The capital is set to experience high temperatures of 30 degrees this week with Thursday tipped to win the coveted ‘hottest day of the year’ title.
Looking to beat the heat? Nothing beats a cold ice cream, on a sticky summer’s day.
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 21st century – when refrigeration became commonplace – that the ice cream business really began to heat up. In America, there’s even a whole month dedicated to the creamy concoction: sweet toothed President, Ronald Reagan, declared July to be ‘National Ice Cream month’ back in 1984, while also establishing the third Sunday of the month as ‘Ice Cream day’.
The popular dessert can be calorific, make no mistake, but being made from milk it’s also a good source of calcium: something we all need to help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Vanilla remains the most popular flavour, closely followed by chocolate but there’s also a whole host of more unusual offerings out there from smoked bacon and egg (Heston Blumenthal famous creation) to baked beans on toast – available at Moreli’s Harrods outlet in London.
Chances are that by now you’ll no doubt be craving the cold stuff and fortunately for you, dear reader, Haute Time has made it our mission to find the best ice cream in the capital. A copious amount of cups and cornets later, we can reveal the top ice cream scoops and shops in London town. Read on for the full low-down.