A fried chicken serve, macaron gelato and a frozen high-tea; the capital has gone crazy for ice cream. This is what you need to be eating for National Ice Cream Day this weekend

Words Annabel Fuller 

Ice cream is a necessity for summer in the city, and London’s parlours definitely do not disappoint. From fried chicken and alcohol-infused serves to vegan-friendly treats, whatever your taste, we’ve found something for you. These are the London ice cream parlours and pop-ups to check out now.  

Snowflake Gelato 

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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, but if you really can’t, they’ll make a custom flavour just for you.



Best ice-cream in London

In honour of National Ice Cream Day, west London’s Fuller Smith & Turner has devised a pop-up “House of Ice-cream” menu. On it are both sweet and savoury varieties, with choices including buffalo milk ice cream with fries and fried chicken, topped with hot sauce, as well as vegan options. More traditional flavours are available at the build-your-own ice cream station, where alcohol-infused floats and ice-cream macaroons can be topped with gummy bears, popping candy and more.  


La Gelatiera

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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. 



Best ice-cream in London

French restaurant, tea room and macaron specialist, Ladurée is celebrating National Ice Cream Day with a collection of 12 delicious ice creams and sorbets limited to the United Kingdom. Available at all London stores, they’ll be serving delicious scoops of Parisian deliciousness in flavours such as rose of Damascus and vanilla bourbon. 


Bluebird Cafe 

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To honour National Ice Cream Day in the most British way possible, Halo Top has joined forces with Bluebird Cafe to create a frozen afternoon tea. Putting a unique twist on the British staple, Halo Top has added their standout flavours to classic cakes and pastries for a completely unique culinary concept. 



Best ice-cream in London

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!


Ruby Violet

Best ice-cream in London

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. 


Canvas Cafe 

Best ice-cream in London

What a time to be alive for vegans. Canvas Cafe on Brick Lane creates Insta-worthy freak shakes that are 100% vegan, 100% delicious. Created with soy rather than dairy, theses crazy shakes are indistinguishable from their non-vegan counterparts. Available in Chocolate Hazelnut, Raspberry and a seasonal flavour, not only are these treats a must-try, they are also free of gluten and refined sugar.  


Gelato Venchi

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Move over chocolate and strawberry, this summer Venchi – maker of authentic Italian gelato – is adding new and exciting flavours to their already extensive menu. Available at all five stores across London, delicious new serves range include a tropical lychee sorbet, a tangerine and passionfruit sorbet and Piedmont plum.