10 places in the city to get them

Aside from tinsel, trees, twinkling lights and Santa… mince pies are a staple part of Christmas, without which the holiday season would be sad, empty and falling apart (sort of like our attempt at mince pies homemade chopped, now that I think about it…) Therefore, knowing where to find the best mince pies in london it is an absolute necessity. An essential essential. So, as an early Christmas gift to you, we’ve compiled a list of the best, tastiest and, frankly, most delicious in the City of London:

1. Brompton Food Market

Brompton Food Market is a grocery store in the heart of South Kensington and harkens back to a bygone era when customers had time to browse, handle the produce and interact with the shopkeeper. Owned and managed by David Turcan and Luke Mackay with over 120 suppliers, from small cottage industries making gourmet marshmallows to Edinburgh’s best haggis maker – It’s no surprise that the mince pies for sale in this lovely shop are some of the best in town!

Giant, with huge chunks of spiced fruit, perfect thick buttery batter (with a thin top) and a great coating of icing sugar.. And drunk. Oh so drunk (thanks to the copious addition of brandy and amaretto).

You will find Brompton Food Market at 33 Thurloe Place, SW7 2HQ. The nearest station is South Kensington.

2. Conditioner

Putting even our own grandmothers’ pies to shame, Konditor undoubtedly has some of the best mince pies to ever grace the surface of the culinary world. With locations all over London, there’s no excuse (or reason) not to experience the perfect puff pastry made with organic free-range eggs and natural butter (‘Konditor’ means pastry chef in German, you know…) balanced with a delicious filling that would knock the socks off Santa Claus himself if he smelled it.

You will find Konditor in three different locations in London. You can find more here.

3. Dusty Knuckle Bakery

Next up on this roundup of London’s best mince pies is The Dusty Knuckle Bakery, a swanky spot on Dalston and Harringay that sells delicious loaves of bread, delicious sandwiches, and some pretty good mince pie too when it comes to Christmas.

Filled to the brim with luscious, gooey dark mincemeat, it’s a delicious treat tossed in puff pastry and dusted with oodles of icing sugar.

You’ll find The Dusty Knuckle Bakery at Abbot Street Car Park, E8 3DP and at 429 Green Lanes, N4 1AH. The nearest stations are Dalston Kingsland and Harringay Green Lanes.

The exterior of Bread Ahead bakery, serving some of the best mince pies in London
Photo: Bread ahead

When it comes to delicious baking, the only proper direction to go is truly Bread Ahead. In addition to some pretty amazing donuts, they also have a handful of delicious mince pies in the winter season.

Besides all this, exist decadent donuts with flavors like jam, classic vanilla and caramel, sea salt and honeycomb – to name a few.

You’ll find Bread Ahead Bakery in a number of different locations around London. You can find more here.

5. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

Another contender for having some of London’s best pieces of mince here, Interesting…very interesting. Well, lucky for you, these are some of the tastiest pies we’ve ever had, proving that sometimes less in fact it can be plus. And don’t worry, they don’t need a hat to keep them warm.

Citrusy, delicious, rummy fruit is wrapped and warm, topped with a layer of delicious shortcrust pastry. Let’s see if you can handle just one…

You will find the Coffee and Social Affairs Department at 3 Lowndes Court, Carnaby, London, W1F 7HD. The nearest station is Oxford Circus.

6.Melrose and Morgan

A grocer-turned-kitchen with two shops in the leafy Primrose Hill and Hampstead neighborhoods, Melrose and Morgan sells a wide range of luscious treats: from cherry madeira and lemon drizzle cake to fresh salads, artisan breads and charcuterie boards too. They also make delicious gourmet mince pies over the Christmas period, and you can expect to enjoy them throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

You will find Melrose and Morgan at 42 Gloucester Avenue, London, NW1 8JD and Oriel Place, London, NW3 1QN. The nearest stations are Chalk Farm and Hampstead.

A shot of some delicious pies and mince pies at Violet Cakes
Photo: Violet Pastels

This humble Hackney shop has been serving up cupcakes, scones and other treats to hungry customers since 2010; also turned out to be the Official wedding cake for Harry and Megan’s wedding in 2018.

Violet Cakes’ creations are made with organic ingredients where possible, and this extends to their range of savory and brunch options. Added to this, they also bake some of the best mince pies in London – they are made with English apples, brandy-soaked sultanas, currants and raisins, with candied citrus zest and a dash of winter spices too.

You’ll find Violet Cakes at 47 Wilton Way, Hackney, E8 3ED. The nearest stations are Hackney Downs and Hackney Central.


The exterior of the famous Gail's Bakery chain of bakeries in London
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With a seasonally changing menu consisting of treats. including chocolate hazelnut buns, mozzarella, tomato pesto focaccia and date sticky buns and coconut babka, Gail’s is truly one of the best bakeries in the entire city of London.

Fancy loaves of mostly gluten-free crusty bread, maple bacon brioche and afternoon tea treats are the name of the game here, and the holiday season is upon us, there are some absolutely delicious mince pies with puff pastry and gooey fillings.

You’ll find Gail’s in a number of different locations around London. You can find more here.

9. Paul Rhodes Bakery

The famous Paul Rhodes bakery in Greenwich, home to some of the best mince pies in London
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This Greenwich-based artisan bakery is definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in the area, as they sell a wide variety of breads, pastries, tarts, baking sheets, and more.

When it comes to mince pies over the Christmas period, they offer a true classic variety with minced meat mix made of currants, sultanas and mixed rinds, an extra helping of mixed spices and lemon juice on top, and demerara sugar to finish. Sounds pretty good to us…

You will find Paul Rhodes Bakery on Lassell Street, London, SE10 9PJ and 37 King William Walk, London, SE10 9HU. The nearest stations are Maze Hill and Cutty Sark.

10. Popham Bakery

Our final addition to this roundup of the best mince pies in London is a real winner. If you stop by Popham’s Bakery, chances are you’ll smell the lovely aroma of freshly baked bread and puff pastries here too. Decked out in Scandinavian-inspired décor, this sleek and stylish venue is hugely popular at weekends, and it’s easy to see why.

It’s dog friendly, serves pretty good coffee from Ozone, and also has some amazing mince pies in the winter period.

You’ll find Popham’s Bakery in three different locations around London. You can find more here.

So there you have it, a rundown of some of the best mince pies in london. So, since Christmas is near, you’d better loosen up your waist!

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