Delicate handmade chocolates, traditional boiled sweets, extra-ordinary gummies in gourmet flavors…sweet tooths rejoice! Whatever your favorite candy, chocolate or sugary treat—London has you covered. From the classic old fashion sweet shops to the avant-garde chocolatiers, here are our picks of the most wonderful and whimsical sweet shops in London that any sugar-lover will adore.
7 Sweet Shops in London
Charbonnel et Walker
Dating back to 1875, Charbonnel et Walker on Old Bond Street is one of the oldest shops in London. It’s set on the corner of a glamorous royal arcade (shopping passageway) in Mayfair. It also happens to sell the most divine chocolates in traditional English favorite flavors like violet and rose.
Founded by two women, one English and one French, this chocolate shop is gorgeously polished with old-world charm and Victorian appeal. Their chocolate selection packaged in the Union Jack flag box makes a great souvenir. Also, their champagne truffles are one of their signatures. You can even buy champagne gift sets that pair the truffles with a bottle of bubbly. This is one of the best sweet shops in London, so go on and treat yourself!
For a taste of the exotic, head straight to Akesson’s in Notting Hill. (It’s right up the street from our one-bed, one-bath Leicester apartment.) Behind the sophisticated black-and-red storefront, you’ll discover the most remarkable collection of single-estate chocolates.
Hailing from far-flung places like Madagascar and Brazil, these high-end bars are a real treat for gourmands. If you need some coffee to go with your chocolate, check out our pick of Notting Hill’s best coffee shops. The whole neighborhood is full of unique, independently owned stores, restaurants and cafés. It’s a great place to call your home for a week—or more—while you’re in London.
If candy is your jam, you can’t miss SugarSin in Covent Garden. Out of all of the sweet shops in London, SugarSin has one of the largest pick n’ mix setups. You can select exactly what you want at this sweet store. And this is a spot for the whole family—kids go crazy for SugarSin! (See our other kid-approved things to do here and you can see our picks for our favorite family-friendly apartments here.)
But SugarSin isn’t just for the kiddies. For a grown-up treat, try the Classic Prosecco gummies or the cocktail-inspired Cuba Libre gummies. Also, this store is great for your Instagram. It was voted one of the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Candy Shops’ by Architectural Digest magazine.
With an unforgettable name, Choccywoccydoodah is a weird and wild ‘chocolaterie’ in Covent Garden. Selling wonky multi-tiered cakes, daring desserts and a crazy variety of handmade chocolates, there’s a real Willy Wonka-esque vibe to this outfit.
This store is also a dessert parlor: peek behind the velvet red curtains to find the Bar du Chocolat. Try a milkshake or go all out with the Choccywoccydoodah ice cream sundae, featuring chocolate ice cream, chocolate brownies, chocolate truffle, shortbread, whipped cream, chocolate fudge and chocolate curls. Another pro-tip: Don’t miss anything that includes their handmade ooey-gooey marshmallows.
For upscale chocolate with British heritage, swing by Rococo Chocolates in the equally upscale neighborhood of Chelsea. (It’s right by the beautifully furnished Wellington and also the exclusive Pelham on the well-appointed King’s Road.)
The packaging is so glamorous. The candied fruits dipped in chocolate make for a lovely summer treat. Also, their award-winning, beautifully wrapped chocolate bars make for great gifts, as does the Rococo Chocolates English Selection. In that exquisite little wrapped box, you’ll find floral, fruity fondant creams in flavors like rose, violet, lavender and geranium, as well as chocolate-covered stem ginger. Learn more about Rococo here.
Hardy’s Sweet Shop
With several locations in London, Hardy’s presents the classic British sweet shop for lovers of retro treats. There’s a huge selection of goodies, which are presented in glass jars and tins. Along with familiar favorites, Hardy’s also sells some typical British gems like dolly mixture (little shapes of sugary fondant) and licorice allsorts (licorice-flavored confectionery sold in a mix of shapes).
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