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London’s Best Hot Chocolates | 18 Great Places

London's Best Hot Chocolates


London has some incredible hot chocolates to indulge in.  From hot chocolate drowning in marshmallow fluff to hot chocolate made from purple potatoes, There’s NOTHING boring about these. I’ve rounded up some of the best ones to experience in the city. Here are 18 of London’s best hot chocolates.


1. Classic Hot Chocolate, Hotel Chocolat

As well as being one of the UK’s leading chocolate boutiques, in selected stores around London Hotel Chocolat have their very own cocoa cafe that does lots of chocolate treats including their speciality hot chocolate. It’s made by mixing shaved chocolate with hot milk and is topped with chocolate cream and sprinkled with chocolate flakes. It’s definitely one for the chocolate lovers!


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Double Choc Hot Chocolate from @hotelchocolat ???☕️

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



2. Triple Hot Chocolate, SAID Dal 1923

SAID DAL 1923 does THE most indulgent hot chocolate in London. If the hot chocolate wasn’t naughty enough, SAID take it one step further by covering the entire cup in three types of molten chocolate. Once you’ve finished your drink, don’t forget to lick the cup clean. Choose from milk, dark, white or gianduja (hazelnut) chocolate. This is my favourite one on my list of London’s best hot chocolates.

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



3. Ube Hot Chocolate, Mamason Dirty Ice-cream

Mamasons Dirty Ice-Cream is a funky little dessert shop that does a range of Filipino treats including their very unusual ‘ube’ hot chocolate. Ube is a purple potato used widely in Filipino cooking and they somehow make a fantastic hot chocolate from it.  It’s so pretty, it’s so purple and it’s probably THE most unusual and interesting hot chocolate you will ever come across.

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91 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8NY http://dirtyicecream.co.uk




4. Valrhona Hot Chocolate, Chin Chin Labs

Chin Chin Labs are known for their crazy ice cream combinations made using liquid nitrogen. However, in 2016 it was their epic hot chocolate that went viral all over the world.  Their hot chocolate has a thick Valrhona chocolate base that sits beneath a mountain of marshmallow fluff that’s toasted with a blow torch right before your eyes.  You can see a full behind the scenes feature of how this hot chocolate went viral here  

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



5. Traditional Hot Chocolate, Venchi

If you’re exploring Covent Garden and want a really decadent treat then Venchi is the place.  Their Italian hot chocolate is super thick and is topped with a very generous squirt of cream. It’s more of a dessert than a drink!

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18, Covent Garden, 40 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8RB, www.venchi.com



6. Dark Chocolate Marshmallow, Apple Blue Patisserie

Apple Blue is a small independent cafe in the South London suburb of Balham. They do a range of freshly baked cakes and pastries made by in the in house pastry chef which go perfectly with their naughty hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is dark and thick with a milk chocolate rim and giant marshmallow swimming on top. You may need to run around the block after this one!

London's Best Hot Chocolates (Image of hot chocolate from Apple Blue Patisserie)
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212 Balham High Rd, Balham, London SW12 9BS, https://theappleblue.com/



7. Triple Hot Chocolate, Dark Sugars.

If you walk into Dark Sugars on Brick Lane you will be surrounded by hundreds of chocolate truffles in every design and flavour you could possibly wish for. Once you think you’ve reached chocolate heaven go to the counter and ask for their hot chocolate. Their creamy hot chocolate is topped off with a huge pile of dark, milk and white chocolate shavings that have been freshly cut right in front of you. A real feast for all the senses.


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Sunday’s at Dark Sugars on Brick Lane – for people who like chocolate with their hot chocolate ??☕️

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



8. Aztec Hot Chocolate, Paul A Young

Amongst the shelves of artisan chocolate at Paul A Young’s chocolate boutique, you’ll find a saucepan of bubbling, molten chocolate sat proudly in the middle of the store. If you ask a member of staff they kindly pour this molten chocolate into a takeaway cup and stir in your choice of spices. There’s sea salt, cinnamon, chilli or ginger to choose from. 

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143 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8WA www.paulayoung.co.uk




9. French Style Hot Chocolate, Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse are a high-end French chocolatier in North London.  Inside their chocolate cafe, you can purchase their signature hot chocolate which is made with the finest quality ingredients and served with a square of chocolate for that extra chocolate hit. They also have a chocolate shop next door which sells individual chocolates by the box which you can buy as gifts or for yourself.

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COAL DROPS YARD – KING’S CROSS, UNIT 15, BAGLEY WALK ARCHES, N1C 4DH, https://www.coaldropsyard.com/retailers/le-chocolat-alain-ducasse/



10. DIY Hot Chocolate, Ruby Violet

Ruby Violets is a quaint and colourful ice-cream shop in North London. If you order their ‘long and frothy’ hot chocolate you get to pour hot milk into a cup of molten chocolate and watch it come life. On the other hand, order a ‘short and intense and you’ll get a cup of pure liquid chocolate to drink. Which one will you choose? 


