London’s Most Delicious Ice Cream Parlours

Romeo & Giulietta Gelateria

London’s still melting and everyone deserves a scoop of gelato. Here are the top places to get your ice cream fix this August:

Fendi’s Kiosk at Selfridges

FENDI’s Roman piazza pops up at Selfridges this August. Shop the Autumn/Winter collection, send a personalised FENDI postcard, take a photo in the retro photo booth and best of all, enjoy an ice cream on a stick from Italy’s own Steccolecco, available for the first time in London. Known for their all-natural ingredients, try flavours like Hazelnut, Mango and Passion or Granny’s Cream all on a Fendi stick. Every day until 3 September at Selfridges, W1A 1AB

Romeo & Giulietta Artisan Gelateria

Queues snake around the block for Stoke Newington’s top ice cream parlour, Romeo & Giulietta. Proper Italian gelato, find flavours like Zabaione ice cream, Tiramisu and Ricotta with Caramelised Figs. There are also sweet baby cones for little ones. 137 Albion Road, N16 9JU

Bombay Bustle’s Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Indian-inspired sundaes are on the menu just for the summer at Bombay Bustle. There’s the Royal Falooda Sundae topped with sweet Rabri ice cream, a Chocolate Fudge Sundae layered with spiced coffee ice cream, a Tutti Frutti Sundae piled high with thandai ice cream rich with fragrant fennel seeds, rose petals and cardamom and the Banana Split Sundae stacked with sweet jaggery ice cream. Yum! 29 Maddox St, W1S 2PA

La Grotta Ices

Credit: Grant Cornett

Kitty Travers makes the ultimate ice cream in seasonal flavours that vary week-to-week. This week’s speciality is the heavenly sounding Tulameen Raspberry and Fig Leaf Sorbet. Get it at Spa Terminus (5 Voyager Estate South, Spa Road, SE16 4RP) on Saturday 5th and 26th August, and 2nd and 9th September from 9am-2pm. Otherwise find it year at Leila’s Shop (15-17 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP) and General Store (15-17 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP) in 350ml tubs. Alternatively, be brave and make your own at home following Kitty’s recipes with the help of her cookbook that was published this June.


Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and 100% vegan – at Yorica the ice cream is made using rice milk or vegan frozen yoghurt so you can still get your frozen fix. 130 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZN


Grom tubs are so pretty they look more like the packaging for a luxurious face cream than for gelato. The world-famous Italian ice cream brand from Turin has just landed in London’s Piccadilly Circus. Either queue for a scoop from the slick circular bar or if you’re in a hurry grab one straight from the fridge and dash back to work.


Just like Nonna made it – Italian gelato in award-winning flavours. Part of Kerb, you’ll find Nonna’s popping up at street food markets all over town, as well as at their regular spot at Hackney’s Broadway Market on Saturday’s and Church Street Market in Stoke Newington on Sunday’

Ruby Violet 

Artisan ice cream parlour Ruby Violet like to experiment. Blood Orange & Campari Sorbet, Pink Gooseberry Hazelnut Meringue or Violet & Honey ice cream anyone? There are classics too, like British Strawberry or Mint Choc Chip. As well as ice cream this is the place for frozen granita cocktails, ice lollies and ice cream sandwiches. Visit the original shop at 118 Fortess Road in Tufnell Park, or the more recent addition in the King’s Cross Canal Quarter, Midland Goods Shed.


Last but not least, the Soho gem that is Gelupo. The menu changes daily but might include stone fruit sorbets like cherry, apricot and white peach, classic ice creams like honeycomb or peanut butter and adventurous Italian flavours like olive oil and rosemary or pine nut and fennel. A meal at Bocca di Lupo opposite followed by a scoop at Gelupo is summer holiday heaven.

— Daisy Allsup
1st August 2018