A salty snack can be very satisfying but at times we all crave a sweet treat, be it a luxurious hit of chocolate or a sugary, custard-filled doughnut. London is filled with establishments claiming to offer the tastiest desserts around, but not all sweets are created equal. From cafés to stalls, we’ve picked five of our favourite places in London to indulge your sweet tooth, including Pierre Marcolini and the latest venture from doughnut genius Justin Gellatly.
Located in London’s chic Chelsea area, Maison Blanc is an artisan patisserie offering a wide array of cakes, pastries and other sugary delights. Yes, you can sit down to lunch here, but why go for savoury when the sweets are so irresistible?
Maison Blanc, 303 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QH, +44 (0)20 7795 2663
For luxurious handmade chocolates, made fresh each day in-store, look no further than Melt. Walk into the Notting Hill store and you are immediately met with the heavenly scent of chocolate wafting from the kitchen. Flavours are seasonal, inventive and always delicious. Talk to one of the chocolatiers to discover the latest creations.
Melt, 59 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AA, +44 (0)20 7727 5030
Inspired by the idea of ice cream as the ultimate treat, whatever the weather, Ruby Violet creates some of the most delicious handmade ice creams, gelatos and sorbets that we’ve tasted in the city. From classic flavours to new ideas, every recipe is seasonal and new flavours appear all the time – all the more reason to visit again and again.
Ruby Violet, 118 Fortress Road, London NW5 2HL, +44 (0)20 7609 0444
Anyone with a sweet tooth will be glad to know that acclaimed Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini now has a standalone store in London. Located on Marylebone High Street, the bright and spacious store offers the brand’s luxurious, beautiful and, above all, delicious creations. It is home to a bespoke chocolate counter, a macaroon carousel, a sweetie bar, a tasting area, a chocolate library and much more. The flagship will also offer exclusive items unavailable anywhere else in the UK, including delectable freshly made éclairs.
Pierre Marcolini, 37 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QE, +44 (0)20 7486 7196
Justin Gellatly, the man behind the outstanding doughnuts at St John restaurant, now has his own bakery store at Borough Market. Explore the different doughnut varieties, such as salted honeycomb, pick up some bread or book on to a baking course while you’re here.
Bread Ahead, Borough Market, Cathedral Street, London SE1 9DE, +44 (0)20 7407 7853