Ice cream, sorbet, gelato, soft-serve…However, you like yours, Only in London’s round-up of the best places to get your scoop fix in London will keep you busy until wintertime. Discover the best ice cream in the capital below.
With London outposts from Camden to Chelsea, this global gelato chain is a notable presence in the capital, renowned for its very photogenic ‘flower cones’ (thin slabs of ice cream artfully arranged like petals). Expect a mash-up of reworked classic flavours and more exotic options – from coffee, salted caramel and chocolate to banana, passion fruit and amarena cream with black cherries. Also check out novelties such as their ice-cream waffles, crêpes and gelato burgers (two scoops in a sweet bun).
A rather exciting USP sees Chin Chin make their ice cream with liquid nitrogen, and that isn’t the unusual thing about them. The core range is a rather upscaled quartet: tonka bean, Valrhona chocolate, burnt butter caramel, and coffee and olive oil. Top that with the likes of grilled white chocolate, bee pollen honeycomb, cinnamon toast, or marshmallow fluff, and you’ve got one of the most pleasing ice creams in town.
54 Greek Street, W1D 3DS (Soho), 49-50 Camden Lock, NW1 8AF (Camden), and 19 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3EJ (Dinerama Shoreditch).
Description: The sister brand of restaurant Bocca di Lupo, Gelupo inaugurated in 2010 and has been serving up some of the best gelato in London since. Creations like ricotta with sour cherry or fresh mint stracciatella keep you coming back for more.
Soho, 7 Archer Street
Milk Train’s deluxe soft-serve ice cream comes in quirky flavours like matcha and toppings like rainbow sprinkles and Oreos, but the best is yet to come. No small waffle cone will satisfy for these ice creams, for a wispy white cloud of candyfloss surrounds each one. A beautiful fluff of sugary treat that’ll have everyone staring after you with envy.
12 Tavistock Street, WC2E 7PH.
A weekend favourite amongst the Clapham people, superb Italian ice creams sit very beautifully inside the Art Deco building. Whether you have it in a cone, glass, or the form of an ice cream cake, every flavour from After Eight to Tiramisu can be found at Nardulli.
29 The Pavement, SW4 0JE.
Gelateria 3Bis, Notting Hill and London Bridge
Born in Rimini, on Italy’s Adriatic shore, the pedigree of Gelateria 3Bis is unquestionable. They maintain a presence in Rimini with two ice cream salons, but more pertinently, you’ll also find them in Notting Hill and Borough Market, where you can pimp up your scoop with crepes, waffles, and milkshakes.
178 Portobello Road, W11 2EB, and 4 Park Street, SE1 9AB.
Udderlicious, Islington and Seven Dials
Independent ice cream parlour Udderlicious makes all their sweet treats in store. All the ice cream is organic and includes flavours like Banana Caramel and Raspberry Cheesecake. Because they’re so committed to only having what you want, they let customers vote for the next ‘flavour of the month’ – so go out there and make that choco-pistachio-caramel-cookie-dough combination into reality. (Please.)
187 Upper St, N1 1RQ, and 24 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LN.
Odonno’s produces gelato every day in the style of its founder’s Italian grandmother. Vanilla comes from Madagascar, pistachio from Sicily, and hazelnut from Piedmont. Go for the mix of classics that pair well with an innovative rotating menu, including chocolate and cognac, vodka lemon, and chocolate ginger and chilli. As the shop keeper says, “Life’s too short to eat bad ice cream.”
South Kensington, Battersea, Hampstead, East Dulwich, and Chiswick
I think the message here is if you’re craving for ice cream, head to Soho. Independent parlour Lick proudly makes all their gelato in store, and should the mood take you, you can have scoops on a hot waffle, in a shake, or as part of an affogato. Peachy!
55 Greek Street, W1D 3DT.
A clever wheeze to cut down on food waste, owner Sammie Le’s ice creams are made using egg yolks leftover from baking batches of macarons – the building blocks for her hot-ticket ice-cream sandwiches. Although these fancy Instagrammable morsels are the star attractions, you can also visit Yolkin (yolk-in, geddit?) for soft-serve ice creams in cones – flavours such as condensed-milk tea, pandan coconut, matcha oreo, egg tart or taro and cornflake reflect Sammie’s Vietnamese heritage.
24 Rupert Street, W1D 6DQ