Anges de Sucre
French for ‘sugar angels,’ Anges de Sucre is an award-winning sweet shop founded by Kuwait-born Londoner Reshmi Bennett. Bennet trained in classical French cuisine in Paris at École Grégoire Ferrandi. Combining classic French techniques with flavours from around the world, Anges de Sucre offers a selection of jewel-like marshmallows and macarons, alongside their own sweet-inventions such as Muffles (marshmallow-truffle hybrid) and Tremendous Teacakes.
7 Minerva Road, North Acton, NW10 6HJ
Crosstown Doughnuts Marylebone
Crosstown Doughnuts might have locations scattered across the capital, but did you know that its Marylebone location is exclusively vegan? Within, the team serves its signature sourdough doughnuts, all in a dairy-free environment. Our favourite treats include the Cinnamon Scroll (vegan sourdough rolled with cinnamon and covered in vanilla bean glaze) and the Peanut Butter Berry (vegan sourdough with blackcurrant compote, roasted peanut butter glaze and a sprinkle of roasted peanuts). Delicious.
5-6 Picton Place, Marylebone, W1U 1BL
Cutter & Squidge
Cutter & Squidge is run by two food-obsessed sisters, who describe themselves as “a bit health conscious and not fans of overly fatty or sugar-laden foods”. Therefore, it makes sense that most of their sweet creations only use just enough fat and sugar content to make something delicious. We’re a big fan of their ‘Biskies’ – a biscuit, cookie or cake sandwiched with lightened buttercream, homemade jam and caramel. Make sure to check out The Potion Room, a wizard and alchemy-fueled afternoon tea with an immersive element.
20 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 0SJ
The inventor of the ‘Cronut’, Dominique Ansel opened his celebrated bakery in New York's Soho neighbourhood in November 2011. Luckily for us, there’s now one in Victoria. Here, you’ll sit among the open kitchens, where you can watch the pastry chefs prepare their craft. The team’s sweet and savoury offerings might be rooted in French techniques, but there’s always an element of playfulness with the presentation (especially at Halloween – last year’s meringue ghosts were perfection).
17-21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9RP
E5 Bakehouse is an east London artisan bakery and coffee shop, with a focus on sourdough. Using organic, locally-sourced ingredients, the team serves daily-baked breads, fresh lunches, homemade cakes (the bakewell tart is to die for) and coffee from its own roast house. Inspired? Once a week, the head bakers share their knowledge and expertise in a weekly bread course – make sure to book ahead.
395 Mentmore Terrace, London Fields, E8 3PH
This upmarket Soho patisserie serves Japanese treats, alongside organic teas and Insta-worthy matcha lattes. Offering Londoners the chance to taste and experience the latest café culture from East Asia, Kova’s most popular dishes include mille crêpes (multiple layers of French crêpes with light custard cream filling between each layer), sea slat lava cheese gateaux and matcha roll cakes.
9-12 St Anne's Court, Soho, W1F 0BB
Using only the lightest choux pastry, this South Kensington-based bakery creates hand-crafted and visually stunning French classics with a twist. It’s very quickly established itself as a must-have at fashion press days. You can’t miss Michelin-starred baker Joaquim Prat’s delicate and finely decorated éclairs all over Instagram – and they taste just as good as they look.
Nordic Bakery is a beautiful Scandinavian-style café that serves simple, yet delicious Nordic baked goods. All dishes are based on genuine Nordic recipes and ingredients: among the highlights are the team’s selection of open rye bread sandwiches (we like brie and lingonberry), traditional cinnamon buns and chokladboll (chocolate mocha ball rolled in coconut), all served with excellent coffee.
14a Golden Square, Soho, W1F 9JG
Ole & Steen
Proving once more that Londoners can’t get enough of Nordic goods, Ole & Steen arrived in late-2016 with an all-day menu that celebrates the best of Denmark. Serving Danes delicious breads and pastries for over 20 years, the team’s new bakeries (found everywhere from St James’s Market to Canary Wharf) serve everything from morning porridge to blueberry pie. A SL favourite? The peanut pie slice.
Located in the chic environs of Dover Street Market, Rose Bakery is a cool, minimalist haunt that serves refined teas, inventive savoury dishes and delicious cakes. Owned by husband and wife team Rose and Jean, expect to sample the likes of hazelnut and courgette soup; Burmese cod with savoy cabbage, radish and ginger; followed by a homemade gelato and sorbet selection.
18-22 Haymarket, St James’s, SW1Y 4DG
St John Bakery
From the team behind acclaimed nose-to-tail restaurant St John comes a new bakery located in Neal’s Yard. Following the success of two recent pop-ups, this permanent spot will serve up fresh sourdough, raisin and rye loaves, delicious doughnuts, morning pastries and afternoon eccles cakes. Watch this space for news of an impending wine shop in the same space…
3 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP