In a city as full of restaurants and food vendors as London, there is still something incredible about well-made core food products. Ask any Londoner and they’ll tell you where their favourite bakery is, or where they get the best loaves of bread. After all, is there a pleasure more simple and enduring than a good hunk of bread? And that’s without even getting into the myriad of other foodstuffs that London’s bakeries serve up. But which ones are the most beloved? Indeed, when we expand our scope beyond London – which are the UK’s most popular bakeries?
Well, if you head online you’ll find a number of London bakeries dominating the conversation. Idealo recently crunched the numbers from Instagram and TikTok and they’ve uncovered the UK’s most popular bakeries.
The top 10 most popular bakeries
Sitting comfortably at the top of the heap is Bread Ahead – a London institution that visitors make a beeline for as soon as they arrive in the city. With sites in Borough Market, Bromley, South Kensington, Wembley, and Chelsea, they recently even expanded as far abroad as Dubai and Jeddah. And if you’ve spent any time on social media you’ve almost certainly found yourself drooling over their incredible doughnuts.
Trailing closely behind Bread Ahead was Manchester’s Pollen Bakery – the kind of place that makes even a Londonder consider a trip up north. They’re so popular that it’s not uncommon for them to have completely sold out of pastries by noon during the week!
Rounding out the top three spots is the Hobz Bakery, in Edinburgh. Their focus on engaging with their local community, and a seasonally-rotating selection, has found them many adoring fans.
But what about London? I hear you scream at your screen. We clearly weren’t content with just taking the top spot, with two other bakeries also performing well. In fact, London had the most entries on the list! e5 Bakehouse (#6) and Pophams (#7) also found spots on the list thanks to their hordes of passionate fans and delectable baked goods.
See below for the full top 10 list of the UK’s most popular bakeries: