With all of this sunshine, British people are in desperate need of a cool treat. The go-to snack of the summer is, of course, none other than ice cream. London has the best ice cream to offer with interesting flavours and concepts popping up all the time, here is our guide to the best places for ice cream in the capital.
Chin Chin Labs
What: Nitro Ice Cream
Why: What do Heston Blumenthal and Chin Chin Labs have in common? They both agree that liquid nitrogen is the secret to good ice cream, and we agree, too. Chin Chin Labs has covered all the bases in London, with residencies in Camden Market and Soho. They’ve also caught up with the avocado hype and released an ‘Avo Taco’, a purple corn waffle taco filled with avocado ice cream and crunchy fried corn.
Where: 49-50 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
What: Topped with Raw Cookie Dough
Why: Hit Camden Market anytime after 20th July and stumble upon Naked Dough’s new ice cream creations. Pair their vegan, raw cookie dough in flavours like Unicorn Food and Cookie Monster with the cookie dough soft serve in a cup, cone or huge ‘dough freak’ shake. The creations are not for the faint of heart, but WOW are they delicious. Enjoy opening day with free dough!
Where: Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AH
Cereal Killer Cafe
What: Breakfast-Themed Dessert
Why: If you haven’t seen this place on social media, you must be living under a rock. Cereal Killer Cafe has taken London by storm, making waves for selling bowls that could be filled with any mix of name-brand sugary cereals, varying milks and fun toppings. They are now offering an ice cream option: cereal milk ice cream. The milk used to make the ice cream is soaked in cereal before going through the machine, creating a distant taste that replicates your favorite morning bowl. Flavor options include Lucky Charms, Frosties and Coco Pops.
Where: 139 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6SB
Milk Train Cafe
What: Floating on Cotton Candy
Why: At the Milk Train Cafe, you will absolutely bump into someone instagramming their frozen treat, but don’t judge them too harshly- these creations are breathtaking. Soft serve in unique flavors served in clouds of cotton candy- wow. The Covent Garden shop is rather plain and unassuming, but don’t let that fool you. Your dessert is going to be something noteworthy.
Where: 44 Bedford Street, Shoreditch, WC2E 9HA
What: Vegan Heaven
Why: Maybe you are a vegan, maybe you aren’t. Maybe you like soft serve and maybe you’re a hard ice cream traditionalist. It doesn’t matter – you will love Yorica! and leave with a satisfied sweet tooth. Gluten, nut, egg and dairy free, Yorica! is offering frozen yogurt raspberry, chocolate, matcha and vanilla options in addition to hard ice cream flavours like Banoffee and gooey vanilla cookie. Even the toppings are allergy-conscience, with cookie and gummy treats galore. Oh, and if you are lucky enough to live in-range of their Wardour Street outpost, they deliver.
Where: 130 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 8ZN
Why: We never thought we’d see the days of ice cream without guilt, but the guys at Greedy Goat has given us all what we have asked for by providing us with a lactose-friendly, and therefore healthier, ice cream. And don’t think that because it’s healthy that they are compromising on taste, either- they’ve got more than enough flavours to keep us satisfied. Favorite include G&T, Strawberry & Balsamic, Raspberry Eton Mess and Carrot Cake.
Where: Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TL
What: Best This Side of The Alps
Why: There is a rather widespread agreement Gelupo is the best gelato in London. Calling themselves the finest artisan gelato this side of The Alps, Gelupo use the top ingredients and make fresh batches every day. They’re always coming up with new flavours but some of the best we’ve seen are Rhubarb Crumble, Ricotta & Sour Cherry and Fresh Mint Stracciatella.
Where: 7 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AU
What: Garlic Ice Cream
Why: Lick Gelato’s motto is ‘you can’t buy happiness but you can buy gelato,’ and if that alone isn’t a reason to check them out, then we don’t know what is. They’ve also got some interesting flavours such as Black Sesame Seed, Baileys Caramel, Mojito and even… Garlic.
Where: 55 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 3DT
What: Ice Cream Cakes
Why: Why have a scoop of ice cream when you can have a whole cake of ice cream? Yes, we can have our cake and eat it, too, thank you very much. The geniuses at Udderlicious can whisk up an ice cream cake for any occasion from birthdays to Christmas. And if you just fancy a scoop, don’t worry- they do those too. Every month, they ask the ice cream lovers of London (so that’s everyone, then) to vote for their favourite flavour, and they will make it fresh in store. This month they’ve got Vegan Oreos and Peaches & Cream on the menu.
Where: 187 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ
Why: Bubblewrap has well and truly taken over the London foodie scene after originating in Hong Kong. It all stemmed from the ‘waste not, want not’ idea in Hong Kong, as innovative chefs decided to use broken eggs that couldn’t otherwise be sold and resourcefully used them for these waffles. Perhaps the most instagrammed dessert as of late, there is no doubt that you’ve seen these before. They load the waffle cones full of your favourite sweet treats from Oreos to KitKats, and they’ve even got a savoury option.
Where: 24 Wardour Street, Chinatown, W1D 6QJ
What: Award Winning Gelato
Why: At La Gelatiera, they’ve got more awards for their gelato than they have flavours – so you know it has got to be good. This is also one that will keep the vegans happy, with a range of sorbets all dairy free, including flavours such as coconut, dark chocolate and Calabrian Chilli plus Alphonso Mango. If you’re on the move, you can grab one of the take home tubs and enjoy the gelato in the comfort of your own home, too.
Where: 27 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4LA
What: Ice Cream Sandwichs
Why: After their success in Tufnell Park, Ruby Violet took over a residency in King’s Cross. Their ethos is simple- founder Julie Fisher wanted to create ice cream only using locally sourced and fresh ingredients. We’ve heard that their signature ice cream sandwiched between 2 homemade biscuits is unbeatable, but their prosecco cocktail which is a scoop of Elderflower & Prosecco sorbet with a glass of fizz doesn’t sound too bad either…
Where: 118 Fortess Road, Tufnell Park, NW5 2HL.
What: All Natural Gelato
Why: Scoop has got parlours all over London in Covent Garden, South Kensington and Brixton, so you can’t really miss them, but that’s not exactly a bad thing once you take a look at their menu. We’re talking Raspberry Cheesecake Tiramisù and Amaretto, and they don’t just stop at gelato. You can take your pick between crepes, waffles, brownies, pancakes and even churros when your ice cream gets lonely.
Where: 40 Short’s Gardens, Covent Garden, WC2H 9AB