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The Best Desserts In London (Right Now)

A running list of London’s best sweet treats.

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Updated June 21st, 2021

Based on our 100% legit, scientific studies backed by someone whose name we can’t share for legal reasons, we have found that sweet treats can in fact raise morale, improve productivity (maybe), and make you run faster (possibly not). Okay, full disclosure: it hasn’t been proven in the “traditional” sense, and Elon Musk’s assistant did tell us to stop calling, but, what you should know about the Infatuation London team is that we have an extremely high tolerance to sugar. And a low tolerance for anyone who says no to dessert. And in this guide we will be documenting all of our favourite desserts that you can find, and eat, at London restaurants.

If you’ve eaten a particularly tasty sweet treat recently that you want to share with our team, send us an email at london@theinfatuation.com. Now, onto the sugar.


Giulia Verdinelli


££££ 20 Newport Ct

“This Chinatown spot isn’t the only place doing soft serve in London. But it is one of the only places I’ve found that does excellent soft serve with brown tapioca, and as someone who is very much addicted to boba, it’s a yes from me. There are four flavours of soft serve, vanilla, black sesame, rose lychee, and matcha - which you can choose to have in a taiyaki - a Japanese fish-shaped waffle cone - or in a cup. Either way, it’s great. My go-to order is the Oreo madness with tapioca or ‘The Little Mermaid’ with lychee rose and both are a welcome addition to my rotation of ice cream spots.” - RS

Giulia Verdinelli

Trap Kitchen

AmericanSeafood  in  Balham
££££ 76 Bedford Hill

“We all love pretending that our favourite dessert is crème brûlèe (cc: sophisticated Hinge chat) but realistically, most of the time when you want a sweet treat, you want something that would make your childhood self shed a happy tear. That brings me on to Trap Kitchen’s oreo waffles. As tasty as they are simple, this is a classic case of chocolate meets carbs for a plate of sugary, filling goodness. The textures are great, the serving of oreos is generous, and frankly, I’d rather have these waffles for company over 99% of my Hinge dates anyway.” - HLB

Jake Missing


African  in  Soho
££££ 1 Saint James's Market

“By the end of most tasting menus I’ve often lost the will to live. I stare longingly at the radishes on another table from course four or seven, a distant memory regardless, and start fantasising about being foraged out of the restaurant. Is that the sound of violins playing? Or is that just the soundtrack to the toilets? It’s hard to say. None of this was the case with Ikoyi. In fact dessert, Fuji Aztec apples turned into a glistening, caramel-looking sauce with baked custard ice cream, was a total mic drop after a meal of top 10s. The apple element was, for all intents and purposes, the most sensational baby pureé the world has ever seen. In and around blobules of it was honeycomb and on top a scoop of the creamiest of custard ice cream, plus an artful squiggle of more apple stuff. It all reads very familiar. Like apple crumble and ice cream, really. But it tasted otherworldly.” - JM

Whipped London

££££ 49 Endell St

“Stepping into this Covent Garden dessert shop will have you feeling like you died and went to cheesecake heaven. And it’s probably because that is exactly what this place is. The display of baked cheesecakes at this takeaway only shop on Endell Street will have you convincing yourself that you can finish seven slices of cheesecake by yourself. ‘That’s what freezers are for’ you’ll tell yourself when you spot the blueberry cheesecake after already asking for a slice of the peanut butter pecan pie and dulce de leche biscoff, and you know what, I get it. My suggestion is rocking up in a group and working your way through all the flavours, because yes, they’re that good. They’re baked slowly for several hours giving them an insanely creamy texture and are topped with a bunch of different stuff from Twix, to crumble. Their roasted pistachio cookie is also a winner.” - RS


££££ 157 Westbourne Grove

“Step aside Marmite, because the ultimate love-it-or-hate-it ingredient these days is matcha. Luckily for me, I’m definitely in the love-it category when it’s done right, so this matcha mille crêpe cake from excellent sushi spot Sumi made me very happy. Light, fresh, but undeniably creamy, this dessert has more layers - and is arguably just as green - as Shrek. It’s worth noting that the sushi here is what I’d describe as ‘fucking fantastic’ so get involved in the temaki, nigiri, and their banging sesame seaweed salad, but just be sure to leave enough room for this multi-layered masterpiece.” - HLB

