From the marshmallow topped to the silky spice laden, we’ve had the sweet pleasure of seeking out five of the best hot chocolates fit for the family in London. With the weather set firmly to freezing, warm up and indulge in a little weekend treat with our yuletide picks…
Haberdashery, Crouch End
North London family favourite, Haberdashery in Crouch End may be bijoux but when it comes to hot chocolate, they’re big on flavour. With a recipe made just for little ones, mini-chocolate fiends will adore their extra-milky hot chocolate bowls. Served with a spoon, kids can slurp and marvel at every last drop of their milk or white sweet treat. For those with eyes bigger than their bellies, grown ups get those extra spoons at the ready!
22 Middle Ln, Crouch End, London N8 8PL
Chin Chin Dessert Club, Soho
Is excess is your thing? Do the kids have a hankering for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? If so, make a bee-line for the Chin Chin Dessert Club in Soho. Rich hot chocolate is topped with a marshmallow of epic proportions and then licked with a blow-torch for a lip-smacking toasty finish. Whilst this hot chocolate is stuff dreams are made of, little hands may need a little help to avoid a squish and spill situation!
54 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 3DS
Hot Chocolate from Melba at The Savoy, Strand
If you’re headed to Somerset House for a festive skate with the kids, why not stop by Melba, the gourmet takeaway counter, at The Savoy to try out their devilishly decadent hot chocolates. Featuring innovative toppings the counter is famous for, you can choose between traditional, Brazilian or festive hot chocolate before adding any combination of sumptuous toppings such as crushed macaroon, cookie dough and crunchy chocolate pearls. Drinks can be finished off with a drizzle of chocolate or salted caramel sauce for an additional luxurious touch.
Strand, London WC2R 0EU
DeRosier Chocolate and Coffee, Southfields
Bubbling bain-maries of white, milk and dark Venezuelan chocolate line the counter at DeRoiser awaiting your delectation! Whilst little ones may opt for the gooey sweet goodness of a white warmer, hardcore chocoholics mums may want to brave the 80 percent Ugandan dark which is a bitter shot of heaven. This super-friendly spot is a neighbourhood must-visit and favourite of local mums and babes and with a brand new outpost in Earlsfield, there’s double the chocolatey chances!
81 Revelstoke Road, Southfields, London, SW18 5NL
Paul A Young, Islington
Paul A Young has a must-try chocolate fix this Christmas and dairy-free. Whipping up a dark, dreamy cup laced with shine and spices, never again will you reach for the pot of purple cocoa in your store cupboard. With each cup blended bespoke, kids can go straight up with a classic, whilst older siblings and parents may want to open up their apothecary box to flavour your hot chocolate with cardamom, sumac or ginger.
33 Camden Passage, Islington London N1
One for Mums & Dads…OMG Boozy Hot Chocolate from Blade Hairclubbing, Soho
If you’ve been lucky enough to have scheduled a little me-time ahead of the Christmas party season, why not combine a little cut and colour with a killer cup of hot chocolate? Nestled on Frith Street, Blade Hairclubbing combines highly-skilled hairdressing and a meticulously curated drinks menu, transforming trips to the salon from a tedious necessity to an enjoyable social experience. Named after its common post-first-sip exclamation, the OMG Boozy Hot Chocolate at Blade is a thick and rich winter warmer packing a serious kick, made up of organic cocoa powder, tahini, honey, vanilla, Ceylon cinnamon, and Stagg Jr. Straight Bourbon (67.2% ABV). Choose from dark, orange, chilli, matcha or milk varieties with alcohol-free and vegan options available (oat milk, maple syrup).
26 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 5LD
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