6 of the best doughnuts in London

May 19, 2023Amy Hughes0

We’ve scoured the capital to find some of the best doughnuts in London, so you don’t have to. From the classics to brionuts, there’s a sweet treat to suit every palate


1. Japan Centre


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As you enter the Leceister Square branch of Japan Centre, turn left and head straight to the Mochi Bar. Hand-baked fresh each day, you can try everything from mochi doughnuts and cookies to mochi ice cream and the slightly smaller mochi dango – all washed down with some bubble tea. 35b Panton Street, SW1Y 4EA | open daily from 10am | T: 0870-820 0055 | www.japancentre.com


2. Crosstown Doughnuts


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What launched in 2014 on a stall at London’s Leather Lane market, is now a national doughnut chain with 16 restaurants. Crosstown serves handcrafted, made-from-scratch pastries that are filled with homemade jams, compotes and other fillings. The dough is a hybrid sourdough that, as a world-first, has earned them a reputation; in 2017 they created a vegan dough to match. There are 11 stores dotted around London including Soho, Fitzrovia, Canary Wharf and Greenwich. 5 Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ | open daily from 9.30am | T: 020-8050 1215 | www.crosstown.co.uk


3. Doh’hut


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Doh’hut hails from Leeds, where Tom Stafford opened the first shop in January 2020. Having weathered the storm of the pandemic and won copious awards, the first London shop opened earlier this year. Exmouth market in East London has long been a great destination for foodies, but it’s even more noteworthy now. Doh’hut serve three core classics: raspberry jam, vanilla cream and chocolate ganache. These are then joined by weekly specials. 30 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL | Mon-Thu 8am-6pm; Fri-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-6pm | T: 020-4552 0140


4. Doughnut Time
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Serving some of the biggest, boldest, brightest doughnuts in town, don’t miss Doughnut Time. Freshly made each day, they come in a variety of delicious flavours: chocolate ganache, lemon meringue, cookie dough and much, much more. There are vegan options available too, so everyone can satisfy their sweet tooth. 78 Long Acre, WC2E 9NG (and branches) | open daily from 10am | T: 020-3940 0594 | www.doughnuttime.co.uk

5. Comptoir Gourmand


Comptoir Gourmand is a small, family-run company based in Bermondsey but with bakeries in Southwark and Borough Market too. We’re using a bit of artistic licence with this one, but try the brionut when you visit – it’s one of the bestsellers. Brioche dough is filled with rich pistachio cream and topped with the unmistakable stamp of pistachio. Green Market, Borough Market, SE1 1TL | Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 8am-5pm; Sun 10am-3pm |  | www.comptoirgourmand.co.uk


6. Rinkoff Bakery

Discover the best of both worlds with the crodough at this London institution. The first Rinkoff’s bakery opened in East London in 1911 and they’ve been serving Londoners ever since. Their crodoughs are made from croissant pastry and then fried like a doughnut, adding extra height to the layers. Fillings include custard, salted caramel and chocolate fudge. 224 Jubilee Street, E1 3BS | open daily 8am-6pm | T: 020-7791 4909 | www.rinkoffbakery.co.uk


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