London is spoiled by bakeries and confectioneries. But we are interested in those institutions that have withstood the test of time. Manufacturers of the first organic pastry and bakeries of the 80s, Jewish bakeries in the east of London and classic French pastry shops – exactly such institutions will be discussed here, and this is where you should go in search of tasty and aromatic muffins.
The best traditional bakeries and confectioneries in London
Very famous in Soho place. One look at the window is enough to make you want to go to this French confectionery. Tourists, Soho residents and those who know a lot about tasty food, visit Maison Bertaux to enjoy the taste of excellent cakes, real tartlets and great baked goods. The confectionery has been at this place for 150 years, which speaks for itself. A cozy establishment under a white-blue awning cannot be ignored, and you could settle here to eat dessert Paris Brest and drink hot chocolate. Classic! Do not go without taking croissants, mille-feuille and eclairs. Well, take a bit of everything.
Address of Maison Bertaux: 28 Greek Street, W1D
In our opinion, this Hungarian café-bakery-confectionery is not the most welcoming place in the world, but it is in London much longer than we are (since 1963), and the cakes here are truly amazing. Buy a small fruit tart, an eclair with chocolate or one of the multi-layered cakes and eat it at home. If you still want to enjoy these delicious desserts at the cafe itself, then prepare to sit in unusual silence. This place is not for indecisive people, because there really is something to choose from. But it is nice to spend a few seconds in confusion, making a choice between a large piece of cake and miniature sweets and imagining that it is happening in the center of Budapest. Prices here are acceptable, especially for an area where there are a lot of excellent French pastry shops.
Address of Louis Patisserie: 32 Heath Street, NW3
Old Post Office Bakery
Not far from the Clapham North subway station, Old Post Office Bakery is located. This is one of the oldest institutions of the city, opened in the early 1980s. Here you could buy organic products long before they spread everywhere. Old Post Office Bakery was founded by the German Karl Heinz Rossbach, when he yearned for nutritious short pastry bread, which he was used to on his own farm. Enterprising man decided not only to please himself, but also to sell bread to other residents of the district. Using homemade ferment and rye, as well as an old gas stove and a hand-made mill, he began to bake bread. To this day, the institution adheres to the maximum organic cooking technology. Traditional British buns with dried fruits Chelsea buns, Italian focaccia, chocolate rolls and a wide variety of breads are a small list of what can be ordered at this bakery. Old Post Office Bakery is the best bakery of the district, and its fame is totally deserved.
Address of Old Post Office Bakery: 76 Landor Road, SW9 J
J Grodzinski & Daughters
This mini-network of Jewish bakeries started with a small "kosher" stove in East End in 1888, when Harris and Judith Grodzinski ran away from Lithuania to the eastern part of London. Today, the bakery has two branches: in Stamford Hill and in Edgware. J Grodzinski & Daughters is still a family business, probably because of delicious challah. By the way, pay attention to the fact that Grodzinski bakery in Golders Green does not have anything to do with J Grodzinski & Daughters. J Grodzinski & Daughters presents all traditional types of bread, as well as a special line of kosher cakes, cupcakes, brownies and biscuits. You can find for yourself something unusual too, for example Jewish bagels rugelach - sweet crescent-shaped products with fruit or chocolate filling. Thanks to the rugelach, bakery J Grodzinski & Daughters even was mentioned in Apprentice show: the project participants were forced to look for real kosher bagels, and found them only in this bakery.
Address of J Grodzinski & Daughters: 91 Dunsmure Road, N16
Six generations of bakers turned Dunn's Bakery, founded in 1820 in Crouch End, into a successful bakery confectionery. Be sure to stop by and order a cake with cream or a soft flan. Dunn's Bakery boasts not only of the products itself, but also experienced bakers who are giving 100% to create both new and customary types of bread. Try to get to this bakery for a breakfast, when sausages and bacon are already ready in the nearby butcher's shop Morley's Butchers. The delicious menu is guaranteed. After eating, do not forget to bring along a few doughnuts. You have not try anything better!
Address of Dunn's Bakery: 6 The Broadway, N8
Ayres Bakery in Nunhead is a dream institution. Here are collected all the favorite treats from childhood. The room is really cozy and comfortable. This is a family business, and a relaxing atmosphere is noticeable in everything, even in the way how staff speak. No one rushes you and you can safely choose the food you like. The quality of the assortment speaks for itself: from the lightest croissants to the tastiest French pastries and popular seasonal treats (for example, meringue ghosts on Halloween). If you can resist the temptation to try the sausages in dough, you are incredibly tough person.
Address of Ayres Bakery: 115-125 Evelina Road, SE1
This bakery, which was founded in 1911 by the Ukrainian Hyman Rinkoff, belongs to the same family for three generations. Chief baker Ray has been working here for 50 years and is still committed to the cause. In the institution you can buy a variety of types of baking, but the sales hit is Crodough. This is a hybrid of a croissant and a doughnut, which a few years ago became a real Internet sensation. To build on its success, the bakers came up with Crodoughbouche - a giant pyramid of little Crodough. The filling of dessert is very different, so everyone will find something to the taste.
Address of Rinkoff's Bakery: 224 Jubilee Street, E1
Aux Merveilleux de Fred
Frenchman Frederic Vaucamps began to study for chef-confectioner at 14 years old. And when he arrived in London in 1982, he opened a store selling items of culinary art. Much time has passed since then, but Frederick remained faithful to his vocation, experimented with various sweets, cakes and a small, but very tasty Merveilleux dessert, which gave the name to the confectionery. In principle, these are the two lightest meringues, connected with each other. The filling can be different, and Frederic with pleasure creates new options for dessert. But that's not all: there is the line of cramiques in the Aux Merveilleux de Fred - delicate, airy buns, resembling brioche, also with a variety of fillings.
Address of Aux Merveilleux de Fred: 88 Old Brompton Road, SW7