© Tricia de Courcy Ling
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Time Out says
Posted: Fri Oct 19 2012
We usually adore this cool evocation of Sicily in Soho and the bustle suggests other Londoners have taken Gelupo to heart too. Yet we were disappointed in the flavours on our most recent visit. Kiwi with gin and elderflower tasted of little except elderflower; coconut gelato had a cloying soapy quality, while watermelon with cinnamon and jasmine smacked of floral toiletries. We should have stuck with Gelupo classics, such as black forest cherry and chocolate, blood-orange granita or one of the ewe’s milk ricotta ices – you can at least be guaranteed of a great range of flavours. Service is zippy. Italian biscuits and cakes, coffee, gourmet sandwiches and an appealing selection of groceries make Gelupo a handy spot to know year round. Late closing puts it high on the list of things to do after an outing to the theatre, cinema or pub.
Gelupo 7 Archer Street
- Venue phone:
020 7287 5555
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open noon-10.30pm Mon-Thur; noon-11.30pm Fri, Sat; noon-10pm Sun (closing times are later in summer)
Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
- 7 Archer Street
- 020 7287 5555
- 7 Archer Street
Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:0
By far the best gelato in London. Great choice of flavours (pistachio and hazelnut are the favorites so far). Very helpful and cheerful staff. Definately the place to go.
I heard amazing things about Gelupo and to a certain extent I was not disappointed. I had the famous blood orange granita, persimmon sorbet and ricotta and sour cherry. I wanted my cone to last forever. Blood orange granita amazing really tastes like nothing else I've ever tried although the texture is not great the flavour is overwhelming after while. Even better in an entirely different way was the Persimmon sorbet. I don't know how they managed to make a sorbet that creamy and it was very delicate (maybe a little bit too delicate). Ricotta with sour cherry was also an interesting revisitation of an Italian classic. The staff was not really helpful but it's understandable considering the fact that it was a Friday night in Soho. I was very much appealed by the Panettone stuffed with ice cream. I am Italian and I had never seen anything of the kind.
Every so often I have an evening that reminds me why I live in London. The sort of evening which lingers in my memory like a half-forgotten sitcom episode – everyone is young and glowing; we laugh endlessly; we casually drift from fashionable Soho establishment to fashionable Soho establishment. Nobody makes us queue, we get a seat in the pub, and it doesn’t rain. It was at the end of one of these very evenings that I first visited Gelupo. It was around eleven, post-show, post-dinner. The queue was long but we needed the time to argue over flavours and admire the huge cakes we were too full to attempt. They were running low on gelato and the last mound of bitter chocolate was cruelly snatched by the lady ahead of me. I went for two scoops in a waffle cone, which didn’t seem extravagant until I saw the improbable heights to which my scoops were sculpted. Ricotta and sour cherry was perfect: creamy and mild but laced with sharpness. Less thrilling was burnt sugar; it was lovely for a lick but with a bitter aftertaste that became overpowering after a while. I missed the lack of bitter chocolate, which felt like the perfect partner for the cherry. A friend’s pistachio was spot-on, while the sambuca cherry was refreshing (but I could have lived without the boozy kick). Espressos were downed with gusto; they smelt glorious and the terrible night’s sleep that ensued was testament to the coffee’s power. A lovely, brief reminder of the fun of living in a city that doesn’t sleep… well, until about midnight.
Try one scoop of Gelupo's dark chocolate sorbet and one scoop of blood orange.. they're delicious together! At the time of my last visit, my diet was 'dairy free' and i was desperately craving a chocolate desert. The dark chocolate sorbet tasted surprisingly rich and creamy, i was delighted. I've recommended Gelupo's to every one of my friends and family.
Exceptional gelato, like no where else in London. Great flavours that seem to change every time I walk past.
nice. not much choice but it is REAL ITALIAN gelato as it should be. try pistacchio and hazelnut! very disappointed by the granita, icy and way overpriced: a medium cup, which was smaller than a paper cup(!!!) 4£. it didnt taste nothing like back home or even close to it :(
A bit icy and melty, and sometimes too sweet. I appreciate their effort to use fresh ingredients and to make it from zero, but still a lot to improve. J ice cream fan
It's not easy for me to write this as I've been a huge fan of Gelupo ever since it opened, but feel like the quality and selection have gone down a bit in recent months. The gelato menu is not as interesting as it once was and the ice cream is tending towards being just slightly too sweet and at the expense of flavour. Had the strawberry sorbet the last time I visited and dare I say it, it was not great. Not sure if anyone agrees so am posting this to see if anyone whose been there since the early days agree. Still good gelato but no longer great and these days I prefer La Gelateria down by Trafalgar.
Gelupo serves the best gelato I've had in London - and better gelato than many places in Italy, too! Wow. Tasting is possible, and the staff were friendly and lively.
Oh my god. The best gelato in town. Hands down. I was served by the chef (i think) which was a nice touch and had raspberry, chocolate and coconut. The coconut was amazing. I've been all over Italy, I've been to NY, and to Freggo, Scoop, Gelatorino, Amorino, and all the rest. This is the best. Creamy, vibrant flavours. V. nice people too.
We snuck into this little ice-cream place during the interval of Thriller - amazing. Super-smooth pistachio and the best chocolate sorbet EVER! The girl behind the counter was really sweet, forcing little tastes of everything on us, then making hubby the "most interesting" espresso he's had in London. Packed, with a haphazard queueing system, but awesome!
The ice cream is good, but quite on the low-fat side, and I can taste the (all natural, according to the website) additives meant to keep it together without the fatty stuff. So, less guilt, but also less satisfaction. Since gelato is a rare treat for me anyway, I rather go for the cream-rich, calorie-laden decadent variety, as made by GelatoMio, Oddono or Freggo.