Whether you’ve been crunching through London’s frosty royal parks or touring its iconic landmarks on a crisp, wintry day, a steaming mug of hot chocolate is the ultimate way to warm up. From molten marshmallow-capped treats to dark and bitter delights, guests staying at The Montague on the Gardens can indulge in our pick of cosy beverages served across the city. Here’s where to find the best hot chocolate in London.
A quaint ice cream parlour, with outposts tucked away in Tufnell Park and King’s Cross, Ruby Violet is well worth a visit for its signature ‘small & intense’ dairy-free hot chocolate. Its longer version, made with frothy, organic milk, is just as rich. Everything on the menu is handmade using premium ingredients, and your chocolate arrives in a golden teacup accompanied by a snap of almond brittle.
Chin Chin Ice Cream
If you’re a fan of campfire-toasted marshmallows, then a thick, gooey-topped hot chocolate from London’s favourite dessert emporium, Chin Chin Ice Cream, is sure to meet with your approval. Spoon through a creamy white mountain of torched marshmallow foam before enjoying the liquid chocolate beneath. This rich cup of decadence can be found in Camden, Soho or at the Street Feast food market in north London.
A sumptuously cosy corner in Kensington, Stables Bar at Red Carnation’s Milestone Hotel & Residences mixes a superb hot chocolate – and offers an extensive choice of whiskies and warming cocktails if your preference is for something a little stronger. The Grade II-listed bar is decked out with dark leather sofas piled with cosy bolsters and cushions – an ideal place to unwind after a day of sight-seeing or shopping in nearby Knightsbridge.
Step into The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly for one of the most beautifully presented cups of cocoa in town. It’s served in a rose gold-tinted mug, with a generous twirl of whipped cream on top. Take your pick from a white, milk or dark chocolate base, with garnishes such as shortbread biscuits, salted caramel chunks and honeycomb pieces. For a little something extra, opt for a festive shot of butterscotch schnapps or toffee vodka.
Artisan du Chocolat
With famed chocolatier Gerard Coleman at the helm, only the choicest chocolate produced from freshly ground Columbian beans goes into Artisan du Chocolat’s superb creations. Shopping in Selfridges or browsing the foodie delights of Borough Market? You’ll find concessions here, as well as a cosy branch in Kensington. The smooth and creamy Artisan Original drinking chocolate is a firm favourite, but its seasonal gingerbread, cinnamon and coffee-laced variations are strong contenders for the most indulgent hot chocolate in London.
Image credits: lead image © Paul A. Young. Hot chocolate on a tray © Ruby Violet. Signature hot chocolate © Chin Chin Labs. Hot chocolate bar © The Parlour.