ICE CREAM STORES
Gelupo The sister brand of restaurant Bocca di Lupo, Gelupo opened its first branch in 2010 and its second in 2015, and has been serving up some of the best gelato in London ever since. Creations like ricotta with chocolate and black pepper or fresh mint stracciatella keep you coming back for more, and creamy soft serve flavours are now available too. Archer Street, W1. Credit Gelupo La Gelatiera La Gelatiera is a gelato-lover’s dream. Not only are the flavours varied, delicious and constantly-changing, everything is made on-site daily – there’s even a glass panel in the floor so that you can see the kitchen action downstairs. Flavours such as honey with rosemary and orange zest and extra dark chocolate with Calabrian chilli are all 100 per cent natural and free of any additives or preservatives.
New Row, WC2 Ruby Violet. A long-term favourite of Tufnell Park residents, Ruby Violet has now garnered enough word-of-mouth recommendations to merit visitors from every corner of London. British through and through – their old-school ice cream van is truly adorable – flavours are nevertheless as diverse as matcha green tea and basil with lemon, as well as refreshing sorbets such as the zingy mint and cucumber.
Fortess Road, NW5. Credit Danielle Wood Greedy Goat. Those who suffer difficulties with dairy can still enjoy ice cream – Greedy Goat uses British goat’s milk for 10 per cent less lactose and a lower fat content than cow’s milk. At Borough Market every weekend, Greedy Goat’s flavour offering ranges from classic pistachio, strawberry and mint choc chip to more unconventional choices such as carrot cake, orange sherbet and limoncello.
Borough Market, SE1 Marine Ices. Marine Ices is a true classic. First launched in London by Italian Gaetano Mansi back in 1931, it has now moved from the old Marine Ices restaurant on Haverstock Hill to 61 Chalk Farm Road, under a bloom-filled wisteria tree. In the summer, expect long queues for the much-loved ice cream favourites – coffee, vanilla with pods and white chocolate are all crowd-pleasers.
Chalk Farm Road, NW1 3B is made in small batches on-site every day, 3Bis’s gelato – served up just off Borough Market – uses the same Italian ingredients used in its two Rimini parlours (think Sicialian pistachios and Calabrian liquorice) alongside local British fare. Special features include the molten chocolate poured into the bottom of every cup and cone, whilst favourite flavours include mascarpone with figs, peanut butter and hazelnut.
Park Street, SE1 Chin Chin Labs. Do you get bored easily? Tired of classic pistachio and vanilla? Chin Chin Labs likes to push traditionally-held views on what ice cream should be to one side – using liquid nitrogen to freeze the mixture faster for smoother results (and in-parlour theatrics that will thrill adults and children alike). Flavours err or the outlandish side – think strawberry with hay or peach with blue cheese and nuts.
Camden Lock Place, NW1 Udderlicious. Opened in Islington by husband and wife team Raj and Raj, Udderlicious ice cream is made in-store with organic milk from grass-fed cows. Customers are invited to invent a new flavour each month to be produced and sold, as well as the winner getting free ice cream for the entire month. Winners so far have included Greek yoghurt with honey, chocolate with marmite and toffee popcorn.
Upper Street, N1 La Grotta Ices. Fruit-lovers will find sanctuary in the creamy embrace of Kitty Travers’s La Grotta Ices – all hand-made using organic milk and whole seasonal fruits in a former greengrocers shop in North Lambeth. Flavours are fresh, summery and fragrant – we love white nectarine leaf custard, strawberry with dill seed ripple and rhubarb with raspberry ripple. Travers sells from a constantly-roving Piaggio Ape, so follow her on Twitter at @LaGrottaIces to discover her latest location. Spa Terminus, SE1 GelatorinoClassic, artisanal gelato, made and sold in true Italian style, Gelatorino’s delectably creamy flavours include amaretto, almond, cinnamon and caramel, as well as fruit sorbets. One for the purists amongst you. Russell Street, WC2. London Food Lifestyle Arts & Lifestyle Share this gallery