From liquorice loops to lemon sherberts, most people revel in the delectable delights that can be found on the shelves of sweet shops. Did you know that the UK has the oldest sweet shop in the world, which aptly trades by that name. It’s been running since 1827. Here are some of London’s
best confectionery stores.
Dessert Shop, Dessert, $$$
There is a bit of a clue in the name, Cyber Candy exists as an online store and is the UK’s largest online retailer of American sweets and drinks, making it accessible to buyers from all over the world. However, there is a flagship store based in London’s Covent Garden which oozes sugary treats across two floors and there’s also a store in Camden for those who live nearer to the north side of town. The company’s humorous mantra is ‘saving the world from dull candy.’
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If you have ever ventured into Central London, then chances are you may have had a glimpse of this vibrant store in Leicester Square. Having opened in 2011, it is dedicated to all things related to the leading global food company. M&M’s World has been described as ‘the chocolate lover’s mother ship’ and an array of merchandise can be purchased here, including homeware and items of clothing. The store forms part of a worldwide chain with outlets in Orlando (Florida), Las Vegas, New York City and Shanghai.
Swiss Court, 1 Leicester Square, London W1D 6AP, United Kingdom
Dessert Shop, Ice Cream, $$$
Established by two British entrepreneurs, Hotel Chocolat joined the high street in 2004. Although their products are slightly on the pricey side, with goods like Giant Slabs and Chocolate Hazelnut spread, quality taste is a promise. In addition, Hotel Chocolat boasts an in-house beauty range, as well as the fact that they are one of the few chocolate companies to actually grow their own cocoa.
4 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HB
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Smith & Sinclair’s ‘Eat Your Drink’
‘Eat Your Drink’ is a recent pop-up store in the basement of Benefit Cosmetics Boutique in West London. Here, you can enjoy your sweets with an added alcoholic twist and chew yourself into a stupor with goodies such as infused candy floss, boozy pastilles and cocktail dib-dabs. This is arguably the world’s first edible alcohol shop, making the dynamic duo behind this real business revolutionaries. That in itself is worthy of a toast.
10 Carnaby St, London W1F 9PF