#SummerInLondon is a wonderful thing, especially when you’ve got one of London’s most Instagrammable ice creams in your grasp on your grid…
Lead image: Doughnut Time
1 Milk Train, Covent Garden
Milk Train serves up some of the most extravagant ice cream cones you’ve ever seen – and extravagance means likes, right? Bolster your soft serve ice cream with add candy floss, popcorn, Oreos or another other crazy concoction you can think of. There are so many outrageously delicious flavours it’s hard to choose, so you’re going to need to make multiple trips. Your Instagram feed will thank you for it.
2 Soft Serve Society, Shoreditch & Victoria
Soft Serve Society at Boxpark Shoreditch – and now Market Halls Victoria – has figured out exactly what we want – elaborate ice cream constructions that look great on Instagram and taste even better. This fun-loving soft serve dessert bar creates chilled treats embellished with candy floss, Oreos, waffles, popcorn, honeycomb and more, as well as some killer freakshakes.
3 Chin Chin Labs, Camden & Soho
Chin Chin Labs like their ice cream served with a side of science, creating madcap ice cream brownie sandwiches and warm marshmallow-stuffed cones filled with nitro-frozen ice cream. Try the Black Sesame Killer Cone with creamy vegan ice cream that tastes like black sesame cake and frosting, served in a marshmallow-stuffed, hand-rolled vanilla waffle cone, or the Caramel Ice Cream Pie with Burnt Butter Caramel ice cream, a layer of sticky banana jam and buttery biscuit base, served by the slice and brûléed to order.
4 Bake, China Town
Bake on Wardour Street serves up all sorts of novel, Far Eastern influenced treats, taking you on a gastro tour of baked goodies from Malaysia to Korea. Their latest Insta-hit is their take on a Japanese Taiyaki – a fish-shaped cake – filled with vanilla or matcha soft serve ice cream, or a swirly mix of both. They also serve ice cream in last year big Instagram phenomenon – the waffle cone.
9 Wardour Street, Soho W1D 6PF; chinatown.co.uk
5 Doughnut Time, Soho
Doughnut Time is serving up ice cream stuffed doughnuts this summer – what’s not to love? Choose from the Vanilla Ice, with vanilla ice cream, hundreds & thousands sprinkles and a Cadbury Flake, the Feeling Salty with salted caramel ice cream swirled with fudge pieces, topped with Cadbury Crunchie crumb and salted mini pretzels, or the Triopic Like It’s Hot, with mango and passionfruit frozen yoghurt, crushed meringue and a drizzle of passionfruit coulis.
21 Great Windmill Street W1D 7LB; doughnuttime.co.uk
6 Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly
The Parlour, the decadent ice cream experience at Fortnum and Mason on Piccadilly serves scoops, sundaes and ice cream floats, as well as a knickerbocker glory that’s been popular since 1955. You can even build your own sundae with up to three of your favourite scoops, adding your pick of sauces, toppings and sides. Delicious flavours include Coconut and Chocolate, Chocolate and Cashew, and Avocado and Lime. Artisan coffee, hot chocolate, open sandwiches, wine and champagne are also on offer.
181 Piccadilly, St James’s W1A 1ER; fortnumandmason.com
7 Ladurée, Burlington Arcade
If any old ice cream just won’t cut it, then head to Ladurée at Burlington Arcade in Piccadilly. It’s famous for its exquisite French macarons, which are wonderful as they are, but come summer, they serve ice cream cups in flavours like rose, pistachio and caramel, all topped with one of the glorious little meringue-based discs. Alternatively, you can pick up a macaron ice cream sandwich, in either cocoa-caramel with fleur de sel or strawberry flavour.
71/72 Burlington Arcade W1J 0QX; burlingtonarcade.com
8 Amorino, various locations
You’ll spot Amorino branches all over central London in places like Soho, Chelsea, Covent Garden and Notting Hill, and there’s a reason for that. The menu has every flavour you could think of, from chocolate to banana to organic Sicilian citrus, in the form of dolci, macaroons and sorbet drinks. Amorino was Founded in 2002 by two childhood friends, Christiano and Paolo, who are both committed to providing traditional Italian gelato with no artificial colourings or flavours, just ice cream that’s churned everyday in a typical Italian fashion.
9 Pan-n-Ice, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush
Pan-n-Ice makes seriously Instagrammable ice cream rolls, inspired by the way ice cream is rolled out and served as a low-calorie treat in Thailand. Available at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, the ice cream rolls come in fun flavours including Matcha Doing Later (a non-dairy option made using a coconut ice cream base, matcha, strawberries and blueberries), Avo Laugh (another non-dairy option with a coconut ice cream base, coconut and avocado), and Kinky Kinder (made with British dairy ice cream base, Kinder Beuno, Ferrero Roche and salted caramel crunch).
10 Biscuiteers, Battersea
Biscuiteers Icing Café in south west London now offers an artisan biscuit-topped ice cream. Scoop flavours including classics such as chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, as well as salted caramel and strawberry sorbet, all served in a waffle cone and topped with a lovingly baked and carefully hand-iced Biscuiteers biscuit.
13 Northcote Road, Battersea SW11 1NG; biscuiteers.com