1. Lily Vanilli
Dubbed the "queen of cupcakes" after building her reputation baking for the stars, Lily Jones' (AKA Lily Vanilli) London bakery just off Columbia Road is a gallery of beautifully crafted cakes, patisseries and savoury treats, all baked on site. The perfect pit stop after a morning at the nearby flower market.
2. Ms Cupcake
London's first entirely vegan bakery, Ms Cupcake doesn't let a little thing like no butter, eggs, milk, cheese or honey stand in her way. Head down to the Brixton outlet to stock up on her creative results: including freshly baked cupcakes, cookies, savouries and more besides.
3. Peggy Porschen
Head to Belgravia to discover Peggy Porschen's Parlour. The shop is as pretty as the cupcakes and sweet treats found within the sugary pink walls. It almost seems a shame to eat the beautifully crafted treats in here – almost! Perfectly accompanied with a cup of tea or why not a flute of Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial Champagne?
4. Nordic Bakery
Enjoy a taste of Scandinavia at Nordic Bakery in Soho's Golden Square. The speciality is cinnamon buns in a variety of delicious flavours – available in both large and mini sizes depending on your appetite! Other sweet treats include cakes, muffins and pancakes.
5. Konditor & Cook
Everyone raves about Konditor & Cook's Curly Whirly cake – and with good reason. Below its vanilla bean frosting, decorated with swirls of dark chocolate ganache, lies a rich, dark chocolate sponge; heaven in a slice. Other top creations include the the dark and intense chocolate brownies and limited edition cakes inspired by the seasons.
6. Bea's Cake Boutique
Previously named Bea's of Bloomsbury, Bea's Cake Boutique lures customers in with its creamy cupcakes, handmade marshmallows, mini meringues and all the other sweet dreams that emerge from its open-plan pastry kitchen. The cake shop has 5 branches across the capital, in Bloomsbury, Marylebone, St Paul's, Farringdon and Maida Vale.
7. Kova Patisserie
Head to this upmarket Japanese bakery and try their famous crepes. After all, why have just one crepe when you can have a few dozen stacked together layered with light whipped mousse in between? Matcha fans might also be tempted by the tiramisu and gateaux.
8. Crumbs & Doilies
After a day of shopping on nearby Oxford Street and Carnaby Street, head to Crumbs & Doilies in Kingly Court for a sweet reward. Its cupcakes are made to order in small batches and are hand decorated by the cake-loving team. The only problem is having to choose from its 40 cupcake flavours...
9. Dominique Ansel
Dominique Ansel may be renowned for the mouthwatering Cronut but his London bakery has a full menu of delights worth arriving hungry for, including a list of cakes and tarts that sometimes require participation to achieve perfection. Try the Lime Me Up Tart and make your own caramel at the table. But, of course, leave room for that Cronut too.
10. Hummingbird Bakery
Home of the red velvet cupcake, succumb to temptation with a visit to the original Hummingbird on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, where you can sample the decadent range of cupcakes, layer cakes, brownies, pies, cheesecakes and more. Hummingbird also has branches in South Kensington, Soho, Spitalfields, Islington and Richmond.
11. Cutter & Squidge
Just yards away from its previously successful pop-up space, Cutter & Squidge's Soho home is full of sweet delights. Choose from a wide selection of its speciality biskies, or opt for vegetarian marshmallows, dream cakes, honeycomb or its award-winning salted caramel. Sample a selection of cakes and treats during a magic afternoon tea experience in the shop's Potion Room in the basement.
12. Cookies and Scream
Head to vegan and gluten-free bakery Cookies and Scream on Holloway Road to indulge in delicious treats. The selection changes daily but includes brownies, pies, doughnuts, cookies and “scream shakes” – non-diary ice cream, milk, and brownies or cookies blended together.