As we all know by now, stressed spelled backwards is desserts, and more than a fact this is an excuse that all dessert lovers use to indulge in a hearty sugary treat every once in a while (or more!). Here are 10 places in London where you can satisfy your sweet tooth, and fulfil your heart’s deepest dessert desires.
1. Chin Chin Ice Cream
What started as a tiny decrepit ice cream store in Camden Town, is now one of the most popular dessert parlours in London with 3 locations. Their original Camden location, however, remains a local favorite. Their claim to fame was the fact that all their ice-cream is churned using liquid nitrogen – right in front of you! If you’re visiting during the colder months, then opt for their famous hot chocolate. Cost for two is about £15.
Straight from the heart of Paris comes this popular gelateria, located in Old Compton street. You will most likely have to queue up to get inside the store, but once you’re in, do not rush yourself and try the various flavours on offer before deciding your pick. If you’re feeling over indulgent, then get a macaroon add on, and we can bet you’ll be in dessert heaven. Cost for two will average at £20 – is it steep? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
3. The Hummingbird Bakery
The Hummingbird Bakery in Notting Hill prides itself as the home of authentic and quality American baking. With six branches in London and Surrey, this is the place you should go if you’re craving some delicious cupcakes. Average cost for two will be around £15.
4. Peggy Porschen Cakes
Granted, every cake is worthy of the gram, but if you want just that little bit of ‘extra’ vibes, then head to the ‘Insta famous’ Peggy Porschen Cakes in Belgravia. Their pink parlour, their exquisitely designed cupcakes and their delicious cookies will have you whipping out your phone and you might just get a good shot for your gram – provided you haven’t devoured the irresistible dessert already! Cost for two comes up to £20.
5. Cookies and Scream
Located in Holloway Road, Cookies and Scream is a dream come true for vegans. It offers a delicious range of cookies, brownies, pies, donuts and thick ‘Scream’ shakes – all of which is completely diary, egg, wheat and gluten free. Whether you’re vegan or not, their cookies will keep you coming back for more.
6. Cafe Godiva
If you’re a true chocolate lover, then you know what level of prestige Belgian chocolate holds in the chocolate world. Godiva is synonymous with Belgium, and this cafe brings the best offerings of Godiva Chocolatier to London. It features decadent truffles, melting fondues and rich chocolate drinks all using the finest ingredients. Located on the second floor of Harrods, this is the right place to take a chocolaty break from shopping. Cost for two averages at £30.
Known for their distinctive macaroons, Laduree is the place to go if you want to experience a bit of French luxury in London. This Covent Garden dessert parlour offers a fine selection of pastries, macaroons, ice-cream and viennoiseries. If you find it tough to make a choice, then opt for their afternoon tea session, and enjoy a curated menu featuring some of their best goods.
Any compilation of dessert places would be incomplete without a waffle place. Wafflemeister is a hole in the wall kinda store on Oxford Street that is must stop during your shopping trip. Their menu is simple, offering handmade Belgian waffles, shakes, gelato and coffee, and they’re quite easy on your pockets with cost for two generally averaging at £10.
9. Maître Choux
Get your eclair and choux fix at this cute little store in South Kensington. The three Michelin starred chef bakes incredible and unique creations that are updated regularly on the menu to feature seasonal influences. The afternoon tea session will allow you to indulge in their most exciting eclairs and choux paired with Laurent Perrier Champagne.
10. Dark Sugars
Dark Sugars is a cocoa lovers heaven. This Brick Lane store is about the journey of cocoa bean from ‘tree to tummy’ as they like to put it. Here you can feast upon a variety of freshly rolled truffles, vegan chocolates, chocolate pearls, fruits dipped in chocolate, pitch black hot chocolate…and then some more chocolate!