[Updated 27 August 2019]
London is undoubtedly home to many amazing things: international cuisine, musicals, high-street shopping and museums! Not only is this capital city a top travel and food destination, it also has delicious bakeries and pastries, all awaiting your discovery. Think cake and pastry assortment, freshly-baked bread and scones slathered with clattered cream, and elegantly-decorated cupcakes. Are you drooling yet? ?Credit: Giphy [inlinewidget id=33522]
1. (NEW!) Bake StreetBake Street is a small family-run bakery that's managed to capture hearts with their brownies, bakes, and brunch! Whether you're popping in for a bite of their salted caramel brownie, or lingering a little longer for their breakfast brunch you're bound to be satisfied by what they have on offer.
2. B BakeryLondon meets Paris with this elegant bakery located at Covent Garden. As you enter B Bakery, be prepared to feast your eyes upon a seemingly endless cake counter in front of you! Their delicious bakes are prepared daily by an expert team of pastry chefs from France.
Sample on delectable tartés, sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes as you admire the quaint décor and pretty crockery. B Bakery even offers an afternoon tea bus tour while taking in some of the capital’s best attractions!
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Halal status: Halal chicken and vegetarian brunch options are available (must pre-order 24hrs in advance and indicate in online form)
3. (NEW!) The Canvas Cafe
The canvas cafe is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to being a fully vegan cafe producing only fully handmade goods. With a mission like that, you can be sure that you'll feel a little better about digging into their heavenly looking cakes and pastries!
If you thought it couldn't get more decadent, another must-try is their towering freakshakes which are vegan and dairy-free milkshakes topped with a decadent slice of cake and other exquisite toppings!
Halal status: Fully vegan options, alcohol served separately on premises. There is no alcohol in any of their menu items.
4. The Hummingbird BakeryIf you’ve been to London but have never heard of The Hummingbird Bakery, you’re missing out! This bakery has one of the best cupcakes and desserts around here, and the Soho branch is so successful that they have more outlets at Notting Hill, South Kensington, Spitalfields and Islington.
Get your phones ready as you choose one of their elegantly frosted cupcakes which are displayed beside tiered cakes and an array of brownies, cheesecake and pies. Do not miss their red velvet cupcake which is one of their best-selling flavours ?
Halal status: Do note that their cakes are all suitable for vegetarians, do not contain gelatine/rennet/meat, and some of them are vegan-friendly. Any products that contain alcohol are listed on the counter card in-store, so we advise that you check with the staff before purchasing anything.
Primrose Bakery Address: 42 Tavistock Street, WC2E 7PB
Operating hours: 10AM – 7.30PM (Monday to Saturday), 11AM – 5PM (Sunday)
Halal status: They have vegan and gluten-free options. We'd advise readers to check with the staff before purchasing.
Primrose Bakery has permanently closed. ?
5. (NEW!) Cross Town DoughnutsDoughnuts are some of the most standard baked good you can get in any country, but Cross Town manages to take them to the next level with their wide variety of innovative ingredients. Their Chocolate Medjool Date Dough Bite is stuffed not only with the rich sweetness of medjool dates but creamy chocolate custard too, and sprinkled with white chocolate glaze and cacao nibs for an extra crunch that ties it all together.
6. Cakes and BakesFounded in 2002, this bakery has prided itself in creating eggless bakes and using non-dairy cream. They aim to use only the best quality organic components which include free-range eggs, organic butter and other fairtrade ingredients.
Halal status: Muslim-owned
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7. (NEW!) Grounded Coffee CompanyThe Grounded Coffee Company is a halal cafe serving up bakes as well as brunch! Located just a short walk away from the iconic Old Spitalfields Market, this is the perfect place to recharge by sinking your teeth into some delicious and freshly-made French Toast, Buttermilk Pancakes, Omelettes and more!
8. Dominique Ansel Bakery (DAB)Nestled in Victoria, this popular bakery is owned by world-renowned pastry chef and cronut inventor – Dominique Ansel. When DAB opened its doors in London at the end of September 2016, hundreds of dessert lovers queued to get their hands on the iconic cronuts, frozen s’mores and cookie shots.
Since its opening, their bakes and desserts went viral with lots of publicity, and were mentioned all over the news in London. With so many aesthetic items under one roof and an array of fun, creative yummy treats on display, do not be alarmed to leave this bakery with a much lighter wallet!
Credit: Dominique Ansel Bakery on Facebook
Halal status: All savoury items at the bakery are non-halal and may contain pork. Gelatine is not used in all products, but some may contain alcohol so check with the staff before purchasing.
9. (NEW!) The Lebanese BakeryThe Lebanese Bakery adds a Middle Eastern twist to this list, with their selection of manousheh (Lebanese flat bread) made with classic white dough and baked in a traditional brick oven. The bakery uses nostalgic recipes as well as ingredients and toppings imported from Lebanon to give you a truly authentic taste, with everything from mouajjanet (bite-sized pastries) and kaak (Lebanese sesame seed street bread) on offer.
10. Cutter and SquidgeFree from alcohol and animal products, and made only with health-conscious ingredients, this bakery is a gem! This innovative cake shop offers a wide selection of cakes and bakes, and proudly specialises in “biskies”, which are chewy and tasty biscuit-cookie-cake sandwiches. This creation also comes in many different flavours ?
Credit: Cutter and Squidge on Facebook
Why have a normal biscuit when you can have a biscuit, cookie and cake all at the same time? Pure indulgence!
Halal Status: Vegetarian-friendly. No alcohol or animal products (e.g. gelatine) are used in the biskies or cakes, but alcohol is served on the premises.
11. (NEW!) Apple Blue PatisserieApple Blue is more known for their hand-made cakes (of which no two are ever exactly alike!) but we have our eyes set on their range of tarts, cookies, and so much more that look absolutely gorgeous. Have you ever heard of a Salted Caramel And Rosemary Tart? Well Apple Blue has one up for grabs and it looks amazing!
12. Cookies and ScreamA top favourite for vegans, this family-run bakery has a great variety of cookies, cakes, brownies and other baked goodies which are just yummy and delightful. Interestingly, this multi-award-winning bakery is egg-free, wheat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free and uses only low fat and low cholesterol ingredients ? Now you don't have to feel too guilty on your cheat day!
Do note that all of Cookies and Scream products contain soya and traces of nuts. If you have a food allergy, do check with the owners before consuming any.
Halal status: Cookies & Scream is not halal-certified but they do serve only vegan options.
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London’s not a place that is short of a great bakery, and there are a couple of Muslim-friendly options around. If you have a soft spot for sweet treats, pay a visit to these bakeries to get some freshly-baked loaves, decadent cakes and pretty pastries!