London's 5 Best: Gelatos
Let’s face it. When we talk about great ice cream these days, we almost always mean the Italian stuff. Not exclusively, mind. Take a trip to South London on a Saturday morning and you can breakfast on ice cream, courtesy of the superlative La Grotta Ices. It might be an Italian tradition – the Sicilians start the day with brioche con gelato – but the English spin is irresistible. Herewith, the ice cream worth hunting down this summer:
Few would contest the supremacy of Bocca di Lupo’s ice creamy twin, Gelupo. First, it is open incredibly late (for an ice cream parlour, anyway). Who could argue with a late-night stroll around Piccadilly with a bitter chocolate sorbet and ricotta, espresso and honey cone? Second, it’s probably the only truly ‘seasonal’, high street ice cream shop out there: flavours vary according to what’s best from the market. Gelupo has a loyalty card. Mine has been stamped full.
Address: 7 Archer Street, W1D 7AU
Snowflake Luxury Gelato
The current Great Taste Award 2014 Supreme Champion. This gelato ranks supreme with their careful selection of delicate flavours and specially sourced organic Jersey milk all the way from Somerset. The Snowflake laboratory offers over 50 luxurious gelato and sorbetto flavours, so there is something to take everyone’s fancy. Moreover, if you can’t manage to get Snowflake Luxury Gelato delivered to your office with City Pantry (gasp), they are now being stocked in Selfridges - an ideal location when you’re out on your weekend shopping trip.
Address: 102 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TP
La Grotta Ices
There’s something about eating ice cream before noon. If you haven’t yet done it, you must – surely – have wanted to. On a Saturday morning at Spa Terminus in Bermondsey, Kitty Travers of La Grotta Ices sells her transcendently good wares to early market shoppers. Flavours change from week to week, but a recent display featured the beautiful-sounding flower figs and Pineau des Charentes custard and a Charentais melon and jasmine sorbet.
Address: Unit 11 Dockley, Spa Terminus
Pop has taken the dessert market by storm with their unique twist on popsicles. These alcoholic treats provide a refreshing addition to the current array of iced desserts on the market. By creating the world's first champagne popsicle, they have brought decadence and fun together: a perfect combination for that picnic in Hyde Park. For the youngsters they also offer two non-alcoholic choices: Strawberry Mint or Apple Elderflower. Be watchful as they keep adding more delights to their menu - those made with real fruit, and even bellini popsicles! Now stocked at City Pantry, Pops are certainly one to keep tabs on!
Address: 13 Radnor Walk, SW3 4BP
Image courtesy of POPS
If you can get over the feeling of being Tangoed by the voluminous orange of the exterior, the booty within is worth it. This brand has, perhaps, most in common with the ubiquitous Italian gelateria: a sugar-happy hub where crowds of men, women and children congregate from morning to night. Gelato Mio – avert your eyes gelato purists – offers a choice of several toppings for your ice: think hundreds-and-thousands or chopped nuts.
Address: 37 Pembridge Road, W11 3HG