By Esme Bourne|
August 17, 2021|
3 mins read
From buttery, flaky croissants to picture-perfect doughnuts and sticky pastry buns, we have never been more sweet-treat obsessed. This past year, sometimes the only thing that helped perk up our home routines was to indulge in sweet vegan treats. From fudgy chocolate brownies delivered to front doorsteps or elaborate celebration cupcakes sent to loved ones far away, sweet treats became a love language many of us became fluent in.
Now the world is opening up again, it’s time to support our beloved local businesses on the high street. It can sometimes seem a little tricky finding vegan bakeries, but luckily for us talented vegan bakers have given the bakery scene in London a renaissance, and vegan bakeries are abundant in the big city.
Having revolutionised the vegan scene, London is one of the best places to sample the best vegan baking. Whether it’s glazed or chocolate coated, whatever tantalising vegan treat you desire, we’ve got you covered.
Here is our round-up of the best vegan bakeries in London.
Cupcakes & Shhht
This cosy café in Elephant and Castle sells the prettiest cakes one ever did see. Established in 2012 in the Camden Lock Market, this vegan cafe has made a name for itself, baking elegant pastel-coloured cupcakes and celebration cakes. Choose from refined sugar-free, raw and gluten-free sweet treats. They also sell bakes online. Choose the Shaggy vegan celebration cake, a three-layer chocolate cake covered in the cutest icing. You just can’t say no to a slice of these picture-perfect cakes.
The Sunny Spoon
Trained in classic French patisserie, Clarisse Flon has created an elegant and sophisticated vegan bakery where the bakes look too good to eat. Flavoursome and delicious, this Wimbledon based bakery not only delivers across London but across Europe too. The Sunny Spoon offers beautiful patisseries from Danish rolls to Madeleines and Pecan Praline Cookies, this low-waste and sustainable bakery is not to be missed. We’ll be ordering a baker’s dozen of the Matcha, cherry and white chocolate cookies.
Although not a solely vegan bakery, Crosstown doughnuts created their own vegan sourdough. Their vegan selection is better than ever, with beautifully decorated doughnuts that is an Instagram opportunity you won’t want to miss. Peach and English sparkling Rosé or peanut butter and blackberry compote, these deliciously flavoured doughnuts are out of this world. Fresh, handmade and with locations all around London it’s time to find a Crosstown doughnut.
Founded in 2014, two friends set up Vida Bakery which is nestled in the heart of Shoreditch in Brick Lane. Made for fellow vegan and gluten-free diets, this bakery’s customer list includes LUSH and The Body Shop. Open Thursday to Sunday, this vegan bakery is stocked with extravagant and beautifully decorated cakes. And don’t fear if you can’t get yourself to Brick Lane, as Vida Bakery have an online shop. Try the brookie box for the ultimate sweet treat. Using cruelty-free and sustainable ingredients, this vegan bakery is not to be missed.
Rubys of London
This plant-based patisserie offers beautifully decorated cakes and bakes. These handmade bakes can be collected from Greenwich market or delivered to your front door across Greater London. Choose between the indulgent and Instagram worthy baked doughnuts or the pretty as a peach cupcakes.
Cookies & Scream
When more is more, think Cookies and Scream. These extravagant and decadent vegan bakes are worth every calorie. Pies, swiss rolls, brownies and cake all enveloped in rich chocolate and icing. These vegan and gluten-free bakery treats are not for the faint-hearted. Based in the bustling Holloway, Cookies and Scream is a must to visit.
This bespoke vegan café and bakery is the ultimate cosy find in the heart of London. Offering gorgeous and delicious vegan treats from croissants to biscuits and cakes, Lele’s is the perfect place to catch up with friends over a coffee and cake.
Ryan Panchoo has worked tirelessly to perfect his gluten-free and vegan baked doughnuts. Winning several awards, you can find these gluten-free and vegan doughnuts at Selfridges Food Hall in Oxford Circus. Choose between the delicious and indulgent S’mores with vegan marshmallow, red velvet, espresso biscoff or pumpkin spice to help satisfy those sweet treat cravings.
The London Vegan Bakery
Serving the likes of fitness Guru Lucy Mecklenburgh, this bakery reimagines the classics into lovingly handmade, vegan delights. Think Biscoff cupcakes and cookies and cream. Run by two female bakers, this start-up uses organic ingredients to ensure its bakes are the best. Buy from their online shop or find them across London at one of their pop-ups or market stalls.
Anna's Vegan Cakery
Instagram bakeries took off in lockdown. This sophisticated start-up vegan bakery is refined sugar-free and based in West Kensington. Serving beautiful and elegant cakes and bakes that will make the perfect accompaniment to any party or event. Collection only and direct message on Instagram to order. This is bakery business in the modern era.