Oh hey there Mr sunshine! If you’re looking to soak up this glorious weather with the kids and celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday 21st July, why not treat the family to a nice ice. From vegan to dairy-free, fruit packed to Italian classics, we’ve scoured the best scoops around town…
Snap up your seasonal licks at Tufnell Park’s ice cream emporium Ruby Violet. Whipped up in small batches, savour sunshine flavours such as blueberry and lemon curd, peach and sour cream and brand spanking new vegan dark chocolate & banana. 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 Miss Ruby’s Ice Cream Tea, 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
The UK’s first Persian ice cream parlour is 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
Lewis of London Ice Cream Farm
From source to scoop, Lewis of London’s Ice Cream Farm is a great hidden gem on the outskirts of Barnet for families to explore. With oodles of Lewis of London ice cream piled high on cones, waffles and tubs, whats not to love about this natty ice cream farm?
Lewis of London, Galley Lane, Barnet, EN5 4AL
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 mango lassi, vegan black sesame cake and indulgent grilled white chocolate. Celebrate summertime in style 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
Soft Serve Society
An Instagram sensation, London’s Soft Serve Society are whipping customers into a frenzy with their too-good-eat ice ices. However, whilst we a shot for the ‘Gram, we much prefer a belly-full of ice cream and boy, these soft serve beauties do not disappoint. Sleep deprived mamas can ‘Espresso Yourself’ with a whopped vanilla adffogato, crumbly Oreos and a waffle. If pink is the order of the day with your little princess, the ‘Cloud 9’ is a mind-blowing pink cloud of prettiness – vanilla ice cream is hidden beneath a cloud of berry candy floss, strawberry crunch and a smattering of popping candy – seriously sugary and the ultimate bank holiday treat.
Boxpark Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6GY / Market Halls Victoria, 191 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 5NE
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 Nanny’s Rhubarb and Custard to the hilarious ‘I Goat 99 Problems But My Cherry Ain’t One’ – a brilliant frangipane sweet Cherry Bakewell. We love that Greedy Goat are the first UK ice cream company to package in recycled glass jars, making us 100% sustainable and better for the environment.
Borough Market, SE1