Bakeries You Have To Visit In London

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I like to pretend as much of the time as I can that I am a health conscious person but that’s just a facade I put up to hide the fact that I am a huge foodie and have a massive sweet tooth. I’m normally in London once or twice a week and while I don’t like to pig out every time I am a huge fan of popping to a bakery or cake shop and picking up something sweet enough to pop me into a slight sugar coma. Below are some of my top picks of bakeries you need to visit when you’re in London.

Cookies and Scream

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I’ve  spoken about Camden Market based Cookies and Scream quite a bit but I just had to mention them again. Absolutely everything they do is dairy free and thus vegan which means whatever your dietary requirements are chances are you can eat here. Their cookies which are baked fresh every day are soft and squidgy and one of the best cookies I’ve had and their milkshakes and ice creams do not taste like they’re void of dairy. The great thing is their cakes change daily so you’ll encounter different things each time, personal favourites of mine include their brownies (especially the peanut butter ones), their lemon drizzle cake and their scream sandwich (a scoop of ice cream between two cookies).

Crosstown

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Crosstown is a very new discovery of mine and one which I am so glad to have made. Crosstown sell some of the scrummiest donuts I have tasted and they aren’t your boring traditional glazed rings or jam filled ones they’ve gone a step beyond and created something special. The first time I went I opted for the truffle donut which was incredibly sweet with truffle injected into the ring and then covered in truffle chocolate. The next time I decided to sample the Lamnut which is a donut with jam and covered in chocolate and rolled around in coconut shavings which was amazing. Everything in baked fresh so arrive early to not be disappointed.

Hummingbird Bakery

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Everyone raves about Hummingbird, so for this reason I put off going there for a while because I didn’t want to have high expectations and be let down but recently I had a bit of time to kill so I decided to head along to their store just off Oxford Street. Firstly their choice of cakes is insane there are a huge number of massive layered cakes (rainbow cakes/ red velvet/ salted caramel and more) and then whoopies and so many cupcakes alongside quite a few free from (gluten/ dairy free) which is always nice to see. In order to get a good idea of their choices I opted for a slab of Red Velvet Cake to eat in alongside two cupcakes to take home (Salted Caramel and Nutella). Firstly the Red Velvet was probably the best I have ever tasted, thick creamy frosting which wasn’t sickly and a sweet soft cake which you could tell was fresh. The cupcakes were similarly amazing with frosting to die for. I am so annoyed I waited this long to check out Hummingbird but it was well worth the wait.

Crumbs and Doilies

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Crumbs and Doilies is definitely one of my favourite places for cupcakes in all of London, actually scrap that, in general, and they have a shop by Carnaby Street which is an area of London I love. I love the fact that they do a good selection of mini cupcakes which mean I can try multiple flavours without feeling sick/ over-indulgent/ fat etc. These cupcakes are everything a great cupcake should be; soft moist cake, soft creamy icing, great flavours and nothing too sickly. Their ‘classic’ flavours tend to be easier to find although I’ve still not had the Mint Chocolate Chip or Cinnamon toast and I need them in my life, but the Malteser is light and airy and the salted caramel is sweet and sticky. Their ‘special’ flavours tend to be just luck of draw but range from Mojito and Lemon Mess to Chocolate Orange and Chocolate Guinness. The great thing is you can keep going back and always have new flavours to try, result.

Ms Cupcake

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ms cupcake and primroseLeft- Ms Cupcake Right- Primrose Bakery

Ms Cupcake was London’s first ever fully vegan bakery (I believe) but sits a little out of the way in Brixton. I made a trip down the Victoria Line to check out the store and it is severely underrated for its quality. You know somewhere is good when you have to queue for cake at 11am in the morning. Everything within the shop is handmade within the premises (usually, you can see people piping icing or decorating cakes from the window), and everything is entirely vegan-friendly/ dairy free which is fantastic. More places are coming out with vegan options but having an entire store is amazing as there’s so much choice. I opted for a chocolate peanut butter cupcake and if I hadn’t known I would not have said it was vegan-friendly as it tasted just like any other cake (something a lot of people fail to believe). The icing didn’t smoosh against the box but was still soft and the cake itself was light, fluffy and perfect for a cupcake. I’ll definitely be making the trip back to the store when ever I’m in the area.

Primrose

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Primrose have a few locations across London but I headed to the little boutique store in Kensington which was about a 7-minute walk from High Street Kensington Tube Station (although it’s just off the high street so I did walk past first time). The store I went to didn’t have a huge amount of choice in regards to cakes but they had an assortment of biscuits, cookies and other sweet treats but I went for the Cookie Dough cupcake. It wasn’t quite as light and airy as some of the others but it was really tasty and had a nice solid feeling cake to it. I’d definitely be intrigued to see if any of the other branches have a large choice of flavours though.

Gelata

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One day I happened to find myself at the Southbank Market ready to have lunch and I stumbled across Gelata and their stacks of cookies. I have never seen so many cookies it’s unreal (the image above isn’t them all!) They had normal, oat, gluten free, salted caramel, red velvet and more. Of course a red velvet and a chocolate chip cookie just happened to jump from the stall into my hands (after an exchange of money happened). For me it takes a lot to be a great cookie, you want it soft enough that it melts in your mouth and doesn’t take too much effort to chew, but not so soft that it falls apart in your hands. Fortunately, Gelata have this spot on and despite being 4pm they still tasted unreal. I’ll definitely be making another trip there soon.

