London's bakery scene has exploded in recent years with a wide variety of innovative bakeries launching all over the capital. So whether you're after the best sourdough, sublime pastries or wonderful milk loaves, here are the very best in town.
9 Mercer Street, The Yards, London WC2H 9QJ
Arome is inspired by French patisserie techniques, but uses flavours from Singapore, Japan and France. Top sellers are the Arome shokupan loaf, but you'll also find a miso bacon escargot, and apple Danish with miso caramel sauce and much more.
Follow on Instagram: @aromebakerylondon
279 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8QF
They describe themselves as a "rustic French bakery" , selling some of the very best French loaves in the King's Cross area. Their pastries are also highly recommended (they do a great millefeuille) and we've previously been addicted to their chicken club sandwiches.
Delivery: Free local delivery for orders over £15
Follow on Instagram: @aux_pains_de_papy
51 a, Blackstock Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2JW
Baban's Naan has been a Finsbury Park mainstay for years, that has recently started getting attention further afield. Simply put, they serve up some of the best naan in London, made to order right in front of you. It's also extremely cheap. Best eaten asap while still warm though (speaking from experience) and you can get falafel wrapped in the naan here too.
Bread Ahead are probably one of the biggest success stories of the new breed of London bakeries. They originally started in Borough Market before growing their number of stalls and eventually launching standalone bakeries (the flagship is at Borough now). The sourdough is highly recommended and we have a particular thing for their doughnuts. If you're looking to stretch your baking skills, they offer excellent and varied classes.
Delivery: London postcodes.
Follow on Instagram: @breadaheadbakery
Arch 373 Helmsley Place, Hackney, London E8 3SB
Owner and chef Christoffer Hruskova has moved from running a Michelin-starred restaurant to opening this Danish bakery in London Fields. The breads here are baked without yeast or additives, using traditional Danish baking techniques. They do great Danish rye, seeded sourdough and the marvellously named Hindbaersnitter which is a raspberry danish pastry.
Follow on Instagram: @thebreadstation
Ground Floor, 19 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB
The Japanese Cafe Kitsune has conquered the world (particularly on Instagram) with cafes in Tokyo, Paris and New York. This is their first UK location and has been one of the big hits of the Pantechnicon building in Belgravia. Favourites are their egg sando or pastries like the caramel miso rice pudding brioche and the double-baked matcha croissant.
Follow on Instagram: @cafekitsune
17-21 Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9RP
Chestnut took over the space that was vacated by Dominique Ansel in Pimlico. The team in charge has been pulled from baking institutions across London and on offer are breads like their tomato, olive and rosemary fougasse, lemon pie croisssants and much more.
Delivery: Local delivery by Deliveroo
Follow on Instagram: @chestnut.bakery
Dalston, Green Lanes
Dusty Knuckle are among the very upper echelons of London bakers with their Dalston bakery well worth a pilgrimage (although look out for a second bakery opening on Green Lanes soon). Sourdough is the big seller. We don't often show favouritism, but we have to admit their potato sourdough is one of our favourite loaves in London and their cinnamon morning buns are pretty great too. They also have a roaming milk float, selling bread in different locations daily.
Follow on Instagram: @thedustyknuckle
396 Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH
E5 Bakehouse are one of London's premier sourdough providers and you'll find them in many a restaurant too. The range also includes a spelt loaf, rye breads and buns and plenty of top drawer pastries. Brunch at their cafe is very popular, and they have a coffee roastery in Poplar.
Follow on Instagram: @e5bakehouse
Fabrique hails from Stockholm, originally appearing as a bakery in Hoxton (there are now six of them across town). Rye is at the heart of the bread menu, in loaf or roll form and there's even a rye and cranberry loaf. As for the pastries, the cinnamon buns remain a big seller.
Delivery: About 5 miles from each location
Follow on Instagram: @fabriquebakery
284A Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2AA
London's bagel game is extremely strong, from Stamford Hill to Brick Lane, our output rivals anywhere in the world. But we'll admit to having a particularly fondness for this all night bakery in Finsury Park where the bagels are super fresh - and usually hot - no matter what time of day you come.
94 Askew Rd, London W12 9BL (plus Piccadilly Circus soon)
Run by Japanese baker Motoko McNulty who moved from catering into baking, this Shepherd's Bush bakery's reputation has spread way beyond London. In addition to milk loaves and yuzu custard doughnuts they do a fun line in children's treats.
Follow on Instagram: @happyskybakery
21 Newington Green, Mayville Estate, London N16 9PU
Jolene comes from the same people behind Westerns Laundry and Primeur. While the restaurant has been a big hit, it kicked off the bakery business in big style. This was followed by the opening of their Big Jo Bakery and there are more smaller Jolene bakeries planned across town. Pastries are super seasonal and the bread is made using farmer Andy Cato's heritage grains.
Follow on Instagram: @jolene_hackney
Unit 4-6, Spa Business Park, Dockley Rd, London SE16 3FJ
Little Bread Pedlar are another big supplier of London restaurants and at their Bermondsey bakery you'll find sourdough, baguettes, rosemary focaccia and more. On the pastry side, look out for their Kouign Amann in particular.
Delivery: Same-day orders, about 5 miles from the bakery
Follow on Instagram: @lbpedlar
121 E End Rd, London N2 0SZ
This East Finchley bakery is the creation of two locals who steadily built up the business to grow a reputation that now brings people across town to them. Sourdough makes an appearance across the board, including in the pastries. Top non-bread draws include their babkas, sourdough brioche cinnamon buns and Danishes, and lots more limited editions.
Follow on Instagram: @margotbakery
57 Warren St, London W1T 5NR
Owner and chef Shaheen Peerbhai trained up at Le Cordon Bleu and the Centre de Formation d'Alain Ducasse and won two prestigious The James Beard Foundation scholarships before opening her bakery on Warren Street. They have a range of bread, cookies and viennoiserie - we can highly recommend the pistachio financiers and double chocolate Valrhona cookies.
Follow on Instagram: @mielbakery
83 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8NY
Panadera comes from the same people behind Mamasons (best known for their Filipino ice cream). The Filipino bakery specialises in pandesal (Filipino milk buns) and their Panadera loaf (available in their sandos too), as well as their Instagrammable ube pie and calamansi Meringue tarts.
Follow on Instagram: @panaderabakery_
Broadway Market, Columbia Road
If you've been to Broadway Market, it's likely you've seen the queues out the door at Pavilion Bakery (even in pre-pandemic times). The sourdough bread is the main draw here, but maybe grab a pastry or two while you're there.
Follow on Instagram: @wearethepavilion
37 King William Walk, London SE10 9HU
This Greenwich-based artisan bakery (owner Paul used to be Head Chef at the two-Michelin starred restaurant Chez Nico) supplies top hotels and restaurants along with the public. There's a huge range on offer here, from sourdough to pitta through to focaccia. The burger buns and hot-dog rolls are extremely good and they have plenty of gluten-free options.
Follow on Instagram: @Paulrhodesbakery
Pophams pastries, particularly their deservedly famous bacon and maple croissant are huge hits and you'll often see them popping up on Instagram. Whenever they launch a limited edition pastry, there are queues around the block. The toasties are well worth having for lunch and they serve up an excellent pasta menu at the Hackney bakery.
Follow on Instagram: @pophamsbakery
36 Berwick St, London W1F 8RR
This Swedish-inspired bakery actually started in Edinburgh, where they have multiple bakeries, before expanding to London. The main events are their cinnamon and cardamom buns, kladdkaka, mazarins, pistaschio horseshoes and chocolate balls. Dine in and you can have waffles, open sandwiches and a very Swedish brunch.
Follow on Instagram: @soderbergbakery
161 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0UH
It's hard to know what Stokey folk would have done during lockdown without this gorgeous bakery on their doorstep. There's a reason why there's always a queue outside. If you're not a fan of sourdough, the white tin here is amazing and the bacon brioche rolls for breakfast are a must-try.
Follow on Instagram: @spencebakery
Covent Garden, Borough, Bermondsey
Almost as highly praised as the restaurant itself, the St John Bakery is hugely - and deservedly - popular. Here you can get Fergus Henderson's famed eccles cakes and some of the best doughnuts available in London, alongside breads, pastries and more. We highly rate their English white tin loaf.
Follow on Instagram: @st.john.restaurant.
12 S Ealing Rd, London W5 4QA
This South Ealing bakery makes amazing Japanese breads, cakes and pastries - if you want to make sure something is going to be in stock, like their sweet azuki bean buns, then order ahead. They also do French baguettes which are the stuff of legend in these parts.
Photo by: @aririsoo
Ealing, Covent Garden
This indie company started out in West London and now has a place in Covent Garden too where if you're into matcha, you can find it flavouring pan, croissant, tiramisu, sable - you name it. But they also serve up a very interesting savoury range featuring sandos and stuffed milk rolls too.
Follow on Instagram: @wacafelondon
Ararat (Dalston) - Pakistani flatbread shop/stall at Ridley market.
Buns from Home (Notting Hill) - Lockdown hobby turned business, selling cinnamon buns and more.
Corner Store (Peckham) - if crullers are your thing, then this is where to come for them.
Flor (Borough) - pre-order pastries to pick up from their Borough restaurant including those next level brown butter cakes.
Fortitude Bakehouse (Bloomsbury) - craft bakery specialising in sourdough cakes.
Karaway (various locations) - as the name suggests, rye bread is the speciality here.
Katsute100 (Islington) - matcha and yuzu are the key flavours at this Japanese Angel tea room.
Luminary (Camden, Hackney) - a social enterprise bakery that does particularly lovely celebration cakes.
Sourdough Sophia (Crouch End) - created during lockdown, selling from their kitchen, they crowdfunded the bakery and it became and instant hit
Uncle John's (Tottenham) - this Ghanaian bakery serves up sweet bread, boftots and more.
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