Rochelle Canteen

££££ Rochelle School

“Restaurants that change their menu daily aren’t particularly (see: at all) useful when it comes to dish-specific recommendations. Nonetheless here I am, once again, singing Rochelle Canteen’s praises. The reason being is that they are really, really good at desserts. Two spring to mind recently. One was a chocolate pudding that in sensationally OTT form I pre-reserved ahead of time (they have a tendency to run out of delicious-sounding things, okay) and thank Christ I did. If the human body is 60% water then this pud was 80% liquid chocolate. It was inside of it, bathing in it, and on top of it. Not too dark but not too sweet either, it’s easily the best chocolate pudding I’ve ever had. The other one, of equally enjoyable childish appeal and simplicity - which is what makes the best desserts, FYI - was an ice cream sundae. Just reading those words is exciting. But eating it was even better. Scoops of vanilla, chocolate, and caramel ice cream smothered in honeycomb, with whipped cream and a strawberry on top. It may have been a Saturday lunchtime, but it reminded me of Saturday night treat sundaes as a kid. Albeit without the squeezy strawberry sauce.” - JM

Buns From Home

££££ Talbot Rd

“Sue me, but I’ve never been that excited by croissants. They always feel a little dry. A little plain. Like they’re missing something. I’ve done things like fill them with Nutella, or jam, or literally anything that might add some oomph. Little did I know that all I needed was to wait for this little bakery in Notting Hill to open. Homemade vanilla custard cream in a Normandy butter croissant bun is the only way I want to eat croissant dough going forward. Their dessert buns are excellent, and the best part? No one can judge you for eating a croissant bun for breakfast. Even if it is filled with cheesecake.” - RS

Heidi Lauth Beasley

Turul Project Hungarian Delicatessen & Cafe

££££ 1 Turnpike Parade

“There are desserts you eat in bed when you’re sad, desserts you eat at 4pm when you’re craving a sugar high, and then there are those desserts that you want to share with the love of your life. Turul Project’s torte is the latter. This Hungarian spot at Turnpike Lane bus station might give the illusion of being a low-key wine bar, but in the back dining room they’re serving dishes that are certified fancy. Case in point: this richer-than-rich chocolate ‘lúdláb’ torte balanced out with zingy brandied cherries and a sour cherry sorbet. Cue daydreams of gliding your fork through the chocolate and feeding it to someone you genuinely love enough to share it with.” - HLB

“Bar that one month of ‘Cleantober’ in 2018, Doughnuts have always been a constant in my life. Covered in chocolate, filled with cream, or even just those mini ones from Sainsbury’s, they’ve all got a special place in my heart. So stumbling upon these doughnuts when on a mission to find new bakeries was like finding a £20 note in an old pair of jeans. The doughnuts change on a regular basis, with flavours like passionfruit, or tiramisu. But something you can find on most days, is their excellent raspberry jam doughnut. The dough is perfectly fluffy, generously filled with raspberry jam, and a raspberry on top. They even have a cute outdoor set-up where you can get your doughnuts with a side of brunch.” - RS

M & H Cake


“Have you ever come ridiculously close to buying a double tiered cake for ‘something to go with your tea’? Not that I haven’t considered putting one in the freezer and pulling out a slice whenever I feel like it, but the offerings at this cake company mean there’s no need for that. London-based wedding cake maker, Abigail, has transformed her business during lockdown from making wedding and birthday cakes to making cake tubs and delivering them nationwide. Picture layers of sponge cake, with creamy buttercream in between. Different flavours are released each week, with choices like kinder bueno, lemon and raspberry, and red velvet and oreo. They taste excellent, come in a tub for easy eating, and will probably be finished the same day they arrive.” - RS

