Best Bakeries in London
In recent years, the clean eating and low-carb movements have given bread a bit of a bad rep. But research has shown that for most people, wholegrain, unprocessed bread can happily be included as part of a healthy diet. it's a good source of fuel and fibre and has been a staple in the human diet for millennia. It's also utterly delicious.
Now the London bakery scene has been transformed. Following the fashion for artisan sourdough started by Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, fabulous independent bakers have been sprouting up allover the capital. Once you've tasted real bread, you'll never go back to mass-produced supermarket bloomers.
Best for: probably the best sourdough loaf in London
Brick House in Dulwich is a bakery and café run by Fergus and Sharmin Jackson. They use only traditional baking methods with only simple natural ingredients to perfect their bread, specialising in San Francisco style, slow-fermented, sourdoughs. Each of their sourdough loaves takes two days to make, and is stone-baked using organic flours. The emphasis on wholesome natural food stretches to the whole café menu, with cheeses from Neal’s Yard Dairy and fruit and veg from Natoora.
Their Peckham Rye sourdough is award-winning and often lauded as the best sourdough in London. Their whole range, from white sourdough to more complex loaves incorporating seeds, nuts and fruits are all fantastic. They even supply some of London’s best restaurants and cafés, such as Duck Soup, Brunswick House and 26 Grains. And on Monday, when the original Dulwich bakery is closed, you can dash to their little-sister branch in Peckham which is open seven days a week.
Our pick: their award-wining Peckham Rye