Maxwell’s Bar & Grill, Covent Garden
One of the first places to start off the London trend was Maxwell’s Bar & Grill. The bar has monthly shakes, so there’s always a new flavour combination to try. Previously seen on Maxwell’s Freakshakes menus: sumptuous salted caramel capped with crunchy pretzels, a towering triple chocolate with moreish pecans and beautiful brownies, and an Oreo-stuffed shake with an Oreo ice cream sandwich on top. If you want to convince yourself you’re being the teensiest bit healthy, you can turn to the banana fudge shake or the strawberry cheesecake shake that is topped with a massive meringue and fresh strawberries. Fruit means healthy no matter what it’s with, right?
Molly Bakes, Dalston
This delightful cafe proudly displays its outrageous shakes with triumph. Molly Bakes is the creation of Maria Goodman and her husband Olly (Maria + Olly = Molly) who hit the big time when they launched Freakshakes publicly. Featuring four main flavours of shake; Raspberry, Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Salted Caramel, you have a selection of toppings to pair with your base flavour. Toppings on offer include brownies, gourmet marshmallows, cookie dough, lemon and raspberry tartlets and honeycomb. This popular cafe is one to experience, but be prepared to wait as they have been known to have over two hour queues. With rumours of boozy shakes possibly gracing the menu soon, we think we’ll be moving in permanently.
Sensations, Holloway Road
A brand new dessert bar, Sensations also sells the famous Freakshakes. Flavours include Nutella, Caramel, Peanut Butter, Kit Kat and Strawberry, each topped high with cream and sweet treats.
Waffle Paradise, Green Street
Waffle Paradise, provides a large selection of delicious flavours and delightful toppings for the shakes. This little haven in Upton Park refers to their large milkshakes as ‘The Volcanoes’, showing off their overflowing goodness. Mixed with whipped cream and with over 30 flavours on offer that include Dairy Milk, Fudge Brownie, Kinder Bueno, Malteasers and Strawberry, there’s something for everyone. Waffle Paradise provides you with an abundance of toppings including Coco Pops, Lucky Charms, marshmallows, toffee popcorn and Mini Eggs.
Shake Shack, Covent Garden
One of four in the UK, this American fast-food chain has set up shop in London. Choose a basic Shake of vanilla or chocolate, or try out their Concretes, which have a custard and ice cream blend base. The menu has five main Concretes including the Union Shack, made with chocolate custard, chocolate hazelnut brownie, fudge sauce, chocolate chunks and sea salt. If you think you’d rather try your own combination, you’re in luck because they offer you the chance you can design your own.
Heddon Street Kitchen, Heddon Street
Heddon Street Kitchen brings you alcohol-filled cocktail-shakes. Part of the Gordon Ramsay Group, this restaurant has created three boozy shakes; Gentleman’s Breakfast will leave you feeling sophisticated with Gentleman Jack, peanut butter, banana and vanilla ice cream. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party brings you Earl Grey-infused gin, strawberries and vanilla ice cream. The sassy Papa Don’t Preach consists of Finlandia vodka, peach liquor, raspberry syrup and vanilla ice cream.
The Canvas Cafe, Brick Lane
The Canvas Cafe‘s delicious menu is simple, free-range and ethically sourced. If you’re after a vegan shake, this is where to go.