I’ll let you in on a little secret… my absolute favorite thing to do in London is explore Borough Market! Not least because there are gluten free Borough Market stalls galore.
I have been to Borough Market dozens and dozens of times over the last six years. Although I no longer live in the UK, I always book myself at least one day in London during return visits (usually, the day before my flight home). It has become my little tradition to spend that day wandering the stalls of Borough Market which, after all this time, feel a bit like home. Oh no, I’m getting sentimental. That means it’s time to move on to the good stuff: Borough Market’s incredible gluten free offerings!
I have some firm favorites when it comes to gluten free Borough Market options, but I decided to do a bit of reconnaissance during my last visit. In this article, you will find all the notable gluten free stalls at Borough Market. Feast yourself on gooey gluten free cookies, hearty Indian food, fresh corn tortillas, sweet and rich honey, and oh so much more!
100% gluten free Borough Market stalls
Free From Bakehouse
I need to list Free From Bakehouse first because it is the mecca of gluten free options at Borough Market! This bakery is dedicated gluten free and goes above and beyond sourcing gluten free ingredients from certified manufacturers, and even tests their facility for gluten independently every six months. The Free From Bakehouse also makes about two thirds of its baked goods dairy free, sugar free, and vegan.
Your eyes will seriously pop out when you come across the Free From Bakehouse stall – I always spend an inordinate amount of time
drooling staring at their products because I want them all. The salted caramel chocolate cake is award winning, but I am also partial to the Victoria Sponge, any of the dessert breads, scones, and cupcakes.
*Important note: Free From Bakehouse is NOT at Borough Market on Mondays. You can find them every other day the market is open.
Horn OK Please
Horn OK Please serves up Indian style street food. Their Borough Market menu is 100% gluten free and vegetarian, and consists of dosas (a lentil pancake) among other items. Although the Borough Market stall is entirely gluten free, Horn OK Please does serve non-gluten free samosas at other markets… please consult the staff if you are concerned about cross contamination during transport, although this is unlikely.
The freshest, best tasting, and best priced oysters in London… right here at Richard Haward in Borough Market! I’m pretty sure they didn’t set out to be 100% gluten free but with oysters as the sole menu item, they are. There are a variety of oyster stalls in Borough Market but this one is by far my favorite. It has none of the pretentiousness and overpriced menus of other stalls. Instead, choose your style of oyster and have it shucked in front of you by an oyster-man in a rubber smock (they’re called oyster-men, right?). Prices range from £.70 to £2 for a fresh oyster! You can choose tabasco sauce (which is gluten free) or lemon wedge to top.
Head to Khanom Krok’s stall for a 100% gluten and dairy free Thai food experience! They serve pad thai as well as they very unique coconut pancakes that are traditional for Thai street food.
Tibs Canteen – CLOSED
This 100% gluten free Ethiopian stall used to be one of my favorites at Borough Market. Unfortunately as of September 2019 they’ve left Borough Market.
Non-dedicated gluten free Borough Market stalls
I will unashamedly say that Gujarati Rasoi is my absolute favorite stall at Borough Market for a gluten free lunch! I have been grabbing lunch here for six years and it only gets better. Gujarati Rasoi serves Indian and Nepali style thalis or dal bhats. Both are actually a combination of other dishes (lentils, cauliflower, aloo gobi, rice, etc.) – and all are naturally gluten free and vegan! They also serve gluten free onion bhajis (made from chickpea flour)! The only gluten containing item at Gujarati Rasoi are the samosas which are kept in a separate glass container at the far end of the stall.
Fish! is famous for its classic British fish and chips… and I mean really famous, as they’ve won the award for best fish and chips in the entire UK. They have a sit down restaurant and a takeaway both within Borough Market. You’ll be happy to hear there are gluten free options at Fish! – although less pleased to hear these options aren’t reliably available. Fish! can prepare gluten free fish and chips, however on the day I most recently visited their fryer had been contaminated for the day. It seems that some days the fryer is kept gluten free, and some days not. Maybe call ahead if you are desperate for fish and chips. Alternatively, the sit down restaurant has an extensive GF menu, and the takeaway staff is also trained to clean the grill to prepare gluten free grilled fish as an alternative (although of course this is less exciting).
