It’s official: from 12th – 18th October not only are you entitled to eat as much chocolate as you can handle, it will actually be frowned upon if you don’t. National Chocolate Week is in town so we have compiled a guide to the best places in town to celebrate this amazing festivity. As if we needed an excuse…
What: Chocolate in every dish on the menu
Why: If you want to really test your chocoholic status then a trip to Rabot 1745 in Borough Market is definitely on the cards. Chocolate appears in some form or another in every dish on their menu including white chocolate mash and mac and cheese in cacao nib pastry, braised leeks and chopped egg-cacao crumble.
Where: 2-4 Bedale Street, Borough Market, SE1 9AL
Green Park (0.2 miles)
What: Luxury chocoholics afternoon tea
Why: A glamorous afternoon tea for chocoholics in one of London’s luxury hotels; Flemings. Indulge in sandwiches, chocolate scones and chocolate petit fours washed down with a glass of Jacquart Rose Champagne and speciality loose leaf teas.
Where: Flemings Mayfair Hotel, Half Moon Street, London, W1J 7BH
What: Chocolate dessert cocktails
Why: Rocket restaurants are celebrating the week with three chocolatey cocktails; Chocolate Orange, Tiramisu and the classic Espresso Martini. We like the sound of the Chocolate Orange; Mozart Dry Chocolate, orange curd, Orange infused Beefeater, topped with lemon juice.
Where: Holborn, City, Bishopsgate, Canary Wharf
Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)
What: Chocolate facial
Why: Love chocolate so much you want to be covered in the stuff? With the Ultimate Chocolate Indulgence treatment at the Courthouse Hotel’s Sanook Spa you will be! The 90 minute facial increases blood flow, relaxation and nourishment and is available during National Chocolate Week only so book to make sure you don’t miss out.
Where: 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, London, W1F 7HL
Le Restaurant de PAUL
What: Bottomless chocolate mousse
Why: When else could you justify bottomless chocolate mousse consumption other than National Chocolate Week? The specially created Mousse au Chocolat a Volonte is yours for the (endless) taking as you talk business in one of the City’s most iconic skyscrapers.
Where: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, EC2N 1HN
Alexeeva & Jones
What: Battle of the chocolate ganache
Why: A complimentary tasting evening in luxury chocolate shop Alexeeva & Jones on Monday 12th October. Guests try a short-list of chocolates from over twenty of the world’s best artisans, rating them on appearance, taste and memorability before the winner is crowned, to be sold with 25% off during National Chocolate Week.
Where: 297 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2QA
What: Sweet and savoury chocolate dessert
Why: Not what it seems, the ultimate Chocolate Truffle at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze, Mayfair is a dessert where sweet meets savoury. Think truffles of the mushroom variety combined with chocolate for a really unique dish.
Where: 10-13 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K 6JP
London Charing Cross (0.4 miles)
What: Willy Wonka themed afternoon tea
Why: Just around the corner from One Aldwych is Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, home of West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If you’re after a complete day of chocolatey fun then visit One Aldwych for their Chocolate Afternoon Tea after a matinee and enjoy golden chocolate eggs with vanilla cheesecake and mango and cocoa bean financier.
Where: 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BZ
The Ginger Pig
What: Chocolate sausage roll (Yes, really)
Why: You’ve now read it all: chocolate and cheese, chocolate facials and now a chocolate sausage roll. The Ginger Pig are pairing up with their neighbours, renowned chocolate shop Rococo for an usual take on the sausage roll, available at the Ginger Pig on Moxon Street for the week. Rococo are also holding a special chocolate and pork cold cuts pairing workshop on the 12th October.
Where: 8-10 Moxon St, Marylebone W1U 4EW
What: Not one but two chocolate desserts
Why: Two new chocolate-heavy desserts feature on the new Autumn menu at Avista, Italian restaurant in Mayfair, from executive chef Arturo. Pick from Tiramisu with hazelnut crumble and chocolate (pictured) or Dark Valrhona chocolate 70% sphere, pistachio and mandarin.
Where: 39 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 2HP
Halva Bakery and Pâtisserie
What: Freshly baked French chocolate madeleine's
Why: Fulham Road’s Halva bakery (which only opened this summer) have got quite a following for their cakes and pastries and adding to their chocolatey offerings will be selling French favourite, chocolate madeleine’s, during National Chocolate Week, baked fresh in store daily.
Where: 771 Fulham Rd, Fulham, SW6 5HA
Lowndes Bar & Kitchen
What: Classic chocolate afternoon tea
Why: For an afternoon tea where you are guaranteed to know and love everything on the menu, the Lowndes Bar & Kitchen, Belgravia are dishing up homemade scones with Nutella, white chocolate dipped strawberries and the classic layered almond, coffee and chocolate Opera cake.
Where: Jumeriah Lowndes Hotel, Lowndes St, London SW1X 9ES
What: Demonstrations, tastings and celebrity chefs
Why: The Chocolate Show is the grand finale of National Chocolate Week. Over 60 brands will be under one roof for the two-day event, along with demonstrations and celebrity chefs including Masterchef’s Tony Rodd, GBBO winner Edd Kimber, pastry chef Will Torrent and chocolate expert Willie Harcourt-Cooze.
Where: Hammersmith Rd, West Kensington W14 8UX