It’s jolly boating weather, so how better to celebrate than to swing together to one of these spots serving some of London’s best Eton Mess. Eton College may have given us Boris Johnson, 18 prime ministers, half the last cabinet, the archbishop of Canterbury and our future king, but let’s not hold all that against them, after all they’ve also given us one of the best puddings known to mankind. The dish, full of meringuey, strawberryish goodness is pretty much a national dessert and the perfect summer pudding. So let’s get stuck in…
Hit The Roof
The view is undeniably amazing, I mean, seeing a fresh strawberry and elderflower Eton mess, topped with whipped cream and sweet brown sugar meringue close-to is incredible, but the vista across East London ain’t too bad either. Aviary Rooftop may be the best place to marvel at the city, but this dish is even more reason to visit. Maybe try one of their frozen cocktails to boot, like their watermelon Margarita or a smooth passionfruit Martini.
Where: 10th Floor Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Doughnuts But Like, Eton Mess Style!
Just look at that picture. If that doesn’t turn your head then what will, eh? Doughnuts positively oozing with sugary deliciousness arrived at Bread Ahead in Borough Market last month. We’re talking vanilla cream, meringue pieces and fresh English strawberry wrapped up in a fluffy doughnut. Right that’s it, we’re en route…
Where: Borough Market, Cathedral Street, SE1 9DE
Defies Physics (sort of)
Specially for Wimbledon, P.F. Chang’s Asian Table have devised an Eton Mess for the event. Fresh from their pastry lab, the creation includes strawberries, cream and meringue (all pretty standard so far…) but with a physics-defying white chocolate sphere shell, designed as a tennis ball, that melts away when you pour toffee sauce over it. Oh my!
Until the 14th July
Where: 10 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JA
Keeping It Classic
The resto might be called Roast, but you’ll be eating quite the opposite of savoury once you lay eyes on the Eton mess offering. Think layers and layers of classic strawberry Eton mess, which can be washed down by glasses and glasses of Champers or Pimms. Sweet tooth still tingling? You can delve into the strawberry and Pimm’s layer cake or baked goods too!
Where: The Floral Hall, Stoney St, London SE1 1TL
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.2 miles)
Mini But Deadly
As rooftops go this has to be one of my favourites, Radio Rooftop at ME London and sure, it’s partly the view but perhaps more than a little down to their Wimbledon themed drink and dessert menu, including (drum roll) Eton mess. In mini form, the Eton mess will accompany a mini strawberry and almond tartlet and a mini mojito ice cream.
Where: ME London, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)
The Yacht has produced yet more dessert offerings that’ll have you all aboard. This summer, things are about to get messy as they introduce their Eton Mess with strawberry sorbet, porridge ice cream with granola, honey and blueberry – yum!
Where: The Yacht London, Temple Pier Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN, UK
Nearest station: Temple (0.1 miles)
As far as Eton mess goes, this was is pretty darn gorgeous! The Wimbledon special from Duck & Waffle comes with flavours that’ll be an exploration for any palette. We’re talking the classics of strawberry and meringue coupled with lemon Chantilly, Pimm’s jelly and a cucumber sorbet. Gee whizz!
Available until the 14th July
Where: 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
To Covent Garden and Le Restaurant de PAUL who have thrown together an unmessable Eton mess, with generous layers of everything! With positively ‘lashings’ of cream this might as well be a main course. Served in both Covent Garden and their Broadgate restaurant, it’s mouth wateringly good.
Where: 29 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9ED
This one makes it in on the strength of the pun alone! The Maida Mess in Maida Vale’s The Hero of Maida serves their mess in the traditional fashion and it goes brilliantly with a Sunday roast and a healthy dollop of Wimbledon action.
Where: 55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, W9 2JD