Looking for somewhere to indulge in a delicious dessert? Look no further! Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to find that next best dessert in London. From pancakes and waffles to cakes and refreshing ice creams, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for something sweet and indulgent, or something light and refreshing, then our beloved capital will get you sorted. Get ready to indulge your sweet tooth.
1. Cédric Grolet at The Berkeley
Cédric Grolet at The Berkeley is one of the top spots in town for all your sweet cravings, and kicks off this roundup of the best dessert in London. The chef’s signature viennoiserie (or baked goods), cookies and cakes are made completely fresh each morning with a ‘once they’re gone-they’re really gone‘ policy that will have you coming back time and time again.
Grolet himself has been accoladed for his creative and unique take on classic French desserts. His innovative use of ingredients and techniques has earned him a reputation as being one of the best pastry chefs in the world. The experience can only be summed up as – ‘the sweet taste of art‘.
You’ll find Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge at Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL. Nearest station is Hyde Park Corner.
2. Ben’s Cookies
You know when you walk past a shop and just can’t help but stop because of the tantalising smell of the delicious treats oozing from within? That’s what happens with Ben’s Cookies – your nose will practically walk you through the door!
This beloved cookie store chain prides itself on making freshly baked biscuits throughout the day, using only the finest ingredients, and chunks, not chips, of chocolate. Try the ‘milk chocolate and praline’, ‘dark chocolate chunk’ or ‘white chocolate and macadamia’ for a rich and heavenly treat that will practically melt in your mouth!
If you’re not a chocoholic, then you can tuck into flavours such as ‘peanut butter’, ‘caramelised crunch’ and ‘oatmeal and raisin’ – yum! No wonder this one features on this roundup of the best dessert in London.
You’ll find Ben’s Cookies at 355-361 Oxford Street, W1C 2BU. Nearest station is Bond Street.
3. The Hummingbird Bakery
The Hummingbird Bakery does what it says on the tin: ‘authentic American cakes and desserts‘. Here you’ll find everything from the classic cupcakes to celebratory piñata cakes, packed full with rainbow-coloured M&Ms, which is sure to evoke a few wows for that next special occasion. In a nutshell – in this cute little spot, you’ll able to find some of the best dessert in London.
For a taste of the Big Apple, order a New York cheesecake, topped with a delicious raspberry coulis. And what could be more American than apple pie? Except maybe key lime, pecan or Mississippi mud pie of course… And have we mentioned the brownies, cookies and flapjacks? This bakery has it all going on! It even caters for vegan and gluten-free diets.
While all of the above is pretty darn delicious, the real jewel in this spots crown is in its red velvet cupcakes. One bite of one of these of this decadent vanilla-and-chocolate wonders and you’ll almost certainly be raving about them too.
You’ll find The Hummingbird Bakery at 133 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 2DY. Nearest stations are Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill Gate.
4. The Muffin Man Tea Shop
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a different world when you walk through the doors of this tea room. The cosy atmosphere will wrap itself around you like a warm hug and make it pretty damn hard to leave.
The Muffin Man Tea Shop is a great spot for breakfast and lunch, but if it’s your sweet tooth that needs a bit of the old satisfaction, then turn straight to the dessert menu. Choose from among the many tempting cakes on offer – lemon, passion fruit or chocolate fudge, banana bread or marble cake – or go all out with an afternoon tea and enjoy four delicious flavours of cake alongside sandwiches, and scones with strawberry jam and Devon cream. What else when in England hey?
What makes this place so special isn’t just the delicious food; it’s the service too – they always go beyond expectations.
You’ll find The Muffin Man Tea Shop at 12 Wrights Lane, near Kensington High Street, W8 6TA. Nearest station is High Street Kensington.
5. L’ETO Caffe
L’ETO is a cafe that doesn’t serve just good coffee and food – its flavours are truly special, and their presentation is pretty good too! In fact, looking good is just as important as tasting good at this establishment, evident in the meticulous care taken with each dish’s presentation.
