Don’t tell the other areas but North London is my favourite. I’ve lived all over the city but for some reason its where I feel at home the most. Maybe it’s because some of my favourite bakeries are here! There is nothing more I love then seeking out a great bakery to catch up with a friend over a slice of cake or choose a freshly baked loaf of bread to take home to have with lashings of butter. We’re very lucky in London to have some brilliantly creative and independent bakeries so I’ve rounded up 8 great bakeries to discover in North London.
Karma Bread is a local bakery in the heart of leafy Hampstead. Owner Tami (or the challah queen as she is known) is a self-taught expert of creating beautiful traditional Jewish recipes and bread alongside the latest trends and all the bakery favourites we already love. The doughnuts and cinnamon buns are a DREAM, plus, for the kiddies they do a very cute challah bread hedgehog with butter and jam.
13 S End Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 2PT, www.karmabread.co.uk
Pophams are possibly London’s most popular bakery. They opened in 2017 in a small spot on a residential road in Islington and since then their reputation has exploded. They do incredible pastries which are really creative and unusual including my favourite of all time, the sweet, sticky and downright delicious bacon, maple swirl. All pastries and coffees are served on beautiful handmade ceramics. Their Islington location is small with just a handful of seating inside but large outside tables allow for sharing communal space. Pophams have also now expanded to a second larger location in East London.
19 Prebend St, London N1 8PF, www.pophamsbakery.com
Bread By Bike are a sourdough bakery in a residential area between Holloway and Kentish Town. They offer a small menu of brunch dishes as well as a counter of freshly baked cakes and shelves full of freshly baked sourdough loaves. The concept started in the home kitchen of Andy (the owner) who delivered bread to his friend and family. When it became in high demand the concept of the store was born. I can honestly say it might have been the best toast I’ve ever had in my life. Yes, what a statement.
30 Brecknock Rd, Kentish Town, London N7 0DD, http://breadbybike.com/
As well as being a beautiful bakery, Luminary Bakery are a social enterprise helping and training socially and economically disadvantaged women through the medium of baking. They do beautiful layer cakes which you can buy by the slice or as a whole for a celebration. Plus, pastries, sandwiches and brownies. They have two bright and airy cafes in North London, Camden and Stoke Newington.
71-73 Allen Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8RY, www.luminarybakery.com
Cookies and Scream a fully vegan and gluten-free bakery in Holloway. In their small, retro dessert shop, they bake cookies, brownies, pies and doughnuts plus a menu of indulgent ‘scream shakes’ – all of which are also dairy, egg, wheat and gluten-free.
130 Holloway Rd, Highbury East, London N7 8JE, www.cookiesandscream.com
Jolene are a bakery and brunch spot by day and a restaurant and wine bar by evening. Every morning they fill the counter with tons of freshly baked seasonal pastries for you to pick yourself to take away or enjoy inside with a cup of coffee. I’d recommend arriving just as they open to get the first pick of the warm croissants, danishes and buns. Very chic and sophisticated.
21 Newington Green, Mayville Estate, London N16 9PU, jolenen16.com
Founded in 2001 by Katherine Lockwood, The Spence Bakery started its life in a cafe in Stoke Newington before opening up their own premises in 2003. They bake fresh loaves, cakes and pastries on-site every day and as well as stocking their own shelved they supply to shops, deli’s and street food traders around Hackney. Following their success, the Tufnell Park location opened up in 2015.
146A Fortess Rd, London NW5 2HP, www.thespence.co.uk
Michelle Eshkeri started by making bread for her family and friends and in 2016 took the leap at opening up Margot. Everything in Margot is freshly baked through the day and goes straight from the oven to the shelves. The menu includes both sweet and savoury options like indulgent slices of chocolate babka, cheese danish and squishy cinnamon buns. A really neighbourhood gem.
Photo Credit: Ed Reeve
121 E End Rd, London N2 0SZ, margotbakery.co.uk
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