Lola’s Cupcakes

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Lola’s Cupcakes sit in a large number of train stations and shopping centres with their pretty iced cupcakes trying to entice you in. I’d seen their stands quite a few times before but never caved until I found myself coming through Victoria Place after a long coach journey. The do large cupcakes at around £3 and small ones at about £1.30ish and their choice of flavours is extensive. All of the cupcakes have quite a lot of icing on so probably not the ideal choice if you’re not an icing fan (although how can you not be?!) I opted for a lemon cupcake which is always a favourite of mine, and a cookies and cream one as the Oreo sitting on top was screaming my name. Even by 11pm that evening the cakes were still soft and beautiful, the icing isn’t too heavy/ sickly but also isn’t too light to feel worthless. Definitely worth a visit if you happen to pass them at a train station/ in a shopping centre.

Do you have bakery/ cake shop suggestions?
November 19, 2016
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  • Jazmin Williams

    I love a good bakery – the Hummingbird one I’ve heard a lot about! Apparently Selasi from GBBO is opening a bakery soon and I’d love to visit! x

  • Ooooh, you’ve got a few of my faves here! And next time I’m down near Brixton I’ll deffo be seeking out Ms Cupcake!

  • Paula

    Such a good list! I only tried Lola’s and Hummingbird, I have to say I wasn’t as impressed like you by Hummingbird, maybe it’s because I usually go to the one in Spitafields, I should try the one in Oxford Street!

  • Jo Wiggins

    I totally agree about The Hummingbird Bakery, I love it. Their Red Velvet is the second best I’ve ever had (after my Mum’s) x

  • This is a list I will need to print off for when I visit London. I try and visit little places the unknown as I tend to find they are hidden gems Hummingbird looks amazing though x

  • I must admit I rarely visit london and when I do its to pass through. I do love picking up a coffee and something sweet if I visit london in the morning though and 90% of the time its a cupcake of some sort.

  • Nayna Kanabar

    wow what a great list , I have been to the humming bird bakery nad seen lolas cakes in some stations but really need to check out all the others.The vegan one sounds great.

  • Jodie Whitham

    All I can think to say is it’s a good job I don’t live near London or visit often! My health couldn’t handle it lol x

  • Mademoiselle Fromage

    I’ve had Cookies n Scream on my to visit list for ages! Ms Cupcake looks incredible as well ❤️❤️❤️

  • Laura

    I would love to visit Cookies and Scream at Camden Market, that sweet treat looks so yummy xxx

  • All these is making me very hungry. Looks very delicious.

  • Vicky Hallnewman

    I need to go and visit some of these bakeries! the cakes look lovley

  • Beautyqueenuk

    The only two I have done are Lola’s and Hummingbird and the rest I so clearly need to do x

  • o wow so many nice bakeries, I need to visit them all because they all look lovely

  • fashion-mommy

    I love the Hummingbird Bakery, when I last went they were queuing outside, but when you taste their cakes you do understand.

  • Annie Brooks

    I’m trying not to look where all these places are… my waistline won’t thank me! Haha there is a Lola’s when I come into St Pancras… always tempted!

  • Leah Shafik

    Have you tried Konditor and Cook near waterloo? I don’t often venture to London but I sometimes worked in Waterloo and everyone used to tell me to go :) x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    OMG this is fantastic, I love sweet things and I’m in London so this will come in hand for me on my next shopping spree to keep the energy levels up of course, yum! 😉

  • Yes! I am bookmarking this for my next trip down south. The rose vanilla cupcakes ♥ I have to try one!

  • I just avoid these! I know some of them FAR too well. Hummingbird have a rather good cookery book too – delicious!

  • jigsawparenting

    oh my mouth is like watering looking at these pictures I am actually so hungry now. I wish I lived closer.

  • Hummingbird Bakery is my favourite! I do need to try some of the others though! xo

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  • There’s just so much to choose from in London! What a wonderful collection of bakeries. I will have to visit some next time I’m on the mainland.

  • Lola cupcakes are one of my favourite bakeries to go to in London! x

  • I’ve had Red Velvet Cake at the Hummingbird Bakery too – Just divine! I loved Primrose but have yet to visit Crumbs & Doilies. Maybe my next trip to London!

  • lianne

    Stop stop stop! No don’t stop, give me more cake!! :) These places look amazing!

  • I really want to go to the Hummingbird Bakery one day, I love their recipe books! Cookies & Scream sounds amazing, too <3

  • Gosh I need to visit these shops! These shops do such beautiful designs sometimes it feels sad to eat them haha x

  • Oh no this isn’t very helpful – I’m on a diet haha! So many yummy things in this post!

  • Erin Ek Rush

    What as fun post! I have some Hummingbird Bakery cookbooks and I would love to visit!

  • I like the look of the Lola’s cupcakes. I bet they tasted great.

  • I have a real sweet tooth, I so have to visit these bakeries over the next few months :)

  • Aziel Morte

    What a yummy cupcakes, Looks like I want to go there

  • Ayesha Farhad

    Really want to visit Primrose bakery! haven’t had a chance to go yet! going to brave myself for the cold and pop in next week hopefully! xx

  • Louise Smith

    I always hear good things about the Hummingbird bakery – I can never find it when I’m in London though! LOL. I think I need a tour guide!!

    Louise x