We’re never guaranteed a scorching summer in our fair capital, so when we are lucky enough to get a hot and sunny day we’re obliged to make the most of it. For many this means rounding off a summer afternoon with a delicious ice cream. If you’re finding the city too hot and sticky and screaming for the cold and sweet stuff, here’s our guide to the best ice cream in London.
This Soho gelateria comes highly recommended and many consider it to be the best ice cream parlour in London. Gelupo boasts a huge selection of exciting flavours including blood orange, black pepper, and ricotta. It’s also worth checking out at other times of the year for limited-edition flavours like mulled wine and Christmas pudding during the festive season.
Open noon – 10.30pm Monday to Thursday, 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday and 10pm on Sunday.
7 Archer Street, Piccadilly Circus, W1D 7AU
This little artisanal gelato destination serves ice creams made only with the freshest seasonal ingredients and conjures up flavours like basil and chilli, Cornish blue cheese with walnuts, and Japanese black sesame. La Gelatiera also offers excellent coffee so it’s a great place to take a seat and linger. You can even take a tour of the ice cream “laboratory” to see where the magic happens.
Open 10am-11pm Monday-Wednesday, 10am-11.30pm Thursday-Saturday, and 11.30am-10.30pm on Sunday.
27 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4LA
Chin Chin Labs
If you’re already an old hand at trying out some of the more unusual flavours of gelato, it’s time to up the ante. Chin Chin Labs is a cross between gourmet ice cream parlour and mad scientist’s laboratory and is a must if you’re in need of some sweet refreshment in the Camden Lock area. Ice cream is made to order, freezing before your eyes with the help of liquid nitrogen and the flavours are equally exciting, including strawberry and hay and candied carrot with cream cheese.
Open noon-7pm every day.
49-50 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
Technically speaking, William Curley is a chocolatier and patisserie, but the ice cream selection is also not to be missed. The café in the flagship Belgravia boutique includes tempting ice creams such as sea salt caramel, white chocolate and miso, and green tea. For a truly decadent experience, consider the 5-course tasting menu at the dessert bar, which pairs ice cream with beautifully presented melt-in-the-mouth desserts.
Open 10am-6.30pm Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday.
198 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 8UN
Black Vanilla gelateria serves a huge selection of gelato flavours from its Greenwich ice cream parlour. If you’ve got a classic sweet tooth and flavours like black pepper and chilli make your stomach turn, this could be just the place for you. Take your pick from Turkish delight, maple and pecan, and stem ginger and honey and when you’re suitably sugared up, head up to the bar for a glass of champagne or artisan roasted coffee.
Open noon-6pm Monday-Friday and stays open an hour later on weekends.
5 College Approach, Greenwich, SE10 9HY