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The 15 Best Bakeries in London

From crusty, chewy sourdough bread to sticky morning buns and elegant pastry work

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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. 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.

Special thanks to Daniela Galarza of Eater

Added November 2018: Pophams Bakery

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jalebi Junction

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93 The Broadway
Southall UB1 1LN, UK

Do one thing and do it well is a maxim many London bakeries could take on board. On Southall’s thrumming broadway, that one thing so with it is jalebi. Maida flour, finely milled from only the endosperm (inner seed) of the grain, makes a dough that is deep-fried before being immersed, drenched, and/or soaked in sugar syrup. Napkins be damned: lick those fingers.

Harkaran Gill

2. Tetote Factory

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

Tetote might not offer the fine patisserie of its near neighbour, but its anpan and kare pan (an articulately spiced curry variant) are worth traversing Ealing for, especially if the walk goes through picturesque Walpole Park. Its other two specialities might be less expected: matchless French baguettes to satisfy the area’s French community, and featherlight Japanese buns bursting with crème anglaise, in a happy meeting of les deux.

3. Fortitude Bakehouse

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35 Colonnade, Bloomsbury
London WC1N 1DD, UK

Dee Rattali and Jorge Fernandez set at least some of the templates for London’s approach to coffee and baked goods at Fernandez and Wells, so it’s fitting that their latest venture has immediately raised London’s bakery stakes. It really is a raise, too: the emphasis here is on slow-fermented doughs with wild yeasts, and unlike many, excellent bakeries, that extends to sweet buns and even cakes, rather than sticking to sourdough. Rye, Pump Street chocolate and sel de guerande biscuits run London’s Best Cookie close, while those slow-fermented buns are a perfect breakfast: softly-spoken sourness, yeasty, flaking dough, and a good whack of sugar.

4. Antepliler Restaurant

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45-46 Grand Parade, Green Lanes, London
Haringey N4 1AG, UK

Baked goods are a fundamental tenet of Turkish cooking, so it’s necessary that the stretch of Green Lanes defined by Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot immigration is home to one, if not many of the capital’s best bakeries. Antepliler is, without question, an absolute unit of a unit, with five shop/restaurant/bakery fronts proffering shatter-crisp lahmacun smeared with arrogantly honking lamb and chilli; canoe-like pide, and, in a separate, absolute unit of a different kind, just kunefe: cheese pressed between pastry discs, deep-fried and soused in sugar syrup.

5. Pophams Bakery

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19 Prebend St
London N1 8PF, UK

If Instagram has changed anything about food, it’s the rules of evaluation: the currency of a photogenic dish gets ever higher. This small unit on Prebend Street between Islington and Hoxton has the beauty down to an art: seasonal fruits adorn diamonds and concentric circles, a rosemary plait is twisted into sculpture. Importantly, the quality of the dough — particularly the lamination — is unimpeachable, flaking, shattering, and crisp. The pastry is less buttery than the likes of Jolene or The Dusty Knuckle, but its crackling profile fits Pophams’ high-intensity, experimental fillings to a tee, framing and emphasising rather than taking over.

6. Bread Ahead

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Borough Market, Cathedral St
London SE1 9DE, UK

Established in 2013 by Matt Jones, Bread Ahead’s most recognised bake is undoubtedly its “pillows of joy”: doughnuts, made to Gellatly’s recipe honed in the kitchens of St. John. Fillings like chocolate creme, caramel honeycomb and — in summer — strawberries and cream overflow their sugared hosts with reckless abandon; on the savour side, focaccia laden with onions, tomatoes and basil are best enjoyed on a languid stroll around Borough Market’s humming inner sanctum.

Bread Ahead [Official Photo]

7. 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.

8. Fabrique Bakery

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Arch 385, London
Greater London, United Kingdom
+44 20 7033 0268
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London’s best nordic bun is a fiercely contested title: Nordic Bakery and Pavilion may make fine laminated offerings, but this Hoxton archway is where to go for one worthy of framing. Pull-apart tender dough is not flecked but assailed by fragrant cinnamon or spicy, herbal cardamom, and the huge metal trays ooze with caramel that, if lucky, will cling to the base of the buns. Impatience is a virtue: grab and bite before the streets of Hoxton slide back into view.

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9. Brick House Bakery

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1 Zenoria St, East Dulwich
Greater London SE22 8HP, United Kingdom
+44 20 8693 2031
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A community hub for East Dulwich, Brickhouse’s light and airy site is focussed on breakfast staples led by a commitment to pickling, fermenting and preserving that results in dishes happily outside the standard wheelhouse. Bread — a cornerstone to almost every dish — is inspired by Tartine’s recipe in San Francisco, and is consequently stunningly good.

