As you push your plate away struggling to eat that last morsel, your eyes wander to the heavenly looking sweet treat on the table next to you. There’s always a tiny bit of room left for pudding isn’t there? Mmm ok go on then just the one, with two spoons. If you’re a ‘dessert only diner’ or maybe a restaurant hopper looking to end your meal with a sugar fix elsewhere, we’ve rounded up the 5 best places for pudding in London.
What: A dessert bar to remember for an extra special treat
Why: Did you know stressed is dessert spelled backwards? What better way to de-stress than by indulging in a 5 course dessert meal? What the…I hear you say. Yep ditch the two savory courses and add two more sweet. Prepared by one of the most innovative and creative chocolatiers in London, any sugar cravings you once had will be squashed with a lead chocolate balloon but satisfyingly so. Never underestimate the power of chocolate…
Where: 198 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 8UN
What: Authentic Italian Gelato (just how mama made it)
Why: Ok so I know when we think of pudding, sticky toffee with custard, or apple pie with cream springs to mind, but here’s a lighter alternative to its stodgy counterpart. Slap bang in the hustle and bustle of Borough Market, Gellataria won’t disappoint with its proper (huge) portions of homemade gelato. Prepare to ummm and ahhh for a while as you try and choose from all the tempting flavours, our favourite being the Tiramisu and Peanut butter combo. If you’re still struggling to decide, good news is they let you sample some first. Or does that make it harder? Ahh they’re all delicious!
Where: 4 Park Street, London SE1 9AB
Pollen Street Social
What: Jason Atherton's urban restaurant, well worthy of its Michelin star
Why: ‘Going out for desert’ is the new ‘Going out for dinner’ and at Pollen Street Social they encourage this trend with open arms. You can bypass dinner here and make a beeline straight to the Dessert Bar where you can watch the chefs create the perfect pudding right in front of your very eyes. A must to try here is the Milk chocolate & caramel cream, peanut sablé with apple & yuzu sorbet. Or the cheese plate is also pretty amazing with British and Irish cheeses served with piccalilli, spiced apple & pear jam. Who needs dinner?
Where: 8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
What: Pudding and cocktail bar exclusively
Why: Basement Sate must be heaven sent, serving only cocktails and desserts, this is where diets go to die. The song may have been annoying but the pudding certainly isn’t, check out the Peanut Butter Jelly Time made with peanut butter, joconde cake & chantilly, milk chocolate mousse, banana & vanilla cremeux. Something a little less heavy is Paradis Citrus, a mix of grapefruit compote, lemon curd, meringue and citrus jelly. Where do we start?
Where: 8 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8HN
What: 'Always packed' Parisian restaurant in Soho with live music
Why: French puddings have got to be up there as the best in the world and are incredibly popular among us Brits. In a beautiful mosaic-floored bistro with a great buzzy vibe you can be sure to demolish any of the puddings they have on offer. The Creme Caramel is the best around as is the chocolate tart with salted caramel ice cream. But over and above these is the Blueberry Cheesecake that is seriously ‘délicieuse’ and no pudding list would be complete without it.
Where: 13 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JQ