13 Hot Chocolates You Must Drink in London

London has some amazing places to get a hot chocolate nowadays. No longer is it brown, over sweet water, but a thick, luxurious, decadent treat. From marshmallow fluff overload to chocolate drenched cups here are 13 hot chocolates you MUST drink in London. 1. Classic Hot Chocolate, Hotel Chocolat with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate flakes… Read More »

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London has some amazing places to get a hot chocolate nowadays. No longer is it brown, over sweet water, but a thick, luxurious, decadent treat. From marshmallow fluff overload to chocolate drenched cups here are 13 hot chocolates you MUST drink in London.

1. Classic Hot Chocolate, Hotel Chocolat

with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate flakes

We all know Hotel Chocolat is a place you go if you’re ever in need of some posh chocs. Well, it turns out that a few of their stores in London (and around the UK) also have a cocoa cafe serving freshly made cakes and of course hot chocolate. Made with shaved chocolate, topped with chocolate cream and sprinkled with chocolate flakes – it’s definitely one for the chocolate lovers.

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Hotel Chocolat,4 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9HB www.hotelchocolat.com

 

2. Sea Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, Fatties Bakery

with toasted marshmallow rim

Fatties Bakery are famous in London for their sea salt laden creations.  Whether it’s in a chewy toffee or oozing out of a brownie; now they have put it in a hot chocolate. Not only is the thick, silky chocolate laden with the salty caramelly stuff,  marshmallow is piped around the rim and toasted until golden brown. Either eat all the marshmallow first, eat a bit to make way for the chocolate or buy a cookie and mop up the marshmallowy goodness!

13 Hot Chocolates You Must Drink in London - The ultimate list for any hot chocolate lover. More details on www.notsobasiclondon.com
Fatties Bakery, 126 Druid St, Bermondsey, London SE1 2HH www.fattiesbakery.com

 

3. Milk Hot Chocolate, SAID Dal 1923

with a dark, milk and white covered cup

Imagine a place where the staff smother the cup in molten milk, dark and white chocolate before pouring the chocolate into the cup. Well, that’s exactly what magic you can expect at SAID. The chocolate is so thick that leaving it for a few minutes means you get a layer of thick chocolate skin on the top! Be sure you get a spoon too, that cup is asking to be scraped clean (or licked if no-ones looking!)

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41 Broadwick St, Carnaby, London W1F 9QL www.said.it

 

4. Nutella Hot Chocolate, Cereal Killer Cafe

with whipped cream, Nutella rim, coco pops, Oreos and chocolate sauce

The phenomenon that is the Cereal Killer cafe not only does every cereal you can imagine, but does hot chocolate creations like you’ve never seen before. We’re talking Nutella, whipped cream, cereals, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. Overloaded so much it spilling out of the sides. No more talking, just look at that…

13 Hot Chocolates You Must Drink in London - The ultimate list for any hot chocolate lover. More details on www.notsobasiclondon.com
Cereal Killer Cafe,139 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB www.cerealkillercafe.com

 

5. Valrhona Hot Chocolate, Chin Chin Labs
with toasted marshmallow top

Right in the centre of Camden Market is Chin Chin Labs known for their crazy ice creams made with liquid nitrogen. What most people don’t know is they do these EPIC hot chocolates.  If you manage to get underneath a CRAZY amount of toasted marshmallow fluff, you’ll find a hot chocolate that rich, thick and creamy. A spoon is definitely required and wet wipes are also a must for the sticky marshmallowy fingers.

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49-50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF www.chinchinlabs.com

 

6. Traditional Hot Chocolate, Venchi
with whipped cream

If you’re walking around Covent Garden and looking for somewhere for a hot drink then Venchi is the place.   The chocolate is thick, not runny and it’s topped with a generous squirt of cream. More of a pudding than a drink; in a good way!

13 Hot Chocolates You Must Drink in London - The ultimate list for any hot chocolate lover. More details on www.notsobasiclondon.com
18, Covent Garden, 40 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8RB, www.venchi.com

 

7. Classic Hot Chocolate, Dark Sugars

with milk, dark and white chocolate shavings

Walk into Dark Sugars on Brick Lane, and you will be surrounded by every flavour chocolate truffle you can ever imagine. Once you think you’ve reached chocolate heaven, step to the counter and ask for a hot chocolate. Once it’s poured into the cup, milk, dark and white chocolate is hand cut and piled on top before serving. Either eat before you drink or stir into the hot liquid for an extra chocolate hit.

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141 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB, www.darksugars.co.uk

 

8. Aztec Hot Chocolate, Paul A Young

with choice of spices to add

Inside artisan chocolatier Paul A Young, you will find a saucepan full of molten chocolate. Ask a member of staff who will pour it into your own takeaway cup and top it up with your choice of spices. We’re talking sea salt, cinnamon, chilli or ginger. The world is your chocolate oyster!

13 Hot Chocolates You Must Drink in London - The ultimate list for any hot chocolate lover. More details on www.notsobasiclondon.com
143 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8WA www.paulayoung.co.uk

 

9. Long and Frothy Hot Chocolate, Ruby Violet

Ruby Violets has taken DIY to the next level. Order a long and frothy and you get to pour hot milk into molten chocolate and watch it come life. Order a short and intense, and you’ll get a cup of pure liquid chocolate to drink on its own. Depending on how much you like the sweet stuff, you’ve got two good options.  Not to mention it’s probably one of the prettiest cups you’ll ever drink out of.

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118 Fortess Rd, London NW5 2HL www.rubyviolet.co.uk

 

10. Godiva Hot Chocolixir, Godiva Cafe

with milky foam top

Godiva is one of the most well-known chocolatiers in the world and people go just to Harrods to visit their chocolate cafe. As well as chocolate cakes, chocolate fondues and chocolate shots, their chocolixir comes in a choice milk, dark or white with frothy milk on top. It’s super sweet and super delicious and if your shopping and feeling like a treat, it’s one to visit.

13 Hot Chocolates You Must Drink in London - The ultimate list for any hot chocolate lover. More details on www.notsobasiclondon.com
Harrods, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1QF www.godivachocolates.co.uk

 

11. Pauls Classic Hot Chocolate, PAUL Bakery

with mini pain au chocolate for dunking

Ordering a hot chocolate at Paul’s is like getting a sandwich at subway. You can’t go in there without ordering one. This cup of chocolate is their signature treat and it’s not hard to see why being so luxurious. Get a croque madame, a hot chocolate and a mini pain au chocolate for dunking. Seriously that’s all you’ll ever need in life.

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29 Bedford St, London WC2E 9ED, www.paul-uk.com

 

12. Artisan Milk Hot Chocolate, Fortnum & Mason
with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

Fortnum’s is a pretty spectacular place, and to say you’ve eaten or drunk in there is a luxury in itself! If your shopping, browsing or trying to snag some tasters at the cheese counter,  a good place to end is at The Parlour. The chocolate curls are melted into hot milk, topped with cream and served with any extras you want like a flake or marshmallows. It’s deliciously super sweet and come on, that’s one fancy looking hot chocolate right?

13 Hot Chocolates You Must Drink in London - The ultimate list for any hot chocolate lover. More details on www.notsobasiclondon.com
181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER www.fortumandmason.com

 

13. Classic French Hot Chocolate, Laduree

If you want a true Parisian hot chocolate in the centre of London, look no further than Laduree. This famous bakery is known for it’s macaroons and what best to go with one than this dessert in a cup. Don’t be fooled by it’s thinner consistency than some of the others, it seriously packs a punch.

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Covent Garden, 1 The Market, London WC2E 8RA www.laduree.com