From the marshmallow topped to the silky spice laden, we’ve had the sweet pleasure of seeking out ten of the best hot chocolates fit for the family in London. With the weather set firmly to freezing, warm up and indulge in a sweet-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 Lab
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
Cereal Killer Cafe
If your kids have not yet dragged you to the cult Cereal Killer Cafe, then be sure to make a date this December. When more is more, their Stacked Hot Chocolates do not disappoint. From an achingly sweet strawberry and white chocolate to creamy peanut butter, the sugar-high doesn’t end there – whipped cream, lashings of sauce and of course, cereal sprinkles top off these Insta-worthy works of art. For mamas, the retro Coco-Pops-accino is a twist on the classic much made with milk soaked Coco-Pops. There’s no denying the sugar-fix is fast and hard but as a festive treat, Cereal Killer Cafe sure is fun!
139 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB
Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House
If you’re looking for an all-out chocolate wonderland then Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House in Chapel Market is a must. Their array of award-winning hot chocolates is second to none – all single-origin chocolates are naturally flavoured with spices and fruit oils and served with the works – fresh whipped cream, artisan marshmallows and for big kids only – liqueurs. There’s the Raspberry Dream and Gingerbread, man! Pepped with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginge to Chilli con Choccy and our fave, the Cinnamon Rose. Kids hot chocolates are served smaller and sweeter for tiny tastebuds. Join Jaz & Juls’ every Friday between 3-5pm for Chocolate Happy Hour, a decadent two hours of cake for £1 or a free cookie with every coffee or hot chocolate.
1 Chapel Market, London, N1 9EZ
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
Farm Girl founder has come a long way since milking cows on an Australian dairy farm as a young girl. Now firmly rooted in London (with cafes in Notting Hill, Chelsea and Soho), Farm Girl boast a menu as bright as their interior. Virtuous and vegan, their hot chocolate is a naturally sweet mix of cacao and date syrup swirled into hot, frothy coconut milk. Truly a hug-in-a-mug, this cup of chocolate is ideal for mums looking for a plant-based pick.
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The self-proclaimed wizards of ice cream, Ruby Violet not only make our summers scrumptious but also warm up nippy winters with their sensational hot chocolates. Using Callebaut, a premium Belgian chocolate sourced directly from cocoa-farming cooperatives in West Africa, you and your brood can opt for a long and frothy, an intense shot of their hot chocolate with steamed milk on the side or go for gold with their small and punchy diary-free shot espresso sized version served with a festive nut brittle.
118 Fortess Road, London NW5 2HL / Midland Goods Shed, 3 Wharf Road, London N1C 4BZ
Blooming marvellous! Warm up wintery mornings at Dominique Ansel will his theatrical Blossoming Hot Chocolate. Watch your kids look on with glee as a marshmallow flower is delicately placed into their hot chocolate and blooms with all its ivory splendour. If you can leave their patisseries empty handed, you’re a stronger mama than I!
17-21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia / Victoria London, SW1W 9RP
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