The Big London Bake

Do you love baking?
Do you love competition?
Then you’ll love The Big London Bake.

Ever wanted to know what it would feel like to be a contestant on The Great British BakeOff well now you can but without being recorded and on TV.

The Big Bakes gives budding bakers the opportunity to bake under pressure, the question is will your cake come out with a soggy bottom or will you be star baker on the night?

All key ingredients are provided for the ultimate baking experience which lasts 90 minutes. You’ll whisk, roll, drizzle, customise, and create your own bake. It is a great way to challenge and have fun with your friends, family, lovers or colleagues. Just pick a date and time and get baking.

The Big Bakes Limited, 38 Tooting High Street, London, SW17 0RG

The Big Bakes Limited, Kemp House, 160 City Road, EC1V2NX

Plus they also have have a venue within Birmingham.

To discover more or book click here.

I and a numerous selection of other members of Love Pop Ups London we have visited and tested our skills numerous times at The Big London Bake covering ourselves in flour and challenging our baking skills over the past years. Read all our write ups from below.

The Big London Bake

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“The whole experience was fun and stressful at the same time.  I highly recommend to anyone that loves to bake, has a team spirit and loves the Great British Bake Off as you will feel like you really are one of the contestants competing for victory.”
June 2018

Joanne of Love Pop Ups London blog post

“Ready…steady…BAKE. We love it and we get extremely hungry when watching it, but now you can experience The Great British Bake Off for yourself.”
June 2018

Chelsea blog post

“The tent looks almost like an exact replica of The Great British Bakeoff tent (I was half expecting to see Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood!)”
June 2018


“We didn’t win unfortunately but it was so much fun. I would really recommend doing this with a few friends or even something a bit different for a date night.”
June 2018

Jane blog post

“There was a mixture of pressure, from being timed and doing something you’ve never done before, and also to try and read and understand the recipe first time round!”

June 2018

Katie blog post

“I managed to make fruit compote from scratch without giving anyone food poisoning and without ruining the pan which always worries me! I even managed, with a little stirring help from Leanne after my arm began to ache, to make chocolate custard from scratch.”
June 2018

Haydy blog post

“I started off making the pastry and rolling it out to be super fine while Simon made a start on our peppermint flavoured custard. The team working there were so helpful throughout and happy to answer any questions we had about whether the components of our creations looked right, where things were and they even cleared up after us so there wasn’t a trail of mess behind us.”
June 2018

Rhian blog post

“If you ever wished that you could experience what it’s like to be in a tent, competing against other bakers in a technical challenge with your results being judged, and only having 90 minutes to complete…then your wish has come true. True to form as a certain channel 4 show, The Big London Bake is a fun night where you and other bakers have your skills put the test (with a lot of help thankfully) to create a delicious and well decorated bake.”
July 2018

Steve blog post

“The Big London Bake is a great evening out and would be perfect for couples, friends or larger groups looking for something different, fun and beautifully sweet.”
July 2018

Simon blog post

“I lived out all my GBBO dreams at The Big London Bake. All that was missing was a witty presenting pair and the most piercing eyes in baking.”
July 2018

Laura blog post

“After donning aprons and raising an eyebrow at the rather overwhelming set of instructions laid out in front of us the clocks were set and it was time to bake.”
July 2018

Leanne blog post

“I had a fantastic evening at The Big London Bake for their First Bakes evening on behalf of Love Pop Ups London, I may not have found love but I did have a very sweet time!”
July 2018

Beth blog post

“My friend and I recently participated in the Big London Bake and had a fab time! We had 90 minutes to create a Battenberg which was a tad nerve wracking! However, the staff were super helpful and we managed to get it all done on time. I was really impressed by the number of flavours and fresh ingredients available to choose from. The judging at the end was very nice and seemed very fair. I would definitely recommend for a couple’s date night or friend night out!”
February 2019

Katie G TA review post, TO review post, DMN review

“If you’re a fan of Bake Off, then you don’t want to miss this exciting challenge event!”
February 2019

Hannah review post

“I thought the 90 minutes are quite generous if you follow the recipe’s suggestions of what to do when. We got our cakes into the oven very quickly and had enough time to cool them to room temperature before assembly.”
February 2019

Bianca TA review, G review, blog post & Instagram post

“Had a great time at The Big London Bake – definitely inspired me to be more creative in the kitchen.”
March 2019

Ashley blog post

“Ever been envious of those on TV baking creations you could only dream off? Want to do the same without the harsh Paul Hollywood critic? Then I urge you to try the Big London Bake.”
March 2019

Joice blog post

“Trying my hand at Competitive baking with The Big London Bake.” 
March 2019

Kariss blog post

“The night is brilliantly executed. Four members of staff are around to help if the instructions aren’t clear and to help you clean up.”
March 2019

