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: the finest French bread in London
Orée is quite frankly the place in London to buy artisan French bread. This gorgeous West London mini chain is heaven in the form of bread, viennoiserie and patisserie. The breads there are baked fresh daily onsite in their open boulangerie kitchens. They use stone ground and traditions French flours, and have wholemeal, buckwheat and gluten-free options too. They even run regular small group baking classes at the Kings Road branch so you can learn the tricks of the trade. Their café serves light breakfast and lunch dishes, accompanied by plenty of their delicious bread.
It has a dedicated following among French residents in the area, which is a sure fire sign of an exceptional bake.
Our pick: the traditional baguette