Chocolate is irresistible, appealing to everyone. The smell, the taste and the look instantly grabs attention. London’s chocolatiers are a perfect destination if you are looking for a sweet tasting experience or gift. This is just a small selection of the vast range of chocolatiers to be found within London, all of which offer something different and something unusual worth exploring .
Charbonnel et Walker are one of the longest established chocolatiers, and have a royal warrant from Her Majesty The Queen. They have been trading in the Royal Arcade, Bond Street for over a century. The totally delicious, mouth watering truffles and chocolate selections have gained a devoted following, with people returning time and time again to the store to buy yet more chocolate delights.
If you are at Best Western Palm Hotel and want something imaginative and unusual, there are plenty of options. How about trying Rococo Chocolate which has stores on the Kings Road, Chelsea, in Belgravia and Marylebone. These are stores which seem to resemble Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory as the offering include chocolate cigars, Praline Quails Eggs, Bee bars, Popping Marc de Champagne Ganache and even a collection known as the Cat That Got the Cream.
Alternatively, you can choose to stay in Best Western Hotels London and try Choccywoccydoodah in Fouberts Place, Carnaby Street for an eye catching collection of chocolate delights. There are incredibly fantastical chocolate cakes as well as chocolate lovebirds, white chocolate budgerigars, popcorn lollies and the aptly named Choccywoccyfroggy or the Choccywoccysaurus! Come Halloween, the massive life size chocolate skull weighing around 3 kilos is guaranteed to appeal to chocolate lovers.
Dark Sugars can be found in Brick Lane, East London. This is where the flavour and aroma of chocolate beans drifts down the street, positively drawing you in to a chocolate heaven. Piles of uncut truffle shards can be combined to create irresistible pick and mix assortments giving the opportunity to try out a vast range of new and unusual flavours such as cardamon and orange. Or you could try medijool dates dipped in chocolate. There is even an extensive range of matching vegan chocolates ensuring that no one need be left out of a chocoholic evening’s pleasure.
Last but by no means least is Artisan du Chocolat. Search out their stores on Lower Sloane Street and Westbourne Grove for an experience that is definitely out or the ordinary. Quite apart from buying fantastic chocolate that has been made from scratch using ground beans, they offer taste defying tutored tasting sessions when all manner of chocolate can be explored. Just book any of the budget hotels in north London and think of chocolate ice cream, chocolate cocktails, couture chocolates, chocolate bars and even cocoa pulp juice. It is truly mind blowing! Best of all, the experience need not be missed if you are on a special diet as Artisan du Chocolat create a massive range of variations to match different dietary needs including chocolates made from buffalo milk, almond milk and sugar free options.