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As London hots up for a week of sizzling temperatures — apparently — we’re on the lookout for the most delicious ways to keep cool. And while the tinkling ice-cream vans of our childhood may not frequent the mean streets of the capital as often as we’d like in order to fulfill our Mr. Whippy fix, there are some beautifully kitted-out and very grown-up ice cream parlours now serving their delicious takes on the ’99’.
Ice-cool sister to the Bocca de Lupo restaurant opposite, Gelupo Gelato (image: gingerbreadblog.co.uk) serves up authentic Italian gelato, sorbet and granita, all with a delicious twist. Specials change daily and the super-friendly staff will be happy to oblige with cheeky tasters before you buy. Queue up behind Soho’s theatre luvvies for a taste of the ricotta and sour cherry – our current fave, followed closely by the pistachio.
7 Archer Street, London, W1D 7AU
Tel: 020 7287 5555
Looking more like an industrial unit than high-end ice creamery, this gelato joint is jumping with yummy mummies at school kicking-out time in Fulham. Made on the premises, and taking its flavour tips directly from Milan, expect super-smooth, sweet gelato.
Branches also in St John’s Wood, Belsize Park, Holland Park, Chiswick and Notting Hill.
495 Fulham Palace Road, SW6 6SU
Whilst it will be forever known as the ice-cream parlour that served up breast milk ice-cream, once you’ve gotten past the hype The Icecreamists is actually one of the capital’s coolest ice-cream joints.
Two locations in Covent Garden:
23/47 The Market Building, South Piazza, WC2E & 15 Maiden Lane, WC2E
Old-skool ice from one of London‘s longest-standing parlours, this family-run institution has been serving up ice-cream since 1928. All ices are homemade.
8 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, NW3 2BL
The Chin Chin Laboratorists
More Heston than Wall’s, Chin Chin’s white-coated lab workers pour liquid nitrogen onto their fresh ingredients to create ices that Ferran Adria would be proud of.
49-50 Camden Lock Place
Can’t stand ice-cream? Frozen yoghurt, thanks to its low-fat credentials, is becoming increasingly popular with London‘s skinny set. Snog’s frozen offering is fat- and sugar-free and arrives in a host of seasonal flavours including natural, passion fruit, spiced apple, mango and our favourite, green tea.