Freshly baked bread, artistic éclairs, the perfect doughnut, and international treats…We select our favourite bakeries in London – which will be your chosen bun?
This bakery’s filled doughnuts are the stuff of legend. Piped with vanilla, chocolate, jam or honeycomb custard and sprinkled with sugar, they are worth every bite of the high-calorie count. We’ve nabbed their famous recipe so you can try and make them at home, too. And some exciting news for North West Londoners: Bread Ahead have just announced they’re opening their biggest site to date in Wembley Park, featuring a bakery, and restaurant, which will serve up a brand new menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Little Sourdough Kitchen
This tiny bakery opened in Fulham last year and has been constantly churning out loaves of sourdough ever since. Stocking all the discerning households of South West London as well as top London restaurants, go early in the morning to avoid disappointment – and enjoy while still warm with your first coffee of the day. Heaven!
Purveyors of dark rye bread, cinnamon buns and strong coffee, this Scandi café has three London locations and provides a welcome dose of calm in the centre of London. The perfectly spiced dough of the cinnamon buns is worth the journey alone.
Remember the cupcake hype of the late Noughties? It originated with Primrose Bakery’s divine pastel-coloured creations. The bakery is still going strong, and cake fans flock from far and wide. Luckily, they’ve now got stores in Kensington and Covent Garden, too. Keep an eye out for new flavours, and don’t leave without trying the Carrot Cupcake.
Italians sure know how to bake, and luckily for us, artisan Milan eatery Princi has set up shop on Wardour Street. Go there for fabulous, fresh breads, Italian pastries and best of all, handmade pizza. It’s no wonder all of Soho’s creative media types go there in their droves come lunchtime…
Violet offers everything you could possibly want from a bakery; cute, quaint and serving the best cupcakes you’ve ever tasted. Lines spill out onto the pavement on the weekends but the wait is very much worth it, with freshly baked scones stuffed with clotted cream and cardamom jam among the treasures that await. Although small in size, Violet was chosen to bake Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake – and if it’s good enough for the royals…
Discover the wonders of Peruvian baked goods at the newly-opened Andina Panaderia in Westbourne Grove. A much-needed addition to the infinitely cosmopolitan London food scene, specialising in slow-ferment sweet and savoury baking.
Fans of baked goods will be well-acquainted with the legendary Cronut that originated from Dominique Ansel’s New York bakery. The London outpost of course sells the doughnut-croissant hybrid, but is also worth a visit for other creative baked goods rooted in French technique. We love the Welsh Rarebit croissant that’s exclusive to the London store, as well as delicious frozen S’mores and innovative cakes and tarts. Check out Dominique’s recipe for mini madeleines here.
Joakim Prat’s beautifully constructed éclairs are where food meets art. The first and only choux pastry specialist patisserie in the world, the rest of London’s éclairs hardly compare, and flavours change seasonally to ensure there’s always something new to tickle your taste buds.
Sitting hidden just off Columbia road, Lily Vanilli is the perfect place to stop for cake and coffee after braving the adjacent flower markets. Cakes on display change seasonally (check their Instagram page for daily, delicious updates!). If you’re sweet tooth is lacking, opt for one of their famous sausage rolls instead.
Not familiar with the wonders of Japanese patisserie? Kova will prove a tasty introduction. Specialising in handmade sweet treats with a Japanese twist, you will no doubt have seen their colourful Mille Crepe cakes on Instagram and salivated at the multiple layers of French crepe with light custard filling in between. Now all you have to do is try it for yourself!
With its picture-perfect pink flower façade, this might just be the prettiest bakery in London. Elton John, Madonna and Kate Moss are all fans, and for good reason. On their website Peggy Porschen describe their cakes as “edible works of art” – which is true, but more importantly they taste delicious. As well as their famous cupcakes, you can order bigger party cakes which are almost too pretty to eat…almost.
Cutter & Squidge
Home to the biskie, all-natural bakery Cutter & Squidge recently opened a second venue in the heart of the city, providing sweet solace to stressed bankers. While their signature biskie (cake/cookie/biscuit hybrid) takes centre stage, they also do impressive cakes, truffles and macaroons.