Are you looking for gourmet chocolate in London?
Whether you are in town for the weekend. Or you live here and have had to fill your chocolate craving with Cadbury chocolate, or you are just interested in the best gourmet chocolate London has to offer. We will walk you through this. After all, this is Charlie and Willy Wonka's country here.
Here is a list of the best chocolate shops in the English capital. We have tested products from most of these boutiques, and we aim to look forward to tasting the rest very soon. They are all very, very, very good.
Artisan du Chocolat
Created by chocolate maker Gerard Coleman, this brand specialises in infusions of exotic herbs and spices and salted caramels. Famously, their chocolates come with unique flavours like cardamom, banana, and thyme, or even tobacco. Artisan du Chocolat has two stores in London (Chelsea and Notting Hill), plus a stand in Borough Market.
Located a few steps away from Marble Arch, this gourmet chocolate shop in London is an exceptionally chic artisan chocolatier and bakery. The founders are a trio from the fashion world. It boasts interesting fruit flavours, an original design, and also a large selection of chocolate drinks, mousses, and cakes.
Charbonnel et Walker
Luxury chocolate maker since 1875, with a lovely traditional shop on the Royal Arcade in Mayfair. They also sell champagne truffles or classic confections, for instance, rose and violet cream bites - a very nostalgic flavour combination.
Founded twenty years ago by an English couple, Hotel Chocolat sells chocolate made with cocoa from Saint Lucia and Ghana. They have a large selection of Easter eggs and pretty gift boxes. Hotel Chocolat has more than a dozen stores in London.
Montezuma offers spiced chocolates in their shop in Spitalfields in fresh, modern packaging. This brand's flagship product - delicious chilli truffles - was founded by a couple of former lawyers in 2000.
Paul A Young
This redhead's creations, made entirely by hand, have won him numerous awards. Therefore, Paul A Young is considered one of the world's best chocolatiers. He now has three stores in London (Soho, Angel, Bank).
Founded by Frenchman Antoine Dufour in 1902, Prestat is one of the oldest and most famous chocolatiers in the capital. The brand is famous for its truffles, sold today in their classic pink and blue boxes.
This chocolate factory opened in 1983 by Chantal Coady. It uses organic and fair-trade cocoa to produce award-winning chocolates. They organize many tasting sessions/courses, so make sure to check their website for more info.
Founded in 1910 in Sheffield, Thorntons is a classic brand of English chocolate. They have over 600 stores across the country! In Covent Garden, they sell delicious chocolate ice cream and a whole assortment of boxes and bars, including bespoke and customised products.
Like Paul A Young, he is one of the best artisan chocolatiers in the country. With his Japanese wife Suzue, he created beautiful chocolates, dark chocolate bars, and salted caramel bites.
In conclusion, of course, don't forget the department stores like Harrods, Fortnum & Masons, Selfridges and Liberty's, all of which have great chocolate gifts on their shelves for their customers, with lots of products made in England by the above brands. Moreover, they also stock small artisans like Amelia Rope, Demarquette, or Audrey's Chocolates.