The Chocolate Museum makes Brixton that little bit sweeter.
What with windmills, David Bowie, and an awesome market, there are many reasons to love Brixton. Well, here’s one more. Since 2013, Brixton has been home to the only chocolate museum in London, and in a stunning display of originality, it’s called… The Chocolate Museum. (See more free museums in London.)
Anyway, the name isn’t important, because we’re more concerned with the delicious secrets this place might be hiding. The museum’s mission is to tell the story of chocolate, from bean, to bar, and finally, to your belly. Yum! They do this with a range of chocolate memorabilia, from antique chocolate tools to old advertising materials.
The highlight of the museum is the ‘Choco-tale’, an interactive tasting trail that spans the whole history of cocoa. It comes paired with a box of thirteen different treats, from traditional Mayan chocolates to modern French efforts, and results in a rather tasty jaunt through history. Did you know chocolate was first introduced to Europe as a drug? These are the kind of fun tidbits The Chocolate Museum can enlighten you with.
The gift shop stocks ethically-sourced chocolate, but if you fancied a hands-on experience, you’re in luck. The Chocolate Museum runs 2h 30 min – 3h truffle making workshops (which are currently on hold due to lockdown restrictions), aiming to turn you into a master chocolatier.
Alternatively, drop-in chocolate-making workshops take place every Sunday from 11am to 5.30pm, and include instructions, all the tools you need, and some rather tasty ingredients. Remember though, the more you eat during construction, the fewer chocolates you’ll have at the end. Don’t say you weren’t warned! Due to the current limited seating capacity, The Chocolate Museum requires advance bookings for the drop-in sessions to make sure you won’t be turned down when you show up.
The Chocolate Museum also runs online workshops, talks, demonstrations, and speciality events (plus a chocolate and wine tasting workshop in partnership with Melange Chocolate in Peckham!). Stay up to date on current opening times, availability, and workshops once they resume their regular schedule on The Chocolate Museum’s website.
Also published on Medium.