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‘Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.’ We think Audrey Hepburn is absolutely right. There is always time for a piece of chocolate, whether you’re craving a bar, a cake, or even a chocolatey drink. We’ve found London’s best chocolate purveyors, that will satisfy any variety of cravings.
Have you ever heard of the No.1 original liquid salted caramels? Gerard Coleman, the owner of Artisan du Chocolat, created them in 2003, so his chocolate shop is the place to be for anyone in possession of a sweet tooth. Artisan du Chocolat creates seasonal designs and imaginative chocolate gifts for every occasion, and it also offers a great range of diet-friendly bars in varieties like buffalo milk, almond milk, and sugar-free. Coleman also created Origin Chocolate Bars, which are made from roasted ground beans from Colombia, Vietnam, Bali, or Madagascar in a new technology pioneered by Artisan in 2005.
81 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 4UL, 0845 270 6996
Whether you want to treat yourself to a delicious hot chocolate and a piece of cake or buy some lovingly made chocolate gifts, you’ll find what you want at Choccywoccydoodah. Although this shop first opened in the bohemian city of Brighton, fortunately for us, they’ve expanded to London’s Soho. This spot offers fabulous creations combining art and design with chocolate, and they specialize in one-off sculptured chocolate fantasies, bespoke wedding cakes, and chocolate gifts. If that’s not enough, visit their chocolate wonderland of a cafe.
30-32 Fouberts Place , London, W1F 7PS, 0207 734 9713
As the name suggests, you can expect some French delicacies at La Maison du Chocolat. Famous for their heavenly macarons, which come in five chocolatey flavours, you also shouldn’t forget about their spectacular varieties of ruffles, bouchées and patisserie desserts. All of them are made by a team of master chocolate makers, who continue their tradition of making chocolates by hand. Using the freshest ingredients and the best cocoa vintages, La Maison du Chocolat is the epitome of chocolate heaven.
46 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0DS, +44 (0) 207 287 8500
If you don’t feel like going to one of the posher artisanal chocolatiers in London, we recommend Melange Chocolate Shop & Café. This rustic and down-to-earth store in Peckham offers a variety of croissants, brownies, truffles, and uniquely designed gifts at reasonable prices. While you’re there, you must try their ginger and lime milk bar or the raspberry and rosemary dark bar that has won gold at the Great Taste Awards. They also run chocolate making workshops, meet with like-minded chocolate lovers and spend three hours learning everything about the sweet temptation, or even attend a chocolate matching session, where you find out what chocolate suits which wine, rum or beer.
Maxted Road, Peckham Rye, SE15 4LL, 07722650711
As you walk into Melt, you’re greeted by a stylish, open interior and an amazing smell from the onsite kitchen, where you can see the chocolate being made right in front of you. The truffles and the handmade chocolates, carefully crafted by world-class chocolatiers, are freshly made on a daily basis with the best natural cream, butter and chocolate. To ensure high quality chocolate, Melt only uses chocolate that is sourced from companies that support the local community and the environment. Offering a great variety of chocolate, their range also includes a smoke bar made from cocoa beans grown on volcanic soil. This gives the 64 percent dark chocolate a smoky taste that’s not to be missed.
59 Ledbury Road London W11 2AA, +44 (0) 20 7727 5030
Montezuma’s is perfect for adventurous chocoholics. Why not try a chocolate bar with paprika and strawberry or some dark chocolate blended with lime, chili and tequila? The team at Montezuma’s is known for creating experimental and quirky chocolate bars with flavours you definitely haven’t thought of before. They also offer some interesting British combos like Apple Crumble, which is a part of their Great British Pudding Bar range. You can see their passion for chocolate in their wide range of handmade chocolate bars, drinking chocolate, fudge, and even truffles. They even offer delicious ice cream.
8 Market Street, Spitalfields Art Market, E1 6DT, +44 (0) 207 539 9208
If you’re looking for luxurious, award-winning chocolate, look no further. Paul A Young, a former pastry chef specializing in chocolate, is ranked amongst the world’s best chocolatiers, and he creates flavour combinations that are original, experimental and perfectly balanced, such as white chocolate with masala spices or salted caramel and pecan brownies. The chocolate bars and truffles found in his stores across London are on the pricier side, but they’re definitely worth the money. All are made from the freshest high-quality ingredients and presented beautifully. If you would like to try and make your own chocolatey treats, you can join a brownie baking or truffle rolling workshop.
Whether you need to thank, congratulate or apologize to someone, Rococo Chocolates has a great variety to choose from. They offer everything from fine quality chocolate bars with exciting flavours to truffles and chocolate art. You can even get a custom box with a delicious selection of ganaches, double-coated truffles, traditional marzipans, and chocolate covered fruits. Rococo’s owner, Chantal Coady, is known as a pioneer for real chocolate in the UK, and she has partnered with the Grenada Chocolate company to lecture on the ethics and sustainability of chocolate growing. Besides the variety of chocolate treats, this shop also serves tea, hot chocolate, and home baked cakes.
321 Kings Road, London, SW3 5EP, +44 (0)20 7352 5857
This friendly local shop in Southfields is the perfect spot to relax after a stroll through Wimbledon Park. This chocolatier and café offers a selection of teas, coffees and hot chocolates alongside their range of panini and homemade soups (which are only served during the winter). Using quality ingredients that are locally supplied when possible, De Rosier creates a variety of bars with popular and seasonal flavors, so there’s always something new to tempt you.
81 Revelstoke Road, Southfields, London, SW18 5NL, +44 (0) 20 8947 4456
If you’ve ever wanted dessert for lunch, head to William Curley. They offer a five-course dessert menu at their bar which will send you to chocolate heaven. If you’re expecting high quality chocolate from a five-time winner of Britain’s Best Chocolatier, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you eat at the dessert bar or enjoy some of the unique chocolates, cakes, and other treats, you can watch them being made by hand with fresh ingredients. Suzue, William’s wife, has created some Japanese innovations for the shop, including green tea cakes and white chocolate with Miso ice cream. The shop also offers a variety of choices with a British feel, such as bakewell tarts and blackcurrant couture chocolates.
198 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 8UN, +44 (0) 207 730 5522
Pierre Hermé, known as the master of macarons and the Picasso of pastry, once said, ‘Macarons only weigh a few grams, but that’s enough to leave your senses quivering with pleasure.’ If you’re looking for some delicious French macarons, look no further than Pierre Hermé in Belgravia. You can choose from a variety of chocolate flavored macarons, from milk chocolate and coconut to Brazilian dark chocolate to milk chocolate and Earl Grey tea. Their unusual and exotic flavor combinations are made from fresh ingredients and are sold in beautiful wrappings, like the London Landmark Box. Besides macarons, the shop offers a variety of chocolates, pastries, waffles and cakes, one highlight is the assorted chocolate bonbon boxes (created by Nicolas Buffe) with vanilla, honey or raspberry ganache covered in dark chocolate. Whether you need a little gift for someone or you’re feeling peckish yourself, you should definitely try the delicious treats at Pierre Hermé.
13 Lowndes St, London, SW1X 9EX, +44 (0) 20 7245 0317