It is a well-known fact that the human brain needs sugar in order to work properly. In addition to that, there is no circumstance which can’t be improved by a tasty slice of cake or crunchy loaf of bread. So, if you need to energise your brain cells or crown a moment with some fine pastry, here is a selection of the best bakeries in London.
St. John Bakery has done so well that the business has expanded from bread to wine. Besides the original shop in Maltby Street, you can find other St. John’s branches such as the bar and restaurant, and bread and wine, spread across the city. However, the bakery’s best treat continues to be the seasonal jam-filled doughnut.
St. John Bakery, 41 Maltby St, London SE1 3PA, +4420 7553 9844
Dreams come true just by looking at the shop window of Ottolenghi, who present an astonishing selection of sweets and pastries from European recipes, with a tendency towards Mediterranean delicatessen. Particular attention is dedicated to the choice of products and their combination of flavours. The Ottolenghi confectioners have, in fact, a special consideration for tradition, as much as they are keen to experiment.
Parisian-looking Balthazar Boulangerie finds its home in pretty Covent Garden. Not only the environment is refined, but also the taste of the well-crafted products. There is an array of bread shelved on the golden-tiled walls to admire and of course, to taste.
Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ, +4420 3301 1155