Ever since the launch of Electric Diner and Donuts in Portobello doughnuts have  been at the forefront of Londoner’s sweet-led minds. Then came Nuno Mendes with his crab doughnuts at Chiltern Firehouse, which dominated the restaurant columns of summer 2014. Now, still sitting proud at the top of the foodie trend chain and seeing as we’ve pretty much passed bikini season, we’re giving you our round-up of the top 5 doughnuts in London:

Bread Ahead

Salted caramel cream-filled doughnuts

See above. These guys make the lightest, fluffiest, salted caramel-flavour cream-filled doughnuts in London. And with a chunk of sweet, crisp honeycomb on top, it’s the perfect marriage of cream, crunch and soft, doughy sweetness to go with your mid morning or afternoon cup of tea. They’re available from various locations, including, most notably Borough Market, and also Spitalfields, Real Food Market at King’s Cross and Westfield Stratford. Not a fan of salted caramel? The Handbook also recommends the classic vanilla custard…

Where: Various, London
Website: http://www.breadahead.com/the-stall

1235 Doughnuts

Restaurant-standard doughnuts

From Lockhart’s head chef, Brad Macdonald, 1235 Doughnuts can be found tucked away in a skinny hatch between two shops on Columbia Road, so make sure you don’t miss it, especially amid the hustle and bustle of the East London flower market. Slightly square in shape, 1235 pump their sugar-dusted doughnuts with light homemade creams and jams just like Bread Ahead. The almond cream is subtly nutty and satisfying, while their mini doughnut holes are tiny treats for those watching their waistlines.

Where: 124 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Website: https://twitter.com/1235donuts


Doughnuts with an edge

Crosstown handmake their doughnuts every day at their London bakery, They rotate the flavours daily too, to keep you on your toes and mix things up. The peanut butter and berry doughnut is a great twist on the classic American PBJ, with a thick peanut butter glaze, tangy blackcurrant compote and a sprinkling of toasted peanuts to tempt your tastebuds. And again, for the health-conscious, there’s a superfood Matcha Tea flavour, with a Match-come-vanilla bean glaze smothered over Crosstown’s sourdough classic ring-shaped doughnut.

Where: Various, London
Website: http://www.crosstowndoughnuts.com/

Dum Dum Donutterie

Lower-fat doughnuts…

The Handbook isn’t so sure whether ‘lower-fat’ doughnuts really exist, but that’s what Dum Dum claim to be: ‘freshly baked, handmade and significantly lower fat doughnuts’. So on that note, surely eating a dozen to oneself is justified… No? Located in Boxpark, Shoreditch, Dum Dum also offer New York’s Dominique Ansel-inspired cronut – a fusion between a doughnut and a croissant. We definitely recommend you try one of these, specifically the Peter Andre Yum Yum Dum Dum flavour – the original croissant doughnut filled with dulce de leche cream, glazed and drizzled with double chocolate.

Where: Unit 31, Box Park, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY
Website: http://dumdums.co.uk/

St John’s Bakery

Custard and jam doughnuts

St John have been making their custard doughnuts since the early days of their Bread & Wine establishment. They fill their fluffy doughnuts with a light mix of crème patissiere and Chantilly cream, which they’ve honed over the years. They’re so in demand, that you’ll find a queue at the bakery every weekend, so The Handbook recommends you get there early to avoid disappointment. A jam fan? St John make their own fruity jams from scratch – think rhubarb, apricots, and sometimes a mix with their cream creations, rhubarb jam and custard cream.

Where: 72 Druid Street, London, SE1 2HQ
Website: https://www.stjohngroup.uk.com/bakery/pastries_and_doughnuts/