We’ve traveled around the boroughs to find the best doughnuts in London. From cronuts, custard-filled, vegan to giant creations. Get your carb fill…
Bread Ahead Bakery, various locations
Practically bursting with filling, Bread Ahead’s decadent doughnuts are stuffed with classic flavours including raspberry jam, as well as more adventurous concoctions like caramel custard with salted honeycomb crumbled on top. Whatever you order though, if you can’t get enough, the bakery runs regular doughnut workshops in Borough Market – so you can learn how to recreate the magic at home. The brand still has a stall in the market where it started out in 2013, but it’s since branched out to two more sites – Chelsea (where there’s also a bakery school) and Soho.
Borough Market: 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Chelsea: 249 Pavilion Road, London SW1X 0BP
Soho: 21 Beak Street, London W1F 9RR
Borough 22, various stockists
Vegans and coeliacs: your doughnut prayers have been answered. All of Borough 22’s doughnuts are both vegan and gluten-free. Flavours range from their signature cinnamon-sugar-topped ring to lovely glazed versions including maple and hibiscus, hazelnut and cacao, or cereal crumb (pictured). They don’t have their own store (yet), but you can find Borough 22’s delights every day in Selfridges food hall, or order a batch to be delivered to one of several other London locations, such as Brockley’s Broca Cafe or Clapham’s Plant Base Cafe.
Central London: Selfridges Food Hall, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB
Dominique Ansel Bakery, Belgravia
They don’t serve your typical doughnuts here. No, this bakery as all about the cronut… that now-classic combination of croissant and doughnut that Dominique Ansel first dreamed up in New York City. Five years later and Ansel’s original bakery has sprouted a London offshoot, where you can get your hands on one of the revered (and trademarked) treats. The flavour changes monthly; September’s comes filled with layers of quince jam and orange blossom ganache with star anise sugar. Getting your hands on a cronut in NYC once involved a lengthy queue, but here you can pre-order and collect at a time of your choosing.
Belgravia: 17-21 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9RP
Dum Dum Donutterie, various locations
They’re all about the baked doughnuts at Dum Dum, which has branches in both Box Parks and a kiosk in Westfield. On the menu you’ll find options like Crême Brûlée – a fluffy ball full of vanilla cream and coated in a crunchy caramel glaze – and the bestseller, Dum Dum’s own croissant-doughnut hybrid: the Zebra. With layers of regular and chocolate croissant dough, chocolate buttercream filling and a topping of chocolate ganache, it’s not one for haters of, well, chocolate. And if a regular-sized doughnut’s not enough, you can pre-order 10-inch giant versions too.
Shoreditch: Unit 31, Box Park, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY
Croydon: Unit 41, Box Park, 99 George Street, London CRO 1LD
White City: Kiosk K1203, Ground Floor, Westfield London, Ariel Way, London W12 7GF
Crosstown Doughnuts, various locations
You can’t talk about doughnuts in London without a nod to Crosstown, which has seven stores plus a van and several market stalls around the capital. On the regular roster are fabulously OTT confections like the peanut butter berry – a square sourdough doughnut topped with a peanut butter glaze, blackcurrant compote and toasted peanuts – and an earl grey custard-stuffed miniature that’s perfect with a cuppa. There’s also a changing seasonal menu, and plenty of choice for vegans. There’s even a vegan branch of Crosstown in Marylebone (and a stall at Victoria Park Market), where everything is plant-based; go for the orange blossom custard, which comes covered in elderflower and pomegranate icing.
Marylebone (Vegan): 5-6 Picton Place, London W1U 1BL
Fitzrovia: 13 Newman St, London W1T 1PB
Piccadilly: 35 Piccadilly, London W1J 0DW
Victoria: 14 Sir Simon Milton Square, London SW1E 5DJ
Soho: 4 Broadwick St, London W1F 0DA
Shoreditch: 157 Brick Lane, E1 6SB
Camden: Arch 728, Camden Market North Yard, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
St John, Covent Garden
St John’s pillowy stuffed doughnuts have been the stars of the show at the brand’s bakery pop-ups in Old Street and Bermondsey Street – and if you need a regular way to get your fix, never fear. They’re due to open a permanent temple to all things baked in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, any day now. Expect classic fillings including jam, hazelnut spread and salted caramel – and pick up a sourdough loaf or an Eccles cake while you’re there. You won’t regret it.
Covent Garden: 3 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP
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