#RealBreadWeek: London’s Best Bakeries
This week marks the 10th anniversary year of #RealBreadWeek! Running until 4th March, this annual event celebrates the real bread of the UK and the people who make it. So whether you’re looking for a morning loaf or a place to grab a sweet slice, here’s a list of our favourite bakeries in London!
Location: Borough Market, Cathedral Street, SE1 9DE.
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
Borough Market is basically the place you should start on every food voyage in the capital, and one of the most popular food stalls in the market is Bread Ahead. With an array of doughy treats available, including loafs and rolls, we think their doughnuts may just be our favourite in London. Our tip would be the salted caramel crème if you’ve got a really sweet tooth, but you’ll almost certainly need a bottle of water post-inhalation! The stall is only around on weekends but you can smell their creations all week around with the bakery on site.
Brick House Bakery
Location: 1 Zenoria Street, SE22 8HP.
Nearest Station: East Dulwich
For those in the deep South of London, East Dulwich’s Brick House Bakery just won’t be beaten. The award-winning sourdough bakery and cafe is located in a white-washed brick former warehouse and specialises in San Francisco style slow fermentation sourdough breads, made using traditional methods and just a few simple ingredients; flour, water, sea salt and naturally occurring yeast. The cafe is well worth a visit, serving up seasonal menus using their sourdoughs as well as other house made products like charcuterie, jams, pickles, chutneys and pastries. They also regularly host bread classes if you fancy learning the tricks of the trade.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Location: 17-21 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9RP.
Nearest Tube: Victoria
For those who like their patisserie, Dominique Ansel’s (World’s Best Pastry Chef 2017) Belgravia bakery is one of the most renowned in the city – mainly thanks to the invention of the now infamous croissant-donut hybrid, the Cronut. Situated between Victoria and Belgravia, Dominique Ansel’s Bakery is the perfect spot for some afternoon tea, especially in the summer thanks to its open-air jasmine terrace. We’d also recommend a cookie dough shot glass filled with vanilla milk and Ansel’s take on the British Eton mess.
Old Post Office Bakery
Location: 76 Landor Road, SW9 9PH.
Nearest Tube: Clapham North
Since the early ‘80s, the Old Post Office Bakery has been a pioneering force in the organic baking scene in London. The humble Clapham gem is organic in every sense, not only using organic ingredients but also being the result of the ‘skills and spirit of many different people: bakers, cooks, artists.’ Perfect for a quick grab-and-go, local punters have been known to pick up a couple of pain au chocolats at breakfast or on a sunny summer afternoon before ambling down to Clapham Common.
Location: 14A Golden Square, W1F 9JG.
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Though they’re quite rightly famed for delicious cinnamon buns, the Nordic Bakery is undoubtedly much more than just its Scandinavian favourite. All of their products are based on genuine Nordic recipes and ingredients, with their range of open rye bread sandwiches, cakes, and excellent coffee ideal for a quick lunch out of the office. While we love the Golden Square bakery, the Covent Garden locale is even bigger and still just as good!
St John’s Bakery
Location: 72 Druid Street, SE1 2HQ.
Nearest Tube: Bermondsey
St John Bakery has been at the forefront of the London bread and doughnut scene for years now, topping lists basically since the day it opened. The Bakery is housed in a railway arch in Bermondsey Druid Street and is open on Saturdays and Sundays where you’ll find Londoners flocking in search of crisp and doughy treats with slow fermentation the key to St John’s secret. It’s also one of the few bakeries where you can peep behind the wall of flour sacks to see bakers preparing for tomorrow’s bake!
Location: Arch 395 Mentmore Terrace, E8 3PH.
Nearest Station: London Fields
One of London’s best kept bakery secrets, London Field’s E5 Bakehouse is passionate about sourdough. Using organic, locally-sourced ingredients, Bakehouse’s bakery and cafe serves up delicious, daily-baked breads, fresh lunches, homemade cakes and coffee. The menu changes daily with everything from sausage rolls to their speciality sourdough pizzas well worth a try, but we’d always recommend grabbing a loaf of their signature Hackney Wild or the darker and slightly bitterer Stockholm. The Bakehouse also runs a weekly bread course if you’re thinking about getting started on your sourdough starter!
If this has got you famished, here’s a list of our favourite sandwiches in the capital!