Princi, Bread Selection
Princi is a gem of a bakery in the middle of Wardour Street. This glamorous boutique bakery is home to the Milanese baker Rocco Princi, who brings to London his delicious pastries, perfectly rustic pizzas and the all-important freshly baked wood fired bread. If you’re lucky you’ll witness the treats being baked right in front of your eyes in their large ovens. You’ll find a sizable selection of goodies ready to go displayed on racks just as you walk in through the front door. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 8am-midnight and Sunday 8.30am-10pm.
Gail’s Artisan Bakery, Bread Selection
Gail’s Artisan Bakery was set up by Ran Avidan and Tom Molnar, who after bringing baker Gail Mejia on board, opened up the first bakery in Hampstead in 2005. Today, the company has twenty bakeries throughout London in upmarket neighborhoods. With around thirty varieties of bread baked daily, you are sure to find one to delight your taste buds. The selection includes rye, spelt and a large range of sourdough. The Soho branch is open Monday to Thursday 8am-9pm, Saturday 9am-10pm and Sunday 9am-7pm.
L’eto Caffe, Bread Selection
L’eto Caffe is also located on Wardour Street with five more locations in prosperous areas of the capital – Mayfair, Kings Road, Fulham, Brompton and Belgravia. They first opened up in Soho in 2011 and offer plenty of pastries, cakes and bread options. You may not realize that they sell bread at first but they do have a small selection of cafone, ciabatta, whole-wheat, rye and rye with seeds. This bakery is open Sunday to Tuesday 9am-9pm and Wednesday to Saturday 8am-11pm.
Paul, Bread Selection
Paul, the French bakery, has been baking bread since 1889 and now spans five generations of bakers. You’ll find Paul branches dotted around London and they’re a top destination store for bread lovers. Their signature loaf is the Flute which they make using an original recipe of just flour, natural yeast, sea salt, water and a long fermentation process. Other breads include Baguettes, Pain de Campagne, Boule Charlemagne, Pain Deux Olives (olive bread) and more. The Soho branch is open Monday to Tuesday 9am-8pm and Wednesday to Sunday 9am-9pm.
Lina Stores, Bread Selection
Lina Stores is a traditional family -run Italian delicatessen which has been in existence since 1944. With its distinctive green tiled exterior and quaint interiors, it really is a lovely place to visit for fresh pasta, cured meats and the finest cheeses. You’ll find wicker baskets brimming with bread just behind the front door. The range of breads available include Italian focused loaves like Pugliese, Ciabatta, Potato and Onion Tortano and Focaccia with rosemary and salt or cherry tomato and basil. The store is open Monday and Tuesday 8.30am-7.30pm, Wednesday to Friday 8.30am-8.30pm, Saturday 10am-7.30pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.
Nordic Bakery, Bread Selection
Nordic Bakery is a Scandinavian style cafe selling Nordic-style baked goods like open rye bread sandwiches and of course, cinnamon buns. There are three London locations; Soho, New Cavendish Street and Dorset Street. They sell a selection of their famous rye bread in-store – a dense and chewy bread made from a mix of flour and rye grain which can vary in colour depending on the percentage of rye used. You can buy a Quartet Rye Bread with 53% rye flour, Organic Rye Bread with 38% rye flour and Rye Boule with 11% rye flour. The Soho opening hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am-8pm, Saturday 8.30am-8pm, and Sunday and Bank Holidays 9am-7pm.