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La Gelatiera

Restaurants, Ice-cream parlours Covent Garden
5 out of 5 stars
(34user reviews)
Le Gelatiera

Time Out says

Despite the Italian name, this small homespun outfit is simply dolce rather than Dolce & Gabbana. There’s a plot-to-tub ethos in the sourcing (organic milk, chocolate beans from the Ecuador National Plantation, enthusiastic use of Slow Food members’ ingredients) and a bohemian vibe to the decor, but slow and dopey service had us wishing for a dash of corporate slickness. Portions were unreasonably skimpy too, yet we couldn’t fault the ice-cream.

Quirky combinations are a mainstay, and flavours – including basil and chilli, and honey with rosemary and orange zest – were expertly balanced. Dark chocolate sorbet was also superb. We like the look of bakes such as white chocolate and peanut butter roll, and vow to return for cups of hot chocolate: there’s a choice including Ecuadorian 70%, Venezuelan 58% and Ivory Coast white chocolate. If service were improved, La Gelatiera might even become a regular haunt.




Address: 27 New Row
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Covent Garden tube or Charing Cross tube/rail
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:25
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Being lactose intolerant and a foodie doesn't seem like the ideal combination. But La Gelatiera makes it easy to indulge in a sweet treat regardless! I came here with my friend after dinner in the area and was surprised to see that they too had dairy-free options. 

I'd heard much about La Gelatiera through recommendations from friends and online reviews so I thought I'd finally give it a try. After tasting a few flavours, I opted for a small cup with a scoop of Dark Chocolate and another scoop of Pistachio because they were both so creamy when I had a sample. I thought it was great that I could have 2 different flavours even with a small cup. 

I was most impressed with how truly creamy and luscious the gelato was, given that it was dairy free. If I didn't know it was dairy-free, I honestly would have thought it was regular gelato! It was a great dessert and way to end dinner with my friend. Would 100% recommend this place, if you're lactose intolerant like myself or simply on a dairy-free diet!


Delicious ice cream! Amazing flavours and super creamy...only issue was that they were a mission to order! The music was so loud, every customer in there at the time had to repeat their order at least twice! Service was super slow as well. Ice cream was worth the wait, but make sure you aren't in any rush.


Amazing ice cream with a great selection of flavours! £3 for a small but able to fit two flavours on top of the cone. I went for caramel peanut butter and chocolate. Bf got a large and boy was it large! Took him 30 mins to polish it off. At £5 a pop you'd expect it to be big but they don't scrimp so it's all good. Three different flavours (same as me plus a salted caramel flavour that was so creamy and delicious). Be warned one of the chocos is a sorbet which I don't think they make clear.

Service doesn't come with a smile - they are a little grumpy in there but ice cream is creamy, good choice of flavours and probably better than amarinos over the road!
A must!

There are a lot of independent ice cream stores who claim to be the best or have the most interesting flavours. La Gelateria, tucked away in the depths of Covent Garden actually practises what it preaches. Not forgetting the classic flavours, La Gelateria specialises in interesting combinations like Basil and Chilli and Honey with rosemary and orange zest. The staff are full of recommendations and willing to give out testers making the whole experience very fun. Why not pop in for a late night snack post theatre or a stomach liner pre Mr Foggs!


Hidden away in Covent Garden, La Gelatiera feels like a real hidden gem. Yes it's normally busy, but there's generally always space to get in and order what you like, and even hang around to try a few flavours to make your decision! The service has always been patient and polite, even with a queue running out the door!

It serves a variety of flavours that will rock mostly everyone's boat, and I'd recommend their award winning flavours including chilli chocolate and basil! Cosy inside and with a decent price tag, this shop is top of the list for me in London, over and above Gelupo which was in my opinion, overrated!

