Welcome to the home of London Baking

The Worshipful Company of Bakers is an ancient City Livery Company, with the modern Baking Industry at its heart.

The Company can trace its origins back to 1155 and is the City of London's second oldest recorded guild.

The Company’s membership is drawn from those living and working in the City of London, from those working in the Baking Industry or Allied Trades and from those who wish to support charitable activities and see history and tradition maintained.  All are equally welcome.

Those under 40 become “Young Bakers", with a flexible approach to progressing to the full Livery, and their own programme of social events.

The Company's Benevolent Fund supports a wide-range of charitable causes, in the City & beyond, including, of course, Baking training and education. 


 Bursary Course 2024 at The School of Artisan Foods

Delegates at the 2024 Course

An enthusiastic delegation of young bakers travelled to the heart of Nottingham to benefit from the expert teaching of Kevan Roberts and Martha Brown. Once again, the School of Artisan Food was the venue for this learning experience, where our bakers honed their skills in the production of long fermentation artisan breads and patisserie products.

The delegates were drawn from bakeries and colleges as far afield as Glasgow, North Wales, Norwich and the Cotswolds, providing a rich mixture of baking experiences which they could all share.




Summer 2024: Richemont Centre of Excellence, Lucerne

Richemont Centre of Excellence, Lucerne

The Worshipful Company of Bakers is pleased to announce that the overseas Summer Course in 2024 will once more take place at the internationally renowned Richemont Centre of Excellence in Lucerne, Switzerland. This prestigious course is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of recently graduated students, apprentices who are already at a very advanced level of their bakery education, or craft bakers with long experience who wish to broaden or refresh their knowledge and skill. Therefore, the applications criteria this year have been modified accordingly.

The dates are Sunday 21st July 2024 to Friday 26th July 2024 inclusive. Applications for this year's course are now closed.

Bakels Short Course 2024

Applications are open for young bakers drawn from Colleges, Universities and Bakeries in the UK and Northern Ireland, for the 2024 three day course at Bakels Innovation Centre in Bicester.

The application forms are below:

Past Courses

In 2023, The Worshipful Company of Bakers ran two Short Courses, at Bakels in Bicester and at the School for Artisan Food.

Short Course at British Bakels Innovation Centre Bicester, September 2023

Bakels course students

Twelve young bakers drawn from Colleges, Universities and Bakeries in the UK and Northern Ireland came together at the renowned Bakels Innovation Centre in Bicester for three days of education, enlightenment and product innovation.

They were given insights into bakery market trends, marketing and new product development by specialists on the Bakels team, and Assistant Sara Autton was invited to give a demonstration and lecture on the technology of sourdough production. After this, the student cohort was divided into groups of three and each given the brief to develop an innovative bakery product. They were tasked with developing, producing and costing the product; then presenting it with a marketing strategy to a panel of judges. The panel comprised members of the Bakels team, along with Sara Autton, Graham Duckworth (Bakery tutor from University College Birmingham) and Past Master Patrick Wilkins, who is also President of the Craft Bakers Association.

The products that they developed were a vegan muffin selection box; a cube-shaped Christmas bread; a gluten-free, vegan snack bar; and a novelty vegan cupcake, decorated with a brain, designed for Halloween. The students all worked well together in their groups, presenting their products to the judges with confidence and flair. They fielded the judges’ questions with some skill - even those that caught them slightly off guard!

The winning product was the oat-based, mango snack bar which fitted the brief extremely well. The winning group, Bethan Saunders, Kieran Jenkins and Ellise Bailey were rewarded with Amazon vouchers and a rousing round of applause from everyone else.

The Trade Liaison Committee would like to thank Past Master Paul Morrow and Liveryman Keith Houliston for organising this incredibly successful course which has proved so valuable to these students.


See below for reports on the course at Richemont in 2022:

Click here to read Henry Jeffries report on Richemont 2022.

Click here to read Kathy Hooper's synopsis of students' reports on the course at Richemont 2022.