The Treats Club

££££ Netil Market

“There’s something about food, stuffed inside other food, that gets us inappropriately excited. It’s almost as if we’ve been conditioned to click ‘add to basket’ whenever we see words like ‘Nutella fudge brownie stuffed doughnuts’. And The Treats Club Dessert Bar in Netil Market is serving up all sorts of stuffed sweet treats. Think Oreo-stuffed doughnuts sundaes, Biscoff salted caramel hot glazed doughnuts, and smores hot chocolates. They’re open on the weekends, but you can also order their hot doughnut sundae kits online. They’re fun, easy to make, and taste just as good as they sound.” - RS

The South East Cakery & Café

££££ 20 Upland Road

“Not a brownie. Not a chocolate bar. A brownie bar. This Dulwich café is making some of the best brownies I’ve had. They’re seriously fudgy, not overwhelmingly chocolatey, and their salted caramel bars have a really nice balance of sweet and ever so slightly salted flavours. I’m obsessed with peanut butter, so I slathered a teaspoon of it on one of these brownies and found my new favourite combination. This spot also has Nutella brownies, as well as birthday cake truffles, and ‘cookiewichs’ - a stuffed cookie sandwich - with flavours like red velvet cookies with white chocolate buttercream, and a classic smores flavour. You can get mix boxes including a little bit of everything on their website.” - RS

Crumbs & Doilies

££££ 1 Kingly Court

“I am not ashamed to admit that I had to Google what a doily is. Forgive me Elizabethan table decor fans, I clearly have not lived. But if anything is going to get me on Team Doily it’s the name of this cute little café that is responsible for London’s best cookies. This place specialises in brownies, cupcakes, and other things that would make a dentist panic, but it’s their New York-style cookies that we have a real soft spot for. They’re excellent and importantly, extra large. All of the flavours are winners but it’s the raspberry white chocolate that has my heart.” - HLB

Flavourtown Bakery

££££ 771 Fulham Road

“If you spend even a minute on this Fulham cake shop’s Instagram page, then you’ll understand why you don’t just rock up here and get one cupcake to go. No, you might go in with that intention, but you end up leaving with a box of assorted cupcakes, a Mars Bar brownie, a monster slice of red velvet, and a hot choc cookie for the road. And by the road, I mean your mouth. With fun combos like vegan biscoff sundae, and brownie cheesecake cupcakes, you’ll want to try them all. And you should, because they taste even better than they look.” RS

Giulia Verdinelli


££££ Unit 9 Market Row

“Okay, before the dessert police turn up and haul me away, it’s worth knowing that the desserts at West African restaurant, Chishuru, change regularly. I can’t promise you that you’ll be able to get their exceptional baobab caramelised mousse or their more-more-more peanut ice cream. I’m sorry. But the good news is that all of the desserts here are fantastic - like, really fantastic - so you’re entering the situation with minimal risk. Expect plenty of nutty crunch factor, creaminess, and a lot of spices.” - HLB

Giulia Verdinelli

Dragon Cat Cafe


“To anyone who says that bubble tea isn’t a dessert, convince my dentist. Please. Technically it’s a drink, but it most definitely qualifies in the sense that it’s sweet, it’s a great post meal treat, and one sip has probably got enough sugar to power the whole cast of Rugrats. The point is, this deserves a place on this list, not just because of the sugar levels (which you can choose), but because it’s serving some of the best bubble tea in London. You can get fresh fruit teas, milk lattes, and freshly made wheel cakes, but my favourite thing to get from here is the Oreo milk tea. You can get it hot or cold, with toppings of your choice, including tapioca, brown sugar jelly, and pudding. Whether you live near Hammersmith, or it would take you 45 minutes and a 30 song playlist to get here, it’s worth it.” - RS

Karolina Wiercigroch

River Café

££££ Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd

“I dreamed of this day. I thought of who I would share it with, what I would wear, the endless photographs, and which song I would want played. If you think I’m talking about my wedding, you are sadly mistaken. I’m talking about the magical day where I could finally eat River Café’s signature Chocolate Nemesis dessert at home. This is a chocolate cake with such a formidable reputation that it has its own merch and has been on this institution’s menu since 1989. Sure, it’s £60 for the whole cake - hello overdraft - but what else would you expect from London’s richest chocolate cake.” - HLB

