When it comes to ice cream we never need a reason but in the summer sunshine it’s pretty much mandatory. And since we’re only likely to get a handful more truly sweltering days before autumn, only the very best ice cream out there will do. Here are our top five London ice cream parlours:

Gelupo

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What: The finest gelato this side of the Alps
Where: 7 Archer St, Soho W1D 7AU
Why: A seasonal gelato-and-sorbet menu typically features mouth-watering creations like Amaretto & Apricot, Ricotta Coffee & Honey, and the frankly amazing-sounding Salted Caramel & Pecan. Often rated as serving the best gelato in London, you couldn’t ask for more if you were in Italy itself.
Website: www.gelupo.com

Chin Chin Labs

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What: The first liquid nitrogen ice cream in Europe
Where: 49-50 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
Why: Heston Blumenthal swears by using liquid nitrogen to make an ultra-smooth ice cream of the future, and so do Chin Chin Labs. Experimental flavours include Peach, Blue Cheese & Nuts and Rose Meringue. Unmissable!
Website: www.chinchinlabs.com

Lick

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What: Endless flavours and all-natural ingredients
Where: 55 Greek St, London W1D 3DT
Why: With over twenty-four flavours on offer, Lick win hands-down when it comes to choice. But they haven’t scrimped on quality, either – their all-natural ice cream is available in gluten, egg-free and even non-dairy varieties. Now there’s excuse not to take a lick…
Website: www.lick-gelato.com

Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen

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What: TV chef’s take on the ice-cream sandwich
Where: 3–9 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BE
Why: The ice-cream sandwich is set to take London by storm this summer, and Gordon Ramsay’s looks like one of the best – chocolate chip cookie base, any flavour ice cream of your choice followed by coconut shavings, caramel and chocolate sauce. Heaven!
Website: www.gordonramsay.com

William Curley

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What: Creative chocolatier boasting weird and wonderful flavours
Where: 198 Ebury St, Belgravia, SW1W 8UN
Why: Since their flavours include carmelised white chocolate and toasted sesame, those with a sweet-tooth and an open mind will love William Curleys. Since William was voted Britain’s best chocolatier for five years running, we’ll take his word on their chocolate, rosemary and olive oil flavoured ice cream…
Website: www.williamcurley.co.uk