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London’s Best Ice Cream Parlours

Lead image: Four Hundred Rabbits, Crystal Palace

CENTRAL & WEST LONDON

The Ice Cream Parlour at Fortnum and Mason
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 W1A 1ER; fortnumandmason.com

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

Snowflake Gelato, various locations
Snowflake Gelato – made from raw organic Jersey milk from a Somerset family farm and pure spring water from the famous rock strata of the Wenlock mountains – has branches at Selfridges (where they have a fro-yo machine where you can build you own ice-cream cookies and all sorts of fabulous things), in Soho, Bayswater, Marble Arch and South Kensington. Choose from their extensive menu of ice-cream by the scoop, sundaes, waffles, crepes, milkshakes and more. It’s all handmade daily by gelato chefs. Try the creme brulee or the honeycomb crunch flavours – delish!
snowflakegelato.co.uk

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

Amorino, various locations
You’ll spot Amorino branches all over central London, including Soho and Covent Garden, and there’s a reason for that – it’s irresistible! The menu has every flavour you could think of, from chocolate to Amarena cherry and organic Sicilian citrus, in the form of dolci, macaroons and sorbet drinks. As wholesome as the parlour itself is the story behind it; founded in 2002 by two childhood friends, Christiano and Paolo, who are both so committed to providing traditional Italian gelato that it is now a worldwide franchise. They promise absolutely no artificial colourings or flavours, just ice cream that’s churned everyday in a typical Italian fashion.
amorino.com

Four Winters, South Kensington
Ice cream expert Four Winters creates made-to-order ice cream from its Gloucester Road boutique. 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. New flavours are introduced each season, with summer 2019 specials including Rainbow Cake, Blueberry Mille Feuille and Raspberry Nutella. You can also create bespoke flavour fusions and add toppings and sauces to suite your cravings. They do shakes, too.
103 Gloucester Road, South Kensington SW7 4SZ; fourwinters.co

Gelupo, Soho
Since opening in 2010, Gelupo chefs have been using choice English and Italian produce to create their appetising selection of gelatos and sorbets fresh every day. Try the Peanut Butter Stracciatella, Pimm’s & Lemonade, Pink Grapefruit & Camparior chocolate gelato, which is actually a sorbet – not to make it ‘skinny’ but because as a sorbet it’s even more chocolatey. There are plenty of vegan options and the parlour stays open till midnight on Friday and Saturday night and 11pm during the week, including Sunday!
7 Archer Street, Soho W1D 7AU; gelupo.com

Unico Gelato Caffe, various locations
Originally Gelato Mio, Unico Gelato Caffe whips up authentic gelato from Bologna in Italy, as well as cakes, coffee, pastries and space to catch your breath in this chaotic city. Their range is impressive, with Classic Flavours such as milk and dark chocolate, salted caramel, vanilla and hazelnut, as well as Gourmet Flavours including crema Bologna, Americano and panna cotta. Vegan flavours are on offer too. Do try the affogato – with pistachio ice cream should the mood take you – it’s wonderful!
unicogelatocaffe.co.uk

Oddono’s, Chiswick & South Kensington
If gelato is the mission, make sure you stop by Oddono’s to get a scoop (or two). With branches across London – because you should never be far away from good ice cream – Oddono’s is passionate about its quality and homemade aesthetic, serving up fresh, natural gelato. Take delight in over 100 different ice cream flavours and sorbets such as cinnamon, basil, vodka lemon, honey, chocolate ginger, pistachio, and mango.
159 Chiswick High Road W4 2DT & 14 Bute Street, South Kensington SW7 3EX; oddonos.com

SOUTH WEST LONDON

Oddono’s, Battersea & Wimbledon
With multiple locations around London, Oddono’s knows how to do good gelato. Produced from scratch on a daily basis, using in-house recipes and adding each ingredient individually, Oddono’s needs to be high on your list of gelato hotspots. Make sure to try the salted caramel gelato, especially in the summer heat, and the pistachio is a delight too.
69 Northcote Road, Battersea SW11 1NP & 52 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RQ; oddonos.com

