Easter is one of the biggest celebrations in the UK. Each year supermarket shelves are filled with chocolate eggs branded with virtually every confectionary name known to man. But since it’s a one-off event, surely it makes more sense to get a one off Easter egg? Rather than stick to Mars, Galaxy and Cadburys this year, consider visiting one of London’s chocolatiers and buying something extra special.
London has no shortage of charming sweet shops, but only a few of them are genuinely worth checking out. If you’re looking for something in time for Easter, these five will definitely make your mouth water.
Artisan Du Chocolat
Artisan Du Chocolat take their craft very seriously. All of their products are produced from ground beans ensuring they have complete control over the taste from the very beginning. With flower designs and bright bold colouring their spring and summer range of chocolates is perfect for Easter. They even have a vast range of treats made for special diets. You can find London’s branch of this boutique store in Selfridges.
Located in Spitalfields, Montezuma’s is one of the most prized chocolatier’s in the East End. What’s great about this fine establishment is that everything in store is created ethically. Not only are all of the products produced with fair trade produce, they also do their utmost to ensure their carbon footprint is as low as it can be. This store sells virtually every combination of chocolate bar you can think of: chocolate and chili, chocolate and sea salt, and even chocolate fused with hard boiled mango chutney.
This Chiswick boutique specialises in shaped chocolate – most notably the Buddha. All of their chocolates are made from pure natural ingredients and never contain processed additives. Besides the additional flavours, all of the chocolate is made from only a mixture of soya, cacao solid, natural vanilla, cane sugar and pure cacao butter. The store was founded in 1999 by Philip Neal himself and has since gone on to earn a reputation as one of the best chocolatiers in the UK.
This brand new chocolatier is based in a residential area in Southfields. It’s quickly built up a strong reputation for providing the best hot chocolate in town. Here you can find a vast array of hot chocolate drinks for less than three pounds – also making it one of the cheapest in the area. All of the drinks are made from single-origin chocolate that’s scoped directed out of the pot and melted into the milk. They also have a small selection of highly covetable cakes and bars.
As you can probably tell from the name, this Soho based cafe/store is a little more whimsical than the others; however, it’s no less tasty. Here you can purchase everything from life-sized chocolate skulls and flowers to bags of chocolate popcorn. If you’re looking for something a little more inventive for some children, Choccywoccydoodah is the perfect place.
All of these chocolatiers will no doubt have plenty of delicious chocolates that have been specifically designed for the Easter period. Whether you’re looking for a memorable treat for a loved one, or simply want to engage in a little luxury yourself, they come highly recommended.
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Worried that the chocolate rush won’t quite cut it? Consider taking a ride on the London Helicopter this Easter instead.
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