A hot day in London can only mean one thing – it’s ice cream time.
From chic Japanese delights to edible flower art, here are the must-try London ice-cream parlours and dishes to try this summer
1 Gelatorino, Russell Street
Savour a scoop of this high-quality, preservative-free gelato in both classic and seasonal special flavours such as fig ripple. The curlicue chairs and vintage painted dressers create a chic feel to this ice-cream parlour.
The ‘Breakfast in Turin’ is a must-try for coffee lovers – cold expresso is added there to still-churning gelato, before being drizzled into a jug of 72% Ecuadorian dark chocolate, which instantly sets into tiny shards.
Where: 2 Russell St, London WC2B 5JD
Website: For further information, click here.
2 The Parlour, Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly
For elegant decor and excellent service, enter Fortnum & Mason’s ice cream parlour for pretty, and delicious, frozen delights. With quality much-loved classics as well as innovative flavours, it’s ideal for a shopping pit spot.
From a gin and tonic sorbet to the refreshing mint chocolate sorbet, there’s plenty to satisfy every sweet (and savoury) tooth.
Where: 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER
Website: For more information, click here.
3 Boyd’s Bar and Grill, Trafalgar Square
Visit the luxurious copper Kitchen Bar at Boyd’s Bar and Grill to discover Executive Chef Nate Brewster’s flavour parlour sensations. Journey through an ever-changing assortment of unique and unexpected flavours of nitrogen frozen ice-cream delicacies from Jack Daniels and vanilla to bacon and sweetcorn.
Think ice-cream for grown ups – the superb experience is guaranteed to wrap you up in childhood nostalgia.
Where: 8 Northumberland Ave, Westminster, London WC2N 5BY
Website: For more information and bookings, click here.
4 Amorino, Soho
Ice cream at Amarino comes shaped as a gorgeous flower. Located in the heart of Soho, Amorino has a traditional Italian vibe, with large jars of biscotti on display and simple wooden furniture.
Flavour highlights include pistachio, hazelnut, salted caramel and tiramisu – the perfect combinations for a sophisticated summer evening’s treat.
Location: Multiple sites across London
Website: For more details, click here.
5 Tell Your Friends, Fulham
To celebrate the heatwave and British ice cream season, Tell Your Friends, the vegan restaurant from sisters Lucy and Tiffany Watson located in Parson’s Green, and Jude’s ice cream have collaborated to create the perfect ‘plant power’ ice cream sundae.
Made with Jude’s vegan coconut and chocolate ice cream and topped with a date ‘caramel’ sauce, vegan chocolate chips, vegan marshmallows, fresh berries and edible flowers, £1 from the sale of each sundae will go to the sisters’ chosen charity, Animal Hope and Wellness.
When: Tuesday 17th July until Friday 17th August, RRP £7.50.
Where: 175 New King’s Rd, Fulham, London SW6 4SW
Website: Click here to find out more.
6 Scoop, Covent Garden
For authentic flavours imported from esteemed Italian suppliers, visit Scoop. Found in Covent Garden (plus two other outlets in Soho and South Kensington) it’s a must-try for anyone seeking an ice-cream cone on the go.
Produced daily using traditional Italian recipes, Scoop offers ice cream that’s fresh, fast and utterly fantastic – their raspberry cheesecake flavour is a must try.
Where: 40 Short’s Gardens, London WC2H 9AB
Website: Find out more here.
7 Honi Poké, Multiple Locations
Technically, this is more sorbet than ice cream – but it’s still delicious. Kakigori, one of Japan’s trendiest desserts, has just landed in London, and is currently being served to-go by Hawaiian poké specialists Honi Poké.
An ancient Japanese dessert made from a delicately shaved block of ice, piled high and drizzled with natural homemade syrups and delicious toppings; Kakigori is set to be this summer’s Instagram sensation.
The unique snow-like texture creates light and refreshing spoonfuls of melt-in-the-mouth ice, packing a punch of freshness in every bite. Honi Poké will be serving up classic flavours such as strawberry whilst honouring the original flavours of Japan with softly scented matcha. But with their heart in Hawaii, the tropical Guanábana (Soursop) and sweet mango varieties are not to be missed.
Where: Multiple sites across London
Website: Click here to find out more.