As far as I’m concerned, whoever came up with a chocolate walking tour in London is a genius. Enjoying foodie stops around the iconic capital of England is a Sunday afternoon very well spent in my opinion.
Finding the Best Chocolate in London
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I sought expert help in finding the best chocolate in London with a cheap walking tour.
We were an intimate group of only six, led by a laidback guide who knew her chocolatey stuff. Thankfully, there were no embarrassing high-vis jackets to wear. We simply strolled the streets at our own pace.
Chocolate Coffee Beans at Algerian Coffee Store
Our first stop was at Algerian Coffee Store. Sadly as it was a Sunday the store was closed. Luckily for us our guide had been in the day before to purchase some of the famous chocolate covered coffee beans.
We learnt they had been making them since 1887 and we soon realised why they were so famous. Surprisingly tasty. When you visit, just make sure you go on a different day so you can have a snoop round the store.
Hotel Chocolat was the next stop. It’s probably the most high-street stop of the tour, but thanks to our guide it was actually really interesting.
Did you know there actually is a Hotel Chocolat? It is boutique hotel, spa and restaurant set among cocoa groves on the tropical island of Saint Lucia. Did you also know the store stocks award winning body products, as well as unusual cooking items, like cocoa pasta? I certainly didn’t.
Chocolate Ice-Cream at Freggo
Our walk stretched to Freggo, a tiny ice cream store that is actually part of swanky restaurant chain, Gaucho.
We sampled dulche de leche ice cream, chocolate chip dulche de leche, and dreamy white chocolate. They were incredibly rich, indulgent and over the top. Just how ice cream should be.
As part of the tour, you will also hear about Alfajores. And taste, them of course.
Truffles at Prestat
Brightly coloured Prestat was our next stop; a tiny shop with a royal warrant and home to the first ever truffle (the recipe has remained unchanged for 111 years).
Fortnum & Mason
Underneath the ever beautiful twinkling lights, we headed towards my favourite part of the tour – Fortnum and Mason. Stepping inside this grand store was an experience in itself.
Talking of cuppas, we were treated to the most adorable chocolate teacups from the Fortnum and Mason counter.
Whilst, I wouldn’t recommend tasting the Earl Grey, it does make for a cute novelty picture.
Thankfully, we were treated to an eaton mess white chocolate which tasted a lot scrummier.
Rather full from our chocolatey samples, we simply gazed into our next stop, French Ladurée. Though, I will admit that now that I’m sat at home with an empty stomach I do wish I’d tried one of those rumoured best hot chocolates in London.
You’ll walk through the rather impressive Burlington House. Make sure you look up at the lovely big windows and listen to your guide’s entertaining stories about the Beadles.
We stopped by one of the Queen’s favourite stores, Charbonnel et Walker. Supposedly, her majesty has a selection of the rose cream chocolates in each room at Buckingham Palace. I have to agree with Wills and Kate though, they’re not particularly tasty.
East India Company
The tour includes a nosy around East India Company, sampling a welcomed savoury cracker or two, and of course some fine chocolate.
Although not in the schedule, we sidetracked into Choccywoccydoodah to gaze at the epic hand-crafted chocolate cakes.
Paul A Young
We finished in Paul A Young for award-winning chocolates and brownies.
Bellies full of chocolate, aching legs and cheesy, Christmasey grins plastered to our face, we headed back home under the sky of sparkling festive decorations.
A chocolate walking tour around London, similar to what I did, will cost £25 for an adult ticket. The tour will last around 3 hours. I’d recommend you avoid Sunday to ensure all of the shops are open. Oh, and one last tip – flat shoes and empty stomachs are a must. Quality over quantity is surprisingly filling.
Are you a chocaholic like me? If you’ve visited some (or all) of these chocolate stores in London, which one is your favourite? X