The best places in London for gelato and ice cream, from parlours to chocolatiers to high-end stores, from Notting Hill to Mayfair. Let the finest tasting ice creams melt in your mouth this summer
1 Gelato Mio, Notting Hill
Gelato Mio offer a wide variety of flavours depending on the season, including thirteen staple home-made tastes such as cookies and cream, yoghurt and dark chocolate. Naturally made, daily, batch by batch, using only the freshest ingredients, unique flavours are created with their bespoke service.
37 Pembridge Road, W11 3HG; gelatomio.co.uk
2 Harrods Ice Cream Parlour, Knightsbridge
This luxury Ice Cream Parlour is situated on the second floor of the world famous store. A mouth-watering menu of freshly made sundaes, shakes and decadent desserts awaits, in flavours ranging from classic chocolate to pistachio and rich toffee fudge. There is a choice of twenty traditional gelato and sorbet flavours, all made using only the finest of ingredients.
Second Floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL; harrods.com
3 Zazà Gelato, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush
The founders of Zazà’s involvement in the ice cream industry can be traced back to 1898. At Zazà, the gelatos come in indulgent biscuit cones or cups, in more than 70 delicious flavours. Personal flavour combinations can be mixed and remixed to perfection. Sorbetto, coffee, granita/milkshake, gelato cakes, yoghurt gelato and hot chocolate are also offered.
Westfield, W12 7GF; zazagelato.eu
4 Amorino, Chelsea
Created by two childhood friends, Cristiano Sereni and Paolo Benassi, Amorino was born in 2002. The creation of each new flavour of ice cream starts with the most rigorous choice of sourced ingredients, combined with the talents of their highly trained chefs. Their stores can be found all around the world. The menu extends beyond the world of gelato to chocolates, sweets, waffles, milkshakes, crepes, gourmet products, ice cream macarons and focaccine.
67A Kings Road, SW3 4NT; amorino.com/en/
5 The Ice Cream Parlour, Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly
A truly decadent ice cream experience, the Parlour offers both much-loved classics and innovative new flavours, many found nowhere else in the world. Artisan coffee, hot chocolate, open sandwiches and wine are also on offer. A season highlight is the knickerbocker glory, popular since 1955. During Bank Holidays, with each adult meal, two children under ten can lunch or tea for free in the Parlour.
181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER; fortnumandmason.com
6 Gelupo, Piccadilly
Since opening in 2010, Gelupo chefs use choice English and Italian produce to create their appetizing selection of gelatos and sorbets fresh every day. Additionally, they now serve black truffles and Italian caviar. The highlight of this parlour is that it stays open till 12.30am on weekends and 11 or 11.30pm during the week.
7 Archer Street, W1D 7AU; gelupo.com
7 William Curley, Belgravia
This pâtissier chocolatier boutique, which opened in 2009, offers scrumptious sweet delights in the Dessert Bar. The Dessert Bar is available throughout the year on weekends and chocolate and patisserie courses are held in the kitchens below. William has been awarded ‘Britain’s Best Chocolatier’ by the Academy of Chocolate four times and many others awards. So if prizes are anything to go by then head down to William Curley.
198 Ebury Street Belgravia London SW1W 8UN; williamcurley.com/index.html
8 Scoop, South Kensington
They describe their gelato as natural luxury as they only use top quality natural raw ingredients. It is produced fresh daily in a state-of-the-art laboratory. On the menu is also their unique Scoffee, a blend of espresso coffee and natural gelato. Over the summer months this store is open until midnight every night.
16 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3DL; scoopgelato.com