Looking for the best bakeries in London? We’ve got you covered.
As far as bakeries go, we Londoners are very spoiled for choice. And not just because there’s a Pret A Manger on every corner! The capital is filled with hundreds of the most picturesque little bakeries serving up a mix of baked classics and delicious new finds. We’ve compiled a list of the best bakeries in London for the next time you need to quench that sweet tooth. From cinnamon buns to chocolate crownies (a croissant and brownie hybrid) let’s dive into the city’s most sumptuous spots.
Comptoir Gourmand is a beautiful family-run boulangerie with spots in Bermondsey, Borough Market and Soho. If you’re a fan of pastries, you’ll be in your element! There are the classics and lots of delicious combinations; almond and chocolate pastries, cookie croissants, pistachio brionuts, and much more.
Cinnamon buns have truly taken the capital by storm! And there’s no better place to try one of these delectable treats than at a Swedish bakery, like Söderberg in Soho. They serve up a whole host of Swedish favorites as well as the much-loved cinnamon bun. Their hot chocolate with cardamom makes the perfect accompaniment to one of their baked goods.
Pophams’ selection really goes against the grain, and the payoff is incredible! Their Hackney and Islington shops feature Rosemary and Sea Salt twists, bacon and maple pastries, and some truly salivating toasties if you’re looking for a lunchtime treat!
If you’re bonkers for a beignet, then a visit to the Bread Ahead Bakery is a must! They sell a wide range of freshly baked bread and treats. However, the pièce de résistance is their vanilla, chocolate, praline and jam-filled doughnuts that are made fresh daily. They’re definitely worth the extra dough!
Fabrique is another fab Swedish bakery chain selling artisan bread and pastries, made using traditional, natural, and fresh ingredients. They have all manner of baked buns; cinnamon, saffron, cardamom, walnut…and they cannot lie!
WA Cafe is a Japanese Bakery and Patisserie offering up some of the most photogenic and intricately designed cakes in the biz. If you’ve had your weekly fill of croissants, then this is a great place to head to try something a bit more special.
The Scandinavians certainly know what they’re doing when it comes to baking! Another great spot filled with delectable treats is the Danish chain, Ole and Steen. There are lots of these dotted throughout the city and they’re fab for a breakfast bite or afternoon snack. Their open sandwiches make a great lunch, however, their cinnamon social, a take on the much-loved Cinnamon bun, is a real crowd pleaser!
E5 Bakehouse is a beautifully rustic East London spot that makes all their goodies with organic and freshly sourced ingredients. It is also Michelin star chef, Michel Roux Jr’s favourite London haunt! So, we would expect BIG things.
Layla’s is a cosy little West London spot that’s an artisan bakery by day and natural wine bar by night. Their mission is to ensure that all of their ingredients are in season, ensuring they’re at their most nutritional and tastiest. Fans of focaccia can also indulge in their focaccia toasties, which are as decadent and scrumptious as they sound.
If it’s loved by Nigella Lawson, you know it’s going to be pretty darn good. The Dusty Knuckle bakery has an array of treats to feast your eyes and your belly on. However, their sourdough sandwiches are really where it’s at. They aren’t just sandwiches, they are works of art!
Hopefully, with our list of the best bakeries in London, you’ll never have to go hungry while in the capital. Especially since COVID, it’s great to support smaller businesses (than Greggs or Costa!) and to delight in the ethically and organically source goodness that their treats are made from. All that’s left to say is, Bon Appétit! For more things to do, check out our picks of the best places to go rock climbing in London.