Yolkin for macaron treats
Cool down with a pastel-coloured ice cream macaron at this Chinatown dessert parlour, which has a huge Instagram following. The shop offers a glut of tempting flavours, including Snickers, apple crumble, green tea and Earl Grey. Yolkin is the brainchild of owner Sammie Le, who started making ice cream from the egg yolks left over from baking macarons to help reduce waste.
Marine Ices for Italian flavours
Treat yourself to some fine Italian gelato at Marine Ices in Chalk Farm. A London institution, Marine Ices has been whipping up delicious gelato using original Italian recipes and ingredients since 1931. Pick from 24 tempting flavours, including tiramisu, coconut, white chocolate and biscotti, or get stuck in to a decadent retro-style sundae, such as a knickerbocker glory or a banana split.
Yorica! for "free-from" ingredients
Tuck into an inspired selection of allergen-free and vegan ice cream and shakes at Yorica!. You won’t find dairy, nuts, eggs, gluten or other hidden allergens in this shop’s picture-perfect ice cream creations, so everyone can enjoy them. You can also enjoy their crepes, shakes and waffles, also using "free-from" ingredients.
The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason for high-end ice
Splash out at high-end ice cream spot The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason. As well as new and innovative ice creams, including an afternoon tea-inspired sundae, this luxurious London eatery also offers artisanal coffee, frothy hot chocolate and savoury snacks. Vegan ice cream and sorbet are also on the menu.
Chin Chin Labs for a wow factor
Get quirky at Chin Chin Labs, the go-to parlour for liquid nitrogen ice cream in London, with branches in Soho and Camden. Select from an array of weekly-changing flavours, then be wowed as your dazzling dessert is frozen to order using a dash of liquid nitrogen.
Ruby Violet for handmade creations
Ruby Violet sits on the bespoke end of London’s magnificent ice cream sphere. Head over to its swanky parlour in King’s Cross to enjoy scrumptious small-batch frozen treats made from organic milk, free-range eggs and ethically sourced ingredients.
Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream for purple yam
Tuck into Filipino ice cream at Mamasons, where scrummy flavours include black coconut and ube (a purple-coloured yam). The Chinatown parlour serves up street-style ‘dirty’ (meaning non-corporate, rather than unclean) ice cream. Street vendors make small batches of the ice cream every day in the Philippines, using a steel drum, ice and salt. The parlour’s glossy interior features pink velour seating, tropical prints, neon lights, climbing plants and artwork by Filipino communities.