Food & Drink

The Best Dessert in 16 London Neighborhoods

Published On 05/02/2016 Published On 05/02/2016

The City

Barbecoa

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Jamie Oliver may have lead the charge for getting kids to eat healthily, but we’re all adults here, and in his steakhouse overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, he holds nothing back with his dessert menu. White chocolate cheesecake, crème fraîche panna cotta, and some seriously epic house-made ice creams await you at the end of the meal... or just skip the meat course and go straight for the sweets; we won’t judge.

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Mayfair

Fera

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Simon Rogan is basically a wizard when it comes to creative dishes that make your brain explode through juxtapositions of flavour, texture, and temperature... and needless to say, his desserts at Fera fall solidly into the jaw-drop category. Everything is incredible here, but be sure you save room for dishes like smoked chocolate, Earl Grey ice cream, and sea buckthorn, or roasted pear, coffee, chestnut cake, and green mandarin.

Balthazar

Covent Garden

Balthazar

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This Parisian-styled NYC import understands the importance of sugar at the end of a meal. Or the start. Or on it’s own randomly throughout the day. Their killer bakery pumps out ridiculously tasty breads, pastries, and cakes all day... plus their decadent dessert menu is filled with classics like tarte tatin, profiteroles, and a lemon and verbena panna cotta that might make your last-meal list.

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Richmond

The Duke

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When you find yourself out in the wild (aka Richmond Park) and want really good food, you’d be a bit of a moron not to go to The Duke. This gastropub is stylish and comfortable and will put you into a happy food coma without even trying. We dare you to leave behind a single bite behind of their boozy Jameson’s mousse & homemade Guinness ice cream... or their salted chocolate mousse, paired with roasted nuts and passion fruit sorbet.

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Shoreditch

Hawksmoor

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Sure, you know they do some of the best steak in town plus award-winning cocktails, but have you OD'd on their puddings yet? Iit might be hard to look that far ahead when you’re eating a massive plate of meat, but you absolutely need to try their peanut butter shortbread with salted caramel ice cream... and sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream... plus their insane Crunchy Bar. Basically, it would be wise to start planning for the future of your mouth.

Clerkenwell

POLPO Smithfield

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Two words for you: Nutella pizzetta. Yeah, it’s exactly what you’d think: neapolitan pizza crust smothered in chocolate-hazelnut creaminess... it’s so rich, you really should share. Eat it with a knife and fork, by the slice... or just fold the damn thing in half and shove it directly into your eager mouth.

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Soho

Gelupo

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Eating good Gelato is one of those nostalgic activities that makes everything better, and few places in London do the cold & creamy stuff better. This Gelateria is from the same cats at Bocca di Lupo (located just across the street) and everything they do is outstanding... so go stuff your face while trying to avoid brain freeze.

Angel/Islington

Zilouf’s

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On the Islington side of Upper St, Zilouf’s ticks so many boxes: cocktails, roasts, amazing small plates, and desserts that’ll leave you shamelessly licking the plate for every last crumb. Regardless of whether you’re going for the chocolate chilli cashew brownie served with coconut ice cream, steamed ginger pudding paired with a rum and brownie ice cream, or their insane Tropical Mess, your sugar fix is sorted.

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Greenwich

Rivington

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From the same people as J Sheekey, The Ivy, and Sexy Fish, this Greenwich outpost of their bar and grill wants to make sure that when you leave, you have enough of a sugar rush to make the trek back to central London. Take your pick from a pistachio and almond tart loaded with clotted cream ice cream, cider brandy truffles, chocolate and walnut fudge, and more, then ride the happy sugar train home.

Notting Hill

Melt

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These guys are obsessed with the process of making chocolate and love to share. So go and stop by for just one (like the sea salted caramel bon bon or green tea truffle)... and try to not buy a whole box to take home.

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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

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After hanging on to three Michelin Stars for a while now, you had best believe the Hell’s Kitchen namesake spot knows how to make some serious puddings. Find an excuse, class it up, and go big for an extravagant tasting menu... or just focus on the real deal, like the lemon parfait with honey, bergamot, and a sheep’s milk yoghurt, or the carrot cake with bee pollen, mead, and cream cheese ice cream.

Chinatown

Candy Cafe

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The sweet stuff is really in the name here, although to call their bites "candy" is kind of selling it short. Known for their bubble tea and Keya Toast --  a coconut spread involving eggs, sugar, and pandan leaves -- this charming cafe hidden on the first floor next to Leong's Legends is almost out-of-place in busy London (and we’re so glad it’s here).

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Knightsbridge

Koffmann's

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the pistachio soufflé at Koffmann’s at The Berkeley Hotel is completely freaking amazing. It’s like a pastel holiday to the South of France, loaded with nutty flavour... and at a height that would make most frustrated bakers cry tears of wonder.

Camden

The Diner

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Camden is kind of overrun with wannabe punk ravers, tourists, and frustrated locals just trying to live life, but The Diner is your oasis from all that. Filled with loads of Americana, quirky waitstaff, a bangin’ soundtrack, and cracktastic sweet stuff, you will be set to brave the crowds once more. Seriously, you need cookies & cream cake in your life. Trust.

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Hackney

The Richmond

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Sister restaurant to Elliot's in Borough Market, it’s no surprise the food here is outstanding. Super fresh, seasonal, and full of flavour, Chef Brett Redman keeps the quality high from raw bar start to super-sweet finish, with dishes like olive oil ice cream, poached rhubarb & blood orange granita (trust us, it’s amazing) as well as a panna cotta with strawberries & crumble. Wash it all down with a bottle of natural wine, and you’ll be ready to take on the world.