Everyone loves dessert, right? Although, I often feel like I tack it onto a meal without giving it much thought in it’s own right. I try to go out to eat a fair bit, but also love the idea of going out for ice cream. Because we’re adults now, and we can go out for ice cream whenever we damn well want. Amazing stuff.
Making pudding a whole event in itself is ridiculously enjoyable, you see. Rather than settling for a sub-par sundae after your main meal, I’m a big fan of seeking out specialist dessert parlours. Homemade ice cream, inventive flavours and inviting interiors totally win my approval.
For guaranteed sugar comas for hours (in the best possible way), here are some places in London to get your sweet fix sorted! I’ve even included an option for those of you who are vegan or dairy-free, as everyone deserves to gorge themselves on dessert once in a while.
With venues in Wathamstow, Leyton, Forest Gate, Hounslow, Tooting and Wood Green, Afters definitely has the dessert market in the city pretty well covered.
There’s plenty of vintage-inspired decor in their parlours and an impressive menu, including ridiculously epic looking sundaes, cakes and ‘cold stone’ cone bowls.
Oh, and they also offer up Afters Original Falooda – an Indian drink mixing aewra water with rose syrup, vermicelli, tapioca seeds, dried whole milk, sweet jelly and a choice of ice cream. I really want to give this one a try!
Definitely a great stop-off to satisfy those who are sweet-toothed in nature.
Various locations in London
Gelupo, Cambridge Circus
Seriously guys. That, right there, is heaven in a pot. We stumbled across the wonder that is Gelupo when we’d had a steak at Flat Iron (fave), had time to kill before seeing the latest Star Wars (really good) and were on the hunt for somewhere to grab a celebratory payday dessert. Because having a bank account that doesn’t have a minus number in is so worth celebrating.
I chose the Bitter Chocolate Sorbet and the Coconut Gelato, and honestly, wowsers. It’s basically a posh Bounty bar in ice cream form and my new favourite dessert in the world. Seriously, it’s such a perfect combo – rich sorbet and creamy gelato with plenty of flavour and sweetness in both.
If you fancy something a bit different, they do some more off-beat flavours, as well as a really tasty pistachio ice cream (see above, pairs well with the hazelnut flavour). At four quid for a cone or tub with two flavours, it’s pretty reasonable price-wise and the interior is just lovely. We sat in the back of the space, sipping on nice and strong £1 coffee and chatting about life, and almost missed our film because of it…
Oh, and it’s also on Archer Street, which made me happy, because I love Archer, the TV series.
7 Archer St, Soho,W1D 7AU
Ruby Violet, Kings Cross & Tufnell Park
Ruby Violet has such a strong homemade, locally sourced ethic that I absolutely love. Their original parlour is located in Tufnell Park, and all the ice cream is made there on a daily basis, with fresh ingredients. Much of the fruit is locally sourced, and the blackberries and damsons come from owner Julie’s home town in Nottinghamshire.
Their ice cream flavours range from raspberry ripple and belgian chocolate, through to apricot and sour cream, mantova pumpkin and even the intriguing-sounding purple sweet potato. I have to give that one a try sometime, just for curiosity’s sake.
Unlike many other dessert stops, you can also grab a boozy treat to go with your ice cream at Ruby Violet. Hooray! Or maybe a Gin and Tonic or Raspberry, Rosewater and Prosecco sorbet is your kinda pudding? Either way – if you like a touch of the hard stuff with your sweet tastes, this place has got ya.
Tufnell Park – 118 Fortess Rd, NW5 2HL
King’s Cross – 3 Wharf Road, N1C 4BZ
Sunflower, Leytonstone High Road
This one’s on home turf! Yep, those huge-ass jars of Nutella are a short walking distance from my front door.
I first discovered this little place when we’d been out for a curry down the road, and didn’t really fancy any of the curryhouse’s desserts. The walls are painted a vibrant, sunny yellow with black tiling and it has that vibe of being on your holidays somewhere sunny.
My usual pick at Sunflower is one of their crepes – with strawberries, a mega generous helping of Nutella and some cream on the side. As well as tasty sweet options, they also do savoury crepes too, making it a great lunch option as well as a dessert parlour.
For other options, check out their huge cabinet filled with cakes and pastries, or dip into their numerous ice cream flavours. I definitely recommend the bubblegum if you like your ice cream super sweet!
Sunflower Cafe and Creperie
777-779 High Road Leytonstone, E11 3BZ
One for all my vegan/dairy free pals out there!
Yorica’s fro-yos, ice creams and shakes are completely dairy, egg, nut and gluten free – and not an animal product in sight. Meaning those with intolerances or who don’t eat animal products can gorge themselves guilt free on tasty dessert options. Yay!
130 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZN
What are your favourite dessert spots where you live?