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7 of the best hot chocolates in London

Why not ward off the chill this December with one of the capital’s best hot chocolates? Pay homage to the traditional Italian hot chocolate at Said or opt for an indulgent Aztec-style infusion at Paul A Young. Here we offer our edit of the best hot chocolates in London

Emily Scrivener
City Guide
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Paul A Young
Head over to award-winning chocolatier Paul A Young for a truly indulgent Aztec-style drink. Made without milk and using 100% cocoa powder and 70% chocolate, this is a top option for those who like deep dark chocolate tastes. For added warmth choose from ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, or add a dash of cayenne pepper for an extra kick.

Paul A Young, 143 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WA, +44 (0)20 7437 0011

Le Chalet
The alpine-themed winter restaurant Le Chalet is a welcome festive addition to the capital this winter. Highlights include the hot-chocolate cocktail bar featuring an array of sinful hot chocolate concoctions such as the Hazelnut, a rich hot chocolate with a splash of almond liqueur.

Le Chalet, Selfridges Roof Top, 400 Oxford Street, London W1H 6HB, +44(0)20 7318 3287

Rococo’s exquisitely wrapped confections and novelty chocolates make it an incredibly popular choice for unique gifts. However, the sea-salt hot chocolate served in its Belgravia store’s café is another reason to visit. The sea salt-infused hot drink is a delicious alternative to traditional recipes, adding a delicious dimension to the rich chocolaty base.

Rococo, 5 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU, +44 (0)20 7245 0993


For something slightly more unusual, why not try a cup of hot white chocolate with cardamom and nutmeg – a suitably festive drink this season. The thick, dark hot chocolate option can also be made with soya or coconut milk instead of dairy, perfect for lactose-intolerant chocolate lovers.

Melange, 84 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4BW, +44 722 650711


With multiple squirts of whipped cream, large pink marshmallows and a dusting of cocoa, all topped with curled chocolate and served up in a plush red velvet interior, Choccywoccydoodah’s hot chocolate offering is one of the most indulgent in the capital. With fabulous fantasy cakes, chocolate slabs and lavish sweets all around, it is a true chocolate-lovers paradise.

Choccywoccydoodah, 30-32 Fouberts Place, London W1F 7PS, +44 (0)20 7734 9713


With roaring fires, wooden tables and mood-enhancing candles, Said is a great place in which to escape the bustle of Soho. Customers can choose from white, milk or dark hot chocolate, made from high-quality cocoa. Almost thick enough to stand a spoon up in, these are traditionally Italian and a real must-taste.

SAID, 41 Broadwick St, London W1F 9QL, +44 (0)20 7437 1584

William Curley
Pay a visit to William Curley’s flagship store in Belgravia to sample his take on the traditional hot chocolate. Made using chopped-up and melted Amadei chocolate in milk, the hot chocolate is a rich treat made even more indulgent by the store’s dessert bar – an extra-sweet alternative to afternoon tea.

William Curley, 198 Ebury Street, London SW1W 8UN, +44 (0)20 7730 5522



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