We would like to start this article with a quick disclaimer: if you are not a chocolate-lover, this is perhaps not the place for you.
Whether you like it rich and dark or creamy and smooth, we have decided to ferret out London’s most delectable chocolate dishes, from rich fondants to indulgent cakes – and even a cocktail.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N
This rich, indulgent dessert is a chocoholic’s dream, served with peanut butter ganache, vanilla ice cream and praline crunch. Think of an incredibly fancy Snickers bar, with the added bonus of stunning views of the city from the 40th floor of Heron Tower.
1 Upper James Street, Soho, W1F
You may recognise this entry from its Instagram reputation. A gold-dusted, hollow chocolate ball is presented to diners, which then disintegrates in front of their eyes as the hot chocolate sauce is poured on. Left behind is a mouth-watering chocolate Jivara mousse, chocolate brownie, berries and a passionfruit and orange jelly. Divine.
11 Woodstock Street, Mayfair, W1C
If you prefer your chocolate white and light, as opposed to rich and dark, you cannot go wrong with Neo Bistro’s white chocolate panna cotta. This delicate and creamy take on a chocolate pudding is served with a sweet strawberry sorbet in the cosy, rustic surroundings of Neo Bistro.
15-17 Broadwick Street, Soho, W1F
There are so many dishes to savour at this Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, but you would be missing out if you didn’t round your meal off with their so-called ‘chocolate pebble.’ This is their signature Alto el sol chocolate served four ways: a light mousse, a brownie, a liquid chocolate sauce and a crunchy cocoa nib nougatine. We’ll just wait here while you make your reservation.
Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, Hammersmith, W6
Not all chocolate cakes are made equal, and this particular one is so sinful that a trip to confession may be in order after dinner. The aptly-named Chocolate Nemesis is River Café’s signature dessert and has spawned several copycats and pale imitations, but you cannot get better than the original. Part sponge, part mousse; one reviewer described being brought to tears of joy by this pudding, so bring your appetite and maybe some Kleenex.
24 Greek Street, Soho, W1D
Bao is a trend that seems to be here to stay, but there’s one kind of steamed bun you may not have tried yet: the chocolate-filled kind. Now, this particular confection is not for the faint of heart, as it contains both pig’s blood and chilli, as well as chocolate so be warned. Bun House itself is full of Cantonese delicacies, served in an authentic setting.
7 Archer Street, Soho, W1D
In this glorious summer heat, few things hit the spot as well as an ice cream. If you want to amp up your refreshing, frozen treat game, you should try the Bitter Chocolate Sorbet at Gelupo. This artisan gelateria opened in 2010 and their sorbet is a sophisticated step above your common chocolate ice cream. Enjoy it in a cone or in a cup but, most importantly, enjoy it quickly - this heat may lead to premature melting.
65 Rivington Street, EC2A
If your commitment to chocolate extends beyond merely eating it, we may have found you the perfect cocktail. The Fontana at Callooh Callay is concocted of Bulleit Bourbon, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Chinotto, Fernet Branca, chocolate and anise. Definitely not designed for a cocktail rookie, we recommend rationing these to one per night. OK, maybe two.
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