On Hackney’s Broadway Market, with tables to sit in for teas and cupcakes or ice cream, this sweet shop encourages shoppers to linger while the sugar rush kicks in. Sugar-free alternatives to the main classics are also stocked. £1.20/100g.
Hope and Greenwood
20 North Cross Rd, SE22 9EU (020 8613 1777/www.hopeandgreenwood.co.uk). East Dulwich rail. 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; 11am-5pm Sun. Branches at: 1 Russell St, WC2B 5JD (020 7240 3314). Covent Garden tube. 11am-7.30pm Mon-Wed; 11am-8pm Thur, Fri; 10:30am-7.30 pm Sa
With branches in Covent Garden, Dulwich and Selfridges, this small chain brings a flavour of postwar decadence with all sorts of fizz-bang wallops, dib-dabs and jazzles in glass jars. Bubbly, informative staff are happy to chat about old favourites such as cola cubes, which although sourced from the original factory, have lost their gooey centres since food regulations banned the vital ingredient. £1.25/100g.
Both branches of these tiny, twee outposts of nostalgia, decked out with multi-paned windows and bubblegum-pink stripes, have jars of sweet concoctions stacked to the ceilings. Since this shop opened in 2006, patient staff have helped customers choose from more than 150 flavours of indulgence. 95p-£2.50/100g.
Suck and Chew
130 Columbia Rd, E2 7RG (020 8983 3504/www.suckandchew.co.uk). Hoxton Overground or Bethnal Green tube. Noon-5pm Sat; 9am-4.30pm Sun.
Columbia Road has a row of picture-perfect shops dedicated to all things quaint and British, so this purveyor of sweet treats fits right in. Rhubarb and custard boiled sweets are perennial bestsellers but paper-wrapped chocolate fags (£1.50) are being stockpiled ahead of their PC demise. £1.25/100g.
Peddling his wares alternately at Leather Lane and Covent Garden markets, the bowler-hatted proprietor of this stall finds that the not-so-traditional blue raspberry bonbons are his bestsellers. £1.50/bag.