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 truffle making workshops twice a month, aiming to turn you into a master chocolatier. Alternatively, drop-in chocolate-making workshops will cost you just £12, 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!
The Chocolate Museum also runs talks, demonstrations, and speciality events too. For instance, on Roald Dahl’s birthday, they run workshops to create your own Wonka bar. Honestly, learning has never tasted so damn good.
Location: 187 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8BA. Nearest station is Brixton. See them on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 2-7pm (Wednesday to Friday), 11am-6pm (Saturday), 11am-5:30pm (Sunday)
Entry: is free, but workshops start from £12.
More information: head to their website.