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The 15 Best Bakeries in London

From crusty, chewy sourdough bread to sticky morning buns and flaky, buttery croissants

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Being a city blessed with phenomenal bakeries is hardly specific to London: think of Paris’ embarrassment of patisserie; the panoply of pan in Tokyo; pide and lahmacun on the streets of Istanbul; San Franciscan sourdough culture. These cities’ specialities are reflections of their culture and their communities: reflections brought here by immigration and established, in turn, as pillars of those communities in London. It is this wonderful diversity married with exacting technique that makes London’s bakeries so special: a desire to innovate and excel in the context of fiercely proud traditions, with a mind to global inflections, and with the knowledge that something fresh from a warm oven is a peerless expression of hospitality.

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1. Tetote Factory

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12 South Ealing Road, London, W5 4QA United Kingdom
London W5 4QX, UK

One of the best of the best bakeries has always been takeaway only. Tetote is unrivalled across London in the two things it does best — Japanese pan, whether topped with evil barbecue chicken or stuffed with beefy, warming curry; and French baguettes, which were already essential pre-orders because Ealing’s locals know how absurdly lucky they are. With the peerless vanilla custard buns newly restored to the menu, it’s firing on all cylinders.

A curry bun and a hotdog bun on a white plate, with a sun beam cutting across them James Hansen

2. Yasmina Restaurant and Bakery

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18 Western Ave, East Acton
London W3 7TZ, UK

This little T-junction corner spot off the asphalt roar of the Westway bills itself as a Lebanese restaurant and bakery, but perhaps it should be other way around. Specialising in man’oushe, Yasmina — with head baker and chef Ramadan at the helm — is peerless. A long-running “battle” with Zeit and Za’atar — still excellent — one thoroughfare south on the Uxbridge road can be surrendered with a single bite, burnished crust giving way to a bread so light it might have been secretly inflated with a bike pump. It’s not: it’s all in the bake, best hot from the oven with za’atar, spiced mince lamb, or garlic sauce whose pop belies its beige. Little has changed here, despite so much having changed.

Two man’oushe, one with zaatar and one with lamb, at Yasmina Restaurant in West Acton Jonathan Nunn

3. Margot Bakery

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121 E End Rd
London N2 0SZ, UK

Michelle Eshkeri’s neighbourhood bakery in East Finchley specialises in sourdough, as is so current, but her interweaving of the fermented dough into challah, babka, and cinnamon buns makes this sunlit spot an outstanding bakery. Currently operating Wednesday — Saturday, with pre-ordering wise.

London’s best bakeries: the frontage of Margot Bakery in East Finchley, north London Ed Reeve

4. Kapihan

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13A Parkgate Rd, Battersea
London SW11 4NL, UK

Established by two second generation Filipino British brothers, Nigel and David’s Kapihan has progressed from a residency in Central St. Giles to this Battersea Park outpost. The decision to centre Filipino baking traditions and coffee culture, a narrowing in focus from the residency, has led to a renewed quality and precision to the baking: a pandan-hued pan de coco filled with macapuno — a Filipino variety of coconut with a more jellied flesh; a shattering chocolate croissant; and a pan de adobo whose braised pork filling gives pause to the assumption that coffee needs sweet pastry as a pairing.

A single croissant on a white plate in the sunshine, sitting on a wooden bench, at Kapihan Battersea Michael Prötin/Eater London

5. Little Bread Pedlar

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34 Moreton St, Pimlico
London SW1V 2PD, UK

LBP was founded in 2010 by Nichola Gensler and Martin Hardiman, after a chance encounter at a roller disco party. The sight of one of its fleet of deli bikes wobbling around London is a thing of the past, but the name remains a sure sign of quality bread: sourdough’s chewy, deeply sour centre is offset by a burnished crust more caramelised than many are skilled enough to risk, while croissants amandes still proffer shattering dough and wafts of icing sugar cascading down with every bite. The plain croissant, once a London apex, declined alarmingly after the departure of two key bakers, but is now back up to speed alongside all the goods, in its dedicated shop in Pimlico, with delivery spanning most of zones 1 - 3.

