We've done the legwork for you with everything you need for a great summer from the new alfresco spots for eating and drinking, great takeaway picnics and ice-cream specials to look out for on sweltering days.
We pick out London's best ice-cream and gelato purveyors. Plus - we're telling you who will deliver your ice cream right to your doorstep.
They already have some of the best doughnuts in town, now Crosstown is getting into the ice cream business. Three of their shops (Shoreditch, Canary Wharf, Greenwich) will be launching ice cream scoop bars, either in cones. cups or tubs to take home. Many of the other stores will have mini tubs ready to grab and go (and there will be delivery too, of course).
The flavours sound pretty great:
We've seen plenty of ice cream sent by Deliveroo or UberEats, knowing that a tub can take a 20-minute trip without melting. But we definitely didn't think it was possible to put a tub of ice cream in the post. But now Chin Chin are here to prove us wrong.
They'll be using their liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream, which means that it can stay cold for up to 32 hours, more than enough time to make it the
Popular West London ice-cream sellers Bears Parlour is opening its second outlet this weekend - a kiosk on Brook Green.
Run by Phil Harrison, former head chef at the much-respected Anglesea Arms gastropub, and his partner Vera Thordadottir, they've made quite the name for themselves with their Icelandic soft serve.
Seasonal ice-cream flavours include things like Salted Pumpkin Seed Nougat or Blueberry, Lavender Jam
London may not be seeing the return of the Magnum Pleasure Store this year - for fairly obvious reasons - but that isn't stopping them. If you can't come to the Pleasure Store - it's coming to you.
Magnum are teaming up with Deliveroo for a new Make My Magnum kit. Which is essentially a kit for pimping your Magnum.
The kit contains a pack of Ruby Magnums (which we've become rather addicted to in lockdown) packed
Searching for sourdough? On a quest for gelato? Or desperately seeking scones? We've rounded up bakers, ice-cream purveyors and bread makers all doing delivery across the city.
We have a soft spot for a dessert bar, and only a few weeks after the launch of Bafarat, Soho has more sweet things on the way.
This time it's the launch of Crème on D’Arblay Street, which is all about giant cookies, soft-serve ice cream, ice-blended slushies and more. It comes from Chef Jeremy Coste who is also behind North Audley Cantine, where he's been testing his cookie prowess with crunchy frosties
At this time of the year, ice-cream pop-ups are ten a penny in London, but we have to say The House of Ice Cream that opens today in Farringdon has got our attention. The two week pop-up by Fuller's Kitchen, next to The Conductor pub, has been timed to launch ahead of National Ice-cream Day and will be serving up ice cream with a side of chips, chicken and hot sauce.
Choose from two mains - ice cream and fries or with fried chicken, desserts consist of
You've got to hand it those Italians - not only do they know how to make cracking gelato, but they're also a dab hand at planning the perfect opening for their latest shop in London.
With the coming days in London set to scorchio, the Florentine company will be throwing open the doors to their new ice-cream parlour on the Fulham Road. Even better, this new branch will have a lovely garden out the back. So alfresco meets gelato just as the British summer comes
As the weather takes a turn for the better again (looks out the window - not yet) this new mash-up at Selfridges may be just the thing. Popping up at the Snowflake gelato shop for a few weeks is a mash-up between Blondies Kitchen and Snowflake Gelato - an ice cream and cookie pop-up.
On offer is:
From today, London is getting a new cereal bar - but this is no Cereal Killer. This much more high-end approach is linking in with the launch of NYC's top fashion brand Kith, who have opened a store inside the Selfridges menswear department. And they've brought over the much-loved Kith Treats from New York too.
Kith Treats is all about cereal (the
Last year, their What-A-Melon Soft Serve practically broke Instagram, so the Dominique Ansel Bakery London are hoping for similar success with their 2019 flavour.
Launching on Friday the Rhubarb & Custard Soft Serve not only looks beautiful but sounds like it would taste pretty great too. It's a combo of rhubarb sorbet and custard soft serve in a hand-rolled ginger honey tuile waffle cone and topped with a crunchy rhubarb
We've long been fans of Ice Cream Union, from back in the days when they used to serve directly out of their warehouse in Spa Terminus, just around the corner from Maltby Street. But now the business has truly come of age, opening its first parlour in chichi Chelsea.
The attention to detail and sourcing is key - from the Original Beans Cru Virunga chocolate they put in their Stracciatella to the fresh Alfonso mangos in their Mango Sorbet.
It's a two for one at this new Hoxton restaurant where you can try the Filipino take on ceviche and a menu of artisan ice-creams served in young coconut shells.
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