If you’re serious about chocolate, ice cream or cakes, check out some of these heavenly places where your sweet tooth will be sated in every possible way. These are our pick of the best dessert places in London.
Specialist dessert hotspots
Peek behind a red door on Broadwick Street and discover one of London’s sweetest speakeasies. Follow the music down the stairs to Basement Sate's underground hideaway and grab a private booth to enjoy the dessert-and-cocktails-only menu. Every dessert here is paired with a matching tipple. Try out the gardening-themed carrot cake with 'A Trip To Chinatown' cocktail on the side.
Shakes & Co
Indulge at dessert-only restaurant Shakes & Co in Willesden. The team here have a true passion for pudding, and it shows through the use of great ingredients. Explore the Red Velvet Corner section of the menu for everything rouge and delightful, including fluffy waffles and a colourful sundae. We choose the decadent red velvet freakshake.
Follow the freshly cooked waffle scent down Wardour Street in Chinatown to Bubblewrap. Egg waffles, cooked in their unique bubble shaped cooker, are filled with your choice of toppings and gelatos. You'll quickly see why this is an Instagram favourite.
Discover a chocaholic’s paradise at Choccywoccydoodah, a spectacular shop with a small sitting area and an amazing secret party room for 10 to 25 people. What to have? Why, anything chocolate of course!
Anges de Sucre
The “bold, beautiful and totally bonkers cakes’” at Anges de Sucre are works of art, but don’t let that stop you from digging in – they’re delicious too! Head to Selfridges to see these creations in person, just try not to drool over the icing. Order the Rainbow & Unicorn creation for a show-stopping cake at your next occasion.
Bob Bob Ricard
Channel Gatsby at Bob Bob Ricard, an elegant Soho spot which claims to sell more champagne than any other restaurant in the UK; perhaps aided by the emergency ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons found at every table. The full menu is worth coming hungry for, but be sure to save room for the BBR Chocolate Glory - a decadent delight made with both chocolate mousse and brownie.
Flesh & Buns
Playing with your food is not only allowed, it’s encouraged at Flesh & Buns. The dessert highlight of this DIY food concept, is the s’mores – an American classic with a Japanese twist brought to London. Melt passionfruit marshmallows over your tableside campfire and enjoy with a crisp almond biscuit. Visit on 10 August to celebrate National S’mores Day.
La Bodega Negra
Brave Bodega Negra's sex-shop entrance for freshly fried churros dipped in the smoothest Oaxacan chocolate sauce or sweet dolce de leche. Grab a few Mexican street food snacks first, or head straight for the sweet stuff.
Walk through a section of Harringay’s Green Lanes full of Turkish restaurants to find Antepliler, one of the most authentic. Leave lots of room for dessert; you will struggle to find better baklava this side of Istanbul. There is also a branch in Islington.
The Crêpe Factory
Come along and discover whether you agree with hundreds of Londoners who swear these are some of the best desserts in London. The Crêpe Factory in West Brompton is one of those places that does one thing unbelievably well. Whether savoury or sweet, their superb crêpes never disappoint. One for all the family.
Bakes and ice cream parlours
Try every flavour in this gelateria, offering true Italian gelato and ice creams available in eight changing flavours each day. a good excuse to keep coming back to try all they have to offer. Keep an eye out for the pistachio flavour.
Cookies and Scream
Take a trip to Holloway Road to buy some proper baked goods – cookies, brownies, pies and doughnuts plus super-thick shakes. Everything is vegan and gluten-free, so you can enjoy a sinfully delicious treat no matter your diet at Cookies and Scream.
Stroll two minutes from Tufnell Park station (or to the new King’s Cross branch) to this locally-focused ice cream parlour. Ruby Violet's enthusiastic team will offer you a wide range of flavours, all handmade on site, plus alcoholic shakes and, on Fridays and Saturday evenings, mini baked Alaskas.
Treat yourself to a creation from three Michelin-star pastry chef Joakim Prat. It’s all about choux pastry at South Kensington dessert jewel, Maitre Choux, where eclairs are given more care and attention than most people pay to a full three-course meal. For our money, it’s all about the Paris-Brest with homemade praline cream. It doesn’t get much better. There’s also a Soho branch.
Head down to Covent Garden on the weekends and inside Siam Eatery you’ll find Yolkin, one of our favourite dessert restaurant pop-ups. Yolkin is run by Sammy – who had the ingenious idea to sandwich homemade ice cream between freshly made macarons for a new level of ice cream sandwich. A limited amount are made each week, and once they're gone, they're gone, so we wouldn’t wait around.
Dum Dum Donutterie
Dum Dum is the world's first artisan baked donut/croissant brand. Cronuts are baked, not fried, and claim to be significantly lower in fat than your average donut. We're not sure if it counts towards a healthy diet, but we're willing to believe it anyway. Head to Boxpark Shoreditch or Croydon to try one.