Most of us go on holiday and seek out the best chocolate shops to get gourmet chocolate for family and friends back home. It is hard to resist a tempting display of beautiful handmade chocolates. The London city has a great place for chocolates!
It is the place of Britain’s Best Chocolatier award winner. We are talking about the Academy of Chocolate, which is the baby of William Curley who makes amazing desserts and chocolates.
Curley’s shop on trendy Ebury Street in Belgravia is any Chocolate Lover’s dream. In fact, it is a must see for all chocolate lovers in London.
At the chocolate shops you will be greeted by the most heavenly scent. It is a paradise. You will see a long bar stretching on the right and displaying handmade chocolates, cakes and pastries. The samples are located in rows along the glass case.
These chocolates are kept ready in gorgeous packaging as little gifts! The Sea Salt Caramels are out of this world. Milk chocolate “hinted with cinnamon” is a lovely one and so will be white chocolate blended with raspberry.
William Curley also offers chocolate making classes in the Belgravia shop mainly in the making of Sea Salt Caramels. For any chocolate lover, surprise with a class when you are in London.
The Curley flagship boutique also features a Dessert Bar. It opens on the weekends. The indoor and outdoor seating are perfect to shop. If you are visiting Food Halls at Harrods, you must find time to see William Curley’s too.
Other Chocalate Hubs
Choccywoccydoodah at Fouberts Place
Love the fantasmagorical cakes from this store-cum-café. Also enjoy its wide range of chocolate. The items include three types of chocolate popcorn bar, and inevitable Choccywoccyrocky Road. The special one–Chunky Ladies’ Secrets is studded with glacé cherries and walnuts.
Mélange at Bellenden Road
Get Peckham with their regular fixes of croissants, brownies and truffles. Thin chocolate slabs made from Belgian couverture having flavour combinations of coffee and aniseed; coriander and grapefruit; cumin and mint; bergamot and cinnamon will make you crave for more.
Melt at Ledbury Road
Melt stand out for glam packaging. The Smoke bar not flavoured with tobacco but of cocoa beans on volcanic soil gives 64 percent dark chocolate is an adults-only smoky taste. Also hard to resist textile designer Celia Birtwell’s Dinky cat design is stenciled onto milk chocolate lollipops.