When the heat is on, treat yourself at one of the coolest gelateries in town
4 Park Street, SE1 9AB, 020 7378 1977, gelateria3bis.co.uk
You’ll find one branch of this charming vintage-style gelateria in Rimini, and luckily the other is nestled in Borough Market. Its 20-plus flavours are mostly classic Italian, so expect fior di datte, pistachio and chocolate, alongside more experimental recipes, such as roasted peanut butter.
DANIELI ON THE GREEN
13 The Green, Richmond, TW9 1PX, gelateriadanieli.com
If you should find yourself on Richmond Green, look for the queue to this authentic Italian outpost and join it. You can use the time wisely pondering which flavour you’ll go for. Sicilian cactus fruit anyone? Or if the kcals aren’t your thing, Mulberry sorbet is equally delicious.
14 Bute Street, SW7 3EX,
0333 8000 480, oddonos.com
Set up by Italian-born Christian Oddono more than 10 years ago, this is one of the capital’s most established gelaterias, with a number of outposts popping up in areas such as Clapham and Dulwich. Inspired by his grandmother’s recipes, Christian and his team have developed more than 130 favours, all made from finely sourced natural ingredients.
2 Russell Street, WC2B 5JD,
020 7240 0746, gelatorino.com
Made using traditional methods and top-quality ingredients, such as chocolate and hazelnuts from from the Piedmont region, this natural artisanal gelato and sorbetto is about as authentic as it gets. The frozen treats are kept in rows of old-fashioned pozzetti (covered refrigerated wells) to keep them at their best.
27 New Row, WC2N 4LA,
020 7836 9559, lagelatiera.co.uk
Honey, Rosemary & Orange Zests, Salty Caramel and Basil & Chilli are just some of the
delicious flavours created here from seasonal ingredients and organic dairy produce.
Supporters of the Slow Food movement, the three Italian founders have given a family tradition a refreshing new twist.
7 Archer Street, W1D 7AU,
020 7287 5555, gelupo.com
With top chef Jacob Kenedy of Bocca di Lupo at the helm, Gelupo has won plaudits from restaurant critics
and the in-crowd alike for its unique favours. Feast on tantalising combinations such as Ricotta, Chocolate & Black Pepper and Vanilla & Saffron, or perfect for sunny days is the Summer Sorbet Cleanse with beetroot, carrot and ginger.
Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER, 020 7734 8040, fortnumandmason.com
This is definitely not a grab-a-cone-and-go kind of place, more a full on sit-down experience in one of London’s most beautiful afternoon tea rooms. Build your own sundae, indulge in a classic Knickerbocker Glory, then wash down with house made hot chocolate.
40 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9AB, 020 7240 7086, scoopgelato.com
Working at his family’s Tuscan gelateria was the impetus behind Matteo Pantani’s decision to bring his luxury ices to London in 2007. Head to Scoop for specialist ingredients, such as Gran Cru single origin cocoa and Sicilian black cherries, which are transformed into artisanal gelato.
16 Brewers Lane, TW9 1HH, 020 8439 9807, gelateriadanieli.com
The demand for Danieli’s delicious gelato and fresh fruit sorbets has soared since his gelateria opened in Richmond in 2005. Made with organic milk from the South Downs, the frozen treats, which come in 24 different favours, are also served at the capital’s top restaurants and, word has it, at a recent royal birthday bash.
43 Westbourne Grove,
W2 4SA, 020 7221 9549, snowflakegelato.co.uk
A recent addition to London’s gelato scene, Snowfake has already managed to scoop a number of Great Taste awards. Ices are made by hand from organic Jersey milk and cream, and there is also a guilt-free sorbetto for those watching their waistlines. As well as this branch they have boutiques in Soho, Chelsea, Edgware Road and a mini-boutique in Selfridges.
UDDERLICIOUS 187 Upper Street, N1 1RQ udderlicious.co.uk
Run by (Mr and Mrs) Raj and Raj, this independent artisan gelaterie is all about the flavour. Regulars can go online and suggest flavour combos which are then voted for and go live as monthly specials. Recent vote winners include Espresso and Chocolate Biscotti, Rhubarb and Fig and Strawerry and Basil. Also do great Ice Cream cakes, which are legendary amongst the Islington birthday party set.