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
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
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