Nobody likes a hot, sticky city, so keep your cool when the sun shines by heading to one of central London’s most fabulous summer ice-cream experiences…
1 Heddon Street Kitchen’s ice-cream lolly pop-up, Mayfair
Until 21 August, Heddon Street Kitchen is celebrating all that is cool with its Summer Promenade, a create-your-own ice cream lolly pop-up in collaboration with Italian frozen dessert specialist Carpigiani. Get transported back to childhood holidays by the sea on its terrace, decorated in vintage style.
Regent Street Food Quarter, 3-9 Heddon Street W1B 4BE; 020 7592 1212; heddonstreetkitchen.com
2 The Parlour’s ice-cream ‘restaurant’, Piccadilly
We have already been behind the scenes at The Parlour’s home, Fortnum & Mason, but it’s worth reminding ourselves how great this ice cream ‘restaurant’ is. Expect to sample completely new combinations that will blow your mind (or give you brain freeze).
181 Piccadilly W1A 1ER; 020 7734 8040; fortnumandmason.com
3 Four Winters’ flash-frozen ice-cream, South Kensington
Ice cream expert Four Winters is bringing made-to-order ice cream to the capital with the opening of its first London store on Gloucester Road. The parlour offers ice cream inspired by the four seasons with the added spectacle of seeing it being flash-freeze before your eyes using liquid nitrogen. The new summer menu features tropical flavours and seasonal British fruit, including flavours like Pina Colada (pineapple, shredded coconut and a buttery coconut base), Spicy Mango Pineapple Sorbet (non-dairy sorbet, mango puree with a spicy kick and pineapple), Raspberry Cookie (ice cream, raspberries and a crisp cookie crunch) and Strawberry Yogurt Parfait (strawberry yogurt with crunchy granola).
103 Gloucester Road, South Kensington SW7 4SZ; fourwinters.co
4 The ice-cream bar at Boyds, Trafalgar Square
The Kitchen Bar Experience at Boyds Grill & Wine Bar offers up Executive Chef Nate Brewster’s nitrogen frozen ice cream – silky smooth, instantly frozen ice cream in unusual flavours like bacon, sweetcorn and Thai Green Curry served up as afternoon tea. The menu includes Brown Bread Ice Cream, Ham Hock & Piccalilli Sorbet, Scone, Jam and Clotted Cream Ice Cream, plus Burnt Honey & Almond Ice Cream, which will all be flash-frozen right in front of you. £12.95 or £22.95 with a glass of Nyetimber. Visit the website to book.
8 Northumberland Avenue WC2N 5BY; 020 7808 3344; boydsgrillandwinebar.co.uk
5 Snowflake Gelato cafe’s gelato afternoon tea, Selfridges
Back away from the cucumber sandwiches and embrace the UK’s first gelato afternoon tea – available exclusively at the new Snowflake Gelato cafe at Selfridges. Beautifully presented on a classic afternoon tea stand, you’ll find bite-size treats all made from gelato including mini macaron gelato sandwiches, gelato cannolo’s, mini gelato cones enrobed with chocolate, a slice of gelato cake and sponge sandwiches, all for £15 per person.
400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB; selfridges.com