Posted on June 07 2018
Have you ever sat in a restaurant and wished that you could just skip to the dessert?
Well wish no more, dessert bars are here to satisfy even those with the most sweet tooth. But which ones are worth us tripling our daily calorie intake for?
The Sweet Hostess has sacrificed (cough) our diet to find the 5 best dessert bars London has to offer.
Late night Soho bar Basement State, makes our dreams come true by offering us our two favourite things under one roof - cocktails and desserts.
Their menu includes a classic dark chocolate fondant, taken to the next level with cardamon and caramelised banana heart (who knew that was even a thing) and a Hazelnut Rocher comprising of the decadent-sounding chocolate caviar and caramelia pearls.
Their cocktails are just as inspired, with ingredients such as ‘coconut oil fat washed vodka’ and Champagne syrup. Don’t mind if we do, thanks.
Not strictly a dessert-only bar, London’s highest 24/7 restaurant still deserves a slot on this list because you simply must visit. Have a craving for a caramelised banana waffle or a chocolate fondant between 11:30pm and 5am? Duck and Waffle is happy to oblige.
Want a dessert at any other time of day? The salted caramel choux buns with smoked hazelnut cream will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth.
3. Ruby Violet
Ruby Violet offers us a wonderful selection of handmade ice creams and sorbets in its Tufnell Park and King’s Cross parlours.
Flavours vary from day to day but include everything from the more classic choices like Belgian Chocolate or Mint Choc Chip, to their more inventive delicacies, such as Brown Toast & Seville Orange Marmalade flavour ice cream or the naughty-but-nice Gin & Tonic Sorbet.
Enjoy themed dessert tasting experiences from Executive Pastry Chef, Sarah Barber, at The Café at Hotel Café Royal’s dessert restaurant.
Available until 10:15pm, each menu also includes some savoury goodies to ready your palate for the sweet treats ahead. You can either stick to the tasting menus or if you want to taste something specific, there’s a ‘Pick and Mix’ menu where you can choose your own 4 courses. Not to be missed.
How can something that, by its own admission, is ‘deliciously natural, healthy and free-from treats’ taste so good?
Yorica has managed to make vegan ice-cream much, much tastier than it sounds. If you’re dairy-free or simply want to try something new, Yorica has a great selection of flavours that include everything from their perfectly cool Chilled Out Chocolate to their moreish Mellow Matcha, that will keep even the most discerning dairy-lovers happy.
To make you smile, top off your ice-cream with some retro sprinkles or for that added crunch, there’s always the Choco Cornflakes.
Have you visited any great dessert bars in London? Think I’m missing a treat? We'd love to hear about your dessert-inspired adventures!