Nardulli’s, Clapham
It’s hard to say no to Nardulli’s delicious ice cream. Nestled right next to a park and prepared from traditional recipes, Nardulli’s is the perfect choice on a hot summer’s day. On your way outside, stop by and grab a cone of one of their multiple flavours (we suggest either the Cookies or Nutella flavour).
29 The Pavement, Clapham Old Town SW4 0JE; nardulli.co.uk

Unico Gelato Caffe, various locations
Originally Gelato Mio, Unico Gelato Caffe whips up authentic gelato from Bologna in Italy, as well as cakes, coffee, pastries and space to catch your breath in this chaotic city. Their range is impressive, with Classic Flavours such as milk and dark chocolate, salted caramel, vanilla and hazelnut, as well as Gourmet Flavours including crema Bologna, Americano and panna cotta. Vegan flavours are on offer too. Do try the affogato – with pistachio ice cream should the mood take you – it’s wonderful!
495 Fulham Palace Road SW6 6SU; unicogelatocaffe.co.uk

Creams Café, Brixton
Creams Café, which has various locations across London, knows dessert. With crepes, waffles, gelato, sundaes and milkshakes on offer, it’s hard to know what to choose, but the Bubble Pop Waffles are always a treat. The gelato is always delicious and refreshing on a summer’s day, but each of the sundaes is a delight – and are perfect for Instagram. They have a vegan menu, too.
creamscafe.com

Afters, Tooting
Afters in Tooting is a destination. There you can turn a simple ice cream outing into a day well spent creating your very own sundae masterpiece with their wide selection of flavours. Not feeling ice cream? Try any of their other sweet treats, like their waffles, milkshakes and cakes.
41-45 Upper Tooting Road SW17 7TR; aftersoriginal.co.uk

London's best ice-cream parlours: Oddono's

Oddono’s

SOUTH EAST LONDON

Oddono’s, East Dulwich
If gelato is the mission, make sure you stop by Oddono’s to get a scoop (or two). With branches across London – because you should never be far away from good ice cream – Oddono’s is passionate about its quality and homemade aesthetic, serving up fresh, natural gelato. Take delight in over 100 different ice cream flavours and sorbets such as cinnamon, basil, vodka lemon, honey, chocolate ginger, pistachio, and mango.
147 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HX; oddonos.com

Chin Chin Labs, Lewisham Model Market
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.
196 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LS; streetfeast.com

Four Hundred Rabbits, Crystal Palace
Style your own gelato with seasonal summer flavours of your choice at 400 Rabbits in Crystal Palace and Nunhead. Sample Brazil nut, salted caramel, bitter chocolate sorbet, cherry sorbet and strawberries with any topping or sauce. It’s the perfect place to create your own DIY Sundae at what is arguably one of the best ice cream destinations in south-east London. Kids are welcome, and the mouth-watering pizza, beer and coffee are available to go.
30-32 Westow Street, Crystal Palace SE19 3AH; 400rabbits.co.uk

Urban Ice Desserts, Woolwich
Urban Ice brings a twist on home-made Italian gelato, unique desserts and gourmet Cuban coffee to Woolwich. If you’re passionate about waffles, crêpes, gelato and some seriously stacked freakshakes (the Nutella Freakshake is killer, with a thick Nutella milkshake, roasted nuts, Nutella gelato in a waffle cone, finished with a Ferrero Rocher and whipped cream.
67 Woolwich New Road SE18 6ED; urban-ice.co.uk

Unico Gelato & Caffe, Bromley
Taste fresh and creamy Italian gelato, as well as hand-crafted croissants, pies, cakes at Unico in Bromley. Enjoy sipping a coffee or go for all-natural, healthy drinks and delectable snacks including vegan and organic options from this highly recommended ice cream destination. Vegan flavours are on offer too. Do try the affogato – with pistachio ice cream should the mood take you – it’s wonderful!
75 High Street, Bromley BR1 1JY; unicogelatocaffe.co.uk

