Chocolate lovers

The diet starts on Monday...

By far the dieter's biggest adversary... choccie is a little brown, delicious sod, make no mistake. And it comes in many irresistible guises, all of which you are powerless to resist.

Dark or white, milk or flavoured there really is something for everyone; even diabetics and those intolerant to dairy get a bite of the action with many chocolatiers accommodating numerous dietary requirements.

So clear an afternoon in your diary and head out in search of London's best chocolate...

La Maison Du Chocolat
45-46 Piccadilly Mayfair W1J 0DS
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This gourmet chocolate shop was founded in Paris in 1977, and has gone on to open branches all over the world. They’ve achieved global success thanks to creations like glazed chestnuts, fruit slabs and candied orange rind coated in dark chocolate, along with their distinctively Parisian branches.

Podium Restaurant & Bar
22 Park Lane W1K 1BE
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Themed afternoon teas are ten-a-penny these days, but fortunately the ‘Confessions of a Chocoholic’ tea at the Hilton Park Lane’s restaurant doesn’t overdo it by offering traditional finger sandwiches as well as a generous amount of cocoa-based fancies, scones and pastries. Highlights are the citrus and chocolate mousse and the scones with praline spread.

Rabot 1745
2-4 Bedale Street SE1 9AL
Region: Borough
Nearest Station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Rabot 1745 is the restaurant of well-known chain Hotel Chocolat, named after a 250 year old plantation in St. Lucia. Well positioned above Borough Market, the ambitious menu wants to show that cacao (the unroasted version of cocoa) is not just for pudding. Take the cocoa-gin cured salmon, white chocolate mash, and chopped rump steak burger with cacao beer braised onions; oddly enough they work.

The Botanist
7 Sloane Square SW1W 8EE
Region: Chelsea
Nearest Station: Sloane Square

AIL Says: So The Botanist is not a chocolate specialist as such, but we simply had to include it for the hot chocolate. It’s made to their very own specifications from flakes and garnished with a chocolate stirrer from none other than Rococo that gradually melts into the drink. Super-rich and gloopy, chocolate blogs rave about it.


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