETHERSPOONS

Location: 3 different locations

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road + Highbury & Islington + Angel

BIG RED

Location: 385 Holloway Rd, London N7 0RY

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road

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5 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for this. I’m coming to London soon and I was going to go to Beyond Bread in Islington. I didn’t realise there’s so much there! I’ll have to stick around for dinner as well.

  2. I live close by but I didn’t know about most of these places! Cheers!

  3. Do you know anywhere else that serves gluten-free beer in London? Let us know in the comments below.

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