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London's best hot puddings this winter

No-one could beat the British for our love of hot puddings. If you're after dessert heaven in London this winter, here's where to find it.

Acorn cake at Hide

Acorn cake at Hide

85 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NB

Ollie Dabbous' cake arrives sizzling at your table before a jug load of smoked caramel sauce is poured all over it. You also get to choose which shot of rum to have added to it and it comes with Cornish clotted cream. 

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Golden syrup steamed sponge at Rules

Golden syrup steamed sponge at Rules

34-35 Maiden Ln, London WC2E 7LB

Made with - of course - Lyle's Golden Syrup - this traditional sponge pudding left critic Marina O'Loughlin in raptures after a visit to Rules, "the memory of a syrup-drenched steamed pudding with custard torments me as I sit here with nothing in the fridge". 

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Kaiserschmarrn at Fischer’s

Kaiserschmarrn at Fischer’s

50 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 5HN

Also known as the emperor's mess, this dish was named after Kaiser Franz Joseph. It's a heart-stopping dessert of chopped pancake with cherry compote - perfect for visitors to Corbin & King's Viennese cafe.

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Old Monk Rum Bread and butter pudding at Gunpowder

Old Monk Rum Bread and butter pudding at Gunpowder

Soho, Tower Bridge and Spitalfields

Billed as "the ultimate comforting dessert" this version of the classic British pudding uses Indian rum instead of sugar in the custard, giving it a boozy punch.

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 Pecan pie croissant pudding at Pophams

Pecan pie croissant pudding at Pophams

Hackney and Islington

Pophams are deservedly famous for their overnight-proved croissants and, for pudding fans, there's nirvana to be found here with baker Philip King's sticky croissant pudding given an American treatment. 

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Pistachio souffle at L’Escargot

Pistachio souffle at L’Escargot

48 Greek St, London W1D 4EF

Created in homage to Pierre Koffmann's legendary dessert from his Chelsea restaurant La Tante Claire, L'Escargot's Soho version comes with a generous dollop of pistachio ice cream spooned into the souffle.

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Plum & ginger crumble with custard at The Cow

Plum & ginger crumble with custard at The Cow

89 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5QH

This Notting Hill pub prides itself on its "prime pub fare" and if you're looking for a hearty dessert, then the almost always on crumble is the one to go for. And of course it comes with a jug of warm custard.

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Spotted dick at St John

Spotted dick at St John

26 St John Street, London EC1M 4AY

Sure, the name might provoke schoolboy sniggers, but this dessert is one of St John's signature dishes. A word of warning though - you may require a post-meal snooze if you're finishing with this.

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Sticky toffee pudding at Hawksmoor

Sticky toffee pudding at Hawksmoor

Various locations across London

There's a reason why this pudding has been a bestseller at Hawksmoor since its first day of service - they're constantly tweaking it to achieve pudding perfection. We'd say they've made a pretty good job of it.

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Tipsy Cake at Dinner by Heston

66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

You'll see rows of pineapples slowly roasting as you enter Blumenthal's Knightsbridge restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental. They're sliced up to serve alongside this Victorian dessert made with brioche balls, a Sauternes cooking cream and then brushed with brandy.

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