In recent years, a new phenomenon has gripped London’s culinary landscape – the rise of dessert bars, dedicatedly entirely to all things sugar and cream.
And then there are the restaurants, pop-ups and market stalls too – some of which have perfected the most inventive and drool-worthy desserts and oh-so-addictive sugary snacks.
Japanese mille crepe, macaron ice cream sandwiches, sourdough doughnuts, nitrogen-frozen ice cream, bubble waffles, cronuts and a sticky toffee pud to rival all others... the list goes on. But our list is ultra-selective. The 50 spots in this guide will tempt not only the biggest sweet tooth but also those who claim not to have one at all.
And why buy a guide book when all information is available online? Because we give you well-informed opinion to cut through the clutter.
'An Opinionated Guide to Sweet London'. Text by Imogen Lepere. Photography by Ola O. Smit and Philippa Langley. 144pp, paperback, 112 x 162mm. Contains 52 places, an introduction, a map and top recommendations.
Whether you’re after decadent doughnuts, an elegant afternoon tea or rich cinnamon swirls, our small but highly opinionated guide will lead you straight to sugar, spice and only the best things nice.
Imogen Lepere is a Brixton-born, Hackney-Wick-based writer specialising in the quirkier side of food and travel. She firmly believes it is always acceptable to eat pudding before main course.
Ola O. Smit is a food, lifestyle and travel photographer currently living in London. She is co-founder of Table magazine and co-creator of countless colourful cakes with her daughter, Zoe.
Philippa Langley is a London-based photographer whose work focuses on food, lifestyle and portraiture. As a fan of anything sweet and bite-sized, she particularly enjoyed sampling the chouquettes at Maître Choux (no.35 in the guide).