Who doesn’t like a bakery? With their mouthwatering smells, delicious assortment of pastries, breads and more, and all together warm and cosy atmosphere, a good bakery will make it nearly impossible to resist buying some tasty goodness. Luckily, London is home to plenty of them, so you can easily find some seriously amazing food no matter where you are. We’ve put together a list of some of the best bakeries in the capital, so that you can treat yourself to a cake or make your lunch even tastier with a fresh baguette.

St Johns Bakery

Is it possible for a bakery to be regal? If it is, St John might be the closest thing to it. Located at 72 Druid Street, St John Bakery Arch has some of the best baked goods in the capital. You can find doughnuts, sourdoughs, pastries and more, as well as food and drink from their restaurants. A pilgrimage here is well worth it.

Website: https://stjohnrestaurant.com/a/restaurants/bakery-arch

Address: 72 Druid Street, London, SE1 2HQ

Bread Ahead

Bread Ahead doesn’t just sell you baked treats to take home with you- it also offers lessons in the art of baking itself. There’s plenty of outlets across London, like Wembley, Hampstead and Pavillion Road, with the Borough Market site being the original. Each bakery offers everything from tasty cakes to fresh sourdough pizza, and perusing their website shows all of the courses, group classes and baking cookbooks you could want.


Combining a bakery and a restaurant into one is Jolene, a fantastic place for baking goodness spread across four outlets in Newington Green, Redchurch Street, Well Street and Colebrook Row. On the restaurant side of things, Jolene serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day from Tuesdays to Sundays. The bakeries use unaltered grains from Jolene’s own mills to keep things fresh, authentic and tasty.

Website: https://www.jolenen16.com

Address: Bakery & Restaurant, 21 Newington Green, London N16 9PU

St John Bakery
Bread Ahead


If you prefer your baked delights to be more Scandinavian, then Fabrique will be of interest: the Stockholm born bakery is one of the best places to get bread and pastries in the (British) capital. Each of its six London outlets uses fresh ingredients to make delicious sourdough in an artisinal stone oven baking style. You can head on over to their site to order for delivery or in store pickup.

Ole & Steen

Another great Scandinavian bakery, Ole & Steen delivers some of the best baked goods in the capital. A testament to this fact is that there’s plenty of them dotted around London (too many to list here), and they’ve got a reputation for baking seriously good pastries. From rye bread and cakes to Denmark’s famous Danish pastries, if you’ve not been to an Ole & Steen yet, you’re missing out.


Another fantastic London bakery, Layla is located in Ladbroke Grove and produces some wonderful baked goods. It has a great menu, with highlights including cookies, spiced buns and mouthwatering sausage rolls for when you really want to treat yourself at lunch. It works closely with suppliers to source great ingredients and uses ancient baking traditions to make some amazing cakes, pastries and more.

Website: https://www.laylabakery.com

Address: Layla Bakery, 332 Portobello Road, London W10 5SA

Ole & Steen

E5 Bakehouse

The E5 Bakehouse is situated in Hackney, spread across three railway arches. The bakery is dedicated to using ethically, locally sourced ingredients, and prides itself on a dedication to preserving the ecological health of the planet. Not only that, but the baked foods itself are amazing, with breads, pastries and cakes, as well as non baked fare like cheese and nuts and seeds. It also offers baking classes to get stuck into the bakery world- what more could you want?

Website: https://e5bakehouse.com

Address: E5 Bakehouse, Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH

Dusty Knuckle

The superb Dusty Knuckle is another of our favourite bakeries in the capital. It’s got outlets in Harringay and Dalstone, and has a lovely menu of baked treats. Not only does it have baking classes to get stuck into and its own cookbook, Dusty Knuckle also has the Milkfloat, a mobile bakery on wheels that can deliver fantastic pastries and more near you, without having to make the trip to Harringay or Dalstone.

Website: https://www.thedustyknuckle.com

Address: Abbot Street Carpark E8 3DP and 429 Green Lanes N4 1AH

WA Cafe

WA Cafe is a fab Japanese bakery located in Ealing Broadway and Covent Garden. Small and independent, it offers some of Japan’s best baked foods to make unlike any other bakery in London. Each pastry is skilfully made by WA’s Japanese baking team, and the craft that goes into it produces some very Instagramable results, so make sure to pop in if you’re looking to add some flair to your Insta feed. You can also order both in store and online.


Website: https://www.wacafe.co.uk

Address: 5 New Row London, WC2N 4LH and 32 Haven Green Ealing, London, W5 2NX


Pophams currently has three locations across London, in Islington, London Fields and Victoria Park, and all of them serve up fantastic pastries like croissants and pain au chocolat, as well as treats like cheesecake and bacon and maple. Pophams is committed to using viennoiserie baking techniques, and the results speak for themselves: it’s one of the best bakery chains in the capital.

Wa Cafe
The Dusty Knuckle

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