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Bakeries in London: things to know before you go

Don’t know your flaky pastry from your mille-feuille? We’re here to help with answers to your most common questions around bakeries near you.

Where is the best bakery for cakes and pastries?

Indulge your sweet tooth or enjoy some simple, honest-to-goodness bread, baked fresh just for you at one of the capital’s best bakeries. With a variety of international influences and a baker’s dozen variations on each signature dish from Wandsworth to Whitechapel, we’ve listed just a few of our favourite bakeries in London.

Maitre Choux is the best place in the capital for eclairs. With a choux patisserie specialist, their food preparation is a work of art in itself and well worth stopping by to watch if you’ve got a little spare time – suitably located near some of London’s best galleries.

Happy Donuts in Notting Hill serves up a whole variety of sugary treats – perfect for refuelling during a busy day’s browsing for bargains.

For a pristine piece of cake, Lilly Vanilli Bakery in East London or Molly Bakes in North London are the best places to grab a slice.

What is sold at a bakery?

A bakery is the best place to grab fresh pastries, bread and other earthly delights when you’re stopping in for a bite. Traditionally, bakeries sold any flour-based food item baked in the oven. Today some specialist bakeries have also prospered, such as the patisserie, which has turned classic pastry baking into a fine art. Some even offer a wider range of food and drink to choose from.

Here’s what you can expect to hand over your own bread for in a bakery:

  • Bread
  • Rolls
  • Pies - both sweet and savoury
  • Cakes
  • Desserts
  • Pastries
  • Coffee, Tea and Refreshments

Where is the best bakery for special occasion cakes?

If you need a cake for a big birthday bash, or something special to mark a wedding or anniversary, London's diverse baking scene offers something to whet any appetite.

For special occasion cakes we recommend the following:

  • Buckley’s Bakery specialises in colourful cakes and cupcakes - perfect for children and the young at heart.
  • For pretty pastels and a lot of pink, Peggy Porschen Cakes, near Sloane Square, produces delicately designed dreamlike cakes.
  • Multiple award-winning Flavourtown Bakery specialises in crafting creatively charged cupcakes. Order online and you can have them delivered anywhere in London.
  • Your Treats Bakery, in East London, are experts in the ways of wedding cakes. These luxurious tiered cakes come in a near-scandalous variety of flavours.

Where is the best place to learn how to bake?

If you’re thinking of opening your very own bakery or just want to brush up on the basics, baking courses across London are opening their doors to a wholesome and fulfilling creative technique.

  • Bread Ahead, nestled within the heart of Borough Market, teaches like-minded baking enthusiasts the secrets of the trade in a variety of workshops.
  • At The Smart School of Cookery in East London, you’ll learn how to create sweet treats like apple tarte tatin and chocolate roulade.
  • Learn the art of patisserie at Cake Boy, and get the skills to bake luxuriously fine desserts and cakes for yourself and your family at home.