Inside Scoop: Where To Find The Best Ice Cream In London

When it comes to all things frosted, the capital's keeping you stuffed with sweet treats 365 days of the year. From a red velvet cheesecake delivery to soft serve smothered in retro toppings and candy floss, there’s no combination off limits. Discover the city’s best parlours, independent stockists and restaurants freezing the good stuff in our list of 9 places for ice cream in London.


Maxwell's: Mars Bar Sundae

If you like the sound of salted caramel ice cream and chocolate brownie pieces teamed with hazelnuts, Mars Bar sauce and a cherry on top, then Maxwell’s is the place for you. Alongside sugar coma-inducing treats like Nutella-glazed doughnuts and Oreo cookie freakshakes, this West End ice cream spot has all bases covered.

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Maxwell’s is one of the best restaurants for ice cream in London.

Swift: Sgroppino

Did you know that one of the capital's best cocktail venues also doubles up as a crackin' dessert hub full of goodies? Now you do. Sure, the Sgroppino might be a drink, but the Swift classic combines sharp prosecco and Italicus before topping with the perfect scoop of tangy lemon sorbet for that ultimate sweet treat. 

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Drinkable and delightful.

Dirty Bones: Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwich

Boasting locations in Shoreditch, Carnaby and Soho, Dirty Bones knows a thing or two about American-inspired eats. The pièce de résistance? It has to be its signature (and cheat-day-worthy) ice cream doughnut sandwich, which you can fill with your chosen scoops. If that doesn't whet your whistle, opt for a shake.

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For the ultimate cheat day.

The Alchemist: Cotton Candy Baked Alaska

Although known for theatrical concoctions, The Alchemist's venues in Shoreditch, Battersea, Canary Wharf and beyond also have a Grand Marnier-laced treat on offer. The cotton candy baked Alaska is filled with a sharp blood orange gelato and is complimented by fluffy meringue. For that extra flair, it's also lit right in front of your eyes.

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It's flamin' good.

Mamasons: Filipino Ube Ice Cream

Available for home delivery across the city or in person from outposts in Kentish Town and Chinatown, Mamasons’ London dairy ice cream is well worth a try. The Filipino hub offers you brownies, buko pie and even milo doughnuts, but it’s the ube number that will really make your mouth water.

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From North to Central, Mamasons is a great ice cream parlour in London.

Chin Chin: Red Velvet Cheesecake

The home of liquid nitrogen-frozen ice cream in Soho and Camden, Chin Chin is whipping up some of the finest creations… and delivering them to you. From the iconic tiramisu sundae to off-piste flavours like a mouthwatering cheesecake ice cream smothered in hand-dipped white chocolate and red velvet cake chunks, these are as delicious as they are Instagrammable.

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This venue offers the best ice cream sundae in London.

Gelupo: Italian Gelato

One of our top choices for sorbet and gelato in London, this Italian-style favourite is the brainchild of chef Jacob Kenedy. Cool off with Gelupo's droolworthy flavours including ricotta sour cherry, fresh mint stracciatella or yoghurt and summer berries. Can't get to the Soho location? They even deliver to city centre addresses on certain days of the week.

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If you’re a fan of the sweeter things in life, this ice cream shop in London will hit the spot.

Milk Train: Cotton Candy Cloud

With an interior that’s just as infamous as what's on sale, Milk Train makes our list for the best ice cream Covent Garden has to offer. But it’s not all looks - as their ever-changing menu is a real winner. Sample their cotton candy cloud ice cream accompanied by salted pretzels, coconut flakes, popcorn, rainbow drops and more.

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From delivery to IRL, Milk Train is one for your London bucket list. Credit: Anisah Audu-Evans.

Soft Serve Society: Chocolate Affogato Sundae

When it comes to the best ice cream in Shoreditch, there’s only one name that you need to know. Housed within Boxpark, Soft Serve Society is fronting a menu of cups, cones and sundaes. Choose between charcoal coconut, matcha or a flavour of the week, all topped with your choice of marshmallow fluff and fresh sauces. Our favourite? The chocolate affogato; layering Rice Krispies, brownie bites and Oreo crumbs over vanilla ice cream with a splash of hot chocolate.

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You can guarantee that this is some of the best ice cream in the world.

Amorino: Angelotto Gelato Cake

It wouldn’t be right to list our favourite ice cream in the UK without a nod to the capital’s finest gelato slingers. Amorino boasts organic, vegan and limited edition flavours; with classics from dulce de leche and praline to quirky combos including lime basil and blueberry cheesecake. Better yet, you can opt for it on crepes, scooped onto waffles or in the form of the luxury angelotto gelato cake.

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The best gelato in London? You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Amorino ice cream.

Happy Endings:  Guinness Ice Cream Sandwich

Available both online and from some of London’s tastiest restaurants like DF Tacos and Dirty BonesHappy Endings are the ice cream specialists churning out quirky sandos. Take your pick between The Malty One, the Strawberry Shorty or The Naughty One, which sandwiches miso salt caramel parfait between squidgy slices of chocolate Guinness cake and a lip-smacking soy dulce de leche.

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Searching for the best ice cream brand in the UK? This spot is a winner.

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