Sweets are a staple favourite of everyone’s ‘treat’ diet, as they remind us of our childhood, a much simpler time when ugly words like ‘taxes’ and ‘wrinkles’ didn’t exist. So it’s no surprise that sweets excite adults, just as much as they do a sugar-craving five year old. Plus, let it be known that we would happily push said five year old out of the way if they were about to get their hands on the last fizzy cola bottle (don’t judge, you know you would do the same). Why not give into your confectionery cravings and check out our list of London’s best sweetshops below…
What: American sweets
Why: The biggest UK stocker of American ‘candy’ and a store filled with every sweet treat you can imagine. Featuring American confectionary classics, such as Hershey’s and M&Ms, this store and online ecommerce site also carries elusive sweets, like red velvet Oreos and Nutella pastries! Truly a sweet-lover’s wonderland.
Where: 3 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, WC23 9BF
Hope and Greenwood
What: Kitsch and quirky, and formerly on the BBC
Why: This quaint store is classically British and ran by a couple that you might recognise from the BBC’s ‘Sweets Made Simple’. The sweets are quintessentially British, with one range even being themed around Afternoon Tea. All of these sugary snacks come packaged in vintage jars, so this place is truly a treat for the eyes, as well as the taste buds.
Where: 1 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JD
What: Kooky chocolate wonderland
Why: The flagship store for this kooky 'cake bakers and joy makers' is in Brighton, but thank the confectionary Gods, as they also have a London location. Known for their outstanding window displays and a top-secret ingredient that allows them to mould their product like clay, resulting in chocolate animals, like butterflies and frogs. This place truly is a fantasy straight from the mind of Willy Wonka.
Where: 30-32 Fouberts Place, Soho, W1F 7PS
What: Jamie Laing's brain child
Why: Founded by Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, these upmarket sweets come in four flavours, including Apple & Elderflower and Eton Mess. With perfect flavours for summer and the endorsement of a reality TV star, there’s really no way you can go wrong with Candy Kittens. Visit the online store, or snap them up at various stockists, including Selfridges.
Where: 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB
What: Vintage sweet shop
Why: Does floor-to-ceiling jars of retro sweets sound like you’re idea of heaven? If so, head on down to Mr Humbug in Greenwich, which is stocked full of sweets from a bygone era that you thought were long forgotten. With a range including white chocolate mice, coca cola bottles and acid drops, you’ll definitely be left feeling like a kid in some kind of a store.
Where: 12 Greenwich Market, Greenwich, SE10 9HZ
What: Upmarket artisan chocolate
Why: OK so it isn't sweets, but Mast Brothers is artisan chocolate at its finest. For those who are happy to splash a little extra cash in the name of a good chocolate fix, 5 bars costs $45 (free shipping though) or nip into the Shoreditch shop to pick up some hand crafted confectionary and marvel at the beautiful packaging.
Where: 19-29 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ
Suck and Chew
What: Retro sweet shop
Why: Describing themselves as the purveyors of traditional and vintage sweets it’s no surprise to see retro decorations amidst the glass jars of sugary snacks that lines the wall. With a fantastic ‘try before you buy’ policy, this Bethnal Green sweet shop wishes to transfer you back in time to the days when there was nothing better than the lure of a free range in a sweet shop, get anything from marshmallows and bonbons to truffles and liquorice.
Where: 130 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, E2 7RG