My first stop at Borough Market is always to Change Please, a tiny coffee stall with a big impact. Change Please is a London non-profit that trains people who are homeless to be baristas (yup, the very ones serving you in Borough Market!). It also offers a living wage, housing support, mental wellbeing support, and more. I love doing my first “rounds” of Borough Market with a Change Please cappuccino in hand. From a gluten free perspective, please be aware Change Please uses non-GF oat milk. However they have allergy protocol in place and when I last visited, they had a separate container to heat and mix oat milk. Of course, confirm cross contamination when you visit!
Produce & goods stalls at Borough Market with gluten free options
Cool Chile Co. – CLOSED
Cool Chile Co. sells Mexican products and cooking supplies and the best corn tortillas in the UK. I used to always stock up at Borough Market but sadly Cool Chile Co. stopped trading here last year. You can still order directly from them, though!
From Field & Flower
I love visiting From Field & Flower at Borough Market. This is a honey stall… but not just any honey. They have over a dozen different types of honey from a variety of flowers, ranging from mild to strong flavor. All honeys are completely gluten free and taste testing is encouraged!
The Cider House
Stop by The Cider House for one of the UK’s naturally gluten free specialties – cider (or “hard cider” to us Americans). The Cider House sells bottled cider from orchards and cideries in New Forest. Definitely pop by in November and December to pick up a cup of hot mulled cider!
Spice Mountain sells – you guessed it – spices! As in – you guessed it again – mountains of spices. From Indian black salt to pink himalayan salt to turmeric root to sachets of mulling spices for the holidays… you name it and you can find it at Spice Mountain. Be aware that whilst Spice Mountain sells freshly ground spices from pure ingredients, they are not certified gluten free.
One of the most colorful produce stalls in all of Borough Market! Definitely stop by Ted’s Veg if you are shopping for fresh, organic fruit and vegetables. They also often sell juices – mulled in the winter months!
Richard Bramble Collection
I know it’s a stretch for a ‘gluten free Borough Market’ article, but I just have to put Richard Bramble on your radar! Richard Bramble’s stall sells mugs, plates, cards, and kitchen supplies all printed with his colorful and iconic illustrations. So, nothing edible, but surely something beautiful to stock your gluten free kitchen with!
Things to do near Borough Market
I typically spend a couple hours exploring Borough Market… you could definitely do it in less, but what can I say, I’m obsessed! There is a certain pleasure in wandering the market with time as no obstacle. I also love the southwark and southbank areas of London, and there are plenty of other activities nearby:
- Eat your Borough Market meal in the shadow of Southwark Cathedral
- Wander along the Thames admiring the London skyline
- Take in a show at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- Go to the Tate Modern art museum (it’s free!)
- Walk across the Millenium Bridge
- Take a ride on the massive London Eye
- Visit the London Aquarium and watch sharks swim overhead
Related: What To Do in Little Venice, London
Where to stay near Borough Market
Southwark and southbank, including Borough Market, make up an amazing area to stay in London. There is so much to do here, including major tube stops and train stations, that it’s worth booking accommodation in the area.
Here are my recommendations for where to stay near Borough Market:
- St Christopher’s Village ($): A very clean and well-kept hostel in the southwark area. I’ve stayed here before and was very impressed. It’s definitely a step up from your average hostel! Book St Christopher’s Village here.
- ibis Styles London Southwark ($$): ibis is a UK hotel chain that is known for its moderate prices and well designed rooms. This location is great for exploring southwark and southbank. Book ibis Styles here.
- Citizen M Southbank ($$-$$$): I adore the Citizen M brand for its kooky design and massive beds! I’ve stayed at this southbank location before and it’s maybe my favorite hotel in London. They market themselves as a ‘budget’ brand but the price tag is definitely higher than your average budget traveler. In my opinion, though, totally worth the splurge. Book Citizen M here.
Borough Market Details
What? Borough Market, a famous food market in London
Where? Right next to Southwark Cathedral, south of the Thames. 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, United Kingdom.
When? The market is open Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-6pm, and Saturday 8am-5pm, with extended Sunday hours during December.
Have you been to Borough Market before? Let me know if you visit, and please get some Indian food, corn tortillas, and gluten free cupcakes for me!
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