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Best Puddings in London

 

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Best Puddings in London

Have a taste of the sweet stuff

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Would you choose pudding over a starter? Got a raging sweet tooth? We all deserve to indulge every once in a while – and with these delightful desserts, every single bite is a treat. From s’mores to waffles, ice cream to cookie dough, these are the best puddings in London, featuring both standalone dessert bars and restaurant specialities…

     

Cutter & Squidge

At all natural bakery Cutter & Squidge, their signature biskies take centre stage. A cross between a cake and a cookie, biskies are a kind of dessert sandwich, filled with cream alongside the likes of salted caramel, jams and brownies. Our pick is the Spiced Pecan Caramel, which is filled with a pecan praline buttercream and caramel and coated with spiced crumb, pecans, dark chocolate drizzle, salted caramel and a fondant adorn. cutterandsquidge.com

Chocolate Glory at Bob Bob Ricard

Bob Bob Ricard is known for its Press for Champagne button, but the real star of the show here is their signature dessert. Jivara mousse, chocolate brownie, berries and passion fruit are enveloped inside a golden chocolate ball which is then melted by smooth molten chocolate, theatrically poured on top. bobbobricard.com

S’mores at Flesh & Buns

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However many fluffy steamed buns you’ve devoured at Flesh and Buns, make some space for a dessert of DIY s’mores. You’ll be given your own table-top fire pit, upon which you can melt marshmallow lollipops before sandwiching inside graham crackers and lathering in chocolate. fleshandbuns.com

Naked Dough

The UK’s first cookie dough café, Naked Dough is the stuff of childhood dreams. After the roaring success of the original London pop-up in Old Street station, Naked Dough went on to open three permanent locations across the city. Here, they serve up safe-to-eat cookie dough (made without eggs) in a tub or atop a cone, in a variety of mouth-watering flavours. Popular choices include the Nak-Ed Sheeran (salted caramel and honeycomb, Hazel’s Nuts (Nutella and Kinder Bueno) and Unicorn Food (marshmallows and sprinkles), plus a vegan Cookie Monster (cookies and cream). If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re seriously missing out… naked-dough.co.uk

Basement Sate

At cosy Soho bar Basement Sate, you can enjoy two of life’s greatest pleasures at once: cocktails and dessert. Instead of treating it as an add on, pudding comes first here. Chocolate fiend? Go for the triple chocolate mirror cake: a mix of dark, milk and white chocolate with chocolate biscuit and mint ice cream. For something slightly lighter there’s a vegan pistachio cake, a spiced carrot cake, and a smoked chocolate cigar: smoked dark chocolate with popping candy, chocolate whisky mousse and hazelnut praline crispy flakes. basementsate.com

     

Bubblewrap London

The now Insta-famous bubble wrap waffle dates back to 1950s Hong Kong, where savvy street traders came up with the concept of saving broken eggs by blending them with milk and flavour in an egg shaped iron machine. Years later, Chinatown’s Bubblewrap recreated the dessert, moulded it into a cone and filled with gelato, chocolate, sauces and all sorts of tasty toppings. Our top picks are the Oreo Crunch: strawberry cheesecake gelato with oreo and salted caramel, and Peanut Butter, filled with hazelnut gelato. bubblewrapwaffle.com

Chin Chin Club

Science meets ice cream at futuristic wonderland Chin Chin Club, where ice cream is churned using billowing clouds of liquid nitrogen. A wacky idea, but thankfully it tastes great too. Classic flavours include Tonka Bean and Burnt Butter Caramel, but there are wild specials each week (think lychee and geranium rose, and purple carrot cake)  – all of which can be topped with a plethora of tasty add-ons, from caramel sauce truffle crumble to bee pollen honeycomb. Following the roaring success of their original branch in Camden, they have since opened two more, one in Soho, and another in Shoreditch’s Dinerama. chinchinicecream.com

Dominique Ansel Bakery

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We have pastry chef Dominique Ansel to thank for thinking up the cronut: a croissant-doughnut hybrid. It caused a huge stir when launched in 2013 at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, and thankfully us Londoners now have access to these wonderful creations too. Their Belgravia bakery offers up a different flavoured cronut each month – for March it’s gooseberry jam and rose ganache. Rumour has it a second branch is opening this spring in Covent Garden, so watch this space… dominiqueansellondon.com

Peggy Porschen

Pink and covered in flowers, Peggy Porschen might just be the prettiest cafe in town, and their cupcakes are some of the best. Cakes here look so pretty you almost don’t want to eat them – but do. They recently opened a grand flagship store on the Kings Road, which is much bigger than the original Belgravia branch, and has its own cocktail bar. peggyporschen.com

     

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