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The Best Sweet Treats in London

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by Jessie Henton (subscribe)
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Published December 26th 2012
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Truly, a meal is never complete without the final touch of a dessert. But that does not mean you should be picking up any treat for the sake of tradition. Some places are just not built to produce the worthwhile desserts, and some restaurants can concoct the most amazing treats, which will cause you to never want to eat anywhere else again. And that is where this list comes in, because everyone wants to experience the desserts that will cause you to melt before they do.


Is there any better product to start than with Gelato? For those that do not know what Gelato is (which would be quite the feat), it is essentially ice cream. You can think of your local supermarket ice cream, but be ready to be surprised quite heavily, for their tastes and textures are not at all the same.

Gelupo happens to be one of my personal favourites for all things Gelato, despite that it is near the tourist traps of London. I am not going to say this place has the most delicious thing you will ever taste, because that is not true. Instead I will say if you are looking for a Gelato, this is definitely one of the places you should at least give a taste. Plus it has the added benefit of being healthier for you than the average ice cream you'd find anywhere else.

Nordic Bakery

A dessert list would be far too incomplete without at least one mention to a bakery and in particular, cakes of all varieties. The Nordic Bakery is probably not as well known for their cakes but they do have a baked food that cannot be passed up, their buns. Because it is a Nordic restaurant they make these sweet buns with various fillings. My favourite is the blueberry bun, but they are most famous for their cinnamon buns.

Even if you think cinnamon buns are more of a morning meal, no one ever said you could not have your dessert when you want to. And the Nordic Bakery manages to let you have these sweet treats at any time of the day, so long as they are open.


Nordic may not be far enough for your more exotic types of desserts, which is where Yauatcha appears. A restaurant and bakery that focuses more on Dim Sum oriented foods than anything else. So it is no surprise that they would also have finger-food desserts, which are not only strange and interesting new tastes but enjoyable and sweet ones too.

Most of their chocolate desserts are a perfect experience for a new person to experience, with their Jasmine Honey piece being one that everyone, who can have chocolate, should try when they can.

Ben's Cookies

Maybe you are looking for more of a simple dessert, which does not involve knowing how to spell certain foreign words. So a cookie would do then?

Ben's Cookies, although expensive for some cookies, I have found to be quite worth the taste. The best part about this place is not the flavours of the cookies, but that you can get them within minutes of them being cooked. I have often come here to find the cookies still warm and gooey in the middle, but crisp and not crumbly on the outside.

Boba Jam

Finally, afternoon tea is often paired with desserts, which leads to many people wanting tea shops that also provide sweet treats for them to enjoy. I do not have one of those traditional tea places. Instead I have a change-up of the normal tea, with a shop that does both interesting and fun desserts but most of all, bubble tea.

Boba Jam's bubble teas are not for everyone, but they are a new taste that is absolutely worth checking in with. In case you are not aware of what a bubble tea is, they are much like normal teas, but tend to be cold or iced and also have tapioca pearls or similar 'bubbles' in them. The reason I say they are not for everyone is that it can take some time getting used to the gelatinous balls found within your tea. Fortunately, that is also the best part. If you are used to bubble teas already, then enjoy the pearls you will find in your drink.

If you know some other dessert restaurants around I would love to know about them. So do not hesitate to share some, because everyone can benefit from sharing your favourite desserts and restaurants.
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