I am Italian and here in London is not easy to find a good ice cream. I have tried La Gelatiera and this is the most gorgeous amazing ice cream you can get in London. This is a real artisan gelato made with real quality products and the taste is amazing. This is really the best gelato you can get! I really recommend those who would liked to taste what is a real ice cream to go to this fantastic ice cream place in Covent Garden  @LaGelatiera 

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After falling in love with proper Gelato in Sicily last summer, i was on the hunt for the same quality in London. Time Out magazine had a feature a little while back listing the best Gelato places in London and this one got raving reviews. I'm assuming the menu changes on a daily basis as the flavours are so individual its hard to choose - which is why its great that you can have three different flavoured scoops :)

Went there the other day - I have to say it was really nice. Would definitely go again!

If you believe ice-cream to be an exclusively summer treat, you’re missing out! This December, London’s hands-down best ice-cream parlour (and this is written by a true gelato aficionado) offers a bunch of unique festive flavours, including gingerbread, spicy pumpkin pie and black garlic toffee. But if you prefer your cold treats more, well, vanilla, La Gelatiera can still impress you with their rich, smooth and creamy year-round classics. All-natural, organic and low-fat, they’re almost a guilt-free pleasure without compromising the taste. For something warmer and more sinful, try the extra-thick hot chocolate, served in delightfully quaint tea cups, or one of the home-baked cakes and cookies (not quite as impressive as the gelato, but close enough.) What’s more, the staff is almost as sweet as the goodies they sell, and the reasonable prices won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth.

It's hard for me to decide between Gelupo and La Gelatiera. La Gelatiera's Basil with chili blew my mind!!! I also had rhubarb crumble and honey, rosemary and orange zenst which were amazing as well. My cone broke at a certain point and I was about to cry like a baby. The girl at the counter was also very nice and let me try different flavours. I like the fact that even if it's a small shop they managed to fit in it chairs and tables. Sitting there on a quiet Tuesday evening was lovely. The only drawback is that maybe the flavours a little bit too sweet and I wouldn't go for the other sweets (they didn't look very good). A part from that The Gelatiera is a gem with flavours that you can find nowhere else!

Seriously, best ice cream I've ever tasted. Smooth, creamy, full of flavor and not too sweet. A bit hidden but worth the detour. Hazelnut and pistachio are highly recommended as well as the chocolate sorbet. Great discovery!

This is a big highlight of Covent Garden. This small and trendy little gelato cafe that popped up on New Row just off St Martin's lane sure does tick all the trendy boxes. Small inside and outside seating, quirky design and chalk board menus. You can really feel the personal touch of the owners. All the frozen goodness looked very tempting with very unusual flavours. Try the Basil Chili and Chocolate Chili. Wow!!!!! It's worth mentioning that they also have hot chocolate, that comes in three ranges - dark 75% cocoa, milk 58% cocoa and white. They came in lovely tea cup, and it's definitely one of the best hot chocolate I've tasted. Opens pretty late for a Gelato place. Do not miss it for a bit of a treat!

Im a hot chocolate addict!! just passed the gelateria in covent garden... they have the best I have had so far!!! 70% chocolate and its just delicious, the best drink to get this christmassy feeling... . Occasionally I treat myself with an ice cream, they do mouth watering natural artesian gelato, the best for me in London!! Also the staff is awesome!! very friendly, nice, and so knowledgeable about all ingrediens of their gelato flavours!!! awesome, they deserve the FIVE stars!!!

Same as previously but I forgot to rate! I have worked a couple of months a La Gelatiera as well as in a couple of other gelaterias in London and I can confirm that this is by far the closest to an all natural artisan gelateria you will get in London. What makes them unique as opposed to what someone stated below is actually the creaminess and smoothness of their ice cream. This is due to the fact that they use the best organic milk in the country and they make their base themselves. The only gelateria I know who is doing it except maybe Gelupo. Also w/o revealing any secrets, they don't use sugar grains in their gelato and sorbets so I am not sure what this reviewer below is confused with. Maybe with some nice real caramel bits in their wonderful salty caramel gelato... If you don;t believe the buzz just ask them to visit their kitchen but believe me these guys are fab!

