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.
Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, European, $$$
Down a quiet street in Soho
, you’d never know about Basement Sate
unless we told you. Head downstairs and you’ll find a gentlemen’s club style cocktail bar that only serves booze and desserts. Try a dessert pairing — we love the Tropical Trifle.
Crème de la Crêpe
Restaurant, Creperie, French, none
A restaurant that just serves crêpes? Hell yes. Crème de la Crêpe
in Covent Garden
has a huge menu of fillings for loading up your crêpe, including options like stewed apple, cinnamon crumble, extra thick double cream, a creamy milky bar, or fresh strawberries. Sugar overload.
Cafe, Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert Shop, American, Ice Cream, none
Over in Bethnal Green
they’re hiding a sweet secret. Pop by Motown Desserts
for enormous waffle and ice cream concoctions that you’ll need a few spoons for. We love the Cinnamon Funk: two scoops of cinnamon and vanilla ice cream on a freshly made waffle, topped with whipped cream, slices of banana drizzled with a smooth butterscotch sauce, and scattering of almond flakes. There’s also brownies, pecan pies and all the American puddings you can dream of.
Cafe, Ice Cream Parlour, British, Ice Cream, none
in Tufnell Park
has become a bit of a cult stop amongst ice cream lovers in London. Homemade, creamy ice cream comes in a range of flavours which change with the seasons. This stuff isn’t just for kids, either — how about a raspberry, rose water and Prosecco sorbet?
Cookies & Scream
Vegan bakery Cookies & Scream
is worth stopping by for dessert even if you’re not vegan. Their little café, called the Camden Cookie Bar in Camden
, makes the most mouthwatering desserts like pies, cookies, scream shakes and donuts — we could go on.
Restaurant, Dessert Shop, Japanese, $$$
‘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.
If you want your pudding to be more whizzy and impressive, head down to The Manor
. 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.
Bob Bob Ricard
Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Dessert Shop, Russian, none
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.
Flesh & Buns
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
We love a DIY pudding. There’s nothing better than being allowed to play with your food and at Flesh & Buns
in Seven Dials
it’s positively encouraged. You get a Japanese style mini fire over which to melt marshmallows and make s’mores — the American campfire classic. Amazing.
Pollen Street Social
Restaurant, British, none
Jason Atherton’s modern British dining restaurant Pollen Street Social
doesn’t scrimp on the desserts — there’s even an entire cocktail pairing menu dedicated to the sweet course. His seasonal menu changes often but the banana soufflé with rum and raisin ice-cream made with 70% chocolate shouldn’t be missed.
Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert Shop, American, Ice Cream, Dessert, none
is a must-visit for a sugar hit (they also have branches in other parts of London). This bright pink vintage ice cream parlour attracts kids of every age for sundaes, sorbets, smoothies and enormous desserts which require multiple people to tackle. Try the Honey I’m Home: vanilla and chocolate ice cream served with a drizzle of honey, chocolate honey comb pieces, whipped cream, florentine wafers, a flake and a vivaldi cigar wafer.
Restaurant, Dessert Shop, Asian, Dim Sum, Chinese, $$$
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.
Pub, Restaurant, British, Pub Grub, $$$
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.