8 of The Best Chocolate Dishes In London
Just Opened London’s ‘Best of’ series covers a combination of recently opened venues and established London favourites, to make sure you get the full lowdown on where to spend your time and hard-earned cash.
Chocoholics, rejoice! We’ve got World Chocolate Day marked in bright red on our calendar. It’s on July 7th and we’ve got you covered. Here are London’s very best spots to get chocolatey.
Best for… chocolate cake
Konditor & Cook
Konditor & Cook has one cake that puts it firmly on the map: the Curly Whirly cake. It was actually invented by a customer in 1993 who loved K&C’s traditional chocolate cake and regularly ordered it for birthdays. One day they asked for the chocolate ganache to be replaced with a vanilla filling and the rest is very delicious history.
Konditor & Cook, various locations around London. Our favourite is the one at 46 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8LR
Best for… chocolate ice cream
Actually, it’s not the ice cream that brings chocolate lovers to Gelupo in their droves… it’s the chocolate sorbet that has them queuing around the block. Why sorbet instead of ice cream? Gelupo says the fat impedes the chocolate flavour so instead they use water and the highest quality chocolate and don’t let anything else get in the way. Get there early in the evening or as soon as they open on a sunny day: when it’s gone, it’s gone.
Gelupo, 7 Archer Street, W1D 7AU
Best for… chocolate cocktails
Barsmith is the latest in a long line of bars at 18 St John Street. Despite the promise, all previous incarnations have met an early demise. We’re hoping Barsmith sticks around, not least because they’ve turned the tropical up to eleven and gone Tiki for the summer. They’re still serving up their popular Milky Way cocktail though – a mixture of white chocolate vodka, amaretto, coffee rum and cream.
Barsmith, 18-20 St John Street, EC1M 4AY
Best for… dessert
Bob Bob Ricard
Chocolate spheres are getting popular in London (we suspect Instagram has a hand in this), but the Chocolate Glory at Bob Bob Ricard is king of them all. Here’s why you want in: a golden chocolate ball has hot chocolate sauce poured over it and when the crisp shell melts it reveals a delicious chocolate brownie and chocolate mousse. Put this in your face at your earliest opportunity.
Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James Street, W1F 9DF
Best for… chocolate afternoon tea
It might have been four years since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened in the West End, but One Aldwych’s Charlie-themed afternoon tea is deserving of its long-running season. Even the sandwiches are created to look like chocolate brownies. The desserts actually don’t just stick to chocolate (although there’s plenty of that), they’re full of interesting surprises that change regularly. The chocolate tea and cocktails all add to the experience. Chocolate lovers and sweet tooths take note: this isn’t just London’s best chocolate tea, it’s one of London’s very best afternoon tea offerings.
One Aldwych, 1 Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ
Best for… croquembouche (yep, really)
Anges de Sucre
You’re probably not going to pop up to Anges de Sucre on your lunch for a unicorn croquembouche – they come in at around £850. They’re a mix of everything sweet and delightful that you probably like a lot more than traditional wedding cake – chocolate sponge, choux buns with a chocolate glaze, macarons, chocolate pearls, doughnuts, you get the picture. They’re bright, they’re garish, they’re utterly fabulous and we’re looking for any excuse to order one.
Anges de Sucre, 7 Minerva Road, NW10 6HJ
Best for… hot chocolate
Borough Market’s chocolate cafe is an odd beast. The stools and high tables are rather uncomfortable so you end up half sitting half perched, with after work drinkers inevitably grouping around your table five minutes after you’ve sat down. It’s owned by high street favourite Hotel Chocolat so half of it is taken up by the shop. Most evening punters are drinking wine and cocktails, the others are here for hot chocolate. And that’s where this strange little place comes into its own. The chilli hot chocolate is everything you want it to be when it’s pouring down with rain: thick, creamy and rich and laced with just the right amount of spice.
Rabot 1745, 2-4 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL
Best for… chocolate eclair
We have got rather a soft spot for The Savoy’s eclair house Melba. Their classic eclair, the Peach Melba, is inspired by Dame Nellie Melba for whom the dessert was created. The pastry is even topped with a white chocolate portrait of her. However, if you’re after something darker, you need to visit a branch of Belle Epoque and try a Totally 66% eclair. It’s filled with Caraibe cream – a chocolate cream made with the finest cocoa beans from the Caribbean. Then it’s topped with a Caraibe glaze and finished with crunchy dark chocolate pearls and shards of dark chocolate.
Belle Epoque, Found at Selfridges, 37 Newington Green N16 9PR and 262 Upper Street N1 2UQ