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. (Plus another 7 here if you want to see an updated list)
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 hot chocolate. Made with shaved chocolate, topped with chocolate cream and sprinkled with chocolate flakes. It’s definitely one for the chocolate lovers.
with a 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 caramel stuff, marshmallow is then piped around the rim and toasted until golden brown. Buy a cookie too to dip in the marshmallowy goodness!
with a dark, milk and white covered cup.
Imagine a place where the staff smother the cup you’re going to drink from 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 as that cup is asking to be scraped clean (or licked if no-ones looking!)
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…
with a 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. You can see a full behind the scenese of this hot chocolate here.
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 super thick and it’s topped with a generous squirt of cream. More of a pudding than a drink.
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.
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. There’s sea salt, cinnamon, chilli or ginger. The world is your chocolate oyster!
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.
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.
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.
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 you’re 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?
181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER www.fortumandmason.com
If you want a true Parisian hot chocolate in the centre of London then look no further than Laduree. This famous bakery is known for its macaroons and what best to go with one than this hot chocolate. Don’t be fooled by it’s thinner consistency than some of the others, it seriously packs a punch.
P.S Don’t forget to check out my updated post 7 more hot chocolates to drink in London.