As you may know, last week (from 14th to 20th of October) was the “Chocolate Week” in London!!
Do you know what that means? There was chocolate EVERYWHERE!!!
There were special events organized all over UK, as well as demonstrations and tastings from top chocolatiers and pastry chefs, children’s workshops, a bath filled with chocolate and a full sized chocolate cocoa tree!!
One of the festival highlights was the “Salon du Chocolat” the weekend. It’s an enormous exhibition of chocolate-related goodness in Olympia, which features demonstrations, tastings and an extraordinary Chocolate Fashion Show alongside exclusive shopping opportunities.
But if you didn’t get the chance to be in London last weekend for the “Salon du Chocolat”, we listed our 3 favourite chocolate places in London, so you can pop in at any moment!
Artisan du Chocolat:
They definitely take chocolate seriously! They actually produce their own chocolate from ground beans. The standard range is excellent but it’s worth popping by the boutiques to see the seasonal treats and designs for occasions such as Halloween. We love the bars for people on special ‘sugar detox’ too: they include chocolates made from buffalo and almond milk.
81 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UL. Nearest tube: Bayswater.
You can expect some lovely colourfully glam packaging, as Melt is located in Notting Hill, but there’s real substance to the range too. We like the Smoke bar: made from cocoa beans grown on volcanic soil, giving best dark. Also hard to resist is textile designer Celia Birtwell’s Dinky cat design stencilled onto milk chocolate lollipops.
59 Ledbury Road, W11 2AA. Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate.
Montezuma’s: (Clink favourite)
This place is fun, quirky, and ethically-minded. Big and little kids are welcome! Imagine some bars of white chocolate with ginger and chilli; dark chocolate with lime and sea salt;
milk chocolate with apple and biscuit…and you will understand why we LOVE IT!
51 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA. Nearest tube: Liverpool St.