From cinnamon buns to almond croissants: treat your sweet tooth this February with indulgent pastries at London’s best bakeries
Words Clara Van Duivenbode
Top treats at London’s Best Bakeries…
DOMINIQUE ANSEL BAKERY
Feast the senses with Dominique Ansel Bakery’s artistic and delicious creations, including their signature pasty, the Cronut. Each month they present a different flavour combo – the current offering is cherry jam and muscovado grenache. The perfect excuse to go back and buy another.
17-21 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, SW1W 9RP; dominiqueansellondon.com
Taste truly marvellous pastries at Lily Vanilli Bakery. The intricate baked goods on offer will delight everyone, with both gluten-free and vegan options available. From dainty tarts to perfect pies, these picturesque creations will ensure that you never forget a trip here.
6, The Courtyard, Ezra St, E2 7RH; lilyvanilli.com
If you’re a cinnamon lover then you must head over to Golden Square’s Nordic Bakery. With positive reviews aplenty, you won’t be disappointed with the bakery’s iconic cinnamon bun, which is perfect with a coffee. If cinnamon isn’t your thing, then the bakery still offers a large number of other pastries to fulfil your sweet or savoury cravings.
14A Golden Square, Soho, W1F 9JG; nordicbakery.com
CUTTER AND SQUIDGE
Join dynamic duo, Cutter and Squidge, for a delicious afternoon treat. The sisters are passionate about creating healthier treats, so all fillings use real fruit and minimal sugar. Their speciality is the biskie, a decadent dessert sandwich featuring a variety of handmade buttercreams, jams and sauces.
20 Brewer St, Soho, W1F 0SJ; cutterandsquidge.com
E5 Bakehouse offers all the homely warmth you could want from a pastry shop. Get cosy at the bakery’s gorgeous wooden tables and enjoy the smell of freshly baked bread in the background. Indulge in all the classics alongside some modern revamps.
395 Mentmore Terrace, E8 3PH; e5bakehouse.com
LITTLE BREAD PEDLAR
Pastry-addicts will fall in love with Bermondsey-based boutique bakery, Little Bread Pedlar. With 20 chefs behind the team, their passion and dedication to traditional techniques shines through in the product range: from decadent brownies to artisan chocolate croissants.
Arch, Spa Business Park, 4-6 Dockley Rd, SE16 3FJ; lbpedlar.com
THE OLD POST OFFICE BAKERY
Experience 30 years of baking expertise at the Old Post Office Bakery. Located in south London, this community-centred eatery offers delicious handmade treats made from staple ingredients with no artificial additives.
76 Landor Rd, SW9 9PH; oldpostofficebakery.co.uk
THE PASTRY PARLOUR
If you’re a big fan of croissants, then the Pasty Parlour is a must for your Little Black Book. One of London’s best bakeries, everything is baked fresh on-site daily and their pastries are said to rival the originals from across the channel.
8 Piazza Walk, London E1 8FU; thepastryparlour.co.uk