Easter is around the corner and, let’s face it, a chocolate bar from the supermarket just won’t cut it. Here are 11 of the best chocolatiers in London creating something special not just for Easter, but all year round
1 Paul A. Young
At the forefront of the British chocolate scene, Paul A. Young’s groundbreaking chocolates won him Outstanding British Chocolatier by the International Chocolate Awards last year. With four locations around London, Paul’s exciting flavour combinations will be sure to make your mouth water. Learn the art of making an Easter egg and other delicious chocolates with regular workshops, but if you prefer gifts made by Paul himself check out his Easter collection of decorated eggs in a variety of flavours.
2 William Curley
Not only does William Curley offer bestselling chocolates, hot chocolates and delectable pastries, but their Belgravia store offers a dessert bar. The dessert bar offers a sweet spin on the traditional afternoon tea where you can watch chefs create a five course meal of desserts. They also have a location in Richmond and a concession at Harrods. For Easter, they are featuring beautiful chocolate eggs in a range of flavours alongside adorable Easter bunnies. Whether you are there to pick up a box of chocolates or visiting the dessert bar, you are sure to be pleased.
3 Melt Chocolates
At Melt, they believe that chocolate should be as good for you as it tastes. Its chic package design and variety of delicious chocolates make the perfect gift. Their chocolates and macaroons are tempting enough to make you sign up for their chocolate of the month club. This Easter, Melt is going for a 70s glam vibe with their chocolate egg decorations featuring adorable retro floral prints.
4 Amelia Rope
You would never guess from the look and taste of Amelia Rope’s chocolates that she is a newcomer to the world of chocolate. Originally launched in 2007, Amelia Rope created her chocolate business from scratch and eventually made her way into Selfridges. Each chocolate bar handmade in London features a variety of flavours like peppermint and raspberry. This holiday season try her adorable sea salt caramel Easter eggs that come in delicious flavours like pale lemon & sea salt and dark chocolate sea salt.
Choccywoccydoodah will leave you speechless with a just one step into their chocolate shop. Their extravagant chocolate sculptures and delicious looking treats will have you wondering how you can make such an incredible thing out of chocolate. Chocolate bunny figurines, decorated Easter eggs, and chocolate dipped marshmallows are just a few of the mouth watering treats they offer for Easter. Creative Director Christine Taylor has just launched her new recipe book, Chocolate, cake and curses, sure to be filled with delicious secrets.
6 Artisan du Chocolat
The London chocolatier offers beautiful chocolates in fun boxes for Easter. Rainbow ducks, crème de la crème eggs and sprinkled covered chocolate eggs will be sure to brighten anyone’s Easter. Artisan du Chocolat offers plenty more beyond Easter with drinking chocolates, chocolate munchies and hand painted chocolates that would make the perfect gift any time of year.
7 Demarquette Fine Chocolates
The luxurious Demarquette Fine Chocolates offers exquisite hand painted chocolate eggs among other beautifully crafted chocolates for the holiday (we loved their quail eggs last year). Their British chocolate collection is worth having a look at as it’s filled with delicious painted chocolates including colourful chocolates in the shape of tea pots. Their masterpiece chocolate collection is also beautiful, almost too pretty to eat.
One of London’s oldest chocolate shops, Prestat is the chocolate shop of choice by the Queen herself, but they consider author Roald Dahl of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory as their most famous customer on their history. They offer classic assortments of chocolates for any occasion. For Easter they offer bright decorations and packaging to make your holiday a little bit sweeter. Their all year round chocolate assortments are just as sweet.
9 Damian Allsop
The acclaimed chocolatier is known for his water ganache chocolates, a chocolate ganache with the flavours of the rich cream, but with spring water. The result offers the same delicious flavours, but with a more refreshing taste. Their selection of fine chocolates is the perfect Easter gift for the fanciest of chocolate lovers.
10 Sir Hans Sloane
Unlike the other chocolate experts, Sir Hans Sloane is known for their drinking chocolates. Available in classic chocolate flavours like dark and milk, it is easily made with hot milk or water. Never a powder, they use drinkable chocolate beads to create their tasty drinks. This Easter they are selling their drinking dark chocolate in the shape of Easter eggs to make your holiday drinks much sweeter. Available in Waitrose and from their website.
11 Rococo Chocolates
Their hand painted Easter eggs are unlike anything you will have ever seen with not decorative designs, but beautiful paintings that are just too pretty to eat. Along with the eggs the packaging on any of their chocolates boxes are worth keeping they are so nice. Their selections of other chocolates make the perfect gift for any occasion, too.
Words: Dani Segelbaum