London's best gelato shops

Molte bene!

OK, so those passionate Italians may not be able to do reliable autos or incorruptible political figures but Mama Mia can they ever do cold, sweet, sumptuous gelato?!

So gelato is just Italian ice-cream?

N'n'no. Gelato is made with less air than other ice-cream - and so you're getting more of the good stuff.

London is home to some of the finest emporiums of gelato you could hope to find. So close your eyes and imagine you're sampling delights from Il Gelato di San Crispino just around the corner from the Trevi Fountain in Rome...

... then open your eyes again to see that it's chucking it down with rain in Dalston.

You can't have it all.




Gelupo
7 Archer Street London Haymarket W1D 7AU
Region: London Haymarket
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Run by the same team as Bocca di Lupo, Gelupo is just as highly acclaimed as the popular restaurant. You can eat in or take away, with over 20 different flavours made freshly each day. A range of sandwiches and

  • ICE CREAM PARLOURS
Gelato Mio
37-39 Pembridge Road W11 3HG

Nearest Station: Notting Hill Gate (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The success of this chain of gelato parlours is down to simple flavours and bubbly staff. Their fruity sorbets are surprisingly creamy and worth a try too.

  • ICE CREAM PARLOURS
Scoop
40 Shorts Gardens Covent Garden WC2H 9AB
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Scoop’s flavours include Malaga, made with sultanas and Marsala wine, tiramisu, and black cherry with crunchy meringues. Their menu also offers waffles, crepes and “scoffee”, espresso and gelato combined.

  • ICE CREAM PARLOURS
Gelatorino
2 Russell Street Holborn WC2B 5JD
Region: Holborn
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Specialities like gianduja, made with creamy chocolate and hazelnuts, ginger, and cinnamon with candied orange are a few of the varieties of gelato on offer at this vintage-looking shop.

  • ICE CREAM PARLOURS
Amorino
41 Old Compton Street London Chinatown W1D 6HF
Region: London Chinatown
Nearest Station: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Amorino sells milkshakes, granitas, confectionery, crepes, and of course gelato and a variety of gelato cakes.

  • ICE CREAM PARLOURS
Oddono's
69 Northcote Road Clapham SW11 1NP
Region: Clapham
Nearest Station: Clapham Junction (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: This family-run outfit source their ingredients with care: they use Valhrona chocolate, Madagascan vanilla and Sicilian pistachios to make their gelato. Find one of their ice cream parlours dotted across London, pick your favourite and indulge yourself :-)

  • DELICATESSEN
Gelateria 3BIS
4 Park Street Southwark SE1 9AB
Region: Southwark
Nearest Station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: 3bis first set up shop in 1987 in Rimini, their esoteric name actually being part of the address of their first gelato “laboratory”. Their London site is located by Borough Market. Flavours include panacotta, liquorice and hazelnut.

  • CAFE & TEAROOM
La Gelatiera
27 New Row Covent Garden WC2N 4LA
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Leicester Square

AIL Says: La Gelatiera caters to adventurous palates, with gelato made with salted caramel, Japanese sweet potato, ricotta with candied orange, and spiced rum.

  • ICE CREAM PARLOURS
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 9/10
Zaza Gelato
195 Portobello Road Notting Hill W11 2ED
Region: Notting Hill
Nearest Station: Ladbroke Grove (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: As well as gelato (previous flavours of the month have included spicy chai and hazelnut coffee), Zaza offer sorbets, croissants filled with gelato, frozen yoghurt and coffees.

  • ICE CREAM PARLOURS
Tesoro
39 Goodge Street Fitzrovia W1T 2PX
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Goodge Street

AIL Says: A wide variety of flavours of gelato, cakes, pastries and coffee are on offer at Tesoro, a shop that began trading in Sicily in 1938.

  • ICE CREAM PARLOURS


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