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10. St John Bakery

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72 Druid St, Bermondsey
Greater London SE1 2HH, United Kingdom
+44 20 7237 5999
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St. John’s breads, brownies, buns and all are excellent, it’s true, but much like Bread Ahead, it’s the doughnuts that steal the show. Fluffy, not overly sweet, and with just a breath of lemon zest whispering through the dough, they are the perfect foil to jam, chocolate cream and lemon cream. A breakfast of champions.

11. 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. Then, there’s the sandwiches. A lunchtime in and around Dalston is well spent in the company of a hunk of a sandwich, spilling over with porchetta and salsa verde or spiced cauliflower and tahini.

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12. Hedone Bakery

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

Mikael Jonsson’s Hedone in Chiswick is one of the city’s most consistently ambitious and elegant tasting menu experiences. Jonsson’s bakery also 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.

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13. Little Bread Pedlar

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Arch Spa Business Park 4, 6 Dockley Rd
London SE16 3FJ, 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 — or better, parked outside a local café — is a sure sign of quality bakes. Sourdough’s chewy, deeply sour centre is offset by a burnished crust, while pains aux chocolat and croissants amandes are, at times, in a league of their own. Visit on Saturday mornings for a takeaway fix, shattering dough and wafts of icing sugar cascading down with every bite.

14. Violet

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47 Wilton Way, Hackney
Greater London E8 3ED, United Kingdom
+44 20 7275 8360
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Violet Bakery made a splash when it opened in 2010 thanks to owner Claire Ptak’s charming, picture-perfect pastries and quick breads. It made an even bigger one in 2018, when a lemon and elderflower cake turned up at a certain, internationally broadcast wedding. The not considerable fame has not gone to this Hackney baker’s head: Violet’s American-inflected offering takes in cupcakes, brownies, and obviously cakes for when people get married.

15. E5 Bakehouse

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Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London
Greater London E8 3PH, United Kingdom
+44 20 8525 2890
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Across the overground tracks from London Fields, E5 Bakehouse’s ‘Hackney Wild‘ is one of London’s best-loved breads, combining heritage and modern grains for a tantalisingly sour loaf with elastic chew. Patisserie and viennoiserie are equally strong, and E5’s contribution to its local community cannot be understated: the bakery trains migrant women in partnership with the Refugee council, and its railway arch is blessed with a welcome as warm as the bread from the oven.

1. Jalebi Junction

93 The Broadway, Southall UB1 1LN, UK
Harkaran Gill

Do one thing and do it well is a maxim many London bakeries could take on board. On Southall’s thrumming broadway, that one thing so with it is jalebi. Maida flour, finely milled from only the endosperm (inner seed) of the grain, makes a dough that is deep-fried before being immersed, drenched, and/or soaked in sugar syrup. Napkins be damned: lick those fingers.

93 The Broadway
Southall UB1 1LN, UK

2. Tetote Factory

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

Tetote might not offer the fine patisserie of its near neighbour, but its anpan and kare pan (an articulately spiced curry variant) are worth traversing Ealing for, especially if the walk goes through picturesque Walpole Park. Its other two specialities might be less expected: matchless French baguettes to satisfy the area’s French community, and featherlight Japanese buns bursting with crème anglaise, in a happy meeting of les deux.

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

3. Fortitude Bakehouse

35 Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1DD, UK

Dee Rattali and Jorge Fernandez set at least some of the templates for London’s approach to coffee and baked goods at Fernandez and Wells, so it’s fitting that their latest venture has immediately raised London’s bakery stakes. It really is a raise, too: the emphasis here is on slow-fermented doughs with wild yeasts, and unlike many, excellent bakeries, that extends to sweet buns and even cakes, rather than sticking to sourdough. Rye, Pump Street chocolate and sel de guerande biscuits run London’s Best Cookie close, while those slow-fermented buns are a perfect breakfast: softly-spoken sourness, yeasty, flaking dough, and a good whack of sugar.

35 Colonnade, Bloomsbury
London WC1N 1DD, UK

4. Antepliler Restaurant

45-46 Grand Parade, Green Lanes, London, Haringey N4 1AG, UK

Baked goods are a fundamental tenet of Turkish cooking, so it’s necessary that the stretch of Green Lanes defined by Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot immigration is home to one, if not many of the capital’s best bakeries. Antepliler is, without question, an absolute unit of a unit, with five shop/restaurant/bakery fronts proffering shatter-crisp lahmacun smeared with arrogantly honking lamb and chilli; canoe-like pide, and, in a separate, absolute unit of a different kind, just kunefe: cheese pressed between pastry discs, deep-fried and soused in sugar syrup.

45-46 Grand Parade, Green Lanes, London
Haringey N4 1AG, UK

5. Pophams Bakery

19 Prebend St, London N1 8PF, UK

If Instagram has changed anything about food, it’s the rules of evaluation: the currency of a photogenic dish gets ever higher. This small unit on Prebend Street between Islington and Hoxton has the beauty down to an art: seasonal fruits adorn diamonds and concentric circles, a rosemary plait is twisted into sculpture. Importantly, the quality of the dough — particularly the lamination — is unimpeachable, flaking, shattering, and crisp. The pastry is less buttery than the likes of Jolene or The Dusty Knuckle, but its crackling profile fits Pophams’ high-intensity, experimental fillings to a tee, framing and emphasising rather than taking over.

