If you’ve read the original list of 13 Hot Chocolates You Must Drink In London you’ll know London has some pretty epic ones around. Lucky for us there’s more, and here are another 7 hot chocolates you must drink in the capital!
with ube whipped cream.
Mamasons Dirty ice-cream is a funky little dessert shop in North London that does a range of Filipino treats including this very unusual ‘ube’ hot chocolate. Ube is a purple potato used widely in Filipino cooking and if you have never heard of it (like me!) don’t worry you’re definitely not alone. While it looks very pretty, let’s just say it is THE most unusual and interesting tasting hot chocolate you will ever come across. I genuinely can’t describe it, you seriously just have to taste it for yourself!
91 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8NY http://dirtyicecream.co.uk
with a marshmallow blossoming flower.
*Click to play video* Never did I EVER think I would be describing a drink as ‘theatrical’ but it turns out that’s exactly what I am doing. This beautiful hot chocolate from world famous bakery Dominique Ansel involves dropping a flower of marshmallow into decadent chocolate which actually blossoms in front of your eyes. If that wasn’t good enough already it melts down so a layer of thick gooey mallow sits on the top. My tip? Don’t stir it in cos’ every sip then on in will be super sweet and sticky. Style AND substance with this one. Just by Victoria train and coach station too if you’re hopping on a train or bus and fancy a treat first.
17-21 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RP http://www.dominiqueansellondon.com
Motcomb Street is a little road in uber swanky Belgravia that’s home to designer fashion, beauty and food. Christian Louboutin is there just to give you an idea! (The guy with the red-soled shoes that go for thousands of pounds!) Nestled in this small street is a quaint artisan chocolatier called Rococo who do luxury handmade chocolates and gifts to take away. What a lot of people don’t know is they also have a secret garden where you can enjoy one of their homemade hot chocolates snuggly outside. It always comes with a little piece of chocolate to enjoy too. A lovely little quiet corner of London that doesn’t feel like London at all!
5 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JU https://www.rococochocolates.com
with vegan coconut cream.
*Click to play video* Remember the toasted marshmallow hot chocolate from Chin Chin Labs in my 13 Hot Chocolates to Drink in London post and my Behind the scenes of London’s most decadent hot chocolate post? If you haven’t seen already it has a thick scoop of marshmallow fluff on top that’s toasted right in front you!! Delicious yes but unfortunately not any good for you guys who are vegan. Fortunately, the guys at Chin Chin Labs have created an alternative with the same great hot chocolate underneath but have put whipped coconut cream on top. Its so decadent and tasty, and never would you know it doesn’t contain dairy.
49-50 Camden Lock Place NW1 8AF http://www.chinchinlabs.com
… with marshmallow and a chocolate stick.
Chocywoccydodah are known for their extravagant, crazy and colourful cake creations located just off Oxford Street in their dedicated cake boutique. As well as their shop downstairs they also have a cafe upstairs with a full sweet menu and this signature hot chocolate is on there. In all honesty, it’s a little bit style over substance so don’t expect a cup of thick molten chocolate but a modest cup which has been decorated well and tastes like you would make at home. So, why have I included it on this list you might be thinking? Well not everyone wants a gourmet cup of chocolate and you may want something that’s a bit fun, colourful and a nice experience. Get there early. There’ll probably be a queue.
30-32 Foubert’s Pl, Carnaby, London W1F 7PS https://www.choccywoccydoodah.com
Elan cafe is small cafe tucked away on a corner of Londons very expensive Park Lane and it looks like an Instagrammers dream. They do beautiful cakes and pastries as well as silky, smooth Nutella, chilli and praline hot chocolates. If you’re lucky to get a table on the front you can people watch over towards the 5* Waldorf Hotel of which it overlooks. Remember I did say it’s on Park Lane and I did say 5* Waldorf Hotel so know if you are coming here just note it’s not going to be cheap!
48 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1PR http://www.elancafe.co.uk
Ever had affogato? Ice-cream with hot coffee poured over the top? Delish, right? Gelupo is an artisan Italian gelateria (say that when you’re drunk) and they do a similar version of this but instead of using coffee they pour hot chocolate over a big dollop of gelato. Best thing is you can choose whatever flavour you want and customise your own. The one above is mint choc chip but I was looking at the coconut too.
7 Archer St, Soho, London W1D 7AU http://www.gelupo.com
Don’t forget to check out the other 13 epic hot chocolates in London from this post if you haven’t seen it yet! x