We asked our very own Pete where (in case of a terrible emergency that means you can't bake it yourself) to buy bread in London. This is what he said:
E5 Bakehouse, near London Fields.
Great sourdough made with wheat and other grains milled on site. E5's event space hosts film, theatre and conferences that are catered by refugee bakers and chefs trained as part of the Just Bread Project with the Refugee Council. Great food, great bread and a real transforming community presence.
Pavilion Bakery, Broadway Market.
Originally the Centre for Better Health Bakery, a bike repair shop has been added to the site, hence the cute name. The Centre for Better Health is a Mental Health Charity serving the NE part of London. The bakery takes on interns who are recovering from mental illness and trains them for 3 month periods in commercial baking practices. The bakery sells from a small storefront and cafe space on Stean Street Tuesdays through Saturday and from a market stall at the Stoke Newington Market. Very good sourdough and the best vollkornbrot in the city, hands down.
Bread Ahead, Borough Market.
Come for the market stall and stay for the extraordinary class space with views of Southwark Cathedral and a wall of Miele ovens for the amateur bakers to use. Bread Ahead is run by Matt and Justin of sourdough and donut fame. Best donuts in Borough Market by far. Also available from a retail outlet near the Old Street Roundabout.
St. John Bakery. Maltby Street Market, near Tower Bridge.
St. John is the daddy of sourdough in London. The bread that they make in their Druid Street arch is sold at St. John restaurants on St. John Street and in Spitalfields. On weekends St. John runs a very special little cafe behind their commercial baking space on Druid Street. On offer are bread, donuts (the ancestors of Bread Ahead's awesome donuts), sandwiches coffee etc. Get there early if you want to sit down.
Christopher's Bakery, Herne Hill.
Walk up Half Moon lane from the Herne Hill Station to Christopher's Bakery across the street from the German School. Christopher, who trained at School of Artisan Food and Cordon Bleu, wanted to bring good bread to the neighborhood where he grew up and this year and a half old venture is the result. Fantastic bloomers, rye sourdoughs, croissants and quiches are great to take away or eat in the excellent deli.
Brick House Bakery, Zenora St. East Dulwich
Christopher's competition, just up the hill. Started out as a home baker delivering bread via bicycle. The bakery is in a beautiful space now with a huge oven.
Poilane, Elizabeth Street.
The London outpost of the very famous Paris bakery. Perfect sourdough baked with a secret recipe and method in the basement, just like it is in Paris. Also fantastic pastries.
Ruben's Bakehouse, Twickenham.
Pizzas from a wood fired oven and excellent sourdough bread from Igor the wild man and entourage. Igor trained at school of Artisan food and it shows: great quality and variety of bread.
Margot bakery, East Finchley
An Instagram feed and fantastic place for sourdough, challah and an ever changing roster of specialty breads. Worth a journey.
Obviously we can only condone buying bread in an emergency, what you should really do is come to one of our bread classes and learn how to bake your own!