Christmas gift guide: bakeries & patisseries

left: original artwork, right: the tea towel itself (creased, stained and used)
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Okay, some of these are in here because we have really missed artisan breads and pastries over lockdown; the kind you couldn't dream of replicating at home. Some are selling Christmas goods and giftable items, others are there as a reminder to treat yourself while thinking of Christmas gifts.

Ayres Bakery

SE London
The one with a massive queue in Nunhead – we saw Jesse Ware there recently. Ayres Bakery have a Christmas display and are selling giftable cakes and seasonal pastries to takeaway.
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Sable d'or

Crouch End
High quality, healthy foods & French patisserie.
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An adorable shop selling homemade cakes alongside flowers and homewares.


Come for the naturally leavened loaves, leave with Christmas pies, amaretti and clotted cream fudge.
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This incredible bakery generally sells treats to take away, but head to their online shop to grab mince pies to deliver or a gift card for the New Year.
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Crosstown doughnuts

Hardly the smallest maker on the list, but still worth a shout out as their donuts are flipping amazing. They sell a variety of gift boxes too.
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Pophams Bakery

North & East London
The one with a massive queue in Hackney. This one doesn't sell particularly seasonal things, but it's by far our favourite London bakery and well worth the queue.
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Ta'Mini Lebanese Bakery

Head in to Ta'Mini to fulfil all your za'atar & tahini needs.

Little Sourdough Kitchen

Simple but perfect sourdough creations in West London.

Aran Bakery

If you can't make it to Scotland, at least head to their Instagram page and give them a follow because their food styling is heavenly. You can order hampers and beautifully packaged nougat & biscuits for delivery.
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101 Bakery

We need to get to Scotland ASAP because this Instagram feed is gorgeous too. Head to 101 Bakery for cakes and cookies!

buns from home

Notting Hill
Buns From Home begun from home in lockdown, and is now a real shop! You can order trios of their filled croissant-buns to deliver to most postcodes in West London.
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Our favourite donut shop up North; order donut boxes for delivery or stop by for a snack.
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