Croissants from Little Bread Pedlar cut to reveal their layers Little Bread Pedlar [Official Photo]

6. Söderberg Soho

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36 Berwick St, Soho
London W1F 8RR, UK

London’s best nordic bun is a fiercely contested title: Nordic Bakery, Fabrique, and Pavilion may make fine laminated offerings, but this Soho arrival from Edinburgh has proven it has the consistency to wrench the title away from Fabrique’s Hoxton arch. Like its competitor, cardamom and cinnamon are the strongest and cardamom is the clear winner, with less of an emphasis on caramel shards at the base but more fragrant spicing and lightness of chew in the bake, where it truly matters.

A tightly packed tray of knotted Scandinavian buns, with cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, and raspberry Söderberg [Official Photo]

7. Aux Pains de Papy

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279 Grays Inn Rd
London WC1X 8QF, UK
07771 613779

Butter is at the heart of a croissant. Aux Pains de Papy founder Mathieu Esposito knows this, and the croissants at this très Français bakery on Grays Inn Road are the most faithful to France’s high bottom level for pastry and consequently one of the best in London. Honeycomb layers, a properly burnished exterior, and butter, so much butter. Best enjoyed warm on a mad dash down the road, with pains aux chocolats, croissants amandes, and a noble Paris Brest also worth a look.

The brown frontage and awning of Aux Pains de Papy bakery in King’s Cross King’s Cross Environment

8. Flor

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1 Bedale St
London SE1 9AL, UK

Flor’s baking, now spearheaded by Emma Tillyer and Helen Evans after the departure of Anna Higham, puts a London accent on the exacting tradition and relentless experimentalism that make Paris and Copenhagen two of Europe’s most formidable cities for pastry. On the fringe of the city’s oldest food market, croissants and pain aux chocolats shatter into perfect layers, but carry the austere depth of fresh wheat and a deeply caramelised, savoury sheen; blackcurrant danishes — with blackcurrant leaf custard — and fig danishes — with fig leaf custard — possess seriousness of flavour and imagination to match their beauty.

Pastries, including croissants, pains aux chocolat, and blackcurrant danishes in the window at Flor, one of London’s best bakeries Emma Louise Pudge/Instagram

9. Jolene

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21 Newington Green, Mayville Estate
London N16 9PU, UK

This paean to the traditions and hospitality of continental Europe “is a bakery restaurant that revolves around and relies on the grains rather than it just being another ingredient.” Growing farmer Andy Cato’s Gascony grains in Sussex and Norfolk to ensure a consistent supply, those grains are milled into flour on site for breads and patisserie; health claims aside, the croissants at Jolene have a nuttier, earthier profile than any others in the city. Honeyed financiers and delicate madeleines are excellent pars on a fine course: rustling, snappy palmiers are a must-grab-and-go, pastry flaking over greedy hands. Currently operating as a bakery/cafe.

10. The Dusty Knuckle Bakery

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Tucked behind the Arcola Theatre in Dalston since 2014, this enterprising social enterprise produces some of London’s finest breads and pastries: morning buns to make Tartine blush and a potato sourdough that is without doubt one of the city’s greatest.

A sandwich held on a white plate with a hand in shot, in focus, with other plates of food below in soft focus on a blue background Dusty Knuckle [Official Photo]

11. Akdeniz Bakery London

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60 Stoke Newington High St, Clapton
London N16 7PB, UK
020 7275 8554

Turkey has perhaps contoured the influences of London’s dining scene like no other country, and its baking traditions abound in cafes, supermarkets, and well, bakeries all over the city. Künefe specialists like Neco in Enfield may make restaurant destinations, but this Stoke Newington bakery and Yasar Halim on Green Lanes are the best places to go for breads, baklava, and pastries of all Anatolian stripes.

The frontage, brown, with a white and orange logo and a brown awning, of one of London’s best bakeries, Akdeniz in Stoke Newington Citikey

12. Ararat Bread

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132 Ridley Rd
London E8 2NR, UK

This tiny operation on Dalston’s thrumming Ridley Road Market serves London’s most outstanding flatbread. Blistered, pillowy, light, soft — the run of adjectives could go on and on — and wrapped with egg, garlic, or finely-minced meat if a quick lunch is needed, nothing else is needed.

A grill covered in discs of uncooked flatbread dough, ready to go into an oven, with a baker in the background shaping one of the breads Halal Eat Out/YouTube

13. Hedone Bakery

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Dockley Road Industrial Estate, Dockley Rd
London SE16 3SF, UK

Mikael Jonsson’s Hedone in Chiswick was one of the city’s most consistently ambitious and elegant tasting menu experiences before it closed earlier this year. Jonsson’s bakery lives on, and produces bread which is — for some — ranked among the city’s best, a high-moisture, French-country style loaf. At the weekend outpost on Spa Terminus, intricate, intensely-flavoured tartlets steal the show: wild strawberry, chantilly and buckwheat ‘tartwich’; another based on black sesame. It’s worth noting that croissants, pains aux chocolat and their siblings are also exceptional.

Buns with a sesame seed topping cooling on a wire rack Hedone Bakery/Instagram

14. E5 Bakehouse

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395 Mentmore Terrace
London E8 3PH, UK

A bakery redemption story. E5 was one of London’s sourdough standard-bearers when it first opened, but a period of inconsistent bakes and uninspired flavourings saw it drop from the floury pantheon. Now, things are more than back on track, with a rotating cast of galettes, a redoubtable kouign-amann, and what might be the best pain au chocolat in the city right now bolstering the bread that anchors the operation. New additions to the collection menu including sharing pies filled with seasonal fruit, and the chocolate, rye, and sea salt cookies are as reliably brilliant as ever.

A tray of galettes, cookies, caneles, and tarts on a wire rack, at one of London’s best bakeries, E5 Bakehouse E5 Bakehouse [Official Photo]

15. Bageriet

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24 Rose St
London WC2E 9EA, UK

This fashionable spot in Covent Garden has quietly emerged as one of the outstanding Scandinavian bakeries in the city, by balancing a steady and occasionally spectacular regular line-up with impeccable versions of seasonal and celebratory Swedish bakes. Its Lenten semlor and Christmas lussekatt are unmissable, while mazarins and buns are the dependables.

Swedish biscuits lining the shelves
Swedish biscuits lining the shelves.
Bageriet

1. Tetote Factory

12 South Ealing Road, London, W5 4QA United Kingdom, London W5 4QX, UK
A curry bun and a hotdog bun on a white plate, with a sun beam cutting across them James Hansen

One of the best of the best bakeries has always been takeaway only. Tetote is unrivalled across London in the two things it does best — Japanese pan, whether topped with evil barbecue chicken or stuffed with beefy, warming curry; and French baguettes, which were already essential pre-orders because Ealing’s locals know how absurdly lucky they are. With the peerless vanilla custard buns newly restored to the menu, it’s firing on all cylinders.

12 South Ealing Road, London, W5 4QA United Kingdom
London W5 4QX, UK

2. Yasmina Restaurant and Bakery

18 Western Ave, East Acton, London W3 7TZ, UK
Two man’oushe, one with zaatar and one with lamb, at Yasmina Restaurant in West Acton Jonathan Nunn

This little T-junction corner spot off the asphalt roar of the Westway bills itself as a Lebanese restaurant and bakery, but perhaps it should be other way around. Specialising in man’oushe, Yasmina — with head baker and chef Ramadan at the helm — is peerless. A long-running “battle” with Zeit and Za’atar — still excellent — one thoroughfare south on the Uxbridge road can be surrendered with a single bite, burnished crust giving way to a bread so light it might have been secretly inflated with a bike pump. It’s not: it’s all in the bake, best hot from the oven with za’atar, spiced mince lamb, or garlic sauce whose pop belies its beige. Little has changed here, despite so much having changed.

18 Western Ave, East Acton
London W3 7TZ, UK

3. Margot Bakery

121 E End Rd, London N2 0SZ, UK
London’s best bakeries: the frontage of Margot Bakery in East Finchley, north London Ed Reeve

Michelle Eshkeri’s neighbourhood bakery in East Finchley specialises in sourdough, as is so current, but her interweaving of the fermented dough into challah, babka, and cinnamon buns makes this sunlit spot an outstanding bakery. Currently operating Wednesday — Saturday, with pre-ordering wise.

