On a hot day in London, ice cream is always a good idea. Whether you’re looking for the creamiest gelato, a refreshing sorbet or the most Instagrammable ice creams, London’s best ice cream spots can be found all over the city. Plus the flavours are endless! Serving up old favourites as well as some whacky concoctions, you might be spoilt for choice but you’ll never be left disappointed. For the dessert lovers amongst you looking the best (and most photo-worthy) ice cream spots in London, here’s the inside scoop…
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1. Amorino Gelato
Dotted all around the city - even spreading as far out as Richmond and Stratford - Amorino is a definite top contender in the battle for London’s best ice cream. This seriously Instagrammable soft-serve spot is all about serving gourmet gelato using only mother nature’s best, natural ingredients. Take your pick from their incredible selection of fresh flavours from the highest quality sources like Sri Lankan coconut, Madagascan vanilla or Indian mango amongst loads more that’ll satisfy any ice cream craving. Did we mention the presentation? Every scoop is pressed into the cone in the shape of a flower - absolute gelato goals.
2. Cremoloso Gelato
Tucked away near Wandsworth Common, Cremoloso Gelato is a game changer. Just take a look at their Instagram account and you’ll be making the trip south of the river to try one of their delicious flavours ASAP. The husband and wife team based up the road from Earlsfield station have nailed the art of creating creamy gelato and refreshing sorbets in a whole variety of flavours. Think mint chocolate, pecan, summer berries, Italian lemon, as well as a range of vegan options like fresh strawberry or golden kiwi. You could spend ages deciding on which flavour to pick, but whatever you go for is guaranteed to hit the spot.
3. Gelateria 3Bis
Portobello Road and Borough Market
If you’re after good quality gelato near Borough Market or around Portobello Road, the scoops at Gelateria 3Bis are some of the best in London. Pistachio, cookies, kinder, lemon, mango, Eton mess… There aren’t a whole load to choose from but the selection is still perfection. Take your pick of a couple of different flavours and, before generously scooping it into your cone, they’ll begin by pouring a little melted, hazelnut chocolate into the bottom from a chocolate-filled tap. Then at the end they’ll top it off with a signature waffle crisp. YUM.
What sounds better than exploring Covent Garden with an ice cream in hand? Gelatorino is a buzzing little gelato spot right in the heart of central London, serving up fresh, authentic ice cream that will blow you away! The luxuriously creamy texture with the perfectly combined flavours mean there’s almost always a queue when the sun’s out. Think sweet flavours like salted caramel, peanut butter, cookies and cream, amaretto and stracciatella, and fruity flavours like coconut, peach, passionfruit and way more to choose from. It’s the perfect indulgent treat whether it’s the middle of a hot day or you’re looking for a post-dinner dessert in Covent Garden.
5. La Gelatiera
Covent Garden, Crouch End, Stratford
With gelato as good as the stuff they churn up here, it’s no wonder they opened up three times. La Gelatiera has made its name as one of London’s best ice creams, not just because their gelato is so beautifully made, but also because the flavours are so deliciously unique. Their more original flavours range from rosemary and orange zest to basil and chilli, while of course keeping some classic flavours within their selection, too. And let us tell you, the gelato God must’ve sent a little something from heaven. La Gelatiera hand crafts their ice cream in small batches every day, so you know all the love has gone into it. All the gelato is made from seasonal ingredients and organic dairy products, plus it’s low-fat! You’d never believe it.
6. Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream
Chinatown and Camden
London’s first Filipino ice cream parlour opened up in Covent Garden, and the city hasn’t looked back since. The sweet treat is most famous for being served on the streets of Manila, and now people are loving their signature flavour ‘ube’ which is made using Filipino purple yams and ideal for those that don’t like their ice cream too sweet. If you get one thing, the hot ice cream sandwich (bilog) is a must-try - ice cream in a toasted milk bun. It’s the perfect pit stop when you’re craving something a little different, as this is definitely exotic.
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7. Milk Train Cafe
Potentially the wackiest on this list, for an ice cream you will not be able to eat without taking a photo of before, Milk Train Cafe is the one. Don’t just expect your standard soft serve ice cream as this one comes served surrounded by candy floss and covered in your favourite toppings. Oreos, cookie crisp cereal, popcorn, caramel bits… The toppings are endless! Plus the ice cream itself is deliciously creamy and simply melts in the mouth.
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