Everybody loves a doughnut, right? Whether you’re into your simple strawberry jam or one that involves a bit of DIY (you’ll find out soon), London has some epic ones on offer. We’re not talking cronuts or duffins this time (you can see that list here), but a good old, straightforward calorific doughnut. Here are 10 you must add to your list.
with vanilla, chocolate or honeycomb.
Bread Ahead doughnuts are possibly THE most photographed doughnuts in all of London. You’ll find them at a stall in top foodie haunt Borough Market and they’re stuffed with so much filling they are bursting at the seams. Flavours include vanilla (yum), chocolate (oh my) or honeycomb with a big piece sticking right out of the top. No wonder they’re on most people’s to-do list in London.
Borough Market, Cathedral St, London SE1 9DE, www.breadahead.com
with cinnamon sugar and caramel sauce.
You Doughnut are the bite-size doughnuts people with BIG flavour at funky food market Dinerama. Their doughnuts are freshly cooked to order, stuffed into a pot and you can choose from toppings like Oreo cheesecake, toasted smores or a simple cinnamon sugar with caramel sauce.
19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ, www.streetfeast.com
with vanilla cream.
A St Johns Doughnut is a thing of beauty. Soft, sugary outside and packed with vanilla custard inside. They’re sold at their beautiful restaurant in East London that’s most famous for their bacon sarnies. A bit of advice would be to get one of those for your main and this for breakfast dessert. That’s one epic start to the day.
94-96 Commercial St, London E1 6LZ, www.stjohngroup.uk.com
Cookies and Scream are a completely vegan and gluten-free bakery in North London and this is their doughnut ice-cream sandwich. You’ll probably notice the difference if you are neither of those things and have eaten a regular doughnut before but if you’re fully vegan and gluten-free it’s worth a go.
130 Holloway Rd, Highbury East, London N7 8JE www.cookiesandscream.com
with raspberry, banana jam or apple custard.
This family-run bakery in Hampstead specialises in THE most beautiful handmade Jewish challah bread, trays of baked goods and these glorious doughnuts. They are big, fat and fluffy, and most certainly don’t skimp on their filling. Flavours include banana cream, raspberry, and an UH MAZE ING apple pie. Video of these babies on my Instagram.
13 S End Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 2PT www.karmabread.co.uk
with raspberry jam.
They say the classics are always the best and Dum Dum Doughnuterie have hit the nail on the head with their raspberry jam doughnut that’s doused in a thick layer of icing sugar and bursting with the sweet stuff. All their doughnuts are baked not fried and if you’re a bit more adventurous they do their famous crone which is a doughnut cone filled like an ice-cream. You can also find them at super trendy places like Box Park in Shoreditch and Brixton Village. Plus they are the only doughnut brand to supply Harrods.
43 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, London E1 6PU www.dumdums.co.uk
7. Doughnut Time, Piccadilly Circus.
with shed loads of Nutella.
Doughnut Time are the Aussie doughnut kings that have hopped across the water and taken London by storm. Their flavours include Love Actually, Eminem and this epic creation ‘Love At First Bite. Never will you ever see so much Nutella in one doughnut. It’s INSANE!! Find them on Shaftsbury Avenue in central London.
96 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5ED, www.doughnuttime.co.uk
Walk up to the entrance of Camden Market and you’ll see this stand staring you in the face. It must be what doughnut heaven looks like. You’ve got everything from cream filled logs, doughnut twists and rainbow sprinkles. There is literally something for everyone, so which one would you choose?
Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AL, wwww.camdenmarket.com
with peanut butter and jelly.
Made with a hybrid sourdough mix, Crosstown’s doughnuts are chewier and more bread like any others in London. They have a few trendy doughnuts/coffee bars across the city and their flavors are quite unique. Beetroot, lemon-thyme and matcha, as well as their Australian inspired ‘lamnut’ (lamington doughnut) which is rolled in chocolate and coconut flakes. YUM.
4 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DA www.crosstowndoughnuts.com
with vanilla, strawberry or chocolate sauce.
When your dessert comes with 3 syringes filled with custard, chocolate and strawberry jam you know you’re in for a treat. Ben’s canteens DIY dessert means you can fill your own doughnuts ’til heart’s content. Go all chocolate, totally custard or even forget the doughnuts altogether and make a beeline straight for your mouth.