Kaspas, Catford, Greenwich & Lewisham
A chain of exciting new dessert houses have surfaced on the sweets scene and they’re offering the best selection of hot and cold treats under one roof, with pretty reasonable prices. Try a classic Great Knickerbocker Glory or Very Cherry Sundae, or be more adventurous with the Bubblelicious, with bubblegum and strawberry gelato, topped off with soft vanilla ice cream, strawberry and bubblegum sauce, sprinkled with colorful sugar strands.
kaspas.co.uk

Creams Café, Bromley, Peckham & Woolwich
Creams Café, which has various locations across London, knows dessert. With crepes, waffles, gelato, sundaes and milkshakes on offer, it’s hard to know what to choose, but the Bubble Pop Waffles are always a treat. The gelato is always delicious and refreshing on a summer’s day, but each of the sundaes is a delight – and are perfect for Instagram. They have a vegan menu, too.
creamscafe.com

NORTH/NORTH WEST LONDON

Udderlicious, Islington        
Owned by an ice-cream obsessed couple with everything handmade in their cheery pastel painted store, this is the most popular spot for ice-cream in Angel. They offer copious wacky flavours, like avocado and stracciatella or chocolate and marmite, along with a range of ice-cream cakes. But what completely sells this colourful parlour is their excessive use of cloud laughter and unicorn tears in their products, as told by the owners themselves.
187 Upper Street, Islington N1 1RQ; udderlicious.co.uk

Ruby Violet, Tufnell Park
With a new branch just opened in King’s Cross and their original store straddling the border of Islington and Camden in Tufnell Park, this glitzy, bright pink and blue parlour is growing in momentum. Here you can get your hands on artisan, organic ice cream and sorbets that are all made by hand in store. Think spicy lime, salted caramel and purple pomegranate with the smell of whipped sugar and fruits floating about. The Ruby Violet mantra is ‘forget Botox, smiling is a free facial workout,’ and ice-cream is one of the best smile inducers.
118 Fortess Road, Tufnell Park NW5 2HL; rubyviolet.co.uk

Paul A Young, Camden
More obscure than the others on this list, this chocolatier serves the finest chocolate ice cream, on par with its bespoke chocolates. Snugly sat in Camden Passage, this store has a way with time, conjuring up thoughts of a time when chocolate was a luxury, afforded only to those with deep pockets. Also serving caramel and vanilla ice-cream, this award winning store – full of chocolaty delights and truffle treats – does not fail to impress.
33 Camden Passage N1 8EA; paulayoung.co.uk

Necco, Exmouth Market
This gem is hidden away inside Exmouth Market, serving native mini treats from a far away land. As a Japanese café bar, Necco’s menu includes traditional daifuku and mitarashi dango. Their ice cream mochi – green tea ice-cream wrapped in a mochi rice cake sheet – is one of their most delightful summer desserts and is also available gluten free. Their name is Japanese for ‘cat’, the lords of laid back, easy and indulgent, which is the exact experience they want you to have.
52-54 Exmouth Market EC1R 4QE; necco.co.uk

Oddono’s, Stoke Newington
If gelato is the mission, make sure you stop by Oddono’s to get a scoop (or two). With branches across London – because you should never be far away from good ice cream – Oddono’s is passionate about its quality and homemade aesthetic, serving up fresh, natural gelato. Take delight in over 100 different ice cream flavours and sorbets such as cinnamon, basil, vodka lemon, honey, chocolate ginger, pistachio, and mango.
42 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0LU; oddonos.com

Chin Chin Labs, Camden 
As experimental as it gets when it comes to ice cream, this parlour has their nitrogen lab on show to the public so you can see the greatness that goes into creating your bowl of happiness. Chin Chin Labs were Europe’s first liquid nitrogen ice-cream parlour, boasting technology that basically turns anything into a frozen ball of glory. Their ice-creams look as if they’ve been polished to perfection – luminous spheres of rich flavour with a sheen better than a new pair of patent shoes. The menu is ever-changing as one of the owners often wakes up in the middle of the night with new inspiration for possible flavour combinations. They even offer vegan ice-cream too.
49-50 Camden Lock Place NW1 8AF; chinchinlabs.com

London's best ice-cream parlours: Ruby Violet, Tufnell Park

Ruby Violet, Tufnell Park



 

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