Stephanie TA review & Instagram post

“Had a fantastic time thanks to LovePopUps, baking a cashew and plum/mango battenberg at this fun-filled pop-up!”
March 2019

Sunny review post

“We went to the Big London Bake with my boyfriend for our anniversary and had so much fun! The theme of the month was Battenberg-style cake but they have a rotating theme so you can come back multiple times and still learn something new. Although we never bake usually, we managed to finish at the 3rd place and learnt a lot about baking! There are some tricky parts (like making sure the colour on your marzipan is spread evenly everywhere) but the master baker is here to help you and is super nice! Bring on the competition and show your friends that you can make the best cake!”
March 2019

Milena review post

“We went to The Big London Bake on a Friday night. Me and my girlfriend were lucky to win and had a fun few hours in the tent!”
March 2019

Tom TA review, TO review & DMN review

“I recently attended The Big London Bake thanks to Love Pop Ups London, read about how we got on and nab a cheeky discount code while you’re at it!”
March 2019

Aynsleigh blog post

“I watched many seasons of the Great British Bakeoff, and walking into this tent brings all the feels! We were here for the donut challenge and while this sounds like one of their easier challenges, 90min went by in a flash and I was constantly wondering if we are doing ok with time management. The creation corner had a lot of cool ingredients and we combo’d a fresh orange custard with chocolate glaze, and another dipped in rose water syrup. Watching the donuts rise in the oven, worrying about consistency of the chocolate glaze, making a mess of our work station all help me appreciate the amazing bakers I watch on the tele. I learned a lot about donut making in the process and the judges loved our classic and simple approach. The tent is in the garden of the Castle – this is an absolutely beautiful bar with outdoor fireplaces and igloos, since the event starts at 8:30pm I recommend getting a drink here before.”
March 2019


“Big London Bakes was a challenging night of fun of baking! Barely able to read a recipe I was pleased to have completed the task and have a blast doing it! Great date night idea!”
May 2019


“Pretty impressed with our efforts @thebiglondonbaketooting tonight – a solid 2nd place with our cocoa cones with kiwi marshmallow, decorated with chocolate, blue sugar and dried papaya.”
July 2019

Paula Instagram post

“This is all the fun of The Great British Bake Off without the humiliation of a soggy bake.”
July 2019

Shanine blog post

“I made an epic pair as we went about creating Marshmallow Cones.
We entered the big tent feeling rather confident but quickly our bake station resembled something that a two year would be likely to create as mess descended! I am pretty confident in saying that the reason i dislike children may, in fact, be because I essentially am one..!
We tried hard and powered on through beading sweat and uncontrollable laughter to create 5 pretty good marshmallow cones and 3 deflated, delicious disasters.

July 2019

Lydia Greene

“The setting is pretty impressive and the pressure is on. Great to do it with a friend, but do not venture on your own!Read the complete reviews.”
July 2019

Laura DMN review post

“Marshmallows cones and giggles.”
July 2019

Maria Instagram post

“We had a thrilling time and ended up with a hauntingly delicious cake which we decorated to a ghoulish perfection!”
October 2019

Steve guest blog post

“It was such a fun and wonderful experience definitely one I highly recommend.”
February 2020

Victoria Instagram post

“You mostly bake in a team of 2 and then put your cake forward to be judged…literally…we didn’t win but we had an ahhhmazing time…”
February 2020

Avais Instagram post

“All teams are provided identical recipe and instruction cards and have 70 minutes to complete their work.”
February 2020

Eva Instagram post

“The cake could be any flavour and it could be presented in the form of a koala bear.”
February 2020

Lilo Instagram post

“As an avid baker (what I lack in execution, I make up for in passion), myself and my partner Lucy baked a somewhat credible cake against 7 other teams of 2.”
February 2020

Lottie Instagram post

“Was such a fun night with flour going everywhere, buttercream ending all over our hands but in the end we all created perfect bakes.”
February 2020

Joanne of Love Pop Ups London blog post for Feb 2020 & Instagram post

“It’s a lot of fun to race against the clock to create a unique and fun cake while the big bake elves tidy up your work station all around you!”
February 2020

Bianca Instagram post

“I don’t have the koala-fications of a baker… but that didn’t stop me from having an absolute blast.”
February 2020

Lauren Instagram post

“It’s such a cool experience, all the ingredients are measured out ready for you to go and then there’s a creation corner to decorate your creation better than I did with this koala!”
February 2020

Ainsley Instagram post & his plus 1 Aimee post

“Perfect for date night, team building or for fun with friends and family!

Emma Instagram post

“This was such a fun activity, I would highly recommend The Big Bakes for a group activity, birthday or date night.”

Doyin Instagram post

“I am a shocking baker but even I wanted to give it a go!”

March 2022

Flyingfluskey Instagram post

“It was just like being on the TV show.”

March 2022

Fittiefodmapldn Instagram post

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