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 socially responsible Londoner
The Dusty Knuckle Bakery in Hackney was founded by Max Tobias and his childhood friend Rebecca Oliver in 2014. It had humble beginnings, starting life in a shipping container, but in 2018 moved to a permanent bakery and café space. They both had a passion for baking: Rebecca through her training as a chef at renowned restaurant Moro, and Max in his spare time. But Max had also spent years working in youth protection, with young individuals who had fallen on the wrong side of the tracks and become involved in serious violence.
The Dusty Knuckle aims to offer a way for these young people to gain meaningful employment experience and social skills as well as well as baking technique. They offer work experience and hold education classes on bread and food at schools in the local area, with the aim of building up a portion of their staff who come from backgrounds which have made it difficult to find meaningful employment. Oh, and their freshly made bread is spectacularly good too.
Our pick: White potato sourdough