Admittingly, in a country that has a after dinner history in sticky toffee pudding and spotted dick with custard, desserts are not something Londoners often get excited about. Still, every now and then, rather than skip to the coffee or the next round of drinks, it is nice to finish on something all the more sweet and the truth is, London has some great spots to have a dessert. Here’s are five sweet possibilities.
William Curley Patisser Chocolatier
Acclaimed pastry chef and chocolatier first opened his shop with his wife Suzue (a respected patissier who previously worked at The Savoy and Claridges) in 2004 in Richmond. Since then the awards have continued to flood in including the Best British Chocolatier accolade for 2007, 2008 and again for 2009 as well many others including the British Dessert of the Year.
Desserts here are rich, intricately designed and almost a shame to have to break into. But you will be glad you did. There is plenty to try too. In their chocolate collection alone you will find creations such as Rosemary & Olive Oil, Japanese Black Vinegar, Scottish Heather Honey and Apricot & Wasabi. Classic Truffles include House Dark, Framboise, Noval Vintage Port and Malt Whiskey.
198 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 8UN
020 7730 5522
Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley
If Harden’s latest round up of best desserts to be had in London is anything to go by—and most Londoners would say it is—you need to head to Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley. Treat yourself to a meal there but make sure you save some space for the warm chocolate moelleux with caramel, banana, cacao salted. Hardens awards are voted by its stringent and well-dined readers. If it’s good enough for them, it’s got to be worth the trip.
Wilton Place Knightsbridge, SW1X 7Rl
020 7235 1200
For someone to give up their job in the city to set up a shop called Sweet Things, they’ve either got to be very good at baking homemade treats, or have a very sweet tooth. Or both.
And that’s Natalie Allen. She set up Sweet Things in 2005 in Primrose Hill, way before the cupcake revolution hit London although her cupcakes really must be tried. Also add to your ‘must try’ list the selection of brownies, flapjacks, cheesecake, and whoopee pies. You’ll be not only be on a sugar high for a week but you’ll have a deep appreciation of good old fashioned dessert treats.
3 Primrose Hill Workshops, Oppidans Road, Primrose Hill,NW3 3AG
Restaurant Gordon Ramsey
Perhaps it’s down to his training in Paris but Gordon Ramsey takes dessert seriously. At Restaurant, his caramelized tarte Tatin of apples with vanilla ice cream makes the perfect dessert for two to share and has topped voters’ lists for one of the best desserts in the UK for the last couple of years.
68 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HP
020 7352 4441
It may come as no suppose that it’s the French contributions that are running away with a list dedicated to best desserts. Over at La Gavroche, this three stars Michelin restaurant beats other desserts with its famous Soufflé Suissesse (cheese soufflé baked on double cream). Food bloggers rave about this dessert.
43 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 7QR
020 7408 0881