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London’s 21 Best Bakeries and Cake Shops

Our team can never resist something sweet from one of London’s top bakeries and cake shops! We asked them to pick out a few of their favourites, from all over the capital. Here are their top recommendations.


Scandinavian Kitchen, W1W

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An authentic Scandinavian bakery with smiling staff. Cakes are baked every day: kladdkaka (Swedish sticky chocolate cake, served with whipped cream) and apple cake are excellent choices; there’s a good range of teas, such as elderflower and ginger, too.


Crumbs and Doilies, W1B

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Visit this place for amazing cupcakes, cakes, coffee and sodas, it’s 1 Kingly Court (cobbled passageway between Kingly Court & Beak Street).


Nordic Bakery, W1F

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Nordic Bakery is a beautiful Scandinavian café, famous for cinnamon buns, dark rye bread sandwiches & coffee.


Bea’s of Bloomsbury, WC1X

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With stores in Bloomsbury, St Paul’s and Farringdon, Bea’s serves customers across London from fantastic locations in the heart of the city. Their layer cakes are the showstoppers!


Balthazar Boulangerie, WC2B

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The Balthazar Boulangerie is located next door to the main restaurant and offers a selection of artisan breads, homemade pastries, salads and sandwiches to eat in, take away or have delivered throughout the day. Every loaf of bread, croissant, pain au chocolate and more is made in-house.


Fleet River Bakery, WC2A

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This independent bakery is the place to go for home-baked frittatas and cakes, plus sandwiches and barista-prepared coffees.


Bad Brownie, SE1

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Bad Brownie are flavour crazy chocolate addicts hell-bent on spreading gourmet brownie love, street by street, home by home, chocoholic by chocoholic.


Bread Ahead, SE1

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The bakers at Bread Ahead are really about sourdough: a white, a brown, a raisin and a multigrain, a range of Italian style breads, good baguette, doughnuts and some other snacky things like cheese straws. We’d also recommend their Borough Market bakery school.


Konditor & Cook, SE1

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The distinctive folds of Konditor & Cook’s whisky and orange bombe make it one of the best-known cakes in their range, along with the brilliant Curly Wurly cake! Don’t miss the great hot chocolate, made with double cream and Valrhona couverture.


Kooky Bakes, SE4

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Bespoke purveyors of award winning small batch baked goods, making whoopie pies, kooky cupcakes, layer cakes, pies, slices, brownies, cookies, bespoke dessert tables and more.


Violet Cakes, E8

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Violet is a bespoke cake company in London created by Claire Ptak, former pastry chef at Alice Waters’ restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.


Lily Vanilli, E2

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Lily Vanilli is one of London’s best loved bespoke cake bakeries, offering cakes, canapes & wedding cakes to order plus a Sunday cafe on Columbia Road.


Loafing, E9

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This homely cafe with rustic decor and a courtyard serves artisanal cakes, pastries and savouries.


Rinkoffs, E1

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This bakery has been producing speciality bread cakes and rolls for over 100 years. This includes traditional Challah breads, Sourdoughs, cheesecakes, muffins, croissants, exceptional Danish pastries and now crodoughs.


Belle Epoque Patisserie, N1

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Belle Epoque is regularly touted as one of the best pastry shops in the city with extensive selection of cakes, chocolates, breads, viennoseries, tarts and quiches all made to exactingly high standards.


Bake-a-Boo, NW6

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A unique hideaway in West Hampstead, described as magical and simply darling. Open to all on the weekends for a wide variety of hand-baked seasonal cakes.


Primrose Bakery, NW1

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This bakery serves up bespoke handmade cupcakes, layer cakes, loaves and slices, just like you would make at home.


Betty Blythe Tea Room, W14

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This quaint tea room specialises in vintage afternoon teas for hen parties, baby showers, birthdays and many more special occasions.


Cake Boy Café, SW18

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Eric Lanlard’s luxurious but relaxed cake boutique is set on the river in South West London. Visit for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or simply a glass of fizz and a slice of cake.


Peggy Porschen Parlour, SW1W

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Peggy’s boutique bakery is open daily in London’s Belgravia and serves a freshly-baked ‘ready to eat’ collection of cupcakes, layer cakes and coveted confections.


Kipferl, W10

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Kipferl is London’s foremost group of Austrian coffeehouses and restaurants. All its sites are united by a quest for quality, authenticity, consistency and attention to detail.


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