Where to Find the Best Ice Cream in London

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Summertime is a rare and wonderful anomaly in this city, somehow it always manages to catch us by surprise. Now that we’re knee deep in the middle of it, every opportune moment should be taken to break out the sandals and ray bans, and bask in the sunshine.

And what better time than to cool off with a few scoops of some of the city’s best ice-cream purveyors around, we’ve updated our top picks for 2014:

Scoop Gelato

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Scoop aims to bring ‘10 minutes of happiness’ to people’s lives and these guys are the crowd favourites, serving up super creamy, super whippy gelato which could easily find its place on the streets of Rome.

All their ingredients are sourced by their origin from all over the world to make each flavour unique.

They make all the classic flavours including fior di latte, stracciatella and crema tradizionale. If you’re looking for perfect gelato, this is it.

Signature flavours:

Their most popular sellers are definitively Pistachio From Bronte, Chocolate from Ecuador and the new amazing Cheesecake flavour and Creme Brulee’

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Opening times: Sun-Thur: 12pm-11pm, Fri-Sat:12pm-12am
Getting there: Covent Garden: 40 Shorts Gardens, London, WC2H 9AB. Soho: 53 Brewer Street, W1F 9UJ London. South Kensington: 16 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3DL London.

Gelupo

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Gelupo are started by the good people behind Bocca di Lupo, and what separates them from the pack are the unique flavour offerings such as ricotta, honey and coffee as well as avocado and honey – both of which were great.

Innovative chef and co-owner Jacob Kenedy is personally devoted to developing new and seasonal flavours in the kitchen, so no visit is ever the same.

In addition, they also sell frozen granitas and cannoli stuffed to the teeth with pistachio ice cream.

The café is brazenly sparkling marbles, plus they also sell frozen sauces used at the restaurant. This has to be everyone’s go to destination for a culinary slice of ice

Signature flavours:

Signature favourite flavours include Fresh Mint Stracciatella, Hazelnut and Bonet. Also hugely popular are the more creative and seasonal offerings such as Blood orange sorbet and Ricotta & Sour Cherry.

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Opening times: Mon-Thur: 12pm–11pm, Fri-Sat – 12pm-1am, Sun: 12pm-10pm
Getting there: 7 Archer Street, off Rupert Street, London W1D 7AU

Chin Chin Laboratorists

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If you are in the mood for something particularly different then you will be suitably impressed with Chin Chin Labs; Europe’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour. Yes you read that correctly, the ice cream custard mixtures are made to order and then whipped in front of your eyes as liquid nitrogen is poured into it.

The theory is that since no ice crystals are formed from the instant freezing with liquid nitrogen, that it produces a creamier experience altogether. Owners Ahrash and Nyisha were proud when they were hailed best ice cream parlour in England by The Times after spending years and very long hours perfecting their recipes and innovative techniques.

Amazingly they use the same ingredients that Michelin starred kitchens do and for 2 scoops and a handmade topping or sauce its only £3.95.

Visit and be prepared for a visually stimulating feast altogether.
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Signature flavours:

Their best-selling ice creams are “Green Grass”, ice cream that tastes like the smell of freshly cut grass and “Strawberry & Hay” is a favourite for Wimbledon. The hay infused cream is paired with kilos of macerated strawberries; really organic.

Opening times: Tue- Sun. 12pm-7pm
Getting there: 49-50 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF, London

Oddono’s

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Started by Christian Oddonos in 2004, and inspired by his Grandmother’s recipe; Oddonos’ gelati are now an established part of London.

They make fresh gelato out from their artisan shop in South Kensington and are known for utilising a raft of natural ingredients, such as Valhrona Chocolate and Piedmont Hazelnuts.

You can also get coffee, hot chocolate and an affogato, which is a wonderful combination of ice cream and coffee together.

Signature flavours:

The sorbets are particularly exciting here, mango and strawberries being clear winners, however my favourites from their gelato range are the pistachio and nocciola,

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Opening times: Sun-Thur: 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-12am
Getting there: 14 Bute Street, South Kensington, London, SW7 3EX. They also have shops in Hampstead, Battersea, East Dulwich and Selfridge’s Food Hall.

3Bis

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Already establishing itself as one of the best gelateria in the capital, this is a wonderful addition to Borough Market’s thriving food scene.

The owners’ knowledge, recipes and techniques have been developed over the last 15 years in Rimini, on Italy’s Adriatic Coast and they pride themselves on the concept of “Artigianalita'”,which translates as “craftsmanship”.

All the raw materials used to make their gelato, are high quality and most of them come straight from Italy like Pistachio, hazelnuts and liquorice.

One of the other things that make their product unique is their continuous production, starting every morning. They only make small batches to keep it as fresh as possible; so if your favourite flavour runs out, you might just have to discover a delicious new one.

Signature flavours:

Inspired by a quintessential English dessert, their Eton Mess is a real crowd pleaser. Also popular are the cookies and cream, peanut butter and Turron, which is based on Spanish Nougat of the same name.

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Opening times: Mon-Sat: 8am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Getting there: 4 Park Street, next to Borough Market, London, SE1 9AB

Olivogelo

Olivogelo

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A relatively new kid on the ice-cream block, Belgravia is the place to go if you fancy a Sardinian Sundae.

Part of Mauro Sanna’s food empire, he also owns four restaurants and a wonderful delicatessen, this charming shop has been a welcome addition to the London ice cream scene since opening in late 2013.

The quality Sardinian ingredients make these ice creams sing, and the fact that the Olivogelo staff both make and sell the product, means they take a great pride in their flavours being totally authentic

Signature flavours:

Best sellers are Salted Caramel & Chocolate ice creams. The Sardinian Bitter Honey frozen yoghurt is a firm favourite and also the refreshing Mango sorbet and Sardinian tangerine sorbet (when the Sardinian tangerines are available!).

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Opening times: Mon-Fri: 1pm-10pm, Sat: 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-7pm
Getting there: Gelateria, 28 Elizabeth St, London, SW1W 9RB

Inside scoop

We hope we have included all your favourite ice cream parlours. But if not – please let us know and we can add them to the the best ice cream in London list. Either Tweet us or leave a comment below to tell us your coldest top tips!

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Kirsten is the chief blogger here at lastminute.com. A former newspaper journalist (don’t hold that against her), having taken extensive trips to China, America and Australasia, she is now pouring her passion for travel into writing blogs and features for the lastminute.com website. Arriving in London via exotic Scunthorpe, Kirsten has made it her mission to try out as many pubs and restaurants as she possibly can in the capital.

4 Comments

  1. I have heard about an ice-wagon near London, where the ice-seller is named Mr. Frosty – his Ice should be worth trying. Until I reach him, I will try the stores mentioned in this article.

  2. If you go out of London and head to Southend on Sea you’ll be surprised how delicious the ice cream is at the Rossi Ice Cream Parlour along the seafront.

    We’ve all heard off Rossi ice cream but this is made in house and is a cut above the rest. An absolute find if you ask me and a must visit if you’re ever there.

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