Warm bread rolls, plaited loaves, hot buns, delicate pastries, pretty cupcakes, showstopper desserts - is there any better place to pick yourself up a treat than a good bakery? We think not.
Delve into the best bakeries that London has to offer:
French chef Dominique Ansel’s Belgravia bakery - made all the more inviting by its beautiful open-air jasmine terrace for summer - brings the infamous croissant-donut hybrid, the Cronut, across the Atlantic following its success in the original New York bakery. Don’t just take our word for it: the Cronut attracted queues around the corner before the Elizabeth Street opening in September. Pop in for an afternoon cookie dough shot glass filled with vanilla milk, and Ansel’s take on the British Eton mess.
17-21 Elizabeth St, SW1W 9RP
Kova Patisserie is one of Soho's most recent bakery arrival, specialising in Japanese cakes and organic Japanese teas. The mille crepe cake (in an array of flavours including matcha) and roasted green tea latte are both must-trys.
9-12, St Anne's Court, Soho
When you can smell freshly baked bread before you can see it, you know it's going to be good. Follow your nose to this Borough Market bakery and, if you're feeling adventurous, sign up for one of their baking courses to have a go at kneading dough, proofing pastries and filling doughnuts for yourself.
Borough Market, Cathedral St SE1 9DE
Be warned: Once you fall down the rabbit hole of Lily Vanilli's Instagram account, it is nigh-on impossible to extract yourself from picture after picture of works-of-art, show-stopper cakes. The East-London shop is just as beguiling and the brownies are a must-try.
6, The Courtyard, Ezra St, E2 7RH
They may be most famous for their cinnamon buns (and rightly so) but the coffee and cakes at this Scandinavian café in the heart of Central London are also well worth a mention - and a taste, of course. The new Covent Garden locale is even bigger and better, too.
14A Golden Square, W1F 9JG; 55 Neal Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9PJ
Claire Ptak's quaint Hackney bakery started life as a stall on the nearby Broadway Market (you can still find her there on Saturdays). Be sure to try the seasonal cupcakes, with limited-edition buttercream toppings - think salted caramel, fresh fruit, and homemade flower cordials.
47, Wilton Way, E8 3ED
The white-washed brick and large sash windows of this airy former warehouse make for a tranquil setting to while away the hours with tea and tarts or coffee and sandwiches (or both, why not?) FYI, their sourdough has won awards so you should probably take some home for later, too.
1 Zenoria Street, East Dulwich SE22 8HP
utter & Squidge
The cronut is out and the biskie is in. This sweet (forgive the pun) Soho eatery's combination of biscuit, cookie and cake, filled with buttercream and topped with marshmallows, chocolate and caramel is the definition of decadence. Really, need we say more?
20 Brewer street, Soho W1F 0SJ
The menu changes daily at the Bakehouse - from sausage rolls and sandwiches on Saturdays to their speciality sourdough pizzas on Sundays (a good alternative to your usual roast). That is if their vast array of artisan breads and cakes doesn't tempt you first.
Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace E8 3PH
Famous for its tantalising array of cupcakes - from the classic chocolate and vanilla to the devilishly indulgent salted caramel, cookies and cream and red velvet - Hummingbird has six stores across London now in which you can pick up a selection of your favourites.
Richmond, Spitalfields, Soho, South Kensington, Islington, Notting Hill
Little Bread Pedlar
The Little Bread Pedlar's Bermondsey base is only open to the public on Saturdays, but they supply a wide range of cafés and shops across London so there are plenty of places to get your hands on their delicious pastries, cakes, brioches, brownies and more.
Arch 4-6, Spa Business Park, Dockley Road SE16 3FJ
The Old Post Office
The Old Post Office Bakery has been a community favourite since the Eighties, specialising in organic handcrafted baked goods and service as warm as the bread rolls straight from the oven.
76 Landor Rd SW9 9PH
Original article published by Vogue.com