Doughnuts seem to be everywhere these days, and it's clear that they have come a long way since the jam-filled balls we had as kids. There are now hundreds of doughnut varieties and flavours, and some bakers (e.g. Dominique Ansel) have taken to combining doughnuts with other sweet treats. Here are some of the best places for finding doughnuts in London, just in time for National Doughnut Week:
1. Dunn's Bakery
There's no better place to start than the founders of National Doughnut Week themselves, Dunn's Bakery. This Crouch End bakery set up National Doughnut Week in 2011 in collaboration with The Children's Trust to raise money for children with brain injury. Dunn Bakery's doughnuts come in every flavour imaginable, and 20p from each sale goes to the charity.
2. Crosstown Doughnuts
Crosstown is one of the first places that come to mind when you think of doughnuts in London. Described as the "#1 British dessert you must try before you die" by Buzzfeed, Crosstown doughnuts are unique in that they are made from sourdough and the flavours are rather unique: examples include Mandarin & Coconut, Beetroot Lemon-Thyme, Matcha Tea and Apricot & Lavender. Crosstown Doughnuts are sold in Soho, Westfield Stratford, Spitalfields and Brick Lane.
3. Dominique Ansel
Why choose between a doughnut and a croissant when you can have both? Dominique Ansel is home to the 'cronut', which is a cross between a doughnut and a croissant. This calorific concoction originates from New York and was brought to London just over a year ago. The pastry is rolled in sugar and then filled with cream and topped with glaze. The bakery is situated in the heart of Belgravia and serves an array of delicious cakes and macarons, as well as the cronut.
4. You Doughnut
You Doughnut is a pop-up stand in Dinerama in Great Eastern Street. Here you can find bite-sized doughnuts that are fried right in front of you before being covered in different toppings and sauces. Choose from sprinkles, mini marshmallows and chopped nuts, and maple syrup, caramel, chocolate and hazelnut sauce.
5. Bread Ahead
If you find yourself in the London Bridge area, be sure to treat yourself to one of Bread Ahead's delicious doughnuts. Bread Ahead can be found in Borough Market and has become hugely popular amongst doughnut lovers. Take your pick from a selection of creative and mouth-watering flavours, such as Salted Caramel, Hazelnut & Almond, Blueberry Jam and Classic Vanilla. And while you're there, why not sign up to a Bread Ahead workshop so that you can make your own doughnuts?
Head to Portobello Market this weekend to try churros, a form of doughnut that hails from Spain. Unlike regular doughnuts, churros are long and thin and are typically served with a chocolate dip or rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Churros Garcia is a small family business that led the "churros revolution in the UK" and was the runner-up at the British Street Food Awards 2011. Their churros start from £4 and are very moreish.