There is nothing quite like that freshly baked bread smell that has the power to draw you into a shop front no matter what the reason is for your outing. Though London is a bustling metropolitan city, packed with variety, these bakeries still stand out as the best in the city. You can also rest assured knowing that after a day of taste testing your way through this list, the fitness centre in The Devonshire can help you balance the scales.
The Hummingbird Bakery
It should hardly come as a shock that one of London’s best bakeries can be found on the eclectic streets of Soho, which is a well-known food district, or on the classic Portobello Road in Notting Hill. Though they specialise in American home-baking and desserts, The Hummingbird Bakery is where you should be b-lining if you are after a cupcake… or a slice of their rainbow layer cake which will have you taking to Instagram faster than you can say “yum”. There are a number of them in London, the locations including Soho, Islington, Spitalfields, Notting Hill and South Kensington – all of them are as delicious as the other.
Address: 155a Wardour St, Soho, W1F 8WG
Angel Building, The, 405 St John St, EC1V 4AB
11 Frying Pan Alley, Spitalfields, E1 7HS
133 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, W11 2DY
47 Old Brompton Rd, South Kensington, SW7 3JP
This award-winning hotspot is one of London’s finest artisanal bakeries for bread, cakes and other baked treats. Their story started with a small shop in South Kensington in 1952, but can now be found at locations across London. Their coffee shop outlet in Paddington is just a quick walk from The Devonshire, so should be one of your first items on your to-do list after arriving at your hotel. They are all about delivering to you the highest quality, handmade artisan pastries, cakes and baked goods.
Address: 131 Praed St, Paddington, W2 1RL
6 Strutton Ground, Westminster, SW1P 2HP
2-3 Thayer St, Marylebone, W1U 3JD
If you have yet to hear of this little humble bakery on the famous Brick Lane, you may have seen the queues out the door and down the street. Though offering up varied bakery favourites, it is most famous for its Jewish-style salt beef and smoked salmon bagels. Those are really what the queuing is all for! It is open 24 hours, so you really have no excuse not to visit – even if it is on the way home from a big night in Shoreditch! It is Beigel Bake or the highway!
Address: 159 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, E1 6SB
Peggy Porschen are beautiful buildings to look at and even better to be inside, ordering baked goods and tea fit for the Queen herself. It is the pinnacle of delicacy and sweet treats, as well as an afternoon tea hub in the city. There are two branches, both equally beautiful – the one is on Chelsea’s famous Kings Road and the other is on Bulgravia’s Ebury Street. Whichever you choose to visit, you are set to have the most delicious experience in London’s pinkest venues. Be sure to snap a picture in the iconic pink floral archway of the front doors.
Address: 16 Ebury St, Belgravia, SW1W 9QQ
219 King’s Rd, Chelsea, SW3 5EJ
is located inside Knightsbridge’s famous department store, Harrods. A visit to Harrods can be pretty incredible in itself, with enough shopping opportunities to keep you busy, so throw in an energy-preserving pitstop for a macaron from this upscale Parisian bakery and you have got yourself a top-class experience planned. The pastries are similarly mouth-watering, with the lightest, most crumbly croissants you have ever tasted.
Address: 87/135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
Lola’s Cupcakes are situated all over London and are considered the best the city has to offer. You will find them in a number of train stations – often as little, stand-alone stores – as well as inside department stores like Oxford Street’s beloved Selfridges. Handmade, gourmet, unique, colourful – the list of adjectives describing these cupcakes could go on forever! Do yourself a favour next time you see them.
This bakery in Mayfair has all the class and style indicative of the area in which it is situated. It is chic, rustic and covered with fresh green plants, serving up some of the freshest bread in the city and doubling up as a French restaurant. Think all the traditional French patisserie items, baked to perfection, and you will have a pretty solid idea of what to expect from Aubaine.
Address: 31 Dover St, Mayfair, W1S 4ND
The first thing that ought to spring to mind when mentioning a Portuguese bakery should be their pastel de nata’s – and everyone should know where to head for the best pastel de nata in town, no matter where they are! These custardy, sugary Portuguese treats are the speciality of Lisboa Patisserie, though their tasty variety does not stop there. Rather, you should just definitely ensure it starts there.
Address: 147-149 S Lambeth Rd, Stockwell, London SW8 1XN
In the heart of London, right near Buckingham Palace, you’ll find Etnacoffee – the perfect bakery pitstop while doing your sightseeing. They are an Italian bakery that is best known for their traditional Sicilian street food, pastries and coffee – and their to-die-for cannoli. It is a bright space with modern decor, but retaining the kind of Italian flair you would expect from a cafe in Rome rather than in an arcade in London.
Address: Unit 4, Colonnade Walk, 123 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, SW1W 9SR
With the sheer number of restaurants in Paddington London (The Grand Restaurant inside The Devonshire!) let alone London at large, it goes without saying that there is a lot to choose from. Luckily, some places are such pillars of reliability when it comes to their food that the choice becomes a fraction easier. Narrowing it down further to the best bakeries gets the choices right down to a number small enough that you can realistically visit them all… So why wouldn’t you?