As you might guess from the name, the people behind this high-end mini chain take chocolate very seriously. Billed as ‘adventurers in fine cocoa’, they produce their own stuff from ground beans, rather than buying in couverture (high-quality processed chocolate) from elsewhere. The standard range is excellent (salted caramels, boozy truffles, honeycomb bites, cleverly filled ‘thins’ and pistachio pearls) and there are seasonal treats and designs for occasions such as Halloween. We also love the options for people on special diets – including sugar-free bars, chocolates made from buffalo milk, and veggie specialities such as strawberry-coated mallows. There’s a boutique in Chelsea plus an outlet in Selfridges.
Let’s face it. You can’t go wrong with chocolate, whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or if you want to indulge yourself. And you’ll find the perfect sweet treat in one of London’s highly seductive chocolate shops. Cadbury’s is great, obvs, but these places raise the bar for cacao, offering everything from purist-pleasing super-dark chocs to sugary white varieties, in the form of truffles, slabs, bars and all kinds of innovative, artful creations. If you’re cocoa nuts, these are your temples and London’s chocolatiers are your gods.