From super-duper freakshakes and croissant-donut hybrids, to the latest waffle sensation and ice cream filled macaroons, London’s dessert scene is anything but boring.
(Updated Aug 2018)
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!
London reigns supreme with plenty of places to sample the latest dessert trends. I’ve popped together my pick of the best, so you can eat your way around the city!
Milk Train Café (Covent Garden)
At 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”.
Dum Dums (Shoreditch, Croydon and Harrods)
The croissant/doughnut hybrid at Dum Dums have been selling like hot cakes… I mean cronuts.
They’re baked, not fried and flavours include crême brûlée, cinnamon, salted caramel and strawberry cream.
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 in North London offer 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?!
Naked Dough (new for 2018)
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.
Bubblewrap (Wardour Street, Soho)
These bizarre egg waffles were invented in Hong Kong as a way of using up un-sellable broken eggs.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Which devilish dessert are you dying to try? Let me know in the comments below!
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