Fancy cooling off with a frozen treat? Here’s where to find the best ice cream in London
Words Annabel Fuller and Philippa Thomas
Summer in the city is never complete without a dollop or two of ice cream, and now is a good as time as any to scout out some of the capital’s finest scoops. From basil gelato to mojito sorbet, here are some of the best offerings from London’s coolest parlours.
The Best Ice Cream in London
Have your say in which flavours are on offer at Udderlicious’ Islington and Covent Garden parlours. Every month, customers are encouraged to cast their vote online as to which scoops appear in the freezers. This month pickings include Malt & Crushed Maltesers, Birthday Cake, and Chocolate Peanut Butter.
British fare with Italian flair. Made using local ingredients and traditional Italian methods, over 50 gelato flavours are on the menu at Snowflake Gelato. You’re guaranteed to find something you like. They are now also offering home delivery for those who want to enjoy their scoops from the comfort of their own sofas.
Experiment with your flavours with Milk Train. Their Covent Garden concept store allows customers to create their own unique ice cream by swirling their creamy base with a variety of mix-ins. Alternatively, try their pre-made travel-inspired collection with flavours including Mango Sticky Rice (Thailand) and Victoria Sponge Cake (UK).
Born in Italy, bred in London, La Gelateria offers its own take on the age-old delicacy. Hand-crafted with 100% natural ingredients, each batch of gelato is made with love. Serving unique flavours such as honey, rosemary and orange zest and basil and chilli, you’ll want to keep coming back until you’ve tried them all.
Put on some lockdown pounds? Fear not with Greedy Goat. This parlour nestled in the heart of Borough Market differs from the mainstream by offering up goat’s milk ice cream. This makes each scoop lower in calories and fat than their bovine counterparts. Greedy Goat are also bucking the trend by being the first UK ice cream retailers to use 100% recyclable glass jars as packaging.
With 13 parlours across London, Amorino has become a staple on the capital’s ice cream scene. Serving the most Instagrammable ice cream flowers, Amorino is also a front-runner when it comes to exotic vegan flavours. The green-hued Lime & Basil and the sweet and exotic Banana Nanica are crowd favourites. Each flower can be made with as many flavours as you like, so try them all!
The Knot Churros
If ice cream alone does not satisfy your sweet tooth, The Knot offers ‘Chilled Churros’. These fantastical creations combine two cinnamon churros with soft-serve ice cream and an amalgamation of sugary toppings including crushed Oreos and candyfloss.
Ruby Violet is a wholesome ice cream parlour serving a delicious mix of modern classics. From choc chip to the refreshingly modern Mojito sorbet, this ever-changing menu has something for everyone.
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