Hotel Chocolat

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Hotel Chocolat
Claudiu Balaceanu

The Covent Garden branch of luxury chocolate purveyors Hotel Chocolat also hosts a cocoa bean bar for ardent chocoholics. Delicious chocolates made on-site can be sampled downstairs in the unique Cocoa Bar Cafe, while the usual range of indulgent gifts and treats from the Hotel Chocolat brand can be bought from the shop upstairs. 


Venue name: Hotel Chocolat
Address: 4 Monmouth Street
Covent Garden
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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Venturing downstairs at the Hotel Chocolat store on the edge of Covent Garden you will find an underground chocolatey lair (technically a restaurant) which is also where their Masterclass and Tasting sessions take place. After a prosecco-fueled welcome, you are talked through the history and process of making chocolate. A number of chocolate samples accompanying the talk highlight how the differing cocoa beans and their surroundings result in the specific flavours. The evening culminates in a live demonstration of the methods of the chocolatier, along with the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get involved creating your own small chocolate bars from treated beans.

These are then yours to take away along with some further professional samples, though not too many. On that count, if your interest in chocolate is predominantly consumption based you may feel a little short-changed, but as unique and very chocolatey experience, this is a relaxing, informative and thoroughly enjoyable evening.


If you think that you know Hotel Chocolat because you've stopped in smaller branches of this chain, think again, because this is the motherlode--not only does it have an amazing selection of chocolates, liqueurs, and other food and drink items but a cafe and, downstairs, a cooking school. The cafe on the ground floor offers such wonderful smells that you won't want to leave without buying something or overdosing on the hot chocolate and other drinks on offer. If you're not a fan of large boxes of already-selected chocolates, you can choose from a wide selection of smaller packets so that you can always find something new. A sample of the newest flavour is usually on offer and the staff seem genuinely excited about sharing chocolate nirvana with customers. The cocoa-infused Caramel Vodka is too wonderful for words. The prices aren't cheap, but, trust me, this isn't Cadbury (which you would never eat again after eating this stuff). A special tip--after Christmas and Easter you ca pick up great bargains with seasonal items sold at a discount. I'm still hoarding my half-price chocolate and gingerbread spread (it doesn't return until next Christmas), so bring a large shopping bag and arrive hungry and thirsty.

Highly recommend this branch as it's in a great location and downstairs they host the Bean-to-Bar chocolate making masterclass.  They go through the whole process and you bring your own chocolate home along with other goodies!  Who knew this even existed in such a central location and it's intimate enough that you can ask questions and see how they make it - with the machinery all there working (for the shop) as you are learning and doing it the hard way with a couple of glasses of Prosecco.  Highly recommended for groups as well as for pairs and dates!


The Hotel Chocolate shop is amazing. I love the set out and I love all the amazing different flavours that Hotel Chocolate sell. They even have a table on the shop floor where you can sit and relax and buy a hot chocolate etc from the counter to enjoy.  

Downstairs you can do one of their cookery schools. I done the 'Tree to Bean' experience. You get to learn about cacao from the harvesting, fermentation, drying process, roasting, kibbling, grinding, mixing, refining, conching and tempering. Throughout the evening you are served Prosecco whilst tasting a few different plain chocolates slabs throughout the talk on cacao then onto making your chocolate bar by grinding nibs in a pestal and mortar, be warned though takes a while to grind up the nibs and by the end of it my wrist was aching but was really worth it when I finally saw my homemade bar that I made right from scratch. At the end you are also given a goody bag with a few slabs of chocolate to take home and a chocolate infused tea bag.  I would recommend doing this class however I would of loved to of learnt more about how Hotel Chocolate comes up with their unique chocolate creations ie their Lemon Cheesecake chocolate etc. and I would of loved to of had samples of Hotel Chocolates unique creations rather than just the plain chocolate slabs that we tasted through the evening.  I also feel that the class is quite pricy for what you actually do and get out of the evening so I do feel that they need to lower the price of their experience even though it was interesting and fun.


If you don't think you'll ever make it to an Amazonian raw cacao drinking ceremony then this is the next best thing. Molten 100% cacao chocolate folded with coconut milk is a liquid dream and needs to be experienced. Regular chocolate and regular milk are also available but I would urge you to BE BOLD. While you're here, nibble a free sample or three of mulled wine chocolate. Leave feeling drunk and happy.


This is solely for the friendly service and free iced frappe I received from here a few weeks back.

Hotel Chocolat is overpriced but granted their chocolates are innovative and tasty. You can't go wrong with a box for birthday, Christmas or thank you gifts. Buying for yourself as a sweet treat however - well you've got more money than sense. 

This branch also has a cafe which sells brownies (again over priced) and hot chocolate. It hosts bean to bar experiences where you're able to learn about the process of making chocolate while nibbling on it throughout (aaaalsoooo rather pricey).

Somehow I had signed up to their mailing list and as such was kindly offered a free iced frappe which they launched at the start of the summer. After a jog in the insane heat my bf and I decided we deserved a treat and went to redeem this. 

There are 3 options; salted caramel, white chocolate or milk chocolate. We opted for salted caramel. I watched it being made and my god the calories.... Liquid chocolate, half a salted caramel brownie and a tonne of cream added to a load of ice, whizzed up in a blender, poured and then topped with the tastiest cocoa cream.

It is literally a heart attack in a cup. I definitely couldn't manage a whole one. 

At just shy of £4 a drink I actually don't think it is too steep considering you HAVE to share it between two. 

It really is the perfect treat! Grab one before the weather turns.

I recently went to a tasting event at the Victoria branch of Hotel Chocolat and it's honestly changed my view of chocolate - as well as Hotel Chocolat. Informative, and really fun to taste different kinds of chocolate - it was a sample of the whole tasting experience which I'm really inclined to save up and go for now. It was so educational about sugar contents and dark chocolate, and I have to say I'm a complete convert to Hotel Chocolat and would recommend the experiences for all to try out :)


Comfort food breakfasts or indulgent teas – fresh coca and tasters galore. They push the health aspect by reminding you of coca’s antioxidant benefits but that can soon be undone with their selection of moist cakes, blondies and iced milk chocolate shakes.