Chocolate holds a very special place in our hearts. The delicacy is both a classic romantic gift and an indulgent treat for all. In this guide, we describe the perfect one of a kind outing for chocolate lovers in St James’s. Let’s dive in.
Ole and Steen
We begin just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus in St James’s Market. It’s usually very difficult to choose one of the many Danish selections at Ole and Steen, but not today. Seat yourselves at a table on their elegant mezzanine and enjoy a tasty hot chocolate accompanied with a Chocolate Social – their handcrafted long pastry with marzipan, vanilla custard and chocolate; just perfect for sharers.
An amazing experience deserves a memorable souvenir, and we know just the one. Let’s head west now, across Regent Street St James’s and down Jermyn Street to Princes Arcade. You’ll find Prestat’s alluring shop nestled in the middle of the contemporary arcade. This chocolatier is a haven for chocolate lovers, you may have already heard about them from reading Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. There’s so much to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with a Pink Marc de Champagne box of exquisite truffles. Save it for later though, we’re barely halfway through our journey.
We’ve tempted ourselves enough now, it’s time to indulge in something a bit more filling. A stone’s throw away on Piccadilly is the ever-iconic Fortnum & Mason building. Head through its gorgeous interiors and up to the first floor where you’ll find ‘The Parlour’. The pastel coloured beauty is a paradise for all with a sweet-tooth; its plethora of ice-creams, cakes and sorbets are so tempting. We suggest having their chocolate and coconut sugar pancake for a taste that’s both delicious and exotic.
Time for dessert. For the penultimate stop on our chocolate tour, walk further west to Arlington Street. The modern British restaurant, Le Caprice, has exactly what you need for a final course. Hopefully you weren’t too tempted by the ice-cream in The Parlour, because here we’re having Le Caprice’s incredibly warm chocolate cookie with milk ice cream. It’s so comforting, you’ll want it to last forever.
The Rooftop Bar
There’s something about nice strolls that make days like this feel more romantic. For our final stop, wander down St James’s Street and then east via Pall Mall until you get around to Spring Gardens. The Rooftop Bar at The Trafalgar St James’s isn’t only one of the best places to end an outing like this, it’s also home to their signature Chocolate and Cherry cocktail. So have a delectable chocolate tipple or two while taking in a view of London like no other.
We hope you enjoyed your chocolate filled adventure; we’ve certainly loved guiding you through it. St James’s is London’s destination for one of a kind experiences, whether they’re chocolate filled or not. Click here to curate your very own unique outing in St James’s.