The best ice cream in London

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    CHIN CHIN DESSERT CLUB

    Creative and innovative or mad genius? However you look at it, Chin Chin is doing something different to most ice-cream parlours in London. The ice cream here is as fresh as can be, as small batches are frozen ultra-quickly with liquid nitrogen. That means the smooth and creamy flavours have been made just 10 minutes earlier – or seconds earlier in the case of Chin Chin Labs, the original outpost in Camden where each scoop is frozen to order. Flavours range from classic to wild card: ingredients are whipped up in the kitchen downstairs and include brȗléed sweet corn (‘an acquired taste’, founder Nyisha Weber tells us), refreshing mango lassi and pandan fruit, an Asian staple that tastes surprisingly like cake batter. At Soho’s cute Chin Chin Dessert Club, you can take a scoop away in a bang-on-trend black cone, or order a full-on pudding. We recommend the banana-jam ice-cream pie, with a layer of biscuit, burnt-caramel ice cream and warm toffee sauce, or the cookie pie, made with melting chocolate cookie and topped with tonka-bean ice cream.

    Address: The Chin Chin Club, 54 Greek Street, London W1D 3DS


    Telephone: no telephone number


    Website: chinchinicecream.com

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    MILK TRAIN

    The treats at this Covent Garden café dedicated to all things sugary are every bit as photogenic as the shop itself. Soft-serve ice cream in Crayola colours topped with the sweets of kids’ and big kids’ dreams and cones wrapped in fizzy candy floss are Milk Train’s main draw. The interiors are equally saccharine, with pristine white walls and counters, powder-blue leather booths and a Metro tile sign on one wall. It’s over the top, but whoever wanted a serious ice-cream parlour?

    Address: Milk Train, 12 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7PH


    Telephone: no phone number


    Website: milktraincafe.com

  • DOMINQIUE ANSEL

    Is this the most photographed ice cream in London? It’s a contender: the watermelon soft serve, piped into a ripe watermelon base and topped with chocolate chips, has cropped up all over social media this summer. It’s from the team behind the Cronut, so expect mega-taste as well as style. If eating ice cream out of fruit isn’t your thing, try one of their pop fleurs: an ice cream that pops out in a rose shape, or the strawberry fields soft serve: homemade strawberry ice cream in a honey-tuile waffle-cone bowl, topped with white-chocolate leaves.


    Address: Dominique Ansel, 17-21 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RP


    Telephone: +44 20 7324 7705


    Website: dominiqueansellondon.com

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    SOFT SERVE SOCIETY

    This stripped-back pudding bar was inspired by the epic soft-serve parlours of Asia’s frenetic cities. Flavours are unusual: the black-sesame ice cream (served in a black cone) is a staple, while sundaes are served in sturdier tubs to accommodate the many toppings. Choose from honeycomb chunks, Oreos, gingerbread chunks and loads more. After a successful residency at Shoreditch’s Boxpark (where many of London’s food trends begin), it now has a permanent home at Fulham’s Market Hall, one of the city’s latest smart food courts in the city.

    Address: Soft Serve Society, Unit 10 Market Halls, 472 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1BY


    Website: softservesociety.com

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    Grom

    The slickest, newest, shiniest arrival on London’s gelato scene has touched down on Piccadilly. Grom is the first UK branch of an Italian favourite that has more than 60 stores at home. Walk around the circular gelato counter to ogle classic flavours (no messing with tradition here) of pistachio, chocolate, coffee and stracciatella, as well as the signature crema di Grom (pastry cream with Meliga biscuits and chocolate pieces). All the ingredients are natural, and the mango sorbet is a refreshing summer-time highlight.

    Address: Grom, 18 Piccadilly, London W1J 0DF


    Telephone: +44 20 7287 5300


    Website: grom.it/en

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    Gelupo

    Hidden down an unassuming street in the depths of Soho, Gelupo has become an evergreen hit on the London ice-cream scene. The little sister of Bocca di Lupo (the top-notch Italian just over the road) offers brilliant gelato, sorbet and granita. This summer, new flavours include peanut butter and blueberry, strawberry sherbet and a surprisingly tasty and super-creamy olive oil and rosemary. Take a number at the door and join the queue to try before you buy.