La Gelatiera is definitely deserves a 5 star rating for its icecream itself (although I do hope the shop could has more sitting space). I am a super icecream fan and I am very picky. Yes I mean serious Italian natural artisian type of Gelato, rather than those too creamy and sweet American ones. I love the inventiveness of flavour brought by La Gelatiera, everytime I went in there were surprises. My favourite so far are rose water (although hasnt seen it for quite a while), salty caramel, sweet potato (again hasnt seen it for sometime), balsamic vinegar and black sesame. Sorbets are nice too with chunky bits of fresh fruits. Def go if in Covent Garden area.

Brilliant ice cream let down by rude and unskilled staff. Coffee was lousy. Get your ice cream and leave asap. The hostile service spoiled the whole experience.

I tasted only 2 flavors, among a disappointing offer of a dozen that day. The pistacchio was pleasantly strong, with a nice salty taste. The amaretto was more ordinary, too sweet and not strong enough to my taste (although much better than a "basic" ice cream), of course. The staff was kind enough to offer me to sample 2 flavours, which was very helpful. The most disappointing part of the experience was the shop itself, which wasn't very clean (sticky tables, stains on the floor). Also, the wooden spoon I was given absorbed very quickly the ice cream, therefore it cracked very early in my mouth and gave a strange flavour to the ice cream. For 3.50GBP for 2 scoops in a cup, I had expected a better experience.

Sorry, I've only been to two places for ice cream in london, and 'Scoop' wins hands down. While the is inventiveness of flavour combos is commendable, if you're looking for silky smooth gelato this is not the place to go. Between the four of us we tried 12 flavours and the standout ones were the chocolate sorbet, salted caramel and their orange, cinnamon and wheat flavour. Would definitely return simply to try more flavours, but the icecream was gritty (I could pick out the sugar granules) and for £5 for three small scoops, they could have been a bit more generous!

Why only three stars from Time Out? This is easily the best ice cream I've had in London! And the staff were lovely and let us sample a few flavours before choosing, which was a great idea.

I could not agree more with the review from EW below. Surprisingly it is a total miss for TimeOut here. If Gelupo gets a 5*, La Gelatiera today definitly deserves the same rating. For my own taste this is even better than Gelupo - the textures have a density that I like -- soft but stiff, without any chewy or stickiness to it. Love their unique unusual flavours too. And where in London can you see the Maestro in action and actually get him to give you some tips :)

Time out has been way too harsh here with 3 stars. I would say this place is as good as Gelupo. The flavours are adventurous and really lovely (never too sweet which is a problem with a lot of the gelato in London) and the texture and creaminess of the gelato here really sets this place apart from its competitors. I just had a scoop of the Orange, Honey and Rosemary this afternoon and was in my little corner of heaven.

Very delicious, fun & very friendly. Will definitely go out of my way to taste again.

Best seasonal ingredients and great slow food ethics makes this place unique in London. Was well worth the visit form Japan :) They also have good coffee.

The pistachio ice-cream I had was absolutely stunning, really delicious strong, natural flavour. Best I've ever tried! Loved the extra dark chocolate sorbet too...Deserves a five stars rating!

Wonderful, the real taste of the freshest pistacchio and mango. Also I love the freshly made grandma's cakes served on those extra cute vintage china plates with a scoop of my favourite stracciatella! Brings up so many lovely memories...

Definitely the best of the recent crop of ice-cream shops that have sprouted up around london. Favourite flavours: pistacchio, ricotta with candied orange and the wicked chilli chocolate. Great affogato, too. WARNING: seriously addictive!!!

Love the gelato, love the staff. Have been there twice and am totally addicted to the deliciously unusual flavours (meaning the sweet potato one)...

The sea salted caramel is to die for - yum! For that alone it gets a five star rating!

Lovely shop and people. Ice-cream tastes delicious, although some flavours are sometimes too hard. I definitely go for the soft ice-cream and classic flavours like chocolate and cream. But try the black sesame, it's great!

I tried some marron glacé ice cream - heavenly, sweet and with gorgeous sticky pieces of chestnut - and also some of the home made amaretti biscuits. I hid the biscuits away, and treated myself a bite at a time. Lovely place, very nice people!

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