London's Coolest Gelato Spots

By Malika Dalamal  |  June 23, 2014

Move over ice cream — gelato's what everyone's craving this summer. From classic to wildly imaginative flavours, there's something for everyone at these seven authentic Italian-style gelaterias in London.

  • What: Black Vanilla at Harvey Nichols

    Why: The boutique gelateria based in Blackheath and Greenwich has just launched a monthlong pop-up in Harvey Nichols to celebrate Wimbledon. Using the same creamy, low-fat gelato, they're offering a line-up of tennis-inspired creations.

    Must-Try Flavours: Cream tea gelato (homemade crushed scones in wild strawberry and cream gelato) or the delightful 'New Balls Please' — a hollow chocolate tennis ball filled with gelato and covered in green coconut.

    109-125 Knightsbridge; SW1X 7RJ; 020 7235 5000

  • What: Olivogelo

    Why: Homemade gelato, frozen yoghurt and sorbet is given a Sardinian twist at restaurateur Mauro Sanna's Belgravia gelato shop. Many of the flavours are also served on the dessert menu at his local restaurants (Olivo, Olivmare, Olivocarne).

    Must-Try Flavours: Sardinian nougat or date and grappa.

    28 Elizabeth St., SW1W 9RB; 020 7259 9802

  • What: Dri Dri

    Why: Seasonal flavours and organic dairy products make this an almost guilt-free choice. Italian owner Adriano di Petrillo doesn't use any additives like emulsifiers, non-natural thickeners or colouring, which is why you can’t see the product on display — instead flavours like Granny Smith apple sorbet and pistachio are served from a traditional Pozzetti counter.

    Must-Try Flavour: Biscotti (cookies and cream).

    125 Sydney St., SW3 6NR; 020 8616 5718

  • What: Lick

    Why: Gelato purists, look away! This late-night Soho spot is all about offbeat rather than traditional flavours. Grab a cone or a cup and sit on the grass in nearby Soho Square.

    Must-Try Flavours: Peanut butter, lemon cheesecake, apple pie, black sesame seed.

    55 Greek St., W1D 3DT; 020 8617 0042

  • What: Oddono's

    Why: Owner Christian Oddono uses his grandmother's receipe to make fresh and natural gelato from the finest ingredients he can lay his hands on. Thanks to vanilla pods from Madagascar, Valhrona chocolate from France, hazelnuts from Piedmont and the absence of any colourings, preservatives and genetically modified products, you can really taste the difference.

    Must-Try Flavour:  Pistachio using nuts from Sicily.

    14 Bute St., SW7 3EX; 020 7052 0732

  • What: Gelupo

    Why: The late-night gelateria, Italian delicatessen and espresso bar on the same cobbled Soho street as sister restaurant Bocca di Lupo serves unique flavours of creamy gelato as well as seasonal fruit sorbets and fancy coffee.

    Must-Try Flavours: Gelato-stuffed cannoli or brioche-bun gelato burgers — a sophisticated take on the ice cream sandwich.

    7 Archer St., W1D 7AU; 020 7287 5555

  • What: La Gelatiera

    Why: Organic and seasonal ingredients take centre stage (milk and cream come from Ivy House in Somerset) at this Covent Garden ice cream parlour and cafe where the gelato is made fresh daily in small batches. Baristas can also whip up some seriously good coffee to wash down your gelato.

    Must-Try Flavours: Unusual flavours including honey, rosemary and orange zest, or basil and chile.

    27 New Row, WC2N 4LA; 020 7836 9559