Lockdown 2.0 came around so quickly I had to halt the monthly brunch round-ups (I am *not* a fan of takeaway avocado toast).
However, I was sort of relieved to see Lockdown 2.0 not being as serious as the first time round – restaurants and cafes are still open for takeaways, open-air markets still buzzing (perhaps should be a bit worried about this) and there is still loo roll at the supermarkets.
Here are 5 of the best bakeries in London which are still open either for takeaways or deliveries through lockdown. If you live reasonably close by please do support them – I promise that you will get a good treat in return!
Little Bread Pedlar
You may have unknowingly had one of LBP’s pastries while at a cafe. They are a bakery based in Bermondsey that supplies their delicious pastries to many cafes across London, and famously open their doors to the public only on Saturdays (this fact is so last year).
Very recently they have opened a new location in Pimlico so more people can get to their amazing creations, 7 days a week! Every pastry is solidly amazing: find viennoiseries with perfect crispy buttery layers, pillow-y soft cinnamon buns and some seriously fudgy brownies.
My favourite is the Kouign-Amann which I can recognise at a cafe just from the unique shape, and also the new found hazelnut chocolatine a.k.a a pain au chocolat on crack, with lashings of chocolate and hazelnut frangipane in the middle.
They now offer takeaway at the Pimlico and Spa Terminus locations Monday to Sunday, the Canopy Market at King’s Cross Friday to Sunday as well as online deliveries.
Little Bread Pedlar (Pimlico)
34 Moreton Street, London SW1V 2PD
Miel’s blue shop front is a eye catcher amongst the brick (read: drab) walls of Warren Street. Miel is a French bakery and patisserie by Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef and cookbook author Shaheen Peerbhai and first opened its doors in 2019.
If you want to be immediately transported to the patisseries of France, this is the place. On top of the blue tiles you will find croissants made from the best French butter with the distinct, golden layers, indulgent chocolate ganache tarts made with Valrhona chocolate, beautiful brioche loaves and cookies studded with chocolate chunks (in an elegant way). Coffee and hot chocolate, and other drinks are also available.
Miel is open from 8am every day and also accepting pre-orders on the website.
57 Warren St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 5NR
Bageriet is perhaps the perfect Instagram #shopfront – but through that small window in Rose Street, Covent Garden, is a small world of delicious Swedish treats: cinnamon buns, baked marzipan tarts, princess cake and more!
The Prinsesstårta i.e. Princess cake in Swedish, is one of my secret guilty pleasures. The bright green icing might not be the most fashionable but this traditional cake is one of the world’s most famous cakes, consisting of alternating layers of sponge cake, cream and marzipan. Oh my.
Other good staples are the cinnamon bun, chocolate ball and Danish fruit pastries.
The shop is closed for takeaways during lockdown but you can pre-order their delicious pastries for pickup or delivery via an online form on the website.
24 Rose St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9EA
I can leave it as that because everyone in London knows about Pophams. In short, very well handcrafted pastries with a modern twist – think flavours you have never imagined before: chocolate & orange with tahini fudge, blueberry cheesecake, peanut butter & jelly!
I always stick to my favourite Bacon & Maple escargot, the rosemary & sea salt plait and the ham & cheese croissant (sells out faster than lightning).
Both their Islington and London Fields locations are open for takeaways and deliveries.
Yeast Bakery is a micro-bakery near Broadway Market that operates under a railway arch, and before the whole 2020 situ they only opened to the public every Saturday.
They specialise in hand made viennoiserie – particularly known for their kouign-amann, Cruffin (croissant-muffin, properly known as Brioche Feuilletée) and also the Croaf (croissant loaf).
Their kouign-amann is a work of art – worthy for braving the TFL weekend-half-suspended-half-engineering-works network across London just to get my hands on one. The crunchy, lightly caramelised sugar outer layer coats the maze of crispy, buttery pastry layers – it’s almost like a dessert!
They are currently open for takeaways Thursday to Saturday but recommend making pre-orders for local deliveries or click-and-collect.
Arch 356 Westgate St, Hackney, London E8 3RL
Bonus: Ole & Steen
Speaking of cinnamon buns another one of my favourites is Ole & Steen – although now a fairly large chain, their pastries are still consistently mouthwatering. I dream about their cinnamon bun and cinnamon social all the time – indulgent and hearty rolls of pastry and cinnamon sugar, best devoured at home over a mug of coffee. Or hygge as they call it in Denmark.
Shames me to say I haven’t visited in person recently hence the lack of photos. All their locations are currently open for takeaways and deliveries.
Ole & Steen