Hot chocolate. It’s a child’s drink, really – designed for consumption after a fall from the big slide rather than during an important meeting with the CEO. But now that a) we’re all spending endless hours outside and b) takeaway mulled wine is banned, the soothing bev is really coming into its own. It’s a warm treat that feels more special than a cup of tea and that can be enjoyed without the risk of a post-coffee existential crisis. And it makes a properly indulgent end-point for any winter lockdown walk.
Luckily, London’s brilliant cafes and chocolatiers are known for serving up truly luxurious takes on the classic drink. From marshmallow-topped and cream-covered concoctions to seriously challenging brews (80 percent dark, anyone?), London has a selection of hot chocolates stupendous enough to warm anyone’s cockles in these winter months. We’ve tasted our way around the city’s finest chocolatiers and bijou cafés to find you the best.
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