London’s Best Hot Chocolates

Words by Keven Amfo

19 June 2020

As cooler temperatures set in, seek cosiness with this list of our favourite hot chocolates from around the capital.

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The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason

Known for their packaged hot chocolates, the cafe within Fortnum & Mason does not disappoint. The DIY version of hot chocolate they serve is interactive and fun—as well as delicious. Start by choosing your preferred type of chocolate, then cycle through a selection of toppings, including crunchy biscuits and flavoured marshmallows, and perhaps a Flake bar along with a shot of butterscotch schnapps.

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Comptoir Poilâne

The London outposts of this celebrated French bakery—having been praised for their sourdough bread since 1932—serves rich and delicious French-style hot chocolate. The non-sweetened beverage (add your own sugar, if you'd like) uses Michel Cluizel 72% Kayambe dark chocolate, stirred into creamy whole milk. The luxurious treat is intense—nearly a meal unto itself.

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Dalloway Terrace

Beautiful Dalloway Terrace transforms into a winter wonderland for the season, complete with sheepskin rugs and hot water bottles under cascading fairy lights. The cosy environs are the perfect place to enjoy their special hot chocolate cocktail menu. Created in collaboration with renowned chocolatier Pierre Marcolini, the menu offers spiked takes on classic holiday flavours, such as gingerbread.

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Peggy Porschen

The homemade hot chocolate from either location of this picture-perfect pink cafe is just as delicious as you'd expect. Topped with a seasonal dusted chocolate motif and garnished with mini marshmallows, the tasty treat is lovely enjoyed alongside one of the mini chain's slices of cake. The cheery storybook-like interiors will make you forget the cold outside the door.

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Dominique Ansel

This hot chocolate—like everything else at the London location of this world-renowned bakery from the creator of the Cronut—has a bit of magic in it. The special marshmallow on top blooms into a flower when put into the mug of warm chocolate. Encircled by a thin ring of white chocolate, when dropped in the ring melts away and the 'flower' blooms. It tastes as good as it looks.

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Rococo Chocolates

Offering a comprehensive selection of truffles alongside canned drinking chocolate to take home, Rococo Chocolates Belgravia location also offers three types of hot chocolate to order and drink in their cafe. We love the classic, but try the sea salt or spiced hot chocolate for something a bit different. If weather permits, drink it outside in their hidden Moroccan garden.

The Wolseley

The Wolseley

Although hot chocolate as we traditionally know it, Mayfair cafe the Wolseley's options of warm beverages involving chocolate are creative and delicious. Our favourite is the Mozart, which includes espresso and hazelnut liqueur, topped with crème chantilly and almond flakes. The former bank is a beautiful setting in which to spend an afternoon, enjoying your beverage, and reading the newspaper.

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Swans Bar at Maison Assouline

The international flagship bookstore for the global luxury print brand features an in-store cafe. The French-influenced menu features a fabulous hot chocolate—classic but perfectly executed. Enjoy it with a mini Opera Cake amongst the shelves of beautiful coffee table books and collectibles.

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