London’s 12 Best Chocolate Shops — London x London
Looking for the best chocolate shops in London? These are the best places to grab a naughty treat or a special keepsake.
Chocolate lovers, unite! London is blessed with some of the best chocolate shops in the world.
From renowned names in the chocolate industry to cool neighborhood spots serving delicious hot chocolate, these are the best places to treat yourself.
Ready to discover the best chocolate shops in London? Let’s go.
The best chocolate shops in London
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Antoine Dufour, who created the chocolate truffle, founded Prestat in 1902 and opened his first shop in central London soon after. It even became the reference of the writer Roald Dahl, author of “Charlie and the chocolate factory”.
Prestat has been supplying royalty and nobility for generations and is officially rated as the best chocolate and truffle in the world. Exactly the title. We’ll let you be the judge, but we totally agree.
Chocolate artisans has been popping up all over London in recent years, and we couldn’t be happier. What makes them so great? They pride themselves on using ground beans rather than buying processed chocolate.
We recommend opting for the Black and Gold Couture box – it’s rare to get a box of chocolates without a bin, but not with Artisan du chocolat. That said, the No1 Salted Caramels Original is an equally tempting choice.
Charbonnel and Walker
Known for their delicious champagne truffles, Charbonnel and Walker is the best chocolate shop in London. If you’re looking to offer quintessentially British chocolate, then Charbonnel is your best bet.
Bond Street’s flagship is where all the chocolate fun happens – if you’re looking for fine artisan chocolate in central London, this is the place. Plus, it’s rumored to be the Queen’s favorite boutique. If it’s good enough for Queenie, it’s good enough for us.
The only problem ? There are really too many choices. However, we guess it’s not the worst problem in the world.
Alain Ducasse Chocolate
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Alain Ducasse is one of the most famous names in France and thankfully it has blessed London with much of its cuisine. One of the best things he has done is give us a fantastic chocolate shop too.
Located in the charming Coal Drops Yard, the chocolate is made in a Parisian courtyard (which we’re sure your chocolatier will tell you all about) and comes in three types: ganaches, truffles and old-fashioned pralines.
You can also buy one of the best cups of coffee in London at this wonderful shop – the closest thing to a Michelin star cup of coffee. And of course, the chocolate will come next.
Brick Lane is damn good Black sugars is something else. This is our favorite chocolate shop. East London boasts a mile.
We love their pick and mix nature, because when choosing the best chocolate, you’ll need lots of samples.
If it’s cold try their hot chocolate too – it’s neither too sweet nor too bitter, the tastiest hot chocolate in London.
Class A chocolate factory DeRosier makes the finest handmade chocolate for all to enjoy.
This shop also wins the award for funkiest packaging – from zebra print to kitschy London packaging, you can really personalize your bar. Ideal if you’re looking for a gift (or a nice treat for yourself – we don’t blame you).
The orange milk is our top pick, though we’re also incredibly tempted by the New Yorker with pretzel.
Mixed is Isabelle Alaya’s chocolate factory in Peckham. She is one of the best chocolatiers in London and it is much more than an ordinary chocolaterie. This amazing space also offers chocolate making sessions!
We don’t know about you, but we don’t know the first thing that goes into making chocolate…other than it’s absolutely delicious.
This is the perfect place to hone your chocolate skills and create your own. You can even take part in chocolate painting classes as well as fantastic wine tasting options.
A great place for croissants, chocolate, gluten free chocolate drinks and all things French.
Did you know that chocolate is the only food that melts at body temperature? Notting Hill has really succeeded with this chocolate factory because the kitchen is the store itself.
There are some very unique offerings, think toast and marmalade or blonde pistachio. All delicious and with the hipster packaging to match. We are absolutely sold.
A great place for your chocolate goodies, they also sell cute blocks of chocolate that dissolve in cups of milk for the ultimate hot chocolate. Let’s move on to hot chocolate powder, we go to the real thing at Melt.
Montezuma’s has ethics and sustainability in mind, while ensuring that its chocolate is downright delicious. They have two stores in London, one in Spitalfields and one in Kingston upon Thames.
You’ll find all kinds of chocolate bars here, including a bar dedicated to the London Transport Museum and bars with various Tube lines depicted on them. We are also big fans of their giant chocolate buttons and can’t help staring at the huge bags every time we visit.
Paul A Young Fine Chocolates
If you don’t know, Paul A Young is one of the best pastry chefs around. And its chocolate, of course, does not disappoint. It takes creative chocolates to a whole new level – these are by far the most exciting chocolates we’ve come across (and we’ve tried far too many).
Chocolate Marmite? Black pudding truffle with ginger biscuit and beer? Yes, we warned you. This man is not joking.
However, the chocolate you absolutely must opt for is the gold medalist at the International Chocolate Awards, sea salt caramel.
Be sure to visit her shop in Camden for the most amazing chocolates in London.
Pierre Hermé is France’s answer to all things sweet, which is saying a lot. This Covent Garden shop is one of our favorite places to buy chocolates in London.
From famous macaroons to the tastiest chocolate money can buy, highlights include “pure origin” bars, truffles and incredible creations infusing both chocolate and pastries.
From one stone to another, Pierre Marcolini is another must-visit London chocolate shop. Not your typical chocolate shop, tastes are taken to a whole new level with high end toppings like mojito and mint custard.
Disclaimer, it’s not cheap. Go to this chocolate shop if you’re feeling sassy and full of cash, otherwise it’ll totally break the bank. It was worth it for the special treatment, though. You will find Pierre Marcolini at Selfridges and Harrods.
Handy tips for exploring London’s best chocolate shops
- We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you, but be sure to get the most out of our samples. Chocolate shops will allow you to try some before you buy, so take the opportunity to really find your favorite chocolate.
- Dark Sugars, Montezuma’s and Melt are great options if you’re on a budget, while Pierre Marcolini and Charbonnel and Walker are great places to shop for chocolate in London if you’re looking to spend a bit more.