Doughnuts have come a long way since their glazed heyday that even Homer Simpson couldn’t keep up with London’s trendy hole hideouts and the croissant-cum-doughnut crossover that’s taken over the city.
Instead of nipping off to your local supermarket to grab a bag of their cheap stale creations, head to one of London’s best doughnut shops to satisfy your sugarcoated cravings. Here are nine of our favourites:
Whether you’re feeling like a classic Homer Simpson favourite glazed doughnut or want to gorge out on something as indulgent as their Liam Hemsworthy, a combination of red velvet vegan doughnut topped with cookies and cream frosting, cookie pieces and chocolate drizzle, Doughnut Time is sure going to satisfy any sugar cravings you’re wrestling with.
The city favourite doughnut shop has also recently launched their summer special, 99 Problems, a fun take on the classic 99 cone. Expect a vanilla, strawberry and honeycomb glaze topped with a Cadbury’s mini flake, ice cream cone and sprinkles. So retro, so delicious.
Dominique Ansel is the sole creator behind the hugely popular Cronut. It’s maybe the most talked about dessert item in viral history and we lucky lot can enjoy the creations in store at the Dominique Ansel London bakery, eek!
Every month sees a new Cronut making its way onto the shelves, bringing with them different seasonal flavours but all incorporating the special croissant-cum-doughnut combination. July’s flavour is gooseberry and roasted vanilla, with homemade gooseberry jam and creamy vanilla ganache.
If you’re on the lookout for something a little more summery, they’ve also just relaunched their what-a-melon soft serve. It’s super refreshing and totally ‘grammable.
Location: 17-21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9RP
What started out as a humble Borough Market vendor, Bread Ahead has since transformed into London’s favourite bakery renowned for its sourdough bakes and devilish doughnuts. These sugar-coated balls of goodness are bursting with oozy custard, jam and other tempting flavours.
They’ve become so famous among London folk that they even offer doughnut workshops so you can learn their legendary recipe and recreate the stuffed dough balls at home. Um, yes please!
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Not only is The Blues Kitchen renowned for its blues and rock’n’roll music, diner style food and boozy cocktails, it’s also hugely popular thanks to its Oreo stuffed deep fried doughnuts. Served alongside salted caramel dipping sauce you won’t be able to resist a bite (or ten) of these little dough balls.
They’re as dirty and indulgent as they sound but oh, so good.
Location: 40 Acre Lane, Brixton SW2 5SP
One doughnut spot that’s on every Londoner’s lips is Crosstown Doughnuts, known for their wild and wacky flavour combinations.
From cinnamon scrolls to matcha tea, peach and nectarine to yuzu and passionfruit, there’s a doughnut to fit every taste bud.
You’ll know when you spot someone munching into one of their doughnuts because you can spot their trademark ‘x’ piped onto the corner. Crosstown Doughnuts are sealed with a kiss and certainly have the seal of approval from us (there’s usually a box lying around in the office!).
Dum Dum Donutterie is the place to head if you like your doughnuts baked, not fried. The artisan doughnut shop has become renowned for their ‘cro’ doughnuts, a croissant and doughnut crossover, and rightly so, they’re blooming delicious!
It seems we aren’t the only lot obsessed with their treats because they often sell out on the daily. Head on down before their bestsellers sell out for the day.
The artisan doughnut shop has become renowned for their ‘cro’ doughnuts.
Rivalling the ring shaped doughnut, Longboys are the tasty treats bringing some serious patisserie credentials to the dessert scene.
The eclair-doughnut crossover is a unique idea, combining traditional techniques and creative fillings. From a zesty lemon meringue pie to a sweet and salty take on the classic peanut butter jelly, there’s a sweet treat to suit all tastes. All of their ingredients are as sustainable and ethically sourced as possible too, bonus.
If you don’t fancy venturing out, they are also on Slerp so you can order their sugar-coated delights to your door.
Location: Boxpark Wembley, 18 Olympic Way, Wembley HA9 OJT
As one of London’s most popular bakeries, St. John’s doesn’t let the side down when it comes to doughnuts.
St. John’s first permanent bakery and wine shop in Seven Dials is abrim with their legendary sugar-coated doughnuts, as well as boasting a wide range of sourdough loaves and French wine.
They’ve also partnered with Bridge Theatre to bring you their freshly baked doughnuts and cans of beer (what a combo!) every weekend. Find them Friday to Sunday at 3 Potters Field Park, SE1 2SG.
Location: 3 Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials, WC2H 9DP
Family run business, Rinkoff Bakery has been serving up delicious baked goods and sweet treats for over 100 years and their quality hasn’t faltered once. You can enjoy their special home baked treats from both of their stores, including their infamous Crodoughs, a fun take on the croissant and doughnut trend.
Location: Jubilee Street & Vallance Road