The London Bakery That’s On A Mission To Empower Women • Luminary Bakery

London has no shortage of lovely bakeries and coffee shops at every corner. If you happen to come across Luminary Bakery’s Stoke Newington or Camden locations, you’ll also have the chance to support a great cause with your latte to-go.

The award-winning social enterprise bakery is on a mission to create jobs, community and support for women with a social and economic disadvantage. By offering courses, work experience and paid employment opportunities, Luminary Bakery provides a safe and empowering space for women to build their careers.

As International Women’s Day approaches, Luminary have vocalised support on their Instagram page, and it further highlights the importance of their work all year round.

Alice Williams, the bakery’s Founder and CEO, came up with the concept after meeting women faced with extreme poverty, disadvantage, and violence. “Luminary is more than a bakery”, she says in an official statement on their website. “It is a community and a sign of hope for so many.”

In addition to offering support to women, the bakery has an array of colourful cakes and freshly baked pastries guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Make sure to try their white chocolate and raspberry brownies… Doing good has never been so delicious!

If you find yourself sifting through their delicious items on the regular, you can even bag a subscription box from Luminary Bakery filled to the brim with their mini-cakes or brownies. Plus, if your big day is coming up, then you know where to find your perfect wedding cake.

Oh, and if all the above hasn’t convinced you to check it out, Luminary Bakery s also Meghan Markle-approved… just saying.

“We use baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship, equipping them with transferable skills for the working world” says a statement on the Luminary Bakery website. “We offer courses, work experience and paid employment within our bakery, empowering women to build their career.

“By investing in and releasing them to realise their dreams – through training, employment and community – we aim to break cycles of poverty, violence & disadvantage once and for all.”

Learn more about Luminary Bakery’s mission and programmes on their website.