Four places for the perfect pastry

In particular the croissant. An unassuming treat that in the UK can be anything from a necessity (breakfast on the go) to a divine few mouthfuls of pastry goodness. It’s a versatile little thing too, you can enjoy it plain, find it full of bitter sweet chocolate and wrapped around melted cheese. Of course us Brits don’t take them as seriously as our neighbours across the Channel but I have a feeling, like many things in life, once you’ve tried the best you’ll find it hard to go back.

If you’re wondering why I’m getting your stomach rumbling over delicious pastry, it all started with an email from a kind French reader who set to me to the challenge of finding the best pastries London has to offer. There’s usually an answer to everything in this city so I was determined to find it. There MUST be great bakeries, patisseries and viennoiseries here. Sure they’re not going to be the same (being surrounded by that French accent and their chic style is hard to recreate), but for all the French residents that must live here there has to be something good! Here’s what my research uncovered.


Image credit – Nicolas Connault

First things first, you might want to know what makes a good croissant according to the French. If so you should read this very informative article.

Sadly I haven’t been able to go out and try a whole load of pastries in the name of research to check they’re up to these standards, but they do get some brilliant reviews online they must be worth trying out.

Belle Epoque – A gem amongst the ever evolving Stoke Newington, ran by husband and wife Eric and Hulya Rousseau. Eric is a qualified pastry chef who even holds a Guinness Book of World Records for creating world’s largest Croque en Bouche cake with his Paris team.

Le Petit Boulanger – A boutique cafe known for its viennoiserie and beautifully decorated french pastries.

Maison Blanc – Passionate about providing authentic french food, with over 20 years in the business and 14 locations across London and the South, they must be able to offer a good pastry at the very least.

The Delaunay – I’ve mentioned this for brunch before but I’ve heard the pastries are so good that I had to include it again. I also have it on good authority from a colleague that their little basket of pastries is to die for.

Have you ever had the perfect pastry in London?


  1. July 23, 2013 / 2:02 pm

    Hi! I was just looking for a profile pic of myself on Google images (harder to find than those of Princess Kate, I must say!), and I was shocked to see a photo of my croissants, titled “The perfect pastry”.

    Shocked, but not horrified! Au contraire! I am quite flattered that you would have picked that photo. Let me tell you why.

    These croissants are the second batch I have ever made. I made my first batch 5 years earlier, and it has now been 3 years since I have made the batch you see here. The reason is that it takes a whole blooming day to make croissants (7 hours actually) and I’ve sort of decided to only have a go at home-made croissants (or Danish) once every 5 years.

    So you see, it’s a bit like the alignment of planets or other astronomically rare events. Seeing my photo here has made me think that perhaps I may break the rules and have a go at the next batch before 2015 🙂

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      July 23, 2013 / 2:45 pm

      Oh I am glad you don’t mind! I stumbled across the picture looking for something which resembled a croissant that looked mouth-wateringly good and this was perfect.

      Great to hear the story behind it! I had no idea it took so long to create! I do hope the next batch work out as good as these!

      Laura x