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Cream of the Crop

Our pick of the best (and most peculiar) ice-creams around London

Published on June 29th 2011.


Cream of the Crop

HERE at London Confidential we have taken to the streets to find the best ice cream joints in town. You may be inclined toward the traditional Italian varieties or feeling adventurous and willing to try something completely different. From whimsical to classic, no matter which you prefer London is able to provide it for you – if you know where to look. We have rounded up some of the delectable best, so look no further.

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Bacio (Kiss) 

£14.45

Chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla ice- cream served with a chocolate truffle, piedmont hazelnuts, swirls of Magnum, chocolate and hazelnut sauce in a chocolate cup, with wafer biscuits and fresh whipped cream.

Morelli’s is a genuinely wholesome little place, which started as a family run business in 1932, when Mario Morelli opened a little seaside parlour in Kent. They are now based in the Harrods food hall, Knightsbridge, but have maintained their distinctive pure and natural gelato.  The current Morelli’s repertoire sings to the song of 60 different ice-creams, twenty of which are made freshly on the premises everyday.

Morelli’s have come a long way from peddling ice-cream from the back of a bicycle to the Harrods food store.  Yet it is the history behind the makers that makes them something special. Like most London Gelato makers, the story began the Morelli’s founder emigrated from Italy at the turn of the 20th century.

Through establishments like this, the history of gelato is preserved in the taste and ornaments that come together to create a traditionally unique experience.  The classic ‘Hot Fudge Sundae’ is surely worth considering from the menu of over 25 sundaes, or, if you fancy something a little more exotic, why not go for the ‘Chairman’s Delight’.

 

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Classic

£2.30 for a small cone (one scoop) and £3.30 for a medium cones (two scoops)

Oddono’s is an award winning, gelato ice-cream shop, which has received consistently great reviews from those in the know. They have three locations based in London. They can be found in Selfridges Food Hall, at Whiteley’s and at their own premises on Bute street, South Kensington. The finest, natural ingredients are sourced from around the world for your delight. With over 130 flavours, the ice-cream connoisseur should place Oddono’s toward the top of their priority list. 

 

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£3.95 for cone/cup, £6.96 a 250g for tub with lid, £11.95 for 500g tub with lid, £21.95 for 1kg tub with lid, £10.95 for six flavours in a gift wrapped box

Freggo is ‘So cool it’s hot’, based in the heart of central London, with the closest tube being Piccadilly Circus this stylish after hours bar have a nice selection of ice creams alongside food and drinks. Don’t be a drip, consume before the opportunity melts. 

 

 

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Puffo

£1.50 for one scoop in a cone/cup, £2.50 for two scoops in a cone/cup

Available at the two Caffe Paradiso venues –Store Street (off Tottenham Court Road) and Shad Thames.

Established in 1931, Ristorante Olivelli Paradiso is another authentic Sicilian restaurant offering traditional Italian dishes as a savoury and then spoiling Londoners for choice when it comes to ice-cream. With three bases in central London alone, the cooking has proved popular.

Ingredients are sourced from all over Italy and the ice-cream comes recommended.

 

Icecreamists 

Boutique Ice-cream Tub 

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70 per cent Ecuadorian Chocolate Ice Cream

The Icecreamists is the notorious, infamous, enfant terrible of London’s ice-cream scene. The parlour garnered a considerable amount of press when it introduced its ‘Baby Gaga’ flavour – conservative uproar ensued with worries centring on the ethics of creating ice-cream made primarily from human breastmilk.

As the old adage goes – no press is bad press. ‘Baby Gaga’, now mysteriously re-named ‘Baby GooGoo’ after a certain millionaire pop singer reportedly took exception to the name, swiftly sold out, and its reputation as the anarchic upstart of the Covent Garden catering collective was sealed.

The legal controversy kicked up over the peculiar ice-cream flavour was certainly an attention grabbing story, and The Icecreamists have since continued to produce a whirlwind of unconvential ingredients. Apart from the one we have all heard of, the menu includes a series of bizarre flavours, such as  the ‘Sex Bomb’, which consists of guarana and ginko bilabo.Their illicit approach to ice-cream even extends to the rather rock ‘n’ roll opening hours; they open until 10:30pm, seven days a week. Needless to say, The Icecreamists is the punk rock club of the ice-cream parlours.

 

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Valrhona Chocolate ice-cream with Blueberry Sauce and Violet Mashmallows 

£3.95

The Chin Chin Laboratories are a little more contemporary when it comes to the art of ice-cream making.  Located just off Chalk Farm Road by the Camden Lock, they are groundbreaking revolutionaries, contorting the conventional rules of ice-cream making to create something unique and inspiring.

When making ice-creams, the operation here is truly scientific – they really do create ice-cream in a laboratory. Using test tubes to combine Nitro blanch and shocked grass, their ‘Green Grass’ special offers customers the taste of a pure spring day. This is a rarefied operation. Welcome to the astro–physics, school of ice-cream making. 

 

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Classic Tub 

£2 for a taster tub, £3 for small, £4.50 for medium and £6 for large

Signature flavours include: Ricotta and Sour cherry Ripple, Strawberry and Chantilly Cream, Hazelnut and Ricotta, Coffee and Honey.

Gelupo are billed as a taste of Italy in the heart of Soho; the finest artisan's experience this side of the Alps. Using only fine, fresh, English and Italian ingredients and offering the customer ice-cream, sorbets and smoothies known respectively as gelati, sorbets and granitas, with flavours like cucumber and vermouth, sour cherry and mulled wine, Soho’s supreme procurers are simply intoxicating.

Once you go you will also have the option of a loyalty card giving you a further incentive to become a regular. Gelupo are also partnered with the restaurant Bocca Di Lupo for a complete, authentic Italian dining experience. 

 

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Dark Belgian Chocolate

£2.90 for a small cup

Gelato Mio are a traditional Italian Ice cream maker who offer some very tasty ice cream, gelato cakes, traditional venetian cocktails, and special lemon sorbets with vodka and prosseco known as Sgroppin.

This is a traditional Venetian cocktail which was popular amongst the aristocracy as a palette cleanser. Gelato Mio offer a wide diversity of naturally flavoured ice creams so you can rest assured that the ingredients are as good for you as the Gelato tastes.

Why not try the Arancio made with fresh oranges with a scoop of Bacio, a perfect match between hazelnuts and chocolate for an ultimate taste sensation. 

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AnonymousJuly 19th 2011.

The ice cream at Chin Chin Labs is incredible. The raspberry sauce cuts through the Valrhona chocolate perfectly. And the grilled white chocolate is amazing - even if they refuse to say how it's made.

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