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How to get delicious desserts delivered to your door in London

These sweet businesses will bring you cakes, puddings and ice cream to ease your sugar cravings

By Joe Mackertich
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Getting your five a day is all well and good, but sometimes you need something a little bit… stronger. The kind of sugar kick that bathes your brain in ultraviolet light and makes your teeth ache (in a good way). Is there any better way to combat the lockdown blues than inviting a huge order of ice cream into your house? You’ll feel like a celebrity.

This list will be added to all the time, and if you know of any businesses worthy of inclusion (or if you spot something that needs to be updated) by all means get in touch.

If your sweet tooth has been sated then have a look at our list of fruit and veg companies now delivering boxes of healthy stuff to your homes. We also have lists of London butchers and fishmongers, specialist grocers and all manner of awesome restaurants that deliver too.

London’s best desserts for delivery

Brik

They say: ‘Our Wallpaper* design award-winning terrazzo chocolate tiles are as spectacular to taste as they are to look at. Infused with carefully selected herbs and spices, we handcraft each tile with the finest chocolate.’

The sweet stuff: Aesthetically pleasing slabs. Look at them, take a photo or two, talk about how nice they are, then eat them.

Delivery: Currently trying to deliver ASAP, but with very forgivable delays here and there.

Chin Chin Ice Cream

Restaurants Vegetarian Camden Market

They say: ‘Europe’s first liquid nitrogen ice-cream parlour.’

The sweet stuff: Starter kits for creating you own nitrogen ice cream and handmade marshmallow spread, as well as ‘test tubes’ full of popping candy, plastic sachets of pistachio powder and caramelised pretzels. Toto, we aren’t in Ice Cream Kansas any more. 

Delivery: Across London via Deliveroo.

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Cocoa Runners

They say: ‘We’ll take you on a voyage of discovery and introduce you to some of the most exciting flavours and fascinating stories from around the chocolate world.’

The sweet stuff: The fanciest, rarest, most artisanal choccy money can buy. Choose your preferred cocoa percentage and go from there.

Delivery: Still aiming for next-day deliveries, despite everything.

Creams

They say: ‘The Creams story is one of passion, commitment and big flamboyant desserts. It took many years of research and tasting gelato, waffles and crepes to perfect the concept.’

The sweet stuff: A lot of OTT ice creams, Oreo milkshakes and cookie doughs. Oh and bubble-pop waffles. They are, as Creams says, ‘the last word in waffledom’.

Delivery: Deliveroo-ed straight to your door from one of the many Creams outlets across London.

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Crosstown Doughnuts
Crosstown Doughnuts
Photograph: Crosstown Doughnuts

The Crosstown Collective

They say: ‘Crosstown Doughnuts are hand made fresh every day, using the finest quality ingredients sourced locally.’

The sweet stuff: Those exceptional ’nuts, of course. A working-from-home box of six costs £22.

Delivery: Three to five days, but free!

Cutter & Squidge
Cutter & Squidge
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Cutter & Squidge

They say: ‘London’s only 100% all natural bakery. We make everything from scratch and where possible we use real British ingredients or source from British producers where we can’t.’

The sweet stuff: Cakes and (wince) ‘biskies’. The stuff looks next-level, though, and the mixed selection boxes would make anyone’s day.

Delivery: £9 charge, within the M25, seven days a week.

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Daylesford

They say: ‘You can get any groceries from our farmshop shelves delivered to your door.’

The sweet stuff: The farmshop giant does a good line in chocolate puddings and crumbles, as well as an incredibly sophisticated marmalade-and-walnut cake.

Delivery: All of London. Free delivery for customers living near Daylesford farmshops.

Dominique Ansel Bakery
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery

They say: ‘Dominique’s vision for his London bakery was to bring a sense of wit, humour, and old-school charm to pastry and afternoon tea.’

The sweet stuff: It’s King Cronut, innit? Not to mention a range of fancy cakes and tarts.

Delivery: To central London, or you can drop by to pick up (good luck explaining that your cronut is an ‘essential’.)

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Duck & Waffle

They say: ‘A playful take on traditional British cuisine with broad European influences emphasising local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.’

The sweet stuff: An assortment of mochi filled with ice cream and white chocolate ganache. Also available: a Yorkshire rhubarb compote and caramel apples with cream.

Delivery: The Supper app will deliver to addresses within five miles of the Covent Garden branch. Minimum order £25.

Orange and poppy seed swirl at The Dusty Knuckle
Orange and poppy seed swirl at The Dusty Knuckle
Photograph: Andy Parsons

The Dusty Knuckle Bakery

They say:The Dusty Knuckle Bakery (Est 2014) is a London-based social enterprise and food operation that supplies some of London’s most renowned chefs with exceptional bread and pastries.’

The sweet stuff: Top-notch hot cross buns and morning buns.

Delivery: Free if your order is over £40. To E1, E2, E3, E5, E8, E9, EC1, EC2, N1, N4, N5, N7, N15, N16, NW5, SE5, SE15, SE22, W2, W8, W9, W10 and W11.

