14 best ice-cream shops in London

Whether Insta-worthy ice cream, gorgeous gelato or sumptuous sorbet, we give you the inside scoop on the best ice-cream shops in London.

From innovative approaches to generations-old Italian techniques to vegan ice cream, find your next frozen treat with our guide to London’s ice-cream shops.

1. Bubblewrap

A hand holds a waffle cone filled with vanilla ice cream in Chinatown, London.
Bubblewrap X Peanuts collection. Image courtesy of Street & Co.

Get your hands on a bubbly gelato-filled waffle topped with weekly-changing goodies, from Oreos to salted caramel and fruit, at Bubblewrap in Chinatown and other London locations. For another Instagram-worthy dessert, head to nearby Bake (9 Wardour Stree, W1D 6PF), famous for its fish-shaped tayaki cones crammed full of matcha ice cream

2. Chin Chin Labs

For something a little different, head to Chin Chin Labs, the go-to parlour for liquid nitrogen ice cream in London. Watch as your dessert is frozen to order using a dash of liquid nitrogen, and select from an exciting array of weekly-changing flavours at its cool cafes in Camden and Soho.

3. Gelateria 3BIS London

Located in Borough Market and Portobello Road, Gelateria 3BIS London focuses on the history and craftsmanship behind the tasty Italian dessert. This picture-pretty parlour’s sorbet and gelato creations are made using the highest quality ingredients sourced from Italy. You’ll also find beautiful pastries and incredible coffee.

4. Gelatorino

Those with a sweet tooth should visit ultra-cool Gelatorino. Take your pick from delicious Italian flavour creations including amaretto and panettone, as well as sorbet and gelato cocktails, made using only the very best natural ingredients.

Where: 2 Russell Street, WC2B 5JD

5. Gelupo

Stop off for a scoop of artisan gelato at Soho's Gelupo. This London cafe takes its gelato creations seriously and uses specialist churning equipment to ensure a more luxurious outcome. Be tempted by unusual flavours such as lemon, custard and almond, or mango sticky rice, alongside a good range of vegan options.

Where: 7 Archer Street, W1D 7AU

6. La Gelatiera

A pink ice cream cup filled with a giant scoop of soft serve ice cream with nuts on top and a black spoon.
Grab a scoop or two at Le Gelatiera. Image courtesy of Le Gelatatiera

Creative flavours, such as tongue-tingling chili and basil, have won La Gelatiera an impressive list of foodie awards. Its name refers to the gelato churn used in Italy, and reflects the spot’s dedication to handmade treats. Drop by the gelato lab to learn all about the traditional techniques used at this ice-cream shop in London locations such as Covent Garden, OXO Tower and Stratford.

7. Greedy Goat

Pick up a pot of guilt-free ice cream at Greedy Goat in Borough Market. This popular stall on the London ice-cream scene serves up a flavour-packed selection of desserts made using British goat’s milk. Take your pick from deliciously inventive flavours including rhubarb and custard, cherry bakewell and more.

Where: Borough Market, Bedale Street, SE1 9AL

8. Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream

Try something totally unique at "dirty ice cream" specialist Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream, which brings Filipino flavours and techniques to Chinatown. Don't be fooled by its name, the hygiene is top-notch at this parlour, which churns out flavours such as purple ube, milo, black buko and vegan specials guyabano and calamansi.

Where: 32 Newport Court, WC2H 7PQ

9. Milk Train

Milk Train has taken soft-serve ice cream to a new level with its quirky cafe in Covent Garden. The showstopper in the shop’s creative portfolio is the dreamy candyfloss cone, which combines two of your favourite childhood treats – ice cream surrounded by a cloud of candyfloss.

Where: 12 Tavistock Street, WC2E 7NY

10. Oddono's

Cool down with a delicious ice-cream cone at much loved Oddono's. Open since 2004, this family-owned Italian gelato shop has a range of more than 100 flavours and makes its authentic creations daily at its artisan laboratory, age-old and new recipes.

Where: 14 Bute Street, SW7 3EX

11. Ruby Violet

A  large golden tray with glass goblets of coffee and a large glass bowl filled with mocha ice cream.
Tempting mocha ice cream at Ruby Violet. Image courtesy of Ruby Violet.

Get your gelato gratification at Ruby Violet's swanky parlours in Tufnell Park or King's Cross. Here, scrumptious small-batch frozen treats made from organic milk, free-range eggs and ethically sourced ingredients await.

12. Soft Serve Society

If you prefer yours soft-serve, venture to Soft Serve Society in Market Hall Fulham and Boxpark Shoreditch. With toppings including candy floss and popping candy, flavours such as charcoal, and freakshakes overflowing with naughtiness, you'll cause serious ice-cream envy among your friends.

13. The Parlour

Treat yourself at high-end ice-cream spot, The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason. As well as a selection of new and innovative ice creams, including an afternoon tea-inspired sundae, this luxurious London eatery also offers artisanal coffee, hot chocolate and savoury snacks.

Where: 1st floor, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER

14. Udderlicious

Wander over to the Udderlicious in Islington for top ice-cream treats. You’ll find a decadent selection of handmade ice cream and sorbet, from wild cherry to Irish coffee. If you’re celebrating, make sure to ask about the personalised ice-cream cakes which are a firm favourite with visitors to this London cafe.

Where: 187 Upper Street, N1 1RQ

For more sweet treats, check out some of the best London chocolate shops, visit a scrumptious cake shop or treat yourself to afternoon tea in London.