London’s Best Ice-Cream Parlours

It might may be National Ice-Cream Day this weekend, but to be honest we don’t really need an excuse to order a couple of scoops of ice-cream or gelato once the sun starts to shine. Here are eight of the coolest places in London to bring the temperature down as the weather hots up.…


With sites in Islington and Covent Garden, Udderlicious is a popular haunt for vegans (the vegan Oreo flavour is eternally popular) and non-vegans alike. All freshly made in store, one of the parlour’s highlights is the fact that visitors can vote for which flavours they’d like to eat each month (this month’s combinations include banana-caramel and rhubarb and fig). The team, led by husband and wife Raj and Raj, can also make ice-cream cakes for birthdays and celebrations.

187 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ and 24 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LN


Biscuiteers Icing Cafe

 Mainly known for its delectable biscuit boxes filled with iced designs, Biscuiteers Icing Café in Clapham now offers the only biscuit-topped ice-cream in the capital. Getting in on the summer vibes, the biscuits – made by the in-house experts – are intricately designed to resemble fruits slices such as watermelon, kiwi, lime and orange.

 13 Northcote Road, Clapham, SW11 1NG




Opened in June, this Piccadilly branch of Italian gelato purveyors Grom is the very first to land in the UK. Specialising in naturally sourced, traditional gelato, the team only use carob flour as a thickener, ensuring that the gelato is as authentic as possible. Popular flavours include ‘Crema di Grom’ (pastry cream gelato with corn biscuits and chocolate chips) and ‘Gianduia’ (made with Venezuelan chocolate and hazelnut chips). Takeaway tubs are also available. 

18 Piccadilly Avenue, Piccadilly, W1J 0DF



Mister Fitz’s Finest Ice Cream

The team behind Doughnut Time has opened a pop-up ice-cream parlour in Soho. Named Mister Fitz’s Finest Ice Cream, the pastel pink store sells an array of confectionary-filled ice-cream sandwiches, custom cones and tailor-made tubs, and vegan treats. We like the sound of the ‘John Lemon’, a pair of lemon scoops served between two vanilla cookies and topped with meringue.

21 Great Windmill Street, Soho, W1D 7LB; until 30th August


Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason has sweet stuff down to a fine art with its ice-cream mecca, The Parlour, which serves everything from knickerbocker glories to coke floats and hot chocolates. Its afternoon tea sundaes span flavour combinations from mint and cucumber sorbet to more traditional rose-ripple ice cream, and both come topped with Italian meringue, popping candy, rose eclair, strawberry preserve and a cream scone.

181 Piccadilly, St. James's, W1A 1ER



Bubblewrap in Chinatown puts a delicious, Instagrammable twist on waffles. Having originated in Hong Kong, these unique egg waffles cause Londoners to queue for over two hours for a taste of the sweet and savoury creations. Resembling bubble wrap, the waffle is shaped into a cone and filled with everything from matcha gelato and KitKat to berries and cream, with a helping of Oreos, fudge or pistachios for good measure.
24 Wardour Street, Soho, W1D 6QJ


Nonna’s Gelato

The inspiration behind Nonna’s Gelato is owner Sophia’s Italian grandmother. From the family-run kitchen in Highbury, the team infuses, pasteurises, ages and churns all its batches by hand, before heading to market to sell takeaway tubs of its delicious gelato. Our favourite flavours include Five Points porter and chocolate ripple; blackberry and vanilla crumble; and chocolate and Sicilian blood orange marmalade sorbet.

Find Nonna’s Gelato at Broadway Market each Saturday and Church Street Market each Sunday



Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World

This summer, the immersive food pros at Bompas & Parr will unveil their tribute to ice-cream with Scoop: A Wonderful Ice-Cream World. Housed in the British Museum of Food in King’s Cross, the show will be an interactive experience: guests will experience glow-in-the-dark ice-cream, 60,000-year-old glacial ice and the world's first hundreds and thousands fountain. There’ll also be a room just for adults that tells the dark side of ice-cream in Scotland – we’re intrigued…
1 Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4BY; until 30th September

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