- Alexandra Dye
Mountains of ice cream, fields of doughnuts, hurricanes 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.
Our sweet tooth is extremely excited and grateful that freakshakes are totally trendy right now. The London cafe leading the charge in this craze is Molly Bakes, with the most mouth-watering creations one could ever dream of. Choose a base milkshake flavour made with ice cream and served up in a giant mason jar, which is then decorated with selections of toppings. These toppings are made in-house and include choices like brownies, cookies and cookie dough, marshmallows, golden honeycomb shards, and tartlets. Orders for freakshakes end an hour before closing time, giving you just enough time to finish your drink and drift into a blissful sugar induced coma before rolling out the door.
Tuesday & Wednesday 9AM – 6PM, Thursday & Friday 9AM – 9PM, Saturday 10AM – 9PM, Sunday 11AM – 5PM
Molly Bakes, 450 Kingsland Road, E8 4AE, London +44 20 7241 1740
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. Their windows are filled daily with incredible eclairs, choux and chouquettes, enough to make Parisians jealous. Did we mention they are created by a 3-star Michelin pastry chef? When you want to add a little bit of class to your sugar fix, 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 & Sunday 10AM – 8PM
Maitre Choux, 15 Harrington Road, SW7 3ES, London, +44 20 3583 4561
Dessert that is not only sinfully tasty but also guaranteed to up your Instagram cred is Nosteagia in Shoreditch. Inspired by the Hong Kong street snack ‘egg puffs’, Nosteagia specialise in taking the waffle game to a whole new level with their perfectly crispy-yet-fluffy ‘bubble’ waffles, folded into a cone and stuffed with all manner of toppings. Wash it down with some of their bubble tea (the Matcha Oreo Frappuccino is well worth a try) and you have a perfectly well rounded 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 ‘passionfruit & coconut’ and ‘lime & basil’ macarons, passionfruit 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’.
Order online or find their products in Selfridges Oxford Street
Is there anything better in life than desserts and cocktails? The people at Basement State certainly don’t think so, and they have found the ultimate way to combine the two. That’s right, London’s best kept secret is a dessert bar in Soho, 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 is a sweet spot for the adults.
Monday & Sunday 8PM – 12AM, Tuesday to Saturday 8PM – 1.30AM
Basement State, 8 Broadwick Street, W1F 8HN, London, +44 20 7287 3412
Yolkin has become one of the most respected ice-cream haunts, serving up giant macaron ice cream sandwiches in a pop-up location each weekend. The most difficult decision you’ll have is figuring out which of the week’s flavours to choose from. Luckily these are announced on Yolkin’s Instagram account each Tuesday, so you have a few days to narrow down your decision.
Saturday & Sunday 12PM until sold out
Check their website for updated pop-up locations.
Perhaps you would prefer something that’s both sweet and salty? In that case, we are sending you to Bird Restaurant for their famous Waffle Burger. Fried chicken, bacon, cheese, hot sauce and maple syrup sandwiched between two hot fresh waffles. The perfect experience if you like to combine your dinner and dessert into one epic meal. If you want to back it up with another course, Bird Restaurant are also well known for their epic doughnut & ice cream sandwiches, which have to be seen to be believed.
Daily 11AM – 11PM
V42/44 Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, London E2 8DA
Being bad has never tasted so good. The gourmet sweet treat you never knew you needed comes in the form of Bad Brownie, who are bringing gooey brownies back on to the radar. The coffee & biscotti brownie is our current favorite, though we’re also crazy for their tropical coconut brownie pudding jars. You can find Bad Brownie at various London food market locations, and the food hall at Selfridges serve their delectable creations seven days a week. There is also an online delivery option, if you would rather the sweet treats came to you. Check here for updated London market locations or order online.
Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB
Possibly one of every Londoner’s favorite things to do on a Saturday is browse through Borough Market and pick up an indulgent doughnut from the Bread Ahead stall. Their 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 & Saturday 8AM – 5PM, Friday 8AM – 6PM
Bread Ahead, Borough Market, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Cutter & Squidge
The newest players on the hybrid dessert scene are Cutter & Squidge in Soho. The unique invention from this cafe is Biskies; ‘a 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
Cutter & Squidge, 30 Brewer St, Soho W1F 0SJ, London, +44 20 7734 2540