Giulia Verdinelli

Wheelcake Island

££££ Westfield Shopping Centre Ariel Way

“An island made out of a fluffy Taiwanese pancake is exactly where I’d rather be 95% of the time. Especially if it’s as good as the wheel cakes that can be found at this stall in OG Westfield. Think of a cross between a pancake and a bready cake and you won’t be far off. They’re made fresh each day, filled with things like vanilla custard, chocolate, matcha, and oreo, and the cakey outer layer is light and slightly salted, complementing the sweetness of whichever creamy filling you choose. You can go classic with the vanilla custard, but I have a sweet spot for the chocolate and vanilla and oreo flavours. They also have some limited edition seasonal options with things like biscoff or sweet pumpkin which are always excellent.” - RS

Giulia Verdinelli

L'ETO Caffè

££££ 243 Brompton Rd

“Despite my love for chocolate cake, finding one that doesn’t disappoint can be a challenge. So much so that since I came across this particular slice on a late-night sugar search a few years back, I haven’t found one better. It’s a four-tier cake with chocolate cream and raspberry between each chocolate cake layer, covered with chocolate glazing, raspberry crumble, and major Matilda energy. It’s moist, the fresh raspberry makes the chocolatey-ness (it’s a word) less overwhelming, and adds a nice fruity tang. Perfect for chocolate lovers, cake lovers, and Roald Dahl fans who have been dreaming of that cake since they were six years old.” - RS

Giulia Verdinelli

Fuwa Fuwa

££££ The Brunswick

“There’s pancakes, which I love. There’s cakes, which I also love. And there’s the light and fluffy mixture of the two, topped with biscoff sauce, that you can find at Fuwa Fuwa at the Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury. This Japanese spot specialises in soufflé pancakes, which means extra fluffy, extra thick, and so good it might ruin other pancakes for you. But it’s worth it. There are choices of different toppings like strawberry and nutella, and blueberry and yuzu cheesecake, but my favourite is the biscoff special. The thick and creamy biscoff sauce comes cascading down covering the pillows - sorry, pancakes - with crushed biscoff, whipped cream, and strawberries. It’s velvety, moreish, and something you should try at least once in your life.” - RS



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Giulia Verdinelli


Dessert  in  Soho
££££ 4 D'Arblay St

“Whether the last cookie you came across was at the bottom of a Ben and Jerry’s tub or you regularly polish off a pack of Maryland cookies, the ones you’ll find at this hole-in-the-wall dessert spot in Soho are something else. American-inspired, with a French twist, these cookies are huge, and almost cake-like in texture, which means that flavours like banana dark chocolate taste like actual banana bread, and double chocolate tastes like an actual brownie. As well as those, they have a classic milk chocolate and a white chocolate miso flavour. The winner is the banana dark chocolate, but the milk chocolate comes a close second. FYI, a single cookie is £4, and a box of six comes to £22.” - RS


££££ St John’s Wood High Street

“Contrary to popular belief, and some baseless propaganda, ice cream isn’t tied to a certain degree celsius, it’s not tied to a beachy location, or even a time of year. No, it’s a state of mind. The state of mind of a person who does whatever the hell they want, including eating ice cream in the rain. And the gelato at this St John’s Wood spot uses recipes from Bologna to make some of the creamiest gelato you’ll find in London. Their ‘classic’ flavours are real winners, hazelnut and pistachio being my favourites, but they also have some Unico specialties like rum chocolate, and due torri, which is made with mascarpone and served with hazelnut and chocolate sauce. You can get that, plus a range of vegan sorbets, at all four of their London locations.” - RS

Giulia Verdinelli

Over Under Coffee

££££ 181A Earls Court Road

“Pancakes have pretty much always been popular, so I’m definitely not saying that they’re underrated. I am however saying that the pancakes at this tiny Australian coffee shop in Earl’s Court are some of the best I’ve ever had, and should be rated higher. They come in a messy stack of three pancakes, each one is thick and fluffy and comes topped with greek yoghurt, poached fruit, and maple syrup. The tanginess of the yoghurt goes perfectly with the sweetness of the syrup, and balances out the slightly savoury pancakes, making them the kind of pancakes that you can have for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dessert, or as a pre-dinner snack - basically at any, and all, times.” - RS



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