These are the bakeries which rise to the occasion.
Feeling doughy? Us too - and because sometimes only a loaf of proper sourdough will do - we've scoured the capital to find bakeries that rise to the occasion and serve up the best sourdough bread in London.
So whether you're searching for the toast to your avo, the base to your bacon or the sidekick to your peanut butter and jam, these are the sourdoughs of London you need to be trying.
October 26 Bakery
This tiny bakery is far and away one of the best bakeries in West London. The one-woman operation started by Raluka Mica is 2015 is so good you'll never get tired of walking home with a paper bag full of warm bread.
The sourdough baguettes were the star of the show at chef Henry Harris’ banquet for the annual Oxford Food Symposium, and for good reason. There are even fabulously spongy spelt loaves as well as Tartine-inspired porridge breads for the more adventurous consumer. Not to be missed.
The Dusty Knuckle
Based in a shipping container in a Hackney car park, the artisan bakery doubles as a youth project working with juvenile offenders, early school leavers and the long-term unemployed to help them gain financial independence. This is an operation to watch – not least because they produce some of the best sourdough bread we've ever tasted.
Located in Shoreditch, Bel Air brings the idea of Californian-style health food to the streets of London, and aims to brighten up your day with satisfying food that isn’t on the heavy side. By using the freshest ingredients, their sourdough bread provides the best base for their smoked salmon and cream cheese open sandwiches. Together with a granola pot and a smoothie, they've put together the perfect breakfast package for you to try.
Following the success of their Victoria Park café (Pavilion was voted Best London Breakfast by bothStevie Parle and James Ramsden in their Chef’s Table series), the folks behind Pavilion have opened a dedicated bakery and coffee shop on Broadway Market. The moreish bread that sits so stalwartly beneath piles of avocado and home-roasted tomato is the perfect way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Saturday's Broadway Market.
Still the pinnacle of baking excellence: E5 Bakehouse is an operation fellow bakers revere, never mind the many devoted customers. The Hackney Wild is the house white sourdough, and probably bread you’ve tried if you’ve, say, eaten at Brawn restaurant on Columbia Road (the bread is cut fresh when you sit down and arrives at table with pats of salty butter). Also well worth a try is the fabulous rye studded with coriander seeds, which is a perfect foil to a slick of juniper-infused smoked salmon and crème fraîche.
Looking for more than just sourdough for your next team breakfast, lunch or dinner? Well, take a look at everything we offer. Just start here.