Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley

The Best Bakeries in London

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Freshly baked bread, artistic éclairs, the perfect doughnut, and international treats: we select our favourite bakeries in London – which will be your chosen bun?

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Best Bakeries in London

SHIOK!

SHIOK!

The latest bakery to hit the capital is SHIOK! (pronounced ‘shook’) – a project from the Pan Pacific London team. Located in Devonshire House, the building adjacent to the hotel, the Singapore-influence patisserie is spearheaded by Pan Pacific’s acclaimed pastry chef Cherish Finden. The aim is to bridge the gap between tradition and innovation, showcasing Asian patisserie to Londoners with a menu of eclectic sweet treats, plus a breakfast offering. Highlights include a selection of Petit Gateaux inspired by Finden’s childhood: ‘Handbag’, for instance, is an ode to Finden’s mother who would buy her mini handbags, made with flavours of lemon and raspberry compote. The ‘Chocolate TeaPot’, meanwhile, is influenced by the Chinese tradition of drinking from the smallest teapot which her grandfather always adhered to. All this can be enjoyed alongside the Singaporean staple of bubble tea. Opening 16 June, panpacificlondon.com

LELE’s

LELE's

Vegan hotspot LELE’s is the brainchild of Italian-born Valentina Fois, located in Clapton, Hackney. Valentina’s aim was to create somewhere where people could sit and chat while enjoying simple good food – inspired by convivial Italian culture – but there’s also an online shop. LELE’s offers some of the prettiest treats in town: think brownies, coffee and walnut cake, amaretti biscotti and carrot cake – all vegan and some gluten-free, and made with locally sourced ingredients. Fancy making your own? The café also serves cake mixes. leleslondon.com

Cédric Grolet at The Berkeley

Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley

As if we needed another reason to go to The Berkeley, the Knightsbridge hotel has opened a bakery from one of the world’s top pastry chefs, Cédric Grolet. His first patisserie outside France, it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds, designed by Remi Tessier with a pastry theatre and immersive seats overlooking the kitchen. Grolet is famous for his culinary ‘trompe-l’œil’ where patisserie wizardry is used to create optical illusions, and at The Berkeley, he brings together two of his signatures: fruits and flowers. the-berkeley.co.uk

Layla Bakery

 

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Priding itself on using wild grains, Layla Bakery is all about embracing ancient traditions and a slow and thoughtful pace of life. Best known for it’s fabulous sausage rolls, breads, and spiced buns, Layla Bakery is the perfect weekend place to pick up a pastry and watch the world go by. laylabakery.com

Knead a Little Love

Knead a Little Love

Vegan doughnut company Knead a Little Love launched in East London’s Hoxton Street market in 2018, but lockdown gave founder Jess time to properly work on the business. She has perfected her recipes, with nine flavours to choose from – both traditional and experimental, from the classic strawberry to apple flavoured popping candy, plus a particularly delicious chocolate orange filled number. kneadalittlelove.com

The Connaught Patisserie

The Connaught Patisserie

Follow the pink flag on Mount Street to find The Connaught’s new patisserie: a rose-hued space with marble floors and crystal lights. The food is equally beautiful, with everything from lemon madeleines to chouquettes on offer, plus the patisserie signature: the Connaught hound from the hotel’s emblem reimagined as a chocolate hazelnut cake. The River Café, a long-time friend of The Connaught, will also be hand delivering their signature Chocolate Nemesis each day to The Connaught Patisserie – the first time the cake has been available outside of its home. the-connaught.co.uk

Cutter & Squidge

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. cutterandsquidge.com

Bread Ahead

Bread Covent GArden

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 recently opened their biggest site to date in Wembley Park, featuring a bakery, baking school and restaurant, which serves up a brand new menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner. breadahead.com

Len & Grechka

Len & Grechka

Looking for healthy bread options? Model Lena Perminova recently launched her Russian-based bakery brand in the UK, offering home delivery of its signature product from which it takes its name: a fermented loaf of linseed and buckwheat. Both ingredients have a whole host of nutritional benefits – buckwheat is rich in iron, zinc and selenium, while linseed is high in dietary fibre, potassium, vitamin B and omega-3. Products in the range are also naturally gluten-free, and made without yeast, sugar or additives. Image: Instagram. facebook.com/lengrechkauk

Primrose Bakery

Primrose Bakery Cupcakes

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. primrose-bakery.co.uk

Violet

Violet Bakery

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. Image: Instagram. violetcakes.com

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Kova

Kova Mille Crepe Cake

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! kovapatisserie.com

Peggy Porschen

Peggy Porschen

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. peggyporschen.com

Poilâne

Poliane

Poilâne bakery was founded on the rue du Cherche-Midi in Paris back in 1932, going on to open a London store around 20 years ago. Its sourdough is world-famous for a reason – and now you can enjoy it at home, thanks to their newly launched delivery service, which features a selection of breads, biscuits and other baked treats. poliane.com

Little Sourdough Kitchen

Little Sourdough Kitchen

This tiny bakery opened in Fulham in 2019 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! Image: Instagram. facebook.com/little-sourdough-kitchen

Maître Choux

Maitre Choux

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. maitrechoux.com

Lily Vanilli

Lily Vanilli

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 your sweet tooth is lacking, opt for one of their famous sausage rolls instead. lilyvanilli.com

Andina Panaderia

Andina Panaderia

Discover the wonders of Peruvian baked goods at Andina Panaderia in Westbourne Grove. A much-needed addition to the infinitely cosmopolitan London food scene, specialising in slow-ferment sweet and savoury baking.

Main image: Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley

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