Feeling the heat in London today? Take the edge off this heatwave with a scoop of gelato or frozen yoghurt at MSK’s favourite ice cream parlours.
From frozen yoghurt to smoother-than-silk gelato, ices on a hot summer day always hit the spot. We love creamy pistachio gelato that transports us to holidays in Rome or tart, tangy frozen yoghurt that makes us feel as though we’re in the Big Apple, and even the traditional thick Cornish-style ice creams that are having a bit of a renaissance in the capital. We’ve stuck our spoon into scoops across the city to uncover the best ice cream parlours in London.
What to See
Opened by the renowned Italian restaurant Bocca di Lupo, Gelupo is a real Italian-style gelateria, which has garnered plaudits for its heavy and creamy scoops of the cold stuff. The gelato here is churned as it freezes keeping the texture very dense and smooth. But it’s all in the flavour at Gelupo – they keep fat content low so that the flavours can sing – and chef Jacob Kennedy experiments with unusual pairings including ricotta, chocolate and black pepper, and vanilla and saffron.
For more information visit gelupo.com
Ruby Violet, Tufnell Park
An MSK fave, Ruby Violet’s ice cream parlour in Tufnell Park has got traditional handmade ice cream down to a T. Using organic milk and fresh, local fruits and fairtrade sugar she creates a sublime scoop with flavours ranging from Madagascan vanilla to chilli chocolate and thick cut Seville orange marmalade ripple, bitter sweet delight! With cute décor and late opening times on Friday, Ruby Violet is the perfect place to pick up a post-pub cone.
Check out Ruby Violet’s ice cream recipes here.
For more information visit rubyviolet.co.uk
Chin Chin Labs, Camden
In the middle of Camden Market, masters of the science of flavour Chin Chin Laboratorists serve a very modern slice of ice. The artisan makers here wear lab coats and cool their creams to order with liquid nitrogen. Innovative flavours include hay and strawberries, which involves infusing the milk with hay for 24 hours before making the ice cream, and juicy pineapple with choc chip. And you can top your sundae with grilled white chocolate, green tea peanut brittle, caramelised pretzels. Exciting stuff.
For more information visit chinchinlabs.com
William Curley, Belgravia
Renowned for his chocolate making prowess, William Curley can also produce a mighty fine boule. His innovative menu of flavour combinations includes toasted sesame and jasmine crème brûlée. There’s also a dessert bar to test out other tasty treats, but overall this is the destination for the palette-challenging cream connoisseur.
For more information visit williamcurley.co.uk
Gelateria 3bis, London Bridge
An import to these shores from Rimini, Gelateria 3bis in Borough Market brings traditional Italian gelato to London’s biggest food market. High quality ingredients make Italian classic flavours, they mix organic milk, Sicilian pistachios, hazelnuts from Piemonte, liquorice from Calabria and Pernigotti cocoa with local English ingredients such as rhubarb and gooseberries. Some unusual flavours include Eton mess and turron (a Spanish nougat).
For more information visit gelateria3bis.co.uk
Another master of the chocolate world, Paul A Young has garnered plaudits for his caramel and chocolate creations, but it’s worth mentioning he make a killer ice cream as well. He prides himself on the quality of chocolate used in his products and this is mirrored in his superior chocolate ice cream covered in chocolate nibs, he also has a sea salted caramel scoop in his repertoire that’s up there with the best of them.
For more information visit paulayoung.co.uk