From innovative approaches to generations-old Italian techniques to vegan ice cream, find your next frozen treat with our guide to London’s ice-cream shops.
2. Chin Chin Labs
For something a little different, head to Chin Chin Labs, the go-to parlour for liquid nitrogen ice cream in London. Watch as your dessert is frozen to order using a dash of liquid nitrogen, and select from an exciting array of weekly-changing flavours at this cool cafe in Camden.
3. La Gelatiera
Creative flavours, such as tongue-tingling chili and basil, have won La Gelatiera an impressive list of foodie awards. Its name refers to the gelato churn used in Italy, and reflects the spot’s dedication to handmade treats. Drop by the gelato lab to learn all about the traditional techniques used at this ice-cream shop in London.
Head over to Lick in Soho, which offers a tasty range of 24 unique ice-cream flavours every day. Sample gelato-based milkshakes, floats and affogato (coffee and gelato) made using Illy coffee at this independent ice-cream parlour. There’s also an array of gelato cakes, allergy-friendly gelato and alcoholic flavours for adults.
5. Gelateria 3BIS London
Located in Borough Market, Gelateria 3BIS London focuses on the history and craftsmanship behind the tasty Italian dessert. This picture-pretty parlour’s sorbet and gelato creations are made using the highest quality ingredients sourced from Italy. You’ll also find beautiful pastries and incredible coffee.
Those with a sweet tooth should visit ultra-cool Gelatorino. Take your pick from delicious Italian flavour creations including amaretto and panettone, as well as sorbet and gelato cocktails, made using only the very best natural ingredients.
Stop off for a scoop of artisan gelato at Soho's Gelupo. This London cafe takes its gelato creations seriously and uses specialist churning equipment to ensure a more luxurious outcome. Be tempted by unusual flavours such as lemon, custard and almond, or mango sticky rice, alongside a good range of vegan options.
8. Greedy Goat
Pick up a pot of guilt-free ice cream at Greedy Goat in Borough Market. This popular stall on the London ice-cream scene serves up a flavour-packed selection of desserts made using British goat’s milk. Take your pick from deliciously inventive flavours including rhubarb and custard, cherry bakewell and more.
9. La Grotta Ices
Get your hands on some of La Grotta Ices' coveted creations made from seasonal ingredients at Spa Terminus in Bermondsey on limited Saturdays from May to September. Alternatively, pick up a tub of its ice cream from Leila's Shop on Calvert Avenue or E5 Bakehouse.
10. Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream
11. Milk Train
Milk Train has taken soft-serve ice cream to a new level with its quirky cafe in Covent Garden. The showstopper in the shop’s creative portfolio is the dreamy candyfloss cone, which combines two of your favourite childhood treats – ice cream surrounded by a cloud of candyfloss.
Cool down with a delicious ice-cream cone at much loved Oddono's. Open since 2004, this family-owned Italian gelato shop has a range of more than 100 flavours and makes its authentic creations daily at its artisan laboratory, age-old and new recipes.
13. Ruby Violet
Fall in love with luxurious desserts at Selfridge's Snowflake. This artisan ice-cream maker offers sweet puddings created from organic milk and nuts grown in the Italian mountains. Choose from waffles, crepes, ice-cream sundaes and vegan desserts.
15. Soft Serve Society
16. The Parlour
Wander over to the Udderlicious in Islington for top ice-cream treats. You’ll find a decadent selection of handmade ice cream and sorbet, from wild cherry to Irish coffee. If you’re celebrating, make sure to ask about the personalised ice-cream cakes which are a firm favourite with visitors to this London cafe.
Ogle the selection of completely allergen-free and vegan ice cream and shakes at Yorica. You won’t find dairy, nuts, eggs, gluten or other hidden allergens in this London shop’s picture-perfect ice cream, meaning absolutely everyone can enjoy it.