A guide to central London's best ice cream | St James's London

A guide to central London's best ice cream

Get the scoop on the best ice-creams in central London

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We can’t always rely on the weather, but we can always rely on the joy that ice cream brings. The only questions that remain are chocolate or vanilla? Cone or cup? Well, why not both?

Let us guide you through our top tips on where to snap up the crème de la crème of frozen treats this summer in central London.

Heddon Street Kitchen

Looking for a helping of nostalgia with your ice-cream? Introducing Heddon Street Kitchen’s ‘Build Your Own’ ice cream bar. Found just off Regent Street near Oxford Circus, adults and children alike can unleash their imaginations and create a frozen masterpiece with more flavours than you can shake a stick at and toppings including fresh berries, Oreos or honeycomb.


If something a little more unusual is your thing, book a table at The Counter at Heddon Street’s Sabor, and tuck into a goat’s cheese ice cream topped with liquorice sauce. Trust us, it’s a match made in ice cream heaven.


In the market for some traditional Italian gelato? A trip to Grom on Piccadilly in St James’s will not disappoint. Using only top-quality ingredients, Grom lovingly prepare their Gelato in store meaning you might have to wait an extra minute or two, but trust us, its worth it. Choose from a vast array of flavours including torta al mango, panettone and milk and pistachio to name just a few.

Fortnum and Mason

Some would say that the only option when it comes to the ultimate ice cream is the Knickerbocker Glory. The Parlour in St James’s Fortnum & Mason is the go-to destination for this, as well as a ‘Build-Your-Own Sundae’ menu. Candy floss topping? Anything is possible at Fortnum & Mason.


Love ice-cream but looking for something Dairy-Free? Look no further than the sublime Piura Porcelena at St James’s Market’s Scully. A dairy free, 75% chocolate sorbet topped with pistachio, blueberry vinegar gel, stem ginger and coco nibs. It is a taste sensation from international chef Ramael Scully.

Crosstown Doughnuts

Don’t be fooled by the name, Crosstown Doughnuts offer a whole lot more. Can’t get into London but still looking to treat yourself? Order home delivery from a vast selection of sorbets, ice creams and even affogato and enjoy flavours from central London in the comfort of your own home.

Looking for more summer in the city inspiration? Read more about all the ways you can seize the moment, from eating al fresco to sipping on cocktails, all whilst creating new memories, and enjoy summer back in the city on our St James’s and Regent Street summer hubs.