Top 8 ice cream parlours
With temperatures on the up, we look to the eight local ice cream parlours that will help you keep your cool this summer
1 Gelateria Danieli
Brewers Lane is an intriguing little alley way in Richmond that spectacularly opens out onto the green. It’s made up of charming independent shops, a couple of bars, but undoubtedly its crowning glory is the humble Gelateria Danieli. On sunny days, queues will form stretching all the way down to the green, made up of sweet toothed sun worshipers desperate for a scoop of one of 24 flavours of supreme gelato.
Brewers Lane, Richmond www.gelateriadanieli.com There is another branch in Richmond and also in the Bentall Centre, Kingston
2 Jefferson’s Ice Cream
A stone’s throw from Balham train station, those with a craving for all things ice cream can jump off a train and make the pilgrimage to Jefferson’s, and it’s well worth it. The friendly local hot spot was set up by Celine and Christopher Thompson, who said goodbye to their corporate jobs and set out creating the brand which has quickly become a staple of the local community. They create and taste test amazing recipes using the best natural ingredients and welcome in Balham residents with their beautiful and bright Art Deco interior. There is a visible kitchen which adds to assurance that ice cream is freshly made, and flavours include everything from peanut caramel swirl to early grey. Try your favourite flavours in a toasted brioche bun or topped on an indulgent waffle.
This quaint little parlour sits right on Clapham Common, meaning it is fantastically situated for a leisurely passeggiata through the park on a sunny day, while enjoying some cold and creamy gelato. The style of the café is typically Italian, and this extends to the flavours which range from the traditional (stracciatella or fior di latte), to the exotic (cardamom or fig).
Clapham Common www.nardulli.co.uk
4 Unico Gelato & Caffe
Just a stone’s throw from the Thames, this Fulham-based gelateria prides itself on the best quality homemade gelato. The café pays close attention to the quality and product, using the best organic ingredients to make sure their gelato is distinctively creamy and swirly. Popular options include their salted caramel and the biscotto (yum), and they’ve also got a handful of vegan flavours including dark chocolate and mango sorbet.
Fulham Palace Road, Fulham www.unicodelicacies.co.uk
5 Oddono’s Gelato
So creamy and authentic is this gelato that the team at Oddono’s has won well-deserved awards. On the menu are a dazzling 130 flavours to pick from, ranging from the classic favourites to the not so classic, with basil or vodka even featuring on the menu. On a sunny summer’s day you can almost guarantee a queue, but the sheer number of people who venture through the doors of Oddono’s is a testament to the flavours and quality of the ice cream.
Northcote Road, Battersea. The Broadway, Wimbledon. www.oddonos.com
6 Badiani Gelato
Bringing the craft of gelato making all the way from Florence to the streets of London, this Italian Gelateria pride themselves on being able to replicate any flavour to delight their customers, including savoury options. From the warm orange walls of the shop, the doors at the back open to a beautiful covered terrace with comfy chairs and vines creeping up the walls, offering a relaxing space mimicking a warm Italian square to enjoy your gelato in.
FULHAM ROAD, CHELSEA. BADIANI1932.COM
Bringing a touch of Art Deco glamour to Richmond, Venchi is a beautifully decorated parlour where the opulent interior reflects the rich flavours on the menu. The history of Venchi starts in the 1800s in Piedmont and this history is still prevalent to this day with gelato experts who know their thing when it comes to big flavours. There is also an in-house chocolatier with a tasty selection of delicious chocs if the ice cream hasn’t fulfilled your sweet tooth.
8 The Kingstonian Ice Cream Company
The Kingstonian Ice Cream Company has been keeping the sweltering masses happy with its incredible ice cream for over 100 years with the firm being passed from generation to generation. The company recently won two awards for best vanilla ice cream and orange sorbet in the country and has a vast heritage to its name. The flavouring ingredients come directly from a specialist supplier in Italy that manufactures products specifically for artisan ice cream. New flavours are developed based on current trends and combined with ingredients to make flavours unique to them. See Facebook for its daily locations.
*Please see individual websites for latest opening details
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