Gluten-free guide to eating at London airports

Gluten-free guide to eating at London airports

From Full English breakfast to sushi and sashimi, coffee and cake to satay and salads, there is a surprisingly wide range of food options at London airports for those on a gluten-free diet.

Gluten Free

While not all restaurants, cafes and take-aways guarantee a gluten-free food preparation environment, many do publish their own allergen guides and have staff to help you make the right choices.

Gluten is found in some grains, specifically wheat, barley and rye, and needs to be avoided by those who have coeliac disease. Others choose to follow a gluten-free diet for other health and nutritional benefits.

Here you’ll find an easy overview of the gluten-free eating and drinking options at the six London airports, Gatwick, Heathrow, London City, Luton, Southend and Stansted.

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the hub for a number of popular short-haul airlines and is also the gateway to many long-haul destinations and connections, such as the Caribbean, Asia, Australia and North America. It is the UK’s second busiest airport. You’ll find a wide range of food and beverage outlets in both North and South terminals, many offering gluten-free options.  

Heathrow Airport

Whichever terminal you are flying from at Heathrow, you won’t be short of refreshment choices, from takeaways to restaurants serving a variety of cuisines. Check out our terminal-by-terminal guide below for the most gluten-free-friendly options.

London City Airport

Although primarily an airport for business destinations, such as Luxembourg and Frankfurt, London City also serves several leisure destinations. In 2019, London City handled over five million passengers. While the range of eating and drinking outlets is not extensive, you can still find refreshments that are gluten-free.

Luton Airport

The UK’s fifth busiest airport, Luton airport is the base for major low-cost carriers and charter airlines, sending over 18 million passengers on their travels in 2019. Within the terminal there are several bars, restaurants, cafes and take-away outlets and you’ll find the ones that cater for gluten-free diets listed below.

Southend Airport

The smallest of London’s six airports, Southend airport welcomed just over two million passengers through its terminal in 2019. Facilities include a pub, which provides allergen information on its menu items.

Stansted Airport

With over 27 million passengers passing through Stansted airport each year, inside the terminal you’ll find a choice of places to eat and drink, including several that provide gluten-free options and allergen advice. 

The following table is a brief overview of food and beverage outlets in London’s six airports that cater for gluten-free diets. Some highlight gluten-free options on their menus, others list ingredients for each product and others provide an allergen guide upon request. Don’t forget most UK airports also have retail stores, such as Boots and WH Smiths, that stock gluten-free sandwiches and wraps, subject to availability. 

Where to find gluten-free food and drink at London Airports

Gluten-free options at Gatwick North Terminal

RestaurantOpening HoursBefore/After Security
Costa Coffee05.00 – 18.00Before Security
Pret a Manger04.00 – 19.00After Security
Pret a Manger Satellite Pier06.00 – 13.00After Security
Sonoma04.30 – 19.30After Security
StarbucksFirst Flight – Last FlightAfter Security
The Red Lion03.30 – 20.30After Security
Wagamama06.30 -19.00After Security

Gluten-free options at Gatwick South Terminal

RestaurantOpening HoursBefore/After Security
Cafe Nero05.00 – 19.00Before Security
Caviar House & Prunier07.00 – 17.00After Security
Costa Coffee05.00 – 23.00Before Security
Costa Coffee06.00 – 18.00After Security
Giraffe06.00 – 21.00Before Security
Nando’s04.30 – 21.30After Security
Pret a Manger05.00 – 19.00After Security
Starbucks05.00 – 20.30After Security
The Flying Horse04.00 – 20.30After Security
Wagamamas12.00 – 21.00After Security
Wondertree05.00 – 20.30After Security

Gluten-free options at Heathrow Terminal 2

RestaurantOpening HoursBefore/After Security
Cafe Nero06.30 – 22.00After Security
Cafe Nero05.30 – 21.00Arrivals
Caviar House & Prunier06.00 – 21.30After Security
Costa Coffee24 HoursBefore Security
LeonFirst Flight – Last FlightAfter Security
Pret a Manger04.45 – 21.30After Security
Shan Shui07.30 – 20.00After Security
WondertreeFirst Flight – Last FlightAfter Security
Yo! SushiFirst Flight – Last FlightAfter Security

Gluten-free options at Heathrow Terminal 3

RestaurantOpening Hours Before/After Security
Cafe Nero24 HoursAfter Security
Cafe Nero24 HoursArrivals
Caviar House & Prunier06.00 – 21.30After Security
Caviar House & Oyster Bar07.00 – 19.00After Security
Costa Coffee06.00 – 18.00Before Security
Pret a Manger06.00 – 20.00Before Security
Pret a Manger06.00 – 18.00After Security
Spuntino06.00 – 13.00After Security
Wagamamas04.45 – 21.45After Security
Yo! SushiFirst Flight – Last FlightAfter Security

Gluten-free options at Heathrow Terminal 5

RestaurantOpening HoursBefore/After Security
Cafe Nero06.30 – 22.00Before Security
Cafe Nero06.00 – 20.30Arrivals
Caviar House & Prunier05.30 – 20.30After Security
Costa Coffee24 HoursArrivals
Fortnum & Mason05.30 – 21.00After Security
Giraffe05.30 – 16.00After Security
ItsuFirst Flight – Last FlightAfter Security
Kanishka Kitchen06.00 – 20.00Before Security
Pilot’s Bar & KitchenFirst Flight – Last FlightAfter Security
Pret a Manger Gate A905.00 – 22.00After Security
Pret a Manger Gate A306.00 – 20.00After Security
Starbucks Gate A10First Flight – Last FlightAfter Security
Starbucks Gate B3505.30 – 17.00After Security
Starbucks Gate C5505.00 – 15.00After Security
The Crown RiversFirst Flight – Last FlightAfter Security
Wagamamas06.30 – 20.00After Security

Gluten-free options at London City Airport

RestaurantOpening HoursBefore/After Security
Cafe Nero05.30 – 21.00After Security
Pret a Manger06.00 – 18.30After Security
The City Bar05.30 – Last FlightAfter Security

Gluten-free options at Luton Airport

RestaurantOpening HoursBefore/After Security
Costa Coffee24 HoursBefore Security
Crepeaffaire24 HoursAfter Security
Fattorie Garofalo03.00 – 22.00After Security
Frankie & Bennie’s05.00 – Last FlightAfter Security
Friska04.00 – Last FlightAfter Security
Pret a Manger03.00 – Last FlightAfter Security
Pret a Manger03.00 – 23.00Before Security
Starbucks24 HoursAfter Security
Starbucks24 HoursBefore Security
Wasabi24 HoursAfter Security

Gluten-free options at Southend Airport

RestaurantOpening HoursBefore/After Security
The NavigatorFirst Flight – Last FlightAfter Security

Gluten-free options at Stansted Airport

RestaurantOpening HoursBefore/After Security
Costa Coffee05.00 – 22.00After Security
Costa Coffee24 HoursBefore Security
Itsu07.00 – 18.00After Security
Leon05.00 – 19.30After Security
Pret a Manger04.00 – 23.00After Security
The Windmill04.00 – 20.00After Security

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