121 E End Rd
London N2 0SZ, UK

4. Kapihan

13A Parkgate Rd, Battersea, London SW11 4NL, UK
A single croissant on a white plate in the sunshine, sitting on a wooden bench, at Kapihan Battersea Michael Prötin/Eater London

Established by two second generation Filipino British brothers, Nigel and David’s Kapihan has progressed from a residency in Central St. Giles to this Battersea Park outpost. The decision to centre Filipino baking traditions and coffee culture, a narrowing in focus from the residency, has led to a renewed quality and precision to the baking: a pandan-hued pan de coco filled with macapuno — a Filipino variety of coconut with a more jellied flesh; a shattering chocolate croissant; and a pan de adobo whose braised pork filling gives pause to the assumption that coffee needs sweet pastry as a pairing.

13A Parkgate Rd, Battersea
London SW11 4NL, UK

5. Little Bread Pedlar

34 Moreton St, Pimlico, London SW1V 2PD, UK
Croissants from Little Bread Pedlar cut to reveal their layers Little Bread Pedlar [Official Photo]

LBP was founded in 2010 by Nichola Gensler and Martin Hardiman, after a chance encounter at a roller disco party. The sight of one of its fleet of deli bikes wobbling around London is a thing of the past, but the name remains a sure sign of quality bread: sourdough’s chewy, deeply sour centre is offset by a burnished crust more caramelised than many are skilled enough to risk, while croissants amandes still proffer shattering dough and wafts of icing sugar cascading down with every bite. The plain croissant, once a London apex, declined alarmingly after the departure of two key bakers, but is now back up to speed alongside all the goods, in its dedicated shop in Pimlico, with delivery spanning most of zones 1 - 3.

34 Moreton St, Pimlico
London SW1V 2PD, UK

6. Söderberg Soho

36 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8RR, UK
A tightly packed tray of knotted Scandinavian buns, with cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, and raspberry Söderberg [Official Photo]

London’s best nordic bun is a fiercely contested title: Nordic Bakery, Fabrique, and Pavilion may make fine laminated offerings, but this Soho arrival from Edinburgh has proven it has the consistency to wrench the title away from Fabrique’s Hoxton arch. Like its competitor, cardamom and cinnamon are the strongest and cardamom is the clear winner, with less of an emphasis on caramel shards at the base but more fragrant spicing and lightness of chew in the bake, where it truly matters.

36 Berwick St, Soho
London W1F 8RR, UK

7. Aux Pains de Papy

279 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8QF, UK
The brown frontage and awning of Aux Pains de Papy bakery in King’s Cross King’s Cross Environment

Butter is at the heart of a croissant. Aux Pains de Papy founder Mathieu Esposito knows this, and the croissants at this très Français bakery on Grays Inn Road are the most faithful to France’s high bottom level for pastry and consequently one of the best in London. Honeycomb layers, a properly burnished exterior, and butter, so much butter. Best enjoyed warm on a mad dash down the road, with pains aux chocolats, croissants amandes, and a noble Paris Brest also worth a look.

279 Grays Inn Rd
London WC1X 8QF, UK

8. Flor

1 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL, UK
Pastries, including croissants, pains aux chocolat, and blackcurrant danishes in the window at Flor, one of London’s best bakeries Emma Louise Pudge/Instagram

Flor’s baking, now spearheaded by Emma Tillyer and Helen Evans after the departure of Anna Higham, puts a London accent on the exacting tradition and relentless experimentalism that make Paris and Copenhagen two of Europe’s most formidable cities for pastry. On the fringe of the city’s oldest food market, croissants and pain aux chocolats shatter into perfect layers, but carry the austere depth of fresh wheat and a deeply caramelised, savoury sheen; blackcurrant danishes — with blackcurrant leaf custard — and fig danishes — with fig leaf custard — possess seriousness of flavour and imagination to match their beauty.

1 Bedale St
London SE1 9AL, UK

9. Jolene

21 Newington Green, Mayville Estate, London N16 9PU, UK

This paean to the traditions and hospitality of continental Europe “is a bakery restaurant that revolves around and relies on the grains rather than it just being another ingredient.” Growing farmer Andy Cato’s Gascony grains in Sussex and Norfolk to ensure a consistent supply, those grains are milled into flour on site for breads and patisserie; health claims aside, the croissants at Jolene have a nuttier, earthier profile than any others in the city. Honeyed financiers and delicate madeleines are excellent pars on a fine course: rustling, snappy palmiers are a must-grab-and-go, pastry flaking over greedy hands. Currently operating as a bakery/cafe.

