Nothing quite beats a mountain of ice cream covered with a hurricane of sprinkles and oceans of buttercream as far as the eye can see. That’s right, we’re exploring London’s most decadent and outrageous dessert shops. Culture Trip London hopes you have your stretchy pants and dessert spoons at the ready, because this list is serious business.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
The Dominique Ansel Bakery, the inventor of the ‘cronut’, a croissant-doughnut hybrid, has made London their second home. With a sugar-filled menu of dreams, not only can you order the cronut of the month, you can go all in with an afternoon tea in the garden, too! These cronuts are filled to the brim with flavour and the quaint setting of the bakery sets them off perfectly. This one is certainly made for your Instagram!
Monday to Saturday 8am – 7pm, Sunday 9am – 7pm
It may surprise you to know that London is home to ‘the world’s first and only choux pastry specialist patisserie in the world’, Maitre Choux. The window displays are filled daily with incredible éclairs, choux and chouquettes, enough to make any Parisian jealous. Oh, and did we mention they are created by a three-star Michelin pastry chef? If you want to add a little bit of class to your sugar fix, then this is the place to go. The broad range of flavours are updated constantly, which is the perfect excuse to frequently return for another taste.
Monday to Friday 8am – 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 8pm
When you’re on the hunt for a dessert that is not only sinfully tasty but also guaranteed to up those Instagram likes, Nosteagia in Shoreditch is where you need to be heading. Inspired by the Hong Kong street snack ‘egg puffs’, Nosteagia specialises in taking the waffle game to a whole new level with their perfectly fluffy bubble waffles. They’re folded into a cone and stuffed with all manner of toppings. Wash it down with some of their bubble tea, and you have a perfectly sugar-filled, but totally Instgrammable meal.
Tuesday to Sunday 12pm – 9pm
Nosteagia, Pump Shoreditch, 168 – 175 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU, London, +44 7564 117339
Anges De Sucre
If you’re looking for an incredible bespoke cake, Anges de Sucre is the place to seek out. The official cake and confectionaire of Selfridges Oxford Street, one look at their creations and you’ll be scrounging for any excuse to order a custom delicacy. Try their vanilla sponge cake covered in smooth and silky vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream, dripping Belgian chocolate glaze, then topped with passion-fruit-coconut and lime-basil macarons, passion fruit and raspberry marshmallows, baked buttermilk doughnuts, Skittles and sprinkles galore. If you don’t want a whole cake, they are known for plenty of other sweet treats, including s’mores, tea cakes, marshmallows, cookies, macarons and the deliciously deceptive ‘unscotch eggs’.
Is there anything better in life than desserts and cocktails? We think not, and the people at Basement State certainly don’t think so, either. So, naturally, they have found the ultimate way to combine the two. That’s right, London’s best-kept secret is a dessert bar in Soho – who would have thought it – devoted to perfecting the combination of indulgent puddings and vibrant cocktails, served with a mixture of elegance and class. Their dessert options are a foodie’s dream, with the modern presentation every bit as impressive as the flavours within. Leave the kids at home; this sweet spot is just for the adults.
Monday and Sunday 8pm – 12am, Tuesday to Saturday 8pm – 1.30am
Sloane Brothers Frozen Yoghurt
Rumour has it that there was an extremely lucky incident that involved a batch of yoghurt, a bowler hat and a freak snowstorm that led Walter and Arthur Sloane to create a wonderful concoction of frozen yoghurt with a crazy selection selection of toppings. Sloane Bros. Frozen Yoghurt is situated in Brick Lane; you can stop off in between markets and shops to get a delicious frozen yoghurt sourced from the very best British suppliers and dairies whilst taking in the amazing surroundings. The toppings range from super-healthy to full-blown sugary dreams, so what will you pick?
Monday Closed, Tuesday to Sunday 12pm – 7pm
Soft Serve Society
If you’re a lover of all things dark and a little gothic, then Soft Serve Society’s black ice cream could just be for you! If you’re not into black ice cream, then don’t worry – there’s plenty of candy floss and Instagram-worthy desserts to be had here. They also offer Freakshakes that put all others to shame, but be warned: they stop serving these a half hour before closing to ensure you have enough time to get your sugar rush.
Monday to Saturday 11am – 9pm, Sunday 12pm – 8pm
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Are you even in London if you don’t go and browse through Borough Market and pick up an indulgent doughnut from the Bread Ahead stall on a Saturday morning? The salted caramel doughnut topped with a chunk of honeycomb is an absolute delight. Also, if you want to know the secrets on how to make their doughnuts at home, Bread Ahead has a baking school right next to the market. You can now also find them in Westfield Stratford City and other markets around London.
Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 8am – 5pm, Friday 8am – 6pm
Bread Ahead, Borough Market, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Cutter & Squidge
When a pair of foodie sisters come together to make ‘biskies’, you get Cutter & Squidge in Soho. A biskie is a crazy ‘creation of biscuit/cookie/cake filled with lightened buttercream, handmade jams, caramels and other delights’, which they promise to be a ‘moorish blend of crisp, soft, chewy, cakey and creamy’. What more could you possibly ask for?
Monday to Wednesday 9.30am – 8pm, Thursday 9.30am – 9pm, Friday 9.30am – 10pm, Saturday 11am – 9pm, Sunday 11am – 8pm