Could there be a more epic drink (if you can call it a drink) than the freakshake? Originating in Australia, these monstrous concoctions promise to fix all your sugar cravings at once with their combo of milky goodness, rich, gooey cake, cookie chunks, lashings of cream and a carnival of colourful toppings. Sure, it’s impossible to look elegant whilst tackling one, but you only have to glance at social media to realise that London has made its mind up, and it wants its shakes served freaky. Here's where to find your next fix.
London's best freakshakes
£8 (£10 large)
Vegans and people with allergies, rejoice! The vegan freakshake arrived at Canvas Café in May 2016 in three flavours, chocolate, strawberry and avocado and lime, and all-natural ingredients. These healthy alternatives are made with homemade ice cream made on site, natural ingredients and either soya or almond milk. Happily, the essential freakshake elements are still piled high: chunky slabs of raspberry and beetroot cake, whipped soya cream, melted dark chocolate and vegan meringue.
It makes sense to sip a drink of skyscraper proportions while enjoying the view from the thirty-sixth floor of the Walkie Talkie building. The three freakshakes on offer are The Freak Dough, a thick salted-caramel shake topped off with a whole doughnut; Freakin' Macaroons, a tropical eruption of berries, coconut, passionfruit and raspberry macarons; and the Choco Freak, a chocolate explosion finished with chocolate curls and a gooey brownie.
The newest addition to London’s Frankenshake scene is this pop-up in Hawaiian-themed restaurant Pond Dalston. There are currently two options, either For Freaks Shake – a mason jar packed with chocolate ice cream and bundles of Oreos – or Shake Love to Me, a raspberry marshmallow-flavoured towering bundle of fluff. Sit back in the leather booth seating and let the buzz take hold.
This café is still a new arrival on Kingsland Road but it’s cemented its reputation with some ridiculously good-looking freakshakes. They offer four base flavours – peanut butter, raspberry, chocolate and salted caramel – which can then be personalised with a choice of toppings, meaning you get to freak your own shake with cookie dough, brownies, marshmallows and honeycomb.
This West End restaurant was the first place in London to prepare freakshakes and has now built a dedicated bar serving monthly specials, including a Star Wars-themed shake. Proving they’re not afraid to experiment, the bloody mary freakshake includes plumes of garlic-infused whipped cream, while the popular Freakshake from Mars is basically a giant boozy liquid Mars bar.
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It seems Holloway Road is leading the charge for freakshakes with two establishments on the game. Miki's has three gargantuan shakes up for grabs with some epic toppings – choose between a full-blown cornet, a brownie or a mighty slice of M&M’s cake. Though if you prefer some different flavours, ask nicely and the team will ‘freak’ flavours on the milkshake menu.
Take a punt on this new-ish dessert bar on Holloway Road and sink straight into the freakshakes, piled high with cream, waffles, marshmallows and popcorn. There are five flavours to choose from: Nutella, caramel, peanut butter, strawberry and KitKat. Let your eyes roll to the back of your head with the glorious sugar kick that will have you fidgeting for the rest of the day.
£5 single, £7.50 double
Shake Shack may be an American import, but they’ve got some very British-sounding names on the menu. Their monster shakes – called ‘Concretes’ – include the Union Shack; a mix of chocolate custard, chocolate hazelnut brownie, fudge sauce, choc chunks and sea salt; and the Drury Lane Jam – vanilla custard, strawberry jam, brown sugar biscuit and banana. Alternatively you could always create and name your own.
A Japanese toy specialist and a body-piercing aficionado founded this new dessert bar so you can be sure the freakshake menu is stocked with playful bright colours, daring combinations and an irrepressible sense of fun. And, yep, the matcha flavour is piled high with cookie and cream sticks and white-chocolate cookies while their Strawberry Neon freakshake is topped with meringue and a floaty candy floss cone.
This East Shopping Centre dessert and drinks bar is serving up ludicrously indulgent ‘Volcanoes’, where cookies are stacked on brownie on doughnut and all drenched in white, brown and milk chocolate sauce, plus a vast choice of toppings. And that’s on top of the super-rich shake.
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