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8 London Desserts You Have To Try

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From super-duper freakshakes and croissant-donut hybrids, to bubblewaffles and ice cream filled macaroons, these are the best London desserts.

(Updated 2021)

I remember when going out for a mid-afternoon sweet treat was about choosing between a red velvet or a chocolate cupcake. These days it’s a whole other story.

Desserts have been supersized, with enough calories to fuel a family for a month. Freakshakes have taken the milkshake scene to new heights, literally. They’re piled high with everything from ice cream and cookies to jelly babies and donuts!

Beware… it seems no dessert is safe from cross-breeding.

Croissants mixed with donuts become cronuts, there are macaroon ice cream sandwiches, and now biskies – a cookie, biscuit, cake combo! It seems every other week there’s a new dessert place in London, causing chaos as queues snake around the block. 

Out of every city in the UK, London still reigns supreme with plenty of places to sample the latest dessert trends. You might be aware of the most famous London desserts from Instagram. My feed seems to be filled with Influencers posing with enormous ice creams, delicate macaroons or fluffy marshmallows! 

Time to share a few of the best treats in London, from dessert cafes and pudding stops, to take aways to grab that sugar fix on the go… ready? Let’s go! 

Top Dessert Places In London 

Milk Train Café (Covent Garden)

If you’re looking for cool dessert places in London, this is a great option. Milk Train Cafe, soft serve ice cream comes on its very own cloud of candy floss! Pick your flavour then add your toppings before being presented the enormous sugar fix.

Flavours include vanilla, black sesame, custard tart, matcha and salted caramel and toppings range from popcorn and Oreos to strawberry chips, all covered in a tasty sauce of your choice.

Once you try it, you’ll see why Milk Train’s slogan is “ice cream makes you happy”.


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Dum Dums (Shoreditch, Croydon and Harrods)

The croissant/doughnut hybrid at Dum Dums have been selling like hot cakes… I mean cronuts! Right now they’re one of the most famous desserts in London.

So what makes them special? Firstly, they’re baked, not fried. Secondly, flavours include crême brûlée, cinnamon, salted caramel and strawberry cream! YUM.

The Zebra is the top seller for a reason, with layers of croissant and chocolate croissant dough, filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with chocolate ganache! Arrive hungry…

Check availability and latest prices for a dessert tour of London.


Miki’s Paradise (Holloway)

It’s hard to avoid the freakshake revolution, with Instagram going wild for glasses filled with rich chocolate milk and ice cream, then piled high with donuts, cookies and more.

Miki’s Paradise is one of the best desser places in North London, offering some of the most photogenic freakshakes around, and while I wouldn’t advise regular consumption, an occasional freakshake topped with ice cream, oreo brownie, pretzels and chocolate sauce can’t do too much harm, right?!


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Naked Dough 

The UK’s first cookie dough cafe has been a big hit! After their pop up in Old Street had people queueing around the block, they’ve now set up stands in Camden Market, Westfield London and Intu Lakeside.

Choose your flavour of raw cookie dough (don’t worry – no eggs in this mixture) then pick some toppings, and indulge.


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Bubblewrap (Wardour Street, Soho)

These bizarre egg waffles were invented in Hong Kong as a way of using up un-sellable broken eggs and are one of the best London desserts you can wrap your lips around this year! 

Now they’re Soho’s hottest new treat with the bubblewrap-esque food causing queues around Wardour Street.

After choosing between an original or chocolate base, pick your filling from fresh fruit to nuts and Oreos. 

Then its topping time with drizzles of Nutella, salted caramel and peanut butter on the menu. 

These are one of the best treats in London right now, so if you’re in need of a sugar high, grab yourself a Bubblewrap! 

Best Desserts In London
Yolkin (Check the website for locations)

The macaron ice cream sandwich was invented after Yolkin owner Sammie was fed up of throwing away the yolks when she made macarons.

She found an ice cream recipe that utilised egg yolks and decided it was a winning combo.

This pop up shop moves around town and flavours on offer include melon, HK milk tea, salted caramel and lemon meringue.

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Dominique Ansel Bakery (Near Victoria)

After setting up a sugary empire in NYC, baker extraordinaire Dominique Ansel opened this sweet cafe near Victoria. It’s easily one of the best dessert places in London. If you try one thing, make it a cronut.

The croissant-donut-hybrid was invented here!

Cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery, London - one of the best desserts in London

Cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery, London – one of the best desserts in London

Cutter and Squidge
(Brewer Street, Soho)

The menu at this Soho dessert stop features a lot of the delish treats mentioned on this blog, but most famous are their biskies – a biscuit/cookie/cake hybrid filled with tasty buttercream, jams and caramels.

Flavours include passion fruit and salted caramel, apple crumble, chocolate lava and miso caramel.

If you’re feeling extra naughty, order one of their indulgent freakshakes to go with it. The cafe area is really cute and a lovely place to eat in. It’s got all the Insta-backgrounds you and your friends could desire. Just add in one of the most Instagrammable desserts in London, and your likes will skyrocket! 