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Make your own drinking chocolate at @rubyvioletices & pour frothy milk into hot melted chocolate! ? YUMMMMMMMM ☕️?

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



11. Godiva Hot Chocolixir, Godiva Cafe.

Godiva is one of the most well-known chocolatiers in the word. Inside Harrods, they have their own chocolate cafe which does chocolate cakes, chocolate fondues and their chocolixir hot chocolate which comes in a choice of milk, dark or white with frothy milk on top. It’s super sweet and super delicious. If you’re shopping in Harrods and feel like a treat, it’s one to visit.

London's Best Hot Chocolates (Image of Godiva Hot Chocolate)
Harrods, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1QF www.godivachocolates.co.uk






12. French Style Hot Chocolate, PAUL Bakery

You can’t go into Paul’s Bakery without ordering one of their signature French hot chocolates. It’s thick, it’s luxurious and perfectly paired with a mini pain au chocolat for dunking – a real indulgent treat. As the French would say – Oh la la!



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Dunking a mini pain au chocolat into a @paul_bakeryuk seriously thick hot choc. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ?

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



13. Signature Hot Chocolate, Rococo Chocolates

Motcomb Street is a very sophisticated road in Belgravia that is home to designer fashion, beauty and food. 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 have a secret garden where you can enjoy one of their homemade hot chocolates in their snug outside space. A lovely quiet corner of London that doesn’t feel like London at all!

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5 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JU https://www.rococochocolates.com



14. Vegan Hot Chocolate, Chin Chin Labs

Remember the toasted marshmallow hot chocolate from Chin Chin Labs earlier on in this post?  It looks and tastes absolutely delicious but unfortunately, it’s not any good if you’re vegan. Fortunately, the guys at Chin Chin Labs have created an alternative version and topped it off with whipped coconut cream. It’s so decadent, so tasty and never would you know it doesn’t contain dairy. 


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They’ve done it again!! WHIPPED COCONUT CREAM HOT CHOC ? … Vegan friendly & ever so slightly better on the waist line than the marshmallow version ? … ?one as always @chinchinlabs ????

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49-50 Camden Lock Place NW1 8AF http://www.chinchinlabs.com



15. Classic French Hot Chocolate, Laduree

If you want a true Parisian hot chocolate in the centre of London then look no further than Laduree. This famous bakery is known mostly for its gorgeous macaroons but they also do a great ‘French style’ hot chocolate.  Don’t be fooled by it’s thinner consistency than some of the others in this post. It seriously packs a punch!

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



16. Gelato Hot Chocolate, Gelpuo

Have you ever had affogato? If you haven’t heard of it before it’s ice-cream with hot coffee poured over the top. Gelupo is an artisan Italian gelateria in London and they do a similar version but instead of using coffee they pour hot chocolate over a big dollop of their freshly made gelato. The best thing is you can choose whatever flavour ice-cream you want and customise your own.

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7 Archer St, Soho, London W1D 7AU http://www.gelupo.com




17. Handmade Hot Chocolate, Copper House Chocolate

Copper House are a vegan chocolate shop ran by two friends Jaz & Jul’s who have a passion for all things chocolate. Inside their cafe, they make and sell lots of different flavoured vegan hot chocolates or vegan chocolate cakes and treats. All ethically sourced and made in London. 

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1 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ, http://www.jazandjuls.co.uk




18. Hot Chocolate Bowl, The Haberdashery

The Haberdashery is a cosy coffee shop in North London. The walls are lined with fairy lights and they have vintage mismatched crockery everywhere. What makes their hot chocolate a little different is that it’s served in a bowl rather than a cup. It’s the perfect spot to settle down on a dark, wintery afternoon.

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Crouch End ,22 Middle Lane, London N8 8PL & 170 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 7JL


Thanks for reading the ultimate list of London’s Best Hot Chocolates.




  1. Ann
    3rd December 2018 / 6:23 pm

    Love them all ..good job I don’t live there ?

  2. 10th April 2019 / 10:11 am

    What a great post omg! Can I request for the Hotel Chocolat hot chocolate to come like that?

    I’ve been Mamasons before but never tried the hot chocolate. How would you describe the taste a bit more? I wonder if it is just ube or like the milkshake you can change the flavour to milo perhaps. I’m eager to try Chin Chin, Godvida and Paul’s especially the latter two as I heard they are quite good.

  3. Shabs
    26th April 2019 / 8:55 am

    Absolutely fabulous! Loved reading through and making notes for my next visits. Thank you.

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