The best places to scream for ice cream in London

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Looking to beat the bizarre October heat?!  With temperatures topping 30 degrees Celsius this weekend, nothing beats a cold ice cream.
Absolutely everybody loves ice cream (as Walter Williams once sung: “I scream you scream, we all scream for ice cream”), the origins of which date back to biblical times. Indeed legend has it that the Roman emperor Nero (A.D. 37-68) ordered ice to be brought from the mountains and combined with fruit toppings. However it wasn’t until the second half of the 21 first century – when cheap refrigeration became common – that the ice cream business really began to heat up.

Here, Haute Living lets you in on the top ice cream scoops, shops and stands in the capital. Read on for the full low-down.

1 Morelli’s Gelato

Headed for Harrods? Don’t miss Morelli’s Italian style ice cream, which is on sale in the food hall. With 20 flavours to choose from, you should be able to find something to tickle your taste buds, but if none take your fancy there’s a bespoke ice cream service. Flavours created so far include cappuccino and croissants and, err, beans on toast – guess we just have to trust them on that one.

87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW7 0
020 7893 8295

2 Marine Ices

Is this the best ice cream in London? We think so and, judging by the length of the queues, it seems we’re not the only ones. This family run restaurant has been serving a great selection of ice creams (try the toffee crunch and maple and walnut), in addition to sorbets such as mango and melon, since 1928.

8 Haverstock Hill, NW3
020 7482 9003

3 Fouberts

Tucked into the bottom of a Chiswick townhouse, Foubert’s never fails to disappoint when it comes to the cold stuff. Beloved by media types (the BBC is but a stone’s throw away), Fouberts is famed for its coffee, cherry and zingy lemon flavours - and super generous scoops.

2 Turnham Green Terrace, Turnham Green, W4 1QP
020 8994 5202

4 Oddono’s

Oddono’s has a kiosk in the sumptuous shopping Mecca that is Selfridges as well as one in Whiteleys, but it’s the standalone store in South Ken that gets our vote. Staff are friendly, not frosty, and serve scoops of Sicilian pistachio and bacio with a smile. Ice cream can be taken away or consumed onsite, at one of the two lovely outdoor tables.

14 Bute Street, South Kensington, SW7 3EX
020 7052 0732

5 Gelateria Valerie

This Chelsea Gelateria offers a range of fabulous flavours: think blueberry, Irish cream, after-dinner mint and tiramisu, to name but a few. Enjoy your gelato outside under one of the bright blue umbrellas or take a seat inside on a swivel stool.
If the gelati doesn’t appeal (maybe you’re from Mars or something), there’s also an array of ice-cream sundaes starting from £6.70.

9 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, SW3 4LY
020 7730 7978

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