Fancy an ice-cream? Whatever your preference be it a conventional strawberry, vanilla or chocolate or something unusual like Cornish Blue cheese; London has some of the best ice creams in the country. There are even vegan and vegetarian versions.
So where to go? We take a look at some of the best.
Yorica in Wardour Street, Soho has become one of the most popular destinations. Vegan ice-cream is a speciality, and the range of ice creams is incredible. Mango, White Peach, Melon, Spiced Pumpkin are among the potential flavours and even if you have a nut allergy, you can safely try the peanut butter version since it does not contain any peanuts. Expect to find at least 12 flavours every day, together with 60 types of sprinkles, 18 different toppings such as coulis and fresh fruit allowing you to pick and mix creating something individual to you. At Yorica, the hardest task is choosing!
Head to Fortnum and Mason for mouthwatering cocktail floats and sundaes as well as ice-creams and sorbets. As this is a company with a long history of providing high quality food and drink, something special is guaranteed. How about Sandringham Coffee, Salted Caramel or Strawberries accompanied by a 12 year old Balsamic Vinegar for a somewhat unusual taste. Sit at the pretty tables just outside the store and watch the world go by while enjoying your ice-cream.
If you happen to be strolling close to Covent Garden, then make a point of visiting La Gelatiera. As you wait your turn to be served, look down through the glass floor into the basement where artisan ice-cream makers are busy making the tasty delights you will shortly be experiencing. No two days are the same at La Gelatiera as the flavours change constantly. La Gelatiera loves to be different and has a big menu of unusual flavours. This is where you might be able to try chilli chocolate ice cream, or a mix of walnuts, honey, rosemary and orange zest to name but two of the variations it has been known to devise.
Equally unusual is Amorino, which has ice cream parlours in Covent Garden as well as Soho and Chelsea. Cones are never topped by simple balls of ice-cream. Instead, the staff at Amorino like to create rosebud flowers of ice cream. Popular flavours include Mango Sorbet, Hazelnut and Pistachio.
Over in Belgravia, Chocolatier and Patisserie William Curley has an incredible ice cream selection. Apart from the conventional tastes such as vanilla and strawberry, you can always find something a little unusual. How about rhubarb and custard ice cream? If that is not to your taste, then you could try the caramelized white chocolate with miso or the jasmin tea and beetroot sorbet.
London’s ice cream parlours are definitely an experience not to be missed!