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...




Choccywoccydoodah
30-32 Fouberts Place Soho W1F 7PS
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: For intricately designed chocolates and cakes with a gothic/boho edge look no further; the designs are nothing short of art. Skulls and roses abound on towering concoctions, but for something simpler grab a table at the café and try the freshly made cakes and hot chocolate.

  • CHOCOLATIERS
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.

  • CONFECTIONERS
William Curley
198 Ebury Street Chelsea SW1W 8UN
Region: Chelsea
Nearest Station: Sloane Square (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Having worked in some of the UK’s best restaurants (including La Tainte Claire and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons), pastry chef and chocolatier went on to open his first shop in Richmond, followed by a dessert bar in Belgravia serving indulgent treats and champagne. Expect beautiful chocolate ganaches, truffles, fruity compotes, tarts and ice creams.

  • CHOCOLATIERS
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.

  • RESTAURANT & BAR
Rococo Chocolates
3 Moxon Street Marylebone W1U 4EW
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Baker Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Luxury chocolatiers Rococo do unusual flavours like as lavender bars, dark chocolate and earl grey wafers, as well as beautiful hand-painted chocolates shaped like cats, fish and lobsters. Get one of their hampers, which have everything from fondants, ganaches and truffles to marzipans, nougat and artisan bars, and your chocolate-loving friends will love you forever.

  • CHOCOLATIERS
  • USERS 8/10
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.

  • INTERNATIONAL
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.

  • BRITISH
  • EVENTS
Paul A Young Fine Chocolates Ltd
33 Camden Passage Islington N1 8EA
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: Angel (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: You may know Paul A. Young from his appearances on The Apprentice and This Morning, or from his time working at acclaimed restaurants Quo Vadis and Criterion. Or you might have seen or been inside one of his four shops, which are the fine dining equivalent of the confectionery world: here you can find exquisite flavour combinations like blackcurrant truffles made with cassis, and blood orange, white chocolate and gin ganache.

  • CHOCOLATIERS
Chocolate Museum
187 Ferndale Road

AIL Says: Because chocolate can be educational too, Brixton’s Chocolate Museum has a permanent exhibition which explains its history illustrated by artefacts that date back to the 18th century. There are also detailed accounts of cocoa production and slavery and the history of British chocolate. Not forgetting of course the sweets that are on sale, which are fair trade and from small producers.

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