So the heatwave of the summer might have been and gone, but that doesn’t stop British people from enjoying the snack of the summer – none other than ice cream. London has the best ice cream to offer with some interesting flavours and new concepts, it’ll take a lot more than a bit of rain to put us off…
Why: We never thought we’d see the days of ice cream without guilt, but the guys at Greedy Goat have 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’re are compromising on taste either, they’ve got more than enough flavours to keep us satisfied. Including: G&T, Strawberry & Balsamic, Raspberry Eton Mess, Carrot Cake plus many more.
Where: Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TL
What: Best This Side of The Alps
Why: There hasn’t been much that everyone has agreed on in 2017 but one thing is for sure, pretty much everyone can say that Gelupo is the best gelato in London. Calling themselves the finest artisan gelato this side of The Alps, Gelupo use the finest ingredients and make a fresh batch 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 St, Soho, W1D 7AU
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 have covered all bases in London, with a residency in Camden and a recent opening in 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: 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 St, 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 genius’ 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 they 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 Pink Lemonade, Strawberry and Basil and ‘Death by Chocolate’ on the menu.
Where: 187 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ
Why: Bubblewrap has well and truly taken over the London foodie scene. However, the trend actually originated in Hong Kong. It all stemmed from the ‘waste not want not’ idea in Hong Kong, using broken eggs that couldn’t otherwise be sold and resourcefully creating them into waffles. Perhaps the most instagrammed dessert of 2017, 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, they’ve even got a savoury option too.
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’s got to be good. This is also one to 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, as of last year 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 are unbeatable, 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 have 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