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WHERE TO CELEBRATE CHOCOLATE WEEK IN LONDON

Good news for fans of the sweet stuff… the UK’s biggest chocolate event will take place during 12 – 18 October for National Chocolate Week. To celebrate, many of London’s top restaurants will be offering special cocoa-themed menus this year. Here are eight places to get your chocolate fix

1. Chocolate Afternoon Tea at the Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge

It’s chocolate heaven at the Bulgari hotel this October. French delicacies, tarts, madeleines, macarons, and chocolate-chip scones will feature on the afternoon tea menu, but if you’d rather leave feeling virtuous, there’s a healthier option too.  A gluten, nut, dairy and refined sugar–free cocoa, ginger and yuzu cake will also be available from the pastry counter. The all-chocolate experience will be available until November 15th, priced at £35pp. The cake is £8. 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW, bulgarihotels.com/london

Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Head to the Bulgari Hotel for the Chocolate Afternoon Tea

2. Four courses of chocolate at Coq D’Argent, Bank

This City restaurant has created a special four-course menu, and chocolate will feature in each dish. Wild roe deer with parsnip puree, poached pear, cranberries and cacao sauce as well as roasted quail with coco nibs are two of the unique savoury options. As for pudding? A chocolate sphere will be Coq d’Argent’s dessert special all week. 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ, coqdargent.co.uk

Coq d’Argent will serve a four-course chocolate menu

Coq d’Argent will serve a four-course chocolate menu featuring this spherical dessert

3. Chocolate madeleine’s at Halva, Fulham

This independent bakery has only been open a few months, and it’s celebrating National Chocolate Week with a firm French favourite – chocolate madeleines. Priced at £1 each, there’s freshly-based treats are sure to be a hit with Fulham locals. 771 Fulham Rd, SW6 5HA, halvabakery.co.uk

Madeleines at Halva

Madeleines at Halva

4. Bottomless chocolate mousse at Le Restaurant de Paul, Tower 42

This newly opened restaurant from bakery brand Paul has got just the thing for the chocolate-obsessed. Throughout the week, diners can enjoy bottomless Mousse au Chocolat a Volonte (£6.50) which means eating as many servings of this irresistible dessert as you like, at any time of day. Tower 42, Ground Floor, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ, paul-uk.com

chocolate mousse

Le Restaurant de Paul will offer diners bottomless Mousse au Chocolat a Volonte throughout Chocolate Week

5. The Temptation Wheel at The Savoy, The Strand

Just in time for National Chocolate Week, The Savoy has launched its Temptation Wheel – a decadent menu of gourmet chocolate, desserts and cocktails. The hotel’s executive pastry chef, Ludwig Hely, sourced some of the finest and rarest chocolate from around the world to create a selection of 12 chocolates and 12 desserts. With the help of the Beaufort Bar team, each chocolate and dessert combination has also been matched with a blended cocktail. Salted Caramel Verrine – a milk chocolate mousse with caramelized popcorn and salted caramel cremeux – and Chocolate Decadence – a chocolate fondue with seasonal fruit skewers – are two of the highlights. The Strand, WC2R 0EU, fairmont.com/the-savoy-london

The Savoy's Temptation Wheel

Find the chocolate for you on The Savoy’s Temptation Wheel

6. Chocolate set menu at Paternoster Chop House, St Paul’s

Chocolate will take centre stage in the three-course set menu here, which will include potted shrimps, cocoa butter and lava salt with spiced plum followed by roasted venison with red cabbage and ‘chocolate’ sauce. Dark chilli hot chocolate with Dulcey Namelaka white chocolate sorbet will complete this cocoa feast. 1, Warwick Court, Paternoster Row, EC4M 7DX , paternoster.chophouse.co.uk

Paternoster Chop House will serve a chocolate set menu

The chilli hot chocolate at Paternoster Chop House 

7. Chocolate and truffles at Maze, Mayfair

Love truffles (of the mushroom variety?) Gordon Ramsay’s iconic Mayfair restaurant will be adding a unique savory and sweet dessert to its menu – a chocolate and truffle dish. It almost looks too good to eat. 10 – 13 Grosvenor Square, W1K 6JP, gordonramsayrestaurants.com/maze

chocolate truffle

The ultimate chocolate truffle at Maze in Mayfair

8. Free chocolate tasting at Alexeeva & Jones, Westbourne Grove

This doesn’t quite qualify as a restaurant, but this event is definitely one for chocoholics. Westbourne Grove store Alexeeva & Jones is hosting a free chocolate-tasting event on 12 October at 6.30pm. As part of ‘The International Battle of the Ganaches,’ the shop will ask participants to rate a selection of artisan chocolates. The winning choc will then be available at 25% off for the rest of the week.  Attendees will also be given a 10% discount across the range of artisan products on the night. 297 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA, alexeevajones.com

Alexeeva & Jones chocolate shop

Alexeeva & Jones will host ‘The International Battle of the Ganaches’

9. Duke of York Square’s Chocolate Market, Chelsea

Taste some of the most luxurious artisanal chocolate chosen by Chelsea institution Partridges at this year’s market. Look out for sweet treats from Prestat, superfood brand Doisy and Dam, drinking chocolate creator Sir Hans Sloane, as well as Nom Nom, Churros Garcia plus Basil and Hope. Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY, dukeofyorksquare.com

hocolate truffles

Sample some of the best chocolate truffles around at Duke of York Square’s chocolate market

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