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: Rye bread as you’ve never tasted it before
Rye bread has a healthy reputation, but it is so much more than just a vehicle for mashed avocado. The array of traditional ryes at Karaway on Borough Market is a treat for the eyes. London isn’t known for rye, with most bakeries selling only one or two varieties, but Karaway makes it the star of the show. They use long-fermentation processes and natural ingredients such as nuts, seeds, and fruit to show off its versatility.
Alongside its traditional eastern European and Russian loaves, such as the Black Rye, Russian Borodinsky and Lithuanian Scalded Rye, it also sells pastries, cakes and crackers. They have a second branch in Stratford but are also stocked in Selfridges and Wholefoods (where you can pre-order your favourite loaf in store to make sure you never miss out).
Our pick: Lithuanian Scolded Rye