Buh bye April showers and hello mister May sunshine! If you and the kids are ready to seek out the finest ices this week, get the scoop with our pick of nicest ices in and around London…
Snap up your seasonal licks at Tufnell Park’s ice cream emporium ‘Ruby
Violet’. Whipped up in small batches, savour sunshine flavours such as Watermelon & Mint granita, Pink Gooseberry
Hazelnut Meringue ice cream and Blood Orange and Campari sorbet. For those looking for kids birthday celebration inspiration, Ruby Violet’s children’s ice cream parties are a dream – from churning to chomping on homemade sundaes, what more could kiddies ask for! And for the grown ups there’s Ruby Violet’s Pudding Club. Every Friday and Saturday from 6-9.30pm you can enjoy melt in the mouth Mini Chocolate Fondant Puddings and Mini Baked Alaskas, oh and did we mention there’s ice cream laced with your favourite tipple…cheers!
118 Fortess Road, London, NW5 2HL
A Camden Town stalwart, the queue-worthy Marine Ices has been keeping North London cool since 1931. True to their Italian roots and founder Gaetano Mansi, their much-loved gelato flavours include Dulce de Leche, Cappucino and our favourite – Rum & Raisin.
Old Dairy Mews, 61 Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AN
After much anticipation, the UK’s first Persian ice cream parlour has it’s finally opened it’s doors in the heart of St Albans. Darlish specialise in small-batch Iranian inspired ices churned daily. From the floral delights of Orange Blossom and Pistachio to the sugar-licked sweetness of Moscovado and Molasses, its no surprise that Darlish’s dreamy ices have notched up a myriad of awards. If you’re tots are on the adventurous side why not try a tahini ice cream filled croissant – a rich, nutty ice cream made with roasted pulped sesame seeds slathered inside a flaky, buttery pastry…sweet dreams are made of these.
5 French Row, St Albans AL3 5DU
If like us you’ve marvelled over Milk Train’s candy floss clad soft-serves on Instagram, it’s time to stop scrolling and start eating! Hot foot it with your clan over to Covent Garden’s cult ice cream emporium to sample next level Mr Whippy’s. From rose milk pink peaks of perefection to rainbow candy-studded unicone sundaes, which will you choo-choose?
44 Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9HA
Chin Chin Labs
Those clever beans at Chin Chin Labs have been whipping North London up in a frenzy with their nitro ice cream for years. Now with shops is Soho and at South London’s Streetfeast, London mamas and their babes can sample these canny ices. With weekly specials, be sure to beat the heat with their vegan Lychee, Coconut & Rose Jam, indulgent Burnt Butter Caramel or the celebrate summertime with their acclaimed Cookewich.
49-50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF, UK / 54 Greek Street, London, W1D 3DS / Streetfeast, Hawker House, Canada Street, London, SE16 2XU
Calling all chocoholics! Is your scoop is something dark and delicious? ‘Udderlicious’ will drive you cocoa-loco with flavours including Chocolate Honeycomb, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut and Chocolate and for all purists…chocolate. Fancy casting your vote for the your fave ice cream flavour? Hit up Udderlicious’ website and vote for your pick of scoops to fill up freezers across their Upper Street and Covent Garden parlours. Chocolate & Marmite anyone?!
187 Upper Street, London, N1 1RQ / 24 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LN
If your little ones are cows milk intolerant and get major FOMO in the sunshine, Greedy Goat uses British goat’s milk for a lick thats 10 per cent less lactose and a lower fat content than cow’s milk. Be sure to get your scoop at Borough Market every weekend, with flavour offerings ranging from a quintessential British Nannuy’s Rhubarb and Custard to the hilarious ‘I Goat 99 Problems But My Cherry Ain’t One’ – a brilliant frangipane sweet Cherry Bakewell.
Borough Market, SE1
One for the grown ups…Drunken Dairy
If iced cocktails in cones sound like your idea of heaven, follow the incredible Drunken Dairy as they pop up across the finest foodie festivals across the capital. Totter to the park with a Pished Pavlova (vanilla, white rum, meringue and strawberries) and swot up on the finest ices by nabbing an incredible Bee
Sting – mango sorbet, chili and Cazcabel honey tequila – YUM!
Follow Drunken Diary’s Twitter channel to find where they’ll be pitching up their parlour this week