19 Prebend St
London N1 8PF, UK

6. Bread Ahead

Borough Market, Cathedral St, London SE1 9DE, UK
Bread Ahead [Official Photo]

Established in 2013 by Matt Jones, Bread Ahead’s most recognised bake is undoubtedly its “pillows of joy”: doughnuts, made to Gellatly’s recipe honed in the kitchens of St. John. Fillings like chocolate creme, caramel honeycomb and — in summer — strawberries and cream overflow their sugared hosts with reckless abandon; on the savour side, focaccia laden with onions, tomatoes and basil are best enjoyed on a languid stroll around Borough Market’s humming inner sanctum.

Borough Market, Cathedral St
London SE1 9DE, UK

7. 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.

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

8. Fabrique Bakery

Arch 385, London, Greater London, United Kingdom
rocketandsquash/Instagram

London’s best nordic bun is a fiercely contested title: Nordic Bakery and Pavilion may make fine laminated offerings, but this Hoxton archway is where to go for one worthy of framing. Pull-apart tender dough is not flecked but assailed by fragrant cinnamon or spicy, herbal cardamom, and the huge metal trays ooze with caramel that, if lucky, will cling to the base of the buns. Impatience is a virtue: grab and bite before the streets of Hoxton slide back into view.

Arch 385, London
Greater London, United Kingdom

9. Brick House Bakery

1 Zenoria St, East Dulwich, Greater London SE22 8HP, United Kingdom
Joe Woodhouse

A community hub for East Dulwich, Brickhouse’s light and airy site is focussed on breakfast staples led by a commitment to pickling, fermenting and preserving that results in dishes happily outside the standard wheelhouse. Bread — a cornerstone to almost every dish — is inspired by Tartine’s recipe in San Francisco, and is consequently stunningly good.

1 Zenoria St, East Dulwich
Greater London SE22 8HP, United Kingdom

10. St John Bakery

72 Druid St, Bermondsey, Greater London SE1 2HH, United Kingdom

St. John’s breads, brownies, buns and all are excellent, it’s true, but much like Bread Ahead, it’s the doughnuts that steal the show. Fluffy, not overly sweet, and with just a breath of lemon zest whispering through the dough, they are the perfect foil to jam, chocolate cream and lemon cream. A breakfast of champions.

72 Druid St, Bermondsey
Greater London SE1 2HH, United Kingdom

11. The Dusty Knuckle Bakery

Abbot St Car Park, United Kingdom
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. Then, there’s the sandwiches. A lunchtime in and around Dalston is well spent in the company of a hunk of a sandwich, spilling over with porchetta and salsa verde or spiced cauliflower and tahini.

12. Hedone Bakery

Dockley Road Industrial Estate, Dockley Rd, London SE16 3SF, UK
Hedone Bakery/Instagram

Mikael Jonsson’s Hedone in Chiswick is one of the city’s most consistently ambitious and elegant tasting menu experiences. Jonsson’s bakery also 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

13. Little Bread Pedlar

Arch Spa Business Park 4, 6 Dockley Rd, London SE16 3FJ, 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 — or better, parked outside a local café — is a sure sign of quality bakes. Sourdough’s chewy, deeply sour centre is offset by a burnished crust, while pains aux chocolat and croissants amandes are, at times, in a league of their own. Visit on Saturday mornings for a takeaway fix, shattering dough and wafts of icing sugar cascading down with every bite.

Arch Spa Business Park 4, 6 Dockley Rd
London SE16 3FJ, UK

14. Violet

47 Wilton Way, Hackney, Greater London E8 3ED, United Kingdom

Violet Bakery made a splash when it opened in 2010 thanks to owner Claire Ptak’s charming, picture-perfect pastries and quick breads. It made an even bigger one in 2018, when a lemon and elderflower cake turned up at a certain, internationally broadcast wedding. The not considerable fame has not gone to this Hackney baker’s head: Violet’s American-inflected offering takes in cupcakes, brownies, and obviously cakes for when people get married.

47 Wilton Way, Hackney
Greater London E8 3ED, United Kingdom

15. E5 Bakehouse

Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London, Greater London E8 3PH, United Kingdom

Across the overground tracks from London Fields, E5 Bakehouse’s ‘Hackney Wild‘ is one of London’s best-loved breads, combining heritage and modern grains for a tantalisingly sour loaf with elastic chew. Patisserie and viennoiserie are equally strong, and E5’s contribution to its local community cannot be understated: the bakery trains migrant women in partnership with the Refugee council, and its railway arch is blessed with a welcome as warm as the bread from the oven.

Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London
Greater London E8 3PH, United Kingdom

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