    Address: Gelupo, 7 Archer Street, London W1D 7AU


    Telephone: +44 20 7287 5555


    Website: gelupo.com

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    3Bis Gelateria

    The only thing better than gelato in a sun-drenched Italian seaside town is the very same gelato served in London’s oldest market. The second branch of Rimini’s 3Bis Gelateria is Borough Market’s most indulgent late-night hangout (open until 10pm in summer). Favourites include panna cotta and marscapone and fig, while in summer, Eton mess and raspberry sell fast. There’s also frozen yogurt from neighbour Neal’s Yard Dairy, homemade tiramisu and Magnum-style gelato lollipops. West Londoners can now get their fix at the latest outpost, opened on Portobello Road.

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    La Gelatiera

    La Gelatiera is all about experimentation, but don’t be frightened by the playful flavour combinations. Porcini mushroom chocolate cream is sweeter than it sounds, while basil and chilli is like a creamy palate cleanser. Honey, rosemary and orange zest (pictured) is the best seller, or go for a boozy kick with a sorbet (Mojito, peach Bellini). In summer, there’s a pop-up stall in Brick Lane Market.

    Address: 27 New Row, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4LA


    Telephone: 020 7836 9559


    Website: lagelatiera.co.uk

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    Morelli’s Gelato

    The recipe for Morelli’s gelato has been perfected over five generations: the first shop opened on Broadstairs seafront in 1932 and is still in business. Fortunately for Londoners, there’s also an offshoot in Covent Garden (as well as 17 others around the world). Pick from a daily selection of 20 flavours, but you can’t go wrong with the classics such as hazelnut and chocolate

    Address: Morelli’s Gelato, The Market, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RB


    Website: morellisgelato.com

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    Snowflake Luxury Gelato

    There are branches of Snowflake all across town, from Bayswater to Soho, so you’re never far from a spoiling gelato. It’s made with organic Jersey milk and the flavours have won multiple taste awards; for something more unusual, go for tortadellanona (based on an Italian custard dessert), or white chocolate and rosewater. The sorbetto include tangy lime and mint, and zingy blood orange.

    Address: Snowflake Luxury Gelato, 102 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 0TP and city-wide


    Telephone: 020 7287 1045


    Website: snowflakegelato.co.uk

    Oddono’s

    Theo Randall and Gordon Ramsay rarely recommend restaurants other than their own — so with endorsements from these top chefs, you know Oddono’s must be fantastic. Hardly surprising given that they’ve experimented with more than 130 flavours. In the colder months drop by for one of the delicious Italian-style hot chocolates.

    Address: Oddono’s, 14 Bute Street, London SW7 3EX


    Telephone: 020 7052 0732


    Website: oddonos.com

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    Gelatorino

    Gelatorino is the most authentic gelateria in town. So fresh that the customers can watch the gelataio (ice-cream maker) at work next to the counter. Ask what’s in the machine — it’s worth sticking around to get a taste. You can sample any of the flavours, and portions are by the cup so you can enjoy a combination. We went for Breakfast in Turin (Barbero torrone and Piedmont hazelnuts) with an extra dollop of Gianduja chocolate.

    Address: Gelatorino, 2 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JD


    Telephone: 020 7240 0746


    Website: gelatorino.com

    SCOOP

    Scoop sources ingredients from all over the world; cocoa from Ecuador, Marsala wine from Sicily, hazelnut nougat from Piedmont, vanilla from Madagascar and French Polynesia, cinnamon from Sri Lanka. There are two branches — Covent Garden and Soho — and the company even offers delivery in central London postcodes, so you don’t need to leave the office.

    Address: Scoop, 40 Short’s Gardens, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9AB


    Website: scoopgelato.com

    Romeo & Giulietta Artisan Gelateria

    Since Romeo & Giulietta Artisan Gelateria opened in a former greengrocer’s in Stoke Newington last summer, the queues of in-the-know locals have gradually been getting longer. They are here for cones piled with black cherry, ricotta with caramelised figs, extra-dark chocolate, and more. All the gelato is made by a young husband and wife team who are from Romania but lived in Italy, and there are takeaway freezer boxes if you can’t decide what to eat there and then – fill up a 500g tub and treat yourself for days.

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    Gelateria Danieli

    A little further out of town on Richmond Green in south-west London, Gelateria Danieli can claim to be slightly more health-conscious than your standard gelato shop. Here the fat content is between 5 and 10% (it’s usually 15-25%). So there’s an excuse to go for a double scoop. Stand-out flavours include cardamon and chocolate, pistachio, fig, mandarin and tiramisu.

    Address: Gelateria Danieli, 16 Brewers Lane, Richmond, TW9 1HH


    Telephone: 020 8439 9807


    Website: gelateriadanieli.com

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    Mint, stracciatella bonet and ricotta sour cherry ice cream cone at Gelupo

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