Which of these cute dessert places in London are you dying to try? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Angie SilverSpoon 31st March 2017 - 8:17 am

Pure food porn! I want to try a yolkin!

Wanderlust Chloe 1st April 2017 - 1:59 pm

Me too! We should go sometime!

Tsarina Ramos 11th April 2017 - 6:56 am

I know it’s not as good, but snowflake do ice cream filled macaroons in not-so-adventurous flavours, but the only advantage is the ease of finding them. Yolkin is almost like a mythical creature hard to catch but is glorious when you do!

Wanderlust Chloe 12th April 2017 - 12:55 pm

Oooh I need to try Snowflake then! Yes Yolkin does have the enigma style going on!

Lucy McGuire 4th April 2017 - 9:34 am

Wow, did you try them all in one week?! The freak shake looks like too much but like Angie, I’d definitely try a yolkin.

Wanderlust Chloe 4th April 2017 - 3:18 pm

Sadly not! I need to go and work my way around them all after doing this research though. I want to see if the Bubble Waffles are any good! And that ice cream looks crazy too!

Hannah Cornish 12th April 2017 - 12:53 pm

What a deeeeeelish looking post! I actually queued up for those bubblewrap waffles haha, madness! They were super delicious though 🙂 I reeeeally want to try those Milk Train ice creams – they look insane!!


Wanderlust Chloe 12th April 2017 - 12:56 pm

Mmm I really want to go there too. Report back if you go! Were the waffles worth the wait?

Basia Dudek 20th April 2017 - 12:55 pm

Chin Chin in Camden’s ice cream is way better and the queues are smaller. Milk train is ok however you have to queue for at least 30min and it’s not worth the price, the ice cream is ok

Wanderlust Chloe 23rd April 2017 - 4:23 pm

I absolutely LOVE Chin Chin Labs – have you tried the hot choc with toasted marshmallow top?! So good.

Basia Dudek 24th April 2017 - 7:43 am

Yes! Love it!!!! Everything they have there is delicious!!!

Wanderlust Chloe 24th April 2017 - 11:20 am

I hope you get to try some of them soon!

Jasmine Buckley 13th April 2017 - 8:30 pm

I’ve been meaning to try one of those fluffy looking ice creams for ages they look amazing. I love the flower shaped ice creams from Amorino Gelato too.
Jaz xoxo

Wanderlust Chloe 19th April 2017 - 8:44 am

I really want to try one of those Amorino ice creams! They look soooo pretty in the photos!

nikkiann 12th May 2017 - 7:05 pm

For anyone with allergies, I’d recommend Yorica in Soho… They do frozen yoghurt, ice cream (with waffles and crepes!) and milkshakes which are free from allergens such as gluten and dairy 🙂

Wanderlust Chloe 17th May 2017 - 8:53 am

Thanks Nikki – sounds like some good tips!

Amarna Row 16th March 2019 - 1:12 am

Thanks Nikki, that’s a great tip.
I was going through this post wondering that very thing. I’ll be travelling to that place very soon.

Mikail David 25th May 2017 - 12:44 pm

Great shots! That soft serve ice-creams looks so delicious. Would love to try these one out some day.

Wanderlust Chloe 28th May 2017 - 2:27 pm

Mmmm yes doesn’t it look dreamy?! Can’t wait to go back!

Bethan / WanderlustBee 2nd June 2017 - 9:39 pm

Wow those desserts look incredible! Hardest choice is which one to try next time I’m in London!
Foodie heaven!

Wanderlust Chloe 4th June 2017 - 9:17 am

Mmmmm I know what you mean. Skip main course and go straight or one of these!

stephaniestraveldiary 28th August 2017 - 5:50 pm

Dum Dums in on top of my list 🙂 Hope I get to try a cronut someday.

Wanderlust Chloe 29th August 2017 - 9:03 am

Mmmm me too! Sooo delish!

MayBPhoenix 24th September 2017 - 4:23 pm

I often end up in Creams, wonder why it’s not on any of such lists. Creams have the most epic huge waffles and great ice-creams, and pancakes and freakshakes and the waffle-cones and all of that is Hagrid sized, meaning it’s more than enough for two people to share. I am absolutely hooked on those waffles in particular <3

Wanderlust Chloe 27th September 2017 - 4:53 am

Oh wow! Where is Creams? I haven’t heard of it but that sounds totally epic. I’ll have to pay it a visit.

My Style 5 18th March 2018 - 10:35 pm

Cheers, now I know where I’m getting diabetes at, next time I’m in London hahah! These all look beyond drrol-worthy

Ryan Biddulph 5th May 2018 - 2:28 am

Dum dums are probably my fave food in the history of humanity LOL. Brilliant Chloe!


Wanderlust Chloe 11th May 2018 - 10:38 am

Mmmmm they’re ridiculously good aren’t they?


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