We’ve got the scoop on classic and contemporary ice cream parlours in the capital to bring you the best ice cream in London.
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An all-time classic, the knickerbocker glory is the original British ice cream sundae. With only a few places still offering this retro pudding, our favourite is Morelli’s Gelato which has a shop in Covent Garden and one on Portobello Road. Made with soft, flavourful gelato, the sundaes are a clear hit at Morelli’s.
If you don’t fancy the Glory, choose one of the other sundaes on their menu – their most popular is the Morelli’s Bacio which is made with vanilla ice cream, hazelnut ice cream, chocolate sauce, nuts and whipped cream and served with a wafer, chocolate stick and warm hazelnut-flavoured chocolate.
Remember the excitement of hearing the ice cream van and running out to buy a 99? The machine itself made the classic ice cream which was served in a cone. Although soft serve ice cream is hard to make at home, luckily for us, some ice cream parlours are now whipping up a treat.
Gelupo gives the classic childhood favourite a bit of a makeover with a range of changing flavours. Serving traditional and modern flavour combinations, this Italian gelateria has a tiny shop on Archer Street in Soho which is always busy. For gelato hunters, a particular favourite among visitors is the Ricotta and Sour Cherry gelato.
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Ice cream sandwiches were once only available in New York, but are now sweeping the UK. With a big scoop of ice cream nestled between two cookies, this is a highly comforting (and calorific) dessert.
Europe’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour, ChinChin has a shop in Camden and has just opened another in the heart of Soho. Offering delicious desserts and incredible ice creams, people regularly queue out the door. With a specials menu that changes weekly, we can’t decide which is our favourite but we love their ice cream sandwich.
Who says lactose intolerance or a nut allergy has to stop you from enjoying a delicious ice cream? More and more parlours now offer dairy-free sorbets, but what about other allergies, intolerances and dietary requirements?
For a vegan-friendly ice cream parlour with a full free-from range for allergy sufferers, look no further than Yorica. With shops in Notting Hill and Soho, you’re in for a treat with their range of ice creams, shakes and frozen yoghurts.
With a shop in Islington and another in Covent Garden, visitors say Udderlicious sells the best ice cream in London. Each month, customers vote for their favourite flavours which are then added to the menu, which means each shop sells a different choice of flavours. There’s always something new to enjoy and all ice creams and sorbets, some of which are dairy-free, are made on-site.
Creating bespoke ice creams, sorbets and frozen delights, Ruby Violet is located in Tufnell Park and has a second shop in King’s Cross. Pop in for a refreshing treat – visitors recommend the salted caramel ice cream and the gin and tonic sorbet, although perhaps not in the same tub.
Offering some of the creamiest, tastiest gelato outside of Italy, Lab G is a small, informal ice cream parlour in Brixton. Recommended by locals, the shop isn’t afraid to experiment with different flavours of gelato and sorbet. Alongside its popular classic flavours, a recent tasty addition to the menu is the Bloody Mary sorbet.
We love cooling off with a yummy ice cream in summer and London is the perfect place to try some fantastic flavours and experiment with the exotic. So if you’re sauced from sightseeing, stop off at one of the capital’s ice cream parlours and indulge in some of the best ice cream in London.
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