But what steals the show here? Cakes! A must-try is the ‘honey cake’, with a sweet and sour cream, roasted nuts and a raspberry coulis garnish. Or try one of their macarons for a genuine taste of the famous French dessert with its crunchy shell and gooey filling.
Looking for a perfect cup o’ joe in town? Order an ‘ice cube latte’ to accompany it, made with rich and foamy perfection.
You’ll find L’ETO at 155 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 8WG. Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road.
6. Peggy Porschen
When you visit Peggy Porschen, the first things that will catch your eye are the bright colours and picturesque setting. With flowers and white patio furniture in addition to all the pink hues, it’s no wonder this bakery has become one of London’s most Instagrammable spots!
As pretty as the decor, the cakes are an absolute delight. With a menu that changes as the year turns, you’re always in for a surprise and a treat. Expect to find classic combos and seasonal specials.
If you’re looking to impress with a very special dessert for a dinner party or occasion, order one of Peggy Borschen’s exquisite bakes. It truly will truly be the icing on the cake.
You’ll find Peggy Porschen Belgravia at 116 Ebury Street, SW1W 9QQ. Nearest station is Sloane Square.
If you’re out and about in the West End, Gelupo is the perfect place to grab a sweet post-lunch or dinner. The inventive flavours of the artisan gelato and sorbets are constantly changing, making it pretty hard to not want one of everything on the menu.
Try the ‘raspberry sorbet’, with 60% fruit, for a refreshing palette cleanser, or the ‘bitter chocolate’ for pure decadent indulgence. Looking for a vegan or dairy-free option? You’ll still be spoilt for choice, with lots to tempt you. Freshly made every day, Gelupo’s creations are gorgeous to look at and certainly delicious to taste.
You’ll find Gelupo at 7 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AU. Nearest station is Piccadilly Circus.
8. Chin Chin Labs
If you’re looking for a new dessert experience, visit Chin Chin Labs in Camden Market to witness ice cream frozen with – wait for it – liquid nitrogen – right before your eyes! The best part? You can pick and mix the flavours and toppings to custom-make your absolute dream dessert.
If you’re not in the mood for something cool, how about something to warm you up? Chin Chin is also well-known for its signature hot chocolate. Rich and fulfilling, each cup is topped with an extra helping of gooey marshmallows (suitable for veggies – bonus). It’s not exactly dessert – but who’s checking? This satisfying cup of chocolate indulgence is almost a meal in itself!
You’ll find Chin Chin Labs at 49-50 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF. Nearest station is Camden Town.
9. La Gelateria
Embracing the ‘slow-food philosophy’, La Gelateria in Covent Garden uses seasonal ingredients to create small-batch, all-natural gelato and sorbets. You really won’t find a sniff of an additive or preservative here.
The recipes are quite exceptional. Ever tried honey, rosemary and orange zest gelato? Or how about basil and chilli? Those are just two of the award-winning ice creams that appear on the expansive menu, full of unusual flavour combos to make your taste buds really tingle. So, next time you’re in Covent Garden, stop by La Gelateria for a delicious dessert sensation!
You’ll find La Gelateria at 27 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4LA. Nearest station is Leicester Square.
10. Kahve Dünyası
Home of the decadent ‘chocolate truffle cake’, Kahve Dünyası is a delightful Turkish chain selling delicious desserts, handmade chocolates and fresh ground coffee. They have a great location right in the heart of Piccadilly where all the cakes are freshly baked in-store.
The chocolate soufflé is a must-have for any dessert lover. It’s served warm with clotted cream ice cream and some whipped creams to complete the experience. Plus – don’t forget to try the borekitas. They’re small Turkish pastries filled with either aubergines or potatoes and they make for an excellent snack that you really won’t want to miss.
You’ll find Kahve Dunyasi at Unit 3, 200 Piccadilly, St James’s, W1J 9HU. Nearest station is Piccadilly Circus.
From cupcakes to doughnuts and everything in between, these are the ten best places for your next dessert in London. We hope you enjoy trying out some of these delicious sweet treats!