What better way to relax on a sunny day in London than with gorgeous ice cream? The hardest part is choosing from the vast range of wonderful ice cream parlours to be found throughout London. We chose some of the best that you can visit while a resident at hotels in North West London.
Amorino has numerous outlets scattered from Chelsea to Camden and is renowned for its amazing flower cones with ice cream arranged just like petals. The choice of varieties is huge – how about passion fruit, amarena cream complete with black cherries or salted caramel? By far the most popular flavours tend to be Mango Sorbet and Pistachio & Hazelnut. If you don’t fancy strolling down the street with a flower cone, how about trying a gelato burger containing two scoops of your chosen flavour?
Over in Victoria, the Dominique Ansel Bakery is proving a talking point among ice cream connoisseurs due to unusual flavours like watermelon & choc chip, rhubarb sorbet and custard ice cream topped with a rhubarb crisp.
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Equally unusual is Piccadilly based Grom which offers Italian nougat ice cream or caramel and Himalayan Pink Salt. Alternatively, you could consider its signature ice cream containing pastry cream and lemon peel.
Not far away in Greek Street, Soho is the aptly named Lick where you have a choice of over 24 flavours such as red bean, Zuppa Inglese, banoffee pie and Sicilian lemon.
Anyone wanting an instagrammable ice cream should head for the Milk Train café in Covent Garden. Easily accessible from Palm hotel which is also one of the best wedding venues in North West London this spot is definitely something out of the ordinary. Served in a normal waffle cone, the ice cream centre is submerged in a cloud-like web of candy floss topped with sprinkles, choc chips and more!
Also, in Covent Garden is La Gelateria, which produces new flavours daily and loves to try something new. So you could find almost anything on offer as ice cream lists in the past have included the likes of Cornish Blue and walnuts or Honey, rosemary and orange zest. While waiting take a look below your feet. The glass floor offers a fantastic view of the basement where the artisan ice cream makers are hard at work.
Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly is definitely one of the most classic, long-established ice cream parlours in the city. Head up to the first floor where you can discover some wonderful high-quality artisanal ice cream including the house flavour – Fortnum’s Florentine, plus all the well-loved flavours such as chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.