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Andy Parsons

Eight showstopping choux pastries in London

Decadent, creamy and oh-so-pretty, choux pastries really hit the sweet spot. Here are London’s best ones

By Emma Hughes
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Forget the sad squashed supermarket éclair: choux pastry delights are big news. Whether they’re covered in dark chocolate and gold leaf, pimped-up with pistachio ice cream or even filled with a truffle mayo, London’s best choux pastries are way more than just a pretty face. Here are our favourites.

The best choux pastries in London

Sun-kissed strawberry éclair at Maitre Choux

Restaurants French South Kensington

£5.80

If you’re looking for quirky pastries, this South Kensington boutique is a choux-in – and its fresh strawberry one, which features pistachio cream, strawberry purée, whipped cream and mint – is a heatwave on a plate.

London's best choux pastries Bijou Choux
London's best choux pastries Bijou Choux
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Lemon meringue chouxnut at Bijou Choux at Selfridges

Shopping Bakeries Oxford Street

£3.95

Remember those three-way kisses you attempted as a teenager? Imagine one between a choux puff, a doughnut and a lemon meringue pie and the results would look like this. It’s plumped up with citrus crème pâtissière, then sprinkled with meringue and lemon zest.

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Eclair chocolat noir at Pierre Marcolini

Restaurants Pâtisseries Marylebone

£5

Instead of a sad streak of non-specific sweet brown stuff, Pierre Marcolini’s chocolate éclair is topped with a dark, almost fruity glaze and elegant chocolate curls. The whole thing is then scattered with gold leaf, because why not?

Salted caramel choux bun at Le Choux, Fortnum & Mason

Shopping Department stores St James’s

£2.20

Salted caramel – so 2012, right? Before you file it away next to slates-as-plates and hot-wing challenges, give this beauty a whirl. It whispers savoury-sweet nothings in your ear while a fudge topping melts like the world’s best Werther’s Original.

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London's best choux pastries Melba
London's best choux pastries Melba
Andy Parsons

The icéclair at Melba at the Savoy

Hotels Charing Cross

£4.95

It’s a case of sun’s out, buns (well, éclairs) out at the Savoy. The good folk at its summer pop-up Melba stuff theirs with ice cream. Pick your flavour – we vote for Sicilian pistachio – a glaze, then go wild with the toppings.

Eclair gold at Belle Epoque

Shopping Pâtisseries Islington

£3.85

The Islington outpost of Stoke Newington bakery Belle Epoque is much grander than the original, and this ritzy little number fits right in: shards of shimmering caramel-and-almond nougatine complement a luxe vanilla crème brûlée filling.

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Marcel the monkey at Dominique Ansel Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Victoria

£6.20

Say bonjour! to Marcel, New York patissier Dominique Ansel’s take on a French pastry called a religieuse. He’s a two-tier choux puff filled with dulce de leche ganache and banana jam, then glazed with caramel chocolate. Go ape.

London's best choux pastries Rabbit
London's best choux pastries Rabbit
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Mushroom Marmite éclair at Rabbit

Restaurants British King’s Road

£1.50

A Marmite éclair? Choux must be kidding! Rabbit’s one-bite wonder actually contains a turbo-truffle mayo, rather than the controversial breakfast spread. Marmite-haters will be pleasantly surprised, and fans will be happy bunnies.

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London's most showstopping desserts

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Sure, you've all heard of a cronut by now. But what about a gold-embellished eclair, a browned meringue or a croquembouche constructed out of all of the above? Feast your eyes on London's most showstopping, jaw-dropping finales, the most OTT desserts and puds in town with a full-on flavour to match that flamboyant appearance. Diabetics, look away now.

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