Best Doughnuts in London
It seems like there’s a national week for basically everything these days – only last week, the country took to the streets to celebrate the annual National Donkey Week. Or at least we did, anyway… But this week marks something we can all truly get on board with, National Doughnut Week!
Yes, a whole week to celebrate the doughy sugary treat which picks us up when times are tough. To celebrate this momentous time of the year, we’ve compiled a list of the best places in London to grab yourself a puffy package of heaven. So without further ado, here are some of the best doughnuts in London!
Bread Ahead, Borough Market
For those of you who haven’t broken their Borough Market cherry yet, we can’t recommend this London institution enough. Located just a few minutes’ walk from London Bridge, Borough Market hosts a whole load of foodie stalls including maybe our favourite doughnut in London, bought to you by the great folks at Bread Ahead. The stall is only around on weekends but our tip would be the salted caramel crème, if you’ve really got a sweet tooth. Bottle of water post-inhalation may be required.
Crosstown Doughnuts, Various
You may have seen one of Crosstown Doughnut’s light doughy offerings knocking around London already given that they’re sold in a whole load of spots. But if you haven’t tried one yet, what are you waiting for? There’s an array of flavours and fillings on offer with Crosstown, each decorated with colourful and playful glazing. You can find Crosstown Doughnuts in Selfridges on Oxford Street and we’d recommend the new crème brûlée doughnut.
Duck & Waffle, Liverpool Street
For a doughnut experience with a difference, we recommend you head to Duck & Waffle, a modern-British restaurant in the heart of the City. This 40th-floor haunt with floor-to-ceiling windows has turned doughnut devouring on its head by offering up savoury versions of fluffy goodness. While there is jam inside (apricot to be exact), this doughnut is also filled with spiced ox cheek! Trust us, it’s delicious.
St John Bakery, Bermondsey
St John Bakery has been at the forefront of the London doughnut scene for many years now, topping lists basically since the day it opened. On a weekend, you’ll find Londoners flocking to its Maltby Street Arch residence in search of crisp and doughy treats. These are no ordinary doughnuts either as they’re made with a sourdough-enhanced recipe for some added depth of flavour. Expect seasonal fruit fillings such as rhubarb or apple compotes.
Churros Garcia, Various
While they might not be doughnuts as we know it, third generation family business Churros Garcia provide the best Mexican version of a doughnut you’ll find in London. Usually found outside the Southbank Centre or on a Portobello pop-up stall, Churros Garcia have been providing London with star-shaped long treats for years. You know the score with churros; a light batter covered in sugar with a hot chocolate dip, and no less delicious than the UK version – maybe even more so!
Rinkoff Bakery, Whitechapel
We couldn’t have a best doughnut list without putting in the newest sweet treat to hit the foodonista scene in capitals across the world. Say hello to the cronut. Half-croissant, half-doughnut, yes the cronut is every bit as good as it sounds. And the best we’ve had in London so far is from Whitechapel’s Rinkoff Bakery. They’re calling it the cro-dough but whatever you want to call it, you’ll be heading back time and again.
Glazed and Confused, Various
The final gourmet doughnut on our list comes from Glazed and Confused, a traditional bakers who supply various independent cafes and bars in London. Using only top quality ingredients, flavours have been known to be a little more adventurous than your usual strawberry jam. For example, we love the kiwi and white chocolate one. As well as being sold at artisan cafes, Glazed and Confused even deliver doughnuts to your door for free if you’re in the Islington area!