If pretty cupcakes, intricate tarts, Danish dough and good old-fashioned carrot cake tickle your taste buds, there’s a dazzling array of bakeries in London to satisfy your sweet tooth. Guests staying at The Rubens at the Palace and Hotel 41 won’t need to travel far for a sweet treat; the hotel offers an exquisite afternoon tea that’s freshly prepared by its talented pastry chef. For an extra sugar hit, follow the honeyed scent of freshly baked delights to these top London locations, all within a short walk of our Victoria hotels.
Dominique Ansel Bakery, Belgravia
Located in the heart of Belgravia, Dominique Ansel Bakery came to London in 2016 after receiving rave reviews in New York and Tokyo. Fitted out with an open kitchen, chic banquette seating and a quaint jasmine terrace, the bakery is the perfect place for a hearty breakfast or a light lunch. The menu is built up using innovative French baking techniques and oozes creativity. Highlights include Marcel the Monkey, a classic French religieuse filled with caramelised banana jam and dulce de leche ganache, as well as the Banoffee Paella, cooked in an authentic paella pan. However, it’s Dominique Ansel’s signature Cronut, a half-donut half-croissant hybrid, that takes centre stage here, attracting admirers (and long lines outside the bakery) at all its international outposts.
Peggy Porschen, Belgravia
This one-of-a-kind parlour offers candy floss coloured décor and the welcoming scent of freshly baked cupcakes. The owner, Peggy Porschen, is famous for her cake artistry, bringing life to nostalgic flavours such as Eton Mess, Cookies and Cream, Salted Caramel, Banoffee Pie and Red Velvet. To make the most of her charming confectionary, accompany a sweet treat with one of the many floral tea infusions, a freshly ground Italian coffee or even a glass of pink Moët Champagne.
Ole & Steen, St James’s
A Danish export, this St James’s bakery was the first of Ole & Steen’s London locations. An open kitchen shows off the delicate artisan production process that goes into making every pastry and cake, right up to the moment they land, still warm, on the glass counter. Must-try menu items include aromatic cinnamon swirls, chocolate marshmallow puffs and delicate raspberry tarts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options can be enjoyed in this simple, yet unarguably elegant Nordic Patisserie, located approximately 20 minutes from Hotel 41 and The Rubens at the Palace, though a Victoria location is set to open soon.
Wood fired ovens are at the core of Poilâne’s baking philosophy, which they have labelled as ‘Retro-Innovation’. A combination of traditional baking techniques and organic ingredients go into making the patisserie’s freshly baked bread, Viennese pastries and crispy punitions. Alongside these, counters are lined with a delicious display of organic jams and sweets as well as zesty gingerbread and warm French biscottes.
Rose Bakery, St James’s
Founded by Dover Street Market’s Rose Carrarini (sister of Comme des Garçons president, Adrian Joffe), Rose Bakery is a predictably stylish affair. Located on the 3rd floor of designer boutique, Dover Street Market, shoppers enjoy catching their breath at this simple, understated bakery. Printed at the start of each day, only the freshest ingredients make it onto the menu, transformed into nutty pastries, goat cheese tartlets, fruit cheesecakes and of course, Rose’s famous carrot cake.
After you’ve spent the day sampling the delights of London’s best bakeries, make your way back to The Rubens at the Palace for a refreshing cocktail in the regal Cavalry Bar.
Image Credits: Dominique Ansel London bakery © Scott Grummett. Peggy Porschen © Peggy Porschen. Ole & Steen © Ole & Steen. Poilâne © iStock/serts. Rose Bakery © Rose Bakery.