21 Newington Green, Mayville Estate
London N16 9PU, UK

10. The Dusty Knuckle Bakery

Abbot St Car Park, United Kingdom
A sandwich held on a white plate with a hand in shot, in focus, with other plates of food below in soft focus on a blue background Dusty Knuckle [Official Photo]

Tucked behind the Arcola Theatre in Dalston since 2014, this enterprising social enterprise produces some of London’s finest breads and pastries: morning buns to make Tartine blush and a potato sourdough that is without doubt one of the city’s greatest.

11. Akdeniz Bakery London

60 Stoke Newington High St, Clapton, London N16 7PB, UK
The frontage, brown, with a white and orange logo and a brown awning, of one of London’s best bakeries, Akdeniz in Stoke Newington Citikey

Turkey has perhaps contoured the influences of London’s dining scene like no other country, and its baking traditions abound in cafes, supermarkets, and well, bakeries all over the city. Künefe specialists like Neco in Enfield may make restaurant destinations, but this Stoke Newington bakery and Yasar Halim on Green Lanes are the best places to go for breads, baklava, and pastries of all Anatolian stripes.

60 Stoke Newington High St, Clapton
London N16 7PB, UK

12. Ararat Bread

132 Ridley Rd, London E8 2NR, UK
A grill covered in discs of uncooked flatbread dough, ready to go into an oven, with a baker in the background shaping one of the breads Halal Eat Out/YouTube

This tiny operation on Dalston’s thrumming Ridley Road Market serves London’s most outstanding flatbread. Blistered, pillowy, light, soft — the run of adjectives could go on and on — and wrapped with egg, garlic, or finely-minced meat if a quick lunch is needed, nothing else is needed.

132 Ridley Rd
London E8 2NR, UK

13. Hedone Bakery

Dockley Road Industrial Estate, Dockley Rd, London SE16 3SF, UK
Buns with a sesame seed topping cooling on a wire rack Hedone Bakery/Instagram

Mikael Jonsson’s Hedone in Chiswick was one of the city’s most consistently ambitious and elegant tasting menu experiences before it closed earlier this year. Jonsson’s bakery lives on, and produces bread which is — for some — ranked among the city’s best, a high-moisture, French-country style loaf. At the weekend outpost on Spa Terminus, intricate, intensely-flavoured tartlets steal the show: wild strawberry, chantilly and buckwheat ‘tartwich’; another based on black sesame. It’s worth noting that croissants, pains aux chocolat and their siblings are also exceptional.

Dockley Road Industrial Estate, Dockley Rd
London SE16 3SF, UK

14. E5 Bakehouse

395 Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH, UK
A tray of galettes, cookies, caneles, and tarts on a wire rack, at one of London’s best bakeries, E5 Bakehouse E5 Bakehouse [Official Photo]

A bakery redemption story. E5 was one of London’s sourdough standard-bearers when it first opened, but a period of inconsistent bakes and uninspired flavourings saw it drop from the floury pantheon. Now, things are more than back on track, with a rotating cast of galettes, a redoubtable kouign-amann, and what might be the best pain au chocolat in the city right now bolstering the bread that anchors the operation. New additions to the collection menu including sharing pies filled with seasonal fruit, and the chocolate, rye, and sea salt cookies are as reliably brilliant as ever.

395 Mentmore Terrace
London E8 3PH, UK

15. Bageriet

24 Rose St, London WC2E 9EA, UK
Swedish biscuits lining the shelves
Swedish biscuits lining the shelves.
Bageriet

This fashionable spot in Covent Garden has quietly emerged as one of the outstanding Scandinavian bakeries in the city, by balancing a steady and occasionally spectacular regular line-up with impeccable versions of seasonal and celebratory Swedish bakes. Its Lenten semlor and Christmas lussekatt are unmissable, while mazarins and buns are the dependables.

24 Rose St
London WC2E 9EA, UK

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