Head to this Soho spot for the best gelato outside of Rome. Gelupo is an offshoot of Italian restaurant Bocca di Lupo and its acclaimed head chef Jacob Kennedy develops and tests all its ice cream flavours, which are churned with a special machine to give them that thick gelato consistency. Forget vanilla and give more unusual flavours like the creamy ricotta or intense chocolate and black pepper a whirl.
Chin Chin Laboratorists
What happens when mad scientists play around with ice cream? Find out at Chin Chin Labs in Camden. Here, the chefs wear lab coats and make their ices using liquid nitrogen, which creates clouds of ‘boiling cold’ vapour. They churn the flavours (chocolate, vanilla and a quirky daily special such as Corona beer and lime ) in Kitchen Aid mixers on the counter and top-quality ingredients like 80% dark chocolate ensure the Chin Chin experience is as delicious as it is eccentric.
Chin Chin Laboratorists, 49-50 Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF, 07885 604284, chinchinlabs.com
Weave through the weekend crowds at Borough Market to find the Greedy Goat stall. This small company makes rich and creamy goat’s milk ice cream – perfect for people who don’t do cow’s milk. The flavours are fun, too – decadent salted caramel, zesty lemon, lime and basil, and pistachio with olive oil drizzled on top. Look out for its new stand at Victoria Park in Hackney this summer.
Kate Middleton is a huge fan of SNOG frozen yogurt – she even enquired about serving it at the Royal Wedding. We can see why - the fro-yo is low-cal yet tastes utterly delicious. There are several branches around the city, all festooned with neon lights and Japanese-style cartoons on the walls. Flavours change with the seasons – top a tub of summery strawberry or nectarine with fresh berries, almonds and dark chocolate nibs.
Freggo is an Argentinean chain, beloved in Buenos Aires for its dulce de leche confections. Its London outpost is tucked away on a Mayfair lane – ideally placed for a post-shopping sweet fix. The decor – purple and white leather booths – is a bit noughties nightclub, but that rich and biscuity dulce de leche gelato is unmissable. There are other fun nods to Argentine cuisine too – a tangy Malbec and berries shake and medialunas, small sweet pastries.