From Italian truffles and Swiss delights to chocolate-dipped strawberries and liquors, London isn’t short of places to get a cocoa fix. In celebration of International Chocolate Day, happening on the 13th of September, our Kensington hotel explores some of the capital’s best chocolate shops…
A quirky boutique chocolate shop in Covent Garden, Choccywoccydoodah knows chocolate art like no-one else. With extravagant sculptures and sweet treats everywhere, it’s like stepping into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. At one point it even had its own TV show, which gave behind-the-scenes access into the crazy world of chocolate art.
An established chocolate shop in Rome, SAID has opened its first branch in the British capital. Located in the heart of Soho, the cosy shop displays all of its delicious chocolate in heaps under glass jars, so visitors can look, smell and taste. The store also has an incredible interior to admire, with a wall full of vintage chocolate moulds. We recommend trying their Italian truffles and decadent hot chocolates, made by melting luscious chocolate directly into the mug.
Bringing tastes of West Africa to the streets of London, Dark sugars Cocoa House is bursting with flavour and culture. Chocolatier Nyganda spent many years researching cocoa production before opening the luxury shop in Brick Lane with the Chocolate Man – here visitors can indulge in handmade truffles, pearls, loaded hot chocolates and vegan treats.
One thing is certain, award-winning chocolatier Paul Young isn’t afraid to experiment with daring flavour combinations, known for his innovative creations such as Marmite truffles and lavender bars. Keeping to tradition, Paul and his team make small chocolate batches in the shop’s onsite kitchen daily, using only the freshest ingredients. The Soho shop also run a number of classes, including truffle rolling, caramel making and brownie baking.
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