14 Of The Very Best Chocolate Shops In London To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth This Valentine’s Day
Step into a world of chocolate-covered warmth with a visit to these 14 sensational chocolate shops in London this Valentine’s Day. There’s absolutely no doubt that they are good enough to rival Willy Wonka himself. What better way to treat your date than a bit of artisan chocolate hey?!
1. Artisan du Chocolat, Chelsea, Selfridges and Borough Market
Whether you’re after chocolate truffles, chocolate bars or chocolate covered nuts, Artisan du Chocolat is the place to be this Valentine’s Day. They specialise in gorgeous packaging and inventive flavours, such as red wine dark chocolate and ginger and lemongrass milk chocolate. Be sure to arrive with an empty stomach as there is absolutely no doubt that you and your partner will want to devour pretty much everything in sight!
📍You’ll find Artisan du Chocolate at various different locations in London. You can find out more here.
2. Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates, Angel
Paul A. Young has branded himself an ‘incredibly creative flavour alchemist‘ and you’ll soon see why. His chocolate creations are nothing short of magical and you can try them for yourself whenever you find yourself wandering through the picturesque Camden Passage in Angel. If you’re feeling adventurous, then why not try the Marmite-flavoured Madagascan chocolate or beer-infused truffles – they are surprisingly tasty and something just that little bit different!
📍You’ll find Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates at 33 Camden Passage, London, N1 8EA.
🚇 Nearest station is Angel.
3. Melt, Notting Hill, Selfridges and Holland Park
Melt has four luxury chocolate boutiques across London and it’s not at all that surprising that they’ve done so well for themselves. With dozens of chocolate goodies on offer – including vegan and sugar-free options – you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice.
Fortunately, their kitchens are located inside their shops, so you can actually watch your chocolate being made right in front of you. This front row seat will also grant you the opportunity to chat to the talented chefs about their fabulous flavours. You can even get involved in a chocolate-making class if want to do something a bit creative this Valentine’s Day!
📍You’ll find Melt at various different locations in London. You can find out more here.
4. Italian Bear Chocolate, Soho and Fitzrovia
This Italian chocolate shop made its debut in Soho over six years ago and quickly gained a cult following, later expanding to Fitzrovia too. You can select chocolate truffles from jars, order a Nutella pizza to go or sit in for a ridiculously indulgent hot chocolate. Better yet, treat yourself to one of each – go on, you deserve it!
📍You’ll find Italian Bear Chocolate at 41 Broadwick Street, Carnaby, London, W1F 9QL and at 29 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JG.
🚇 Nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road.
5. Philip Neal Chocolates, Chiswick
This next addition to this chocolate shops in London roundup is perfect if your love of chocolate matches your love of shoes – sky-high high heels to be specific. Philip Neal’s artisan chocolate shoe collection sets him five (or-so) inches above the rest – a perfect option for a gift we say. If stilettos aren’t your forte, their mouthwatering chocolate also comes in the form of copper Buddhas and theatrical masks! Each to their own, I guess.
📍You’ll find Philip Neal Chocolates at 43 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, London, W4 1RG.
🚇 Nearest station is Turnham Green.
This charming East London dessert shop offers a range of gourmet chocolates, truffles and vegan treats. Expect an overwhelming selection of confectionary with some of the most unique flavour combinations out there. Passionfruit-infused chocolate and gin and lime truffle are just a couple of their wonderful creations. They also make the best (and most Instagrammable) hot chocolates in London it has to be said.
📍You’ll find Dark Sugars at 9 Nelson Road, London, SE10 9JB and 141 Brick Lane, Bethnal Green, London, E1 6SB.
🚇 Nearest stations are the Cutty Sark DLR, Greenwich and Shoreditch High Street.
7. Rococo Chocolates, Various Locations
Enter a world of pure imagination at any of the award-winning Rococo’s five branches dotted across London. You’d think a shop offering handmade chocolates and luxury gifts would know a thing or two about indulgence, and you’d be correct. Pretty much every kind of chocolate can be found here, from Cherry Bakewell gourmet fudge and praline ‘quail eggs’ to mulled wine-infused chocolate bars. Mr Wonka eat your heart out!
Even better – this year they’re offering chocolate tasting at their Marylebone branch– what a Valentine’s Day plan hey?! Happy couples – or you and a mate – can enjoy a pretty exquisite evening tucking into a selection of eight to ten different chocolates, as well as a glass of English sparkling wine to boot too. This experience lasts 45-60 minutes and costs just £39.95 for two people. There are also a whole host of chocolate gifts on offer here too – rose and violet creams, dark chocolate hearts, dark ganache truffle tubs – it’s all here for the taking!
📍You’ll find Rococo Chocolates at various different locations in London. You can find out more here.
8. Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, King’s Cross
Luckily, you won’t have to leave the country to try some of the best Parisian chocolate out there. Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross is where you’ll find this fabulous boutique by world-renowned chef, Alain Ducasse. Ganache, truffles, pralines, chocolate bars, candied fruit and fondants can be found here, you name it – Ducasse sells it. C’est Magnifique!
📍You’ll find Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse at Unit 15 Bagley Walk, London, N1C 4DH.
🚇 Nearest station is King’s Cross St. Pancras.
Who needs a Valentine’s when you can spend it with your gals instead? Lilly’s Café, in Covent Garden, is offering the ultimate ‘Galentines’ indulgent chocolate fondue this year. For just £25 for two people, you can make all your sweet dreams come true with marshmallows, brownies, strawberries, and churros dipped in heavenly chocolate.
And to really treat yourself and your pals, you can make it boozy for just eight quid more. They’re also offering a special Galentines drinks menu which features a ‘pink royale’ as well as a ‘pink mood-boosting seraphic latte’.
📍You’ll find Lilly’s Café at 3 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8LU.
🚇 Nearest station is Covent Garden.
10. Pierre Marcolini, Marylebone, Harrods and Selfridges
Another one of the best chocolate shops in London here, Pierre Marcolini is a chocolate God, connoisseur and expert all rolled into one lovely package. This Belgian chocolatier has shops all over the world including Kuwait, Tokyo and thankfully, London too. They offer classic chocolates, delicious macaroons, homemade jams and the finest eclairs in store. You’ll also come across their elegant delicacies in Harrods and Selfridges. If only life was like this box of chocolates…
📍You’ll find Pierre Marcolini at various different locations in London. You can find out more here.
11. Knoops, Chelsea, Covent Garden, Kensington and Richmond
Knoops is led by international chocolatier Jens Knoop, who founded his brand on the original concept of ‘Knoopology’ – the art of crafting the perfect chocolate drink. It’s now become a frontrunner of all the chocolate shops in London, and this Valentine’s Day, they’re going all out on ways to celebrate.
Perhaps best of all, they’re offering The Knoops Valentine’s Gift Set for a price of £25, which features award-winning 43% milk chocolate flakes and a tube of limited-edition strawberry marshmallows to create the perfect, indulgent hot chocolate. With a focus on sustainability, everything on sale here uses only fully-traceable blends, so the brand knows which cooperatives contributed to each cup. So you’ll be able to enjoy each cup and feel good about it!
📍 You’ll find Knoops at various different locations in London. You can find out more here.
12. PAUL’S, Various Locations
The most romantic time of year is almost here, and what better way to say ‘je t’aime’ than with PAUL’s new Valentine’s Day range? From heart-shaped millefeuilles to individual and intricate cakes, there’s plenty here to keep you happy. Indulge in the limited-edition chocolate and praline millefeuille, which is crafted from layers of buttery puff pastry, chocolate, praline cream, whipped cream, and hazelnuts for an added crunch.
Other things on the bill at this chocolate shop in London include a chocolate and raspberry palmier and a ‘craquant heart’ – a delicious dessert that is perfect for sharing, filled with layers of dark chocolate sponge, praline and chocolate ganache and almonds. Now what says romance more than that hey?!
📍You’ll find Knoops at various different locations in London. You can find out more here.
Chocoholics! Nestled in Farringdon, you’ll find a new way to explore your passion. For an hour and a half, you can skip the gym, forget the woes of the working week and taste the heavenly combination of chocolate and cocktails. To give you an idea of their diverse delights, The Chocolate Cocktail Club has everything from chocolate twists on classic cocktails to chocolate with creamy and caramel-filled supplementary flavours – perfect for a date night we think. Grab your tickets for it here.
📍You’ll find The Chocolate Cocktail Club at 72 St John Street, London, EC1M 4DT.
🚇 Nearest station is Farringdon.
14. St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, Bishopsgate
Now for something a bit different to end this chocolate shops in London roundup. Ben & Jerry’s are excited to announce its ‘Chocolate Love A-fair Commitment Celebration’ with the much-loved brand Tony’s Chocolonely! The fantastic collaboration came as both brands continued their mission to make chocolate 100% modern slavery free, with the launch of two tasty new ice cream flavours and two new chocolate bars too, both developed through Tony’s Open Chain cocoa.
You’ll get to enjoy an immersive walk-through experience as well as party games, and will also be able to dig into canapes, unlimited ice cream and chocolate. Plus, you’ll also get the chance to learn more about inequality in the chocolate industry and how companies can commit to driving change going forward. Sounds like a winner to us. The event is only on for three days and you can book your tickets for it here.
📍 You’ll find St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace at 78 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AG.
🚇 Nearest station is Liverpool Street.
So there you have it – a roundup of the best chocolate shops in London which are just rife for exploring this Valentine’s Day. Indulge in tasty treats, chocolaty cocktails or even get involved in chocolate-making classes. Now that’s one way to impress your date…