Home to some of the world’s top chocolatiers, London has been at the heart of the international chocolate scene for many years. Visitors to the city can get a taste of the most outstanding chocolate in London while staying at Hotel 41. Take a look at our pick of the capital’s most exciting chocolatiers producing mouth-watering truffles, pralines and salted caramels for the ultimate indulgent stay
Paul A Young
Paul A Young has made a name for himself by pushing the boundaries with cutting edge creations encompassing unexpected taste combinations; the passion fruit curd and sea salted caramel chocolates have proven particularly popular. The creations of this award winning chocolatier and cookbook author can be found in his three London stores, with the flagship located in the heart of Soho.
The Notting Hill-based chocolate shop Melt has long been one of London’s most celebrated, with truffles being hand-made each day in the open kitchen. Single origin truffles, peanut butter squares and sea salted caramel bonbons are among the shop’s best sellers, but there’s a vast array to choose from. Chocolate making and tasting classes are held here, too.
First established in 1983, Rococo Chocolates shops are now dotted around West and Central London, with a new store in Covent Garden. With chocolatier Chantal Coady behind the award-winning creations, this is another of London’s most celebrated brands. As well as classic collections such as pralines and caramels, Rococo creates more unusual chocolates such as the quirky flavoured bars in the Roald Dahl collection.
In addition to being renowned for his delicate macarons, Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé has a loyal following for his indulgent chocolates. These elegant truffles, pralines and bonbons fill the glass counters of his three stylish London boutiques.
There aren’t many chocolatiers with a resume as impressive as William Curley’s, who has worked under esteemed chefs such as Raymond Blanc, and at The Savoy as history’s youngest Chef Patissier. Of the numerous awards he’s received, Curley has been named Britain’s Best Chocolatier four times and awarded gold in The Culinary Olympics. The chef’s chocolates can be found at Harrods.
A lot can be learned from the name of chocolate shop Choccywoccydoodah, alone. This chocolatier brings art together with confectionary to create an assortment of skilfully crafted 3D chocolate items, as well as truffles such as the Luxury Marc de Champagne collection. This is the place to go to see chocolate creations imagined and prepared with a great sense of fun.
Artisan du Chocolat
It’s the Irish chocolatier behind Artisan du Chocolat, Gerard Coleman, who first came up with salted caramel chocolates to appear on the menu at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, and he has since contributed to the menu at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck. But the chocolate shop’s popularity isn’t only owing to these achievements; the truth is of course in the tasting, so it’s well worth visiting one of his London stores.
Indulge your chocolatey sweet-tooth by making a beeline for Hotel 41.