England may not be as famous as Belgium for its chocolate making, but a trip to the capital is a treat for sweet-toothed travellers. London is full of local chocolatiers, crafting delicious cocoa creations and offering innovative experiences for guests. From chocolate cocktails and chocolate walking tours to a chocolate flight at one of the city’s most famous landmarks, here are our favourite ways to enjoy chocolate in London.
Combine your passions for sightseeing and chocolate by taking a chocolate flight on the London Eye with Hotel Chocolat. Every Saturday and Sunday, the premium British chocolatier takes guests on a group or private spin on the landmark attraction. As guests admire the rotating view, they’ll be treated to chocolate and truffle tastings, washed down with two glasses of Prosecco – one for each turn on the wheel. There’s also a goodie bag to take home.
Those with a fear of heights can opt for Hotel Chocolat’s Tasting Adventures at ground-level venues including Cocoa Vaults in Covent Garden, which also offers Bean to Bar masterclasses during which guests enjoy demonstrations of the entire chocolate-making process before rolling up their sleeves and trying their hand at piping their own bars – the ultimate chocoholic’s souvenir.
Chocolate Ecstasy Tours offers a walking tour like no-other. Taking place in the distinguished neighbourhoods of Mayfair, Chelsea and Notting Hill, these chocolate tours take chocoholics on a three to four-hour journey through chocolate making history, traditions and production, popping into top chocolatiers such as Prestat, which is known for its handmade truffles. For the ultimate indulgence, choose the all-day tour and discover the most delicious chocolate spots in the city, as well as tasting sessions, demonstrations and a gourmet lunch.
A trip to the world-famous Harrods department store is not only the perfect excuse to do some shopping, it’s also an excellent opportunity to indulge your sweet tooth. The deliciously aromatic Godiva Chocolate Café serves up incredible chocolate fondues featuring their famous dark, milk and white chocolate ganache. Select a Strawberry Fondue with milk chocolate and strawberries, a Classic Fondue with your choice of chocolate and a variety of dipping options, or, tailor-make your experience and create your own – we’re talking two chocolate varieties and premium dippers such as flavoured meringue fingers and madeleines.
If you’re still craving cocoa in the evening, head to Rabot 1745 for cocktails with a difference. The restaurant and bar, overlooking foodie hotspot Borough Market, resembles a Saint Lucian plantation house, bringing island charm to the décor and the menu. Standing out on the drinks list is a variety of creative chocolate cocktails – Cocoa Gin Martini (cocoa gin, dry curacao, cocoa bitters), Praline Soother (vodka, coconut milk, praline, white chocolate) and the Salted Caramel Soother (Vanilla infused rum, dry curacao, coconut milk, salted caramel chocolate, chocolate bitters), to name but a few. For younger guests (and young at heart adults), there’s also a selection of hot drinking chocolate. If the British weather bites, warm up with a Rum Chocolate, which includes a shot of Saint Lucian rum.