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The 12 Best Spots for Dessert in London

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Updated: 26 June 2017
Londoner’s definitely love a dessert, and they’re finding new ways of having their cake and eating it too, from cocktail and dessert only bars to grown up ice cream parlours. For the best desserts in town, get on the sugar train and explore the best sweet spots in town.

Basement Sate

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, European, $$$
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Basement Sate, London
Basement Sate, London | © Ewan Munro / Flickr

Down a quiet street in Soho, you’d never know about Basement Sate unless we told you. Head downstairs and you’ll find a gentlemen’s club style cocktail bar that only serves booze and desserts. Try a dessert pairing — we love the Tropical Trifle.
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Mon:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Sat:
6:00 pm - 1:30 am
Sun:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

Dinner

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Fine Dining

Crème de la Crêpe

Restaurant, Creperie, French, none
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Crepes at creme de la crepe
Crepes at creme de la crepe | © vmiramontes / Flickr

A restaurant that just serves crêpes? Hell yes. Crème de la Crêpe in Covent Garden has a huge menu of fillings for loading up your crêpe, including options like stewed apple, cinnamon crumble, extra thick double cream, a creamy milky bar, or fresh strawberries. Sugar overload.
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Mon - Fri:
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sun:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Motown Desserts

Cafe, Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert Shop, American, Ice Cream, none
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Motown Coffee & Desserts, London
Motown Coffee & Desserts, London | © Navin Rajagopalan / Flickr

Over in Bethnal Green they’re hiding a sweet secret. Pop by Motown Desserts for enormous waffle and ice cream concoctions that you’ll need a few spoons for. We love the Cinnamon Funk: two scoops of cinnamon and vanilla ice cream on a freshly made waffle, topped with whipped cream, slices of banana drizzled with a smooth butterscotch sauce, and scattering of almond flakes. There’s also brownies, pecan pies and all the American puddings you can dream of.
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Ruby Violet

Cafe, Ice Cream Parlour, British, Ice Cream, none
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Ruby Violet, Fortress Road
Ruby Violet, Fortress Road | © Susanne Nilsson / Flickr

Ruby Violet in Tufnell Park has become a bit of a cult stop amongst ice cream lovers in London. Homemade, creamy ice cream comes in a range of flavours which change with the seasons. This stuff isn’t just for kids, either — how about a raspberry, rose water and Prosecco sorbet?
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Mon:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue - Fri:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Cookies & Scream

Cafe, American
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Cookies
Cookies | © stu_spivack / Flickr

Vegan bakery Cookies & Scream is worth stopping by for dessert even if you’re not vegan. Their little café, called the Camden Cookie Bar in Camden, makes the most mouthwatering desserts like pies, cookies, scream shakes and donuts — we could go on.
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Roka Aldwych

Restaurant, Dessert Shop, Japanese, $$$
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Roka Aldwych, London
Roka Aldwych, London | © Ewan Munro / Flickr

Roka‘s ‘more is more’ motto is definitely a winner when it comes to desserts, even though Japanese cuisine isn’t typically known for its knock out puds. It serves up Japanese inspired mega-desserts, which have enough elements to feed several people: there’s cheesecake, chocolate sundaes and a chocolate with green tea pudding. They’re a real showstopper.

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Mon - Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mon - Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
11:30 am - 8:30 pm

The Manor

Restaurant, British
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Clapham Common
Clapham Common | © Henry Lawford / Flickr

If you want your pudding to be more whizzy and impressive, head down to The Manor in Clapham. Here they like to play with nitrogen freezing, so expect shards of fruit and crumbles of yoghurt — it’s a totally different texture to anything else in London. If you don’t fancy that, their other desserts are just as delicious, such as their clementine, fig leaf custard and lemongrass kombucha sorbet.
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Bob Bob Ricard

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Dessert Shop, Russian, none
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Bob Bob Ricard, London
Bob Bob Ricard, London | © Ewan Munro / Flickr

Bob Bob Ricard doesn’t just have a ‘push for Champagne’ button — it also has the most glorious desserts. Try the Chocolate Glory: basically a chocolate bomb filled with brownie pieces, mousse and spots of citrus-y jelly. Warning, you won’t want to share.
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Mon - Wed:
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Wed:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu:
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Thu:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sun:
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Sun:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

Flesh & Buns

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Flesh & Buns Covent Garden, London
Flesh & Buns Covent Garden, London | © Garry Knight / Flickr

We love a DIY pudding. There’s nothing better than being allowed to play with your food and at Flesh & Buns in Seven Dials it’s positively encouraged. You get a Japanese style mini fire over which to melt marshmallows and make s’mores — the American campfire classic. Amazing.
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Mon - Tue:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Tue:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed - Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Pollen Street Social

Restaurant, British, none
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Pollen Street Social, London
Pollen Street Social, London | © Ewan Munro / Flickr

Jason Atherton’s modern British dining restaurant Pollen Street Social doesn’t scrimp on the desserts — there’s even an entire cocktail pairing menu dedicated to the sweet course. His seasonal menu changes often but the banana soufflé with rum and raisin ice-cream made with 70% chocolate shouldn’t be missed.

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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat:
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining

Afters

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert Shop, American, Ice Cream, Dessert, none
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Afters Tooting, London
Afters Tooting, London | © photogmateo / Flickr

Afters in Tooting is a must-visit for a sugar hit (they also have branches in other parts of London). This bright pink vintage ice cream parlour attracts kids of every age for sundaes, sorbets, smoothies and enormous desserts which require multiple people to tackle. Try the Honey I’m Home: vanilla and chocolate ice cream served with a drizzle of honey, chocolate honey comb pieces, whipped cream, florentine wafers, a flake and a vivaldi cigar wafer.
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Mon - Wed:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Yauatcha

Restaurant, Dessert Shop, Asian, Dim Sum, Chinese, $$$
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Yauatcha, London
Yauatcha, London | © Kai Hendry/ Flickr

Proving that the East Asian cuisine can easily do desserts, Yauatcha‘s pretty pastel macarons and petits gateaux give the French a run for their money. Skip the dim sum and rock up here for pudding, a pick and mix of handmade chocolates, macarons in flavours such as smoked salted caramel and jasmine, coconut pandan crème, lime curd, or coconut sable.
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Mon - Thu:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Marksman

Pub, Restaurant, British, Pub Grub, $$$
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Marksman Public House, London
Marksman Public House, London | © Ewan Munro / Flickr

Puddings at The Marksman might not look as Instagram-worthy as freakshakes and sundaes but at this stripped back restaurant on Hackney Road, they’re amazing for their simplicity. Pop by for a slice of their infamous brown butter and honey tart — it’s incredibly moreish.
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Mon - Thu:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sun:
11:00 am - 12:00 am