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The best ice-cream sandwiches in London

Forget your typical bread and butter; these sandwiches place ice cream between dreamy layers of cookie, cake and the like. Grab a spoon or get sticky

Ice-cream sandwiches were once the calorific preserve of New Yorkers, but these frozen treats have started making an icy impact on London’s best ice-cream parlours, restaurants and cafes. It’s a dessert or sweet treat sent from the heavens, with signature scoops of ice cream wedged between cake, cookies or wafer biscuits. While the rest of the capital catches up, here are our favourite frontrunners already serving swoon- (and occasionally spoon-) worthy ice-cream sandwiches.

Ice-cream sandwiches in London

Macaron ice-cream sandwiches from Yolkin

£4.50

We’re not Yolkin, genius baker Sammie Le’s pop-up shop has a whopping 21,000 followers on Instagram. And quite rightly – her pretty macaron ice sarnies come in an ever-changing kaleidoscope of flavours, often with a southeast Asian vibe – think black sesame, matcha and milo. They sell like hot cakes from her Soho stand in Whaam Banh Mi, so arrive at midday on Saturday or Sunday and make way for a new addiction.

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Soho

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich at Spuntino

£6

This peanut butter and jelly number on the menu since Spuntino first began is famed for its cheeky sandwich-shaped appearance. This is more of a reverse on the classic, though, with two wedges of peanut butter-flavoured ice cream either side of a thick raspberry coulis. Oh boy.

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Soho
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Chocolate chip cherry swirl at Milo and Hector's

£4

Another mobile ice-cream sandwich seller, Milo and Hector's park their little van at Maltby Street Market every weekend and sell flavour combinations based on four types of cookie and five flavours of ice cream. Try cherry swirl ice cream with choc chip cookies or go naughty with rum and raisin prised between oatmeal cookies.

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Bermondsey

Fried Horlicks ice cream at Bao

£4

Bao had already caught Time Out's attention with its cute savoury Taiwanese buns, but how about this for a bun: a deep-fried version of the soft doughy wonders filled with malty Horlicks ice cream. Sweet dreams are made of this.

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Soho

The Naughty One at Happy Endings

£3.50

Salted caramel and miso parfait come squished between fine layers of chocolate stout cake in The Naughty One, a rich, salty, creamy and umami number that has a lot going on. It’s the perfect dessert after ramen at Tonkotsu or a great accompaniment to a stroll down Broadway Market. Stop at nothing to get your sticky paws on one of these bad boys.

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Rocky road ice-cream sandwich at Rita's

£4.50

Rita's in Hackney goes in heavy with this riff on the ice-cream sandwich. Chewy rocky road cookies wrap around a hearty mound of dulce de leche ice cream whipped up by Ice Cream Union for a super-sweet way to end the day.

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South Hackney

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie from Potbelly

£3.95

Cookies and milk are made for each other and it's no surprise an all-American sandwich shop has mastered the combo. Potbelly's recipe hasn't changed since 1977 and everything is baked fresh in store every day – rich vanilla ice cream comes wedged between two chewy oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies. And if you can't decide on just the one, they'll make the other half with their rich chocolate brownie cookie.  

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Stratford

Any of the sandwiches at Ruby Violet

£5

This Tuffnel Park parlour makes its inventive ice creams even more special by wedging them between freshly baked cookies. Combinations vary depending on what’s been churned that week, but look out for green tea and gingerbread or simple Madagascan vanilla between oatmeal and raisin (pictured).

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Kentish Town
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The Brown-wich at Chin Chin Laboratorists

£4.95

These ice-cream wizards use their liquid nitrogen skills to flash-freeze the filling in their ‘Brown-wich’. Two chocolate brownies bookend Pondicherry Vanilla ice cream, and the results are out of this world.

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Camden Town

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By: Tania Ballantine

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David Clack
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These are just ABSOLUTELY BLOODY OUTRAGEOUS.