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EK Bakery

They say: ‘Our signature triple chocolate brownies. Rich, fudgy and studded with white chocolate chunks. We use Pump St 44 percent Ecuador white chocolate chips.’

The sweet stuff: Letterbox-sized brownies, as well as a selection of little and not-so-little cakes.

Delivery: Courier for Zones 1 and 2 is available. Orders are dispatched on Thursdays, and usually take two days to arrive. Orders can also be collected from the bakery’s Islington shop.

English Cheesecake Company

They say: ‘Premium, handmade cheesecakes and desserts delivered to your door.’

The sweet stuff: You thought you knew cheesecake? Unless you’ve seen this site, you did not. And there’s fudge cake, too!

Delivery? As per usual, but now with a handy ‘leave the cake on my doorstep’ option.

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Evering Cake

They say: ‘Evering Cake bakes, designs and creates beautiful cakes with the most natural, high-quality ingredients they can get their hands on.’

The sweet stuff: Big, fancy, bespoke cakes but also brownies and the like. This is the sister company of Bake Street in Stoke Newington.

Delivery: All across London.

Free From Bakehouse

They say: ‘Our award-winning range of gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free products are handmade daily in our dedicated gluten and wheat free premises.’

The sweet stuff: Tons, including nut brownies, white chocolate bites, carrot and walnut cakes, and something called a bienenstich. All totally free from gluten.

Delivery: All London postcodes.

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Gail’s Bakery
Gail’s Bakery
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Gail’s

Restaurants Snack bars Soho

They say: ‘When baking bread is your passion, it’s a short but gratifying leap into the endlessly creative realm of cakes, brownies, cookies and madeleines.’

The sweet stuff: A big ol’ range, running the gamut from lemon drizzle cakes and sour cherry chocolate scones to shortbreads and biscuits.

Delivery: Prompt, as you'd expect from a chain. Gail’s says it’ll get your order to your door within 48 hours.

The Ice Cream Union

They say: ‘Our ice cream breaks convention, and to break convention we constantly find new ways to refine our craft. From the tools we use, to the ingredients we select, everything has been meticulously planned and sourced by us for the finest results.’

The sweet stuff: The Lionel Messi of ice cream. Meticulously engineered for unbeatable results. These artisans pride themselves on going the extra mile to deliver next-level desserts. The cornflake flavour is not to be missed.

Delivery: Next-day, right across London. Minimum order is four 500ml tubs. You’ll make quick work of them.

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Kova Patisserie

They say: ‘A leading cake/tea shop started in the heart of London that provides fine Japanese/French patisseries and premium bubble tea.’

The sweet stuff: A lot of ‘crêpe cakes’ which consist of layered French pancakes and pastry cream. Also check out the matcha ganache. Oof.

Delivery: Within eight miles of its South Kensington outlet.

Lily Vanilli

Restaurants Bakeries Bethnal Green

They say:The bakery has a weekly-changing seasonal menu of cakes, pastries, fresh juice and our famous sausage rolls and brownies.’

The sweet stuff: The popular Columbia Road spot is offering cakes and brownies, baked by the titular Lily.

Delivery: ASAP, between 11am and 4pm.

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Lola's cupcakes
Lola's cupcakes
Photograph: Richard Brown

Lola’s Cupcakes

They say: ‘We bake London’s favourite cupcakes and cakes fresh everyday using the finest ingredients.’

The sweet stuff: Boxes and boxes of the capital’s pre-eminent high-quality cupcakes. Let’s celebrate the fact that the horn on each unicorn cupcake is indeed edible.

Delivery: Contactless delivery within two working days, with next-day delivery coming soon. And you can order fruit and veg boxes, too.

Oppo

They say: ‘Oppo, the luxury low-calorie ice-cream brand, has launched a direct to consumer ice-cream delivery service.’

The sweet stuff: Sticks ’n’ tubs of high-end ice cream, with way less sugar than the regular stuff.

Delivery: Drop-offs are made from Tuesday to Friday and for every order you make, it’ll throw in a free tub for your neighbour. Generous. Delivery is free for orders over £25.

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Paul Rhodes

Restaurants Greenwich

They say: ‘One of the leading independent bakeries in London, specialising in handcrafted breads and pastries, all made using the finest ingredients and traditional techniques.’

The sweet stuff: Masterfully crafted munchies. Order whole trays of cinnamon or chelsea buns, or dive headlong into the rarified world of meringues and macaroons. Also: the chocolate cake loaf looks upsettingly good.

Delivery: All of London.

The Proof

They say: ‘Order pudding online, this is freshly made and delivered to you at home – we’ll bring pudding basically and can do this on the same day if you want it quickly!’

The sweet stuff: It’s famous for coconut macaroons, but The Proof has a lot more besides, including souffles and sticky toffee puddings.

Delivery: Only covering east and north London currently but looking to expand ASAP.

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Ridiculously Rich Brownies

They say: ‘Our approach in the kitchen is perfectionist, experimental, flavour-obsessed and motivated by all things indulgent.’

The sweet stuff? It’s right there in the name. Everything from slightly outré crème-brûlée-flavour brownies, to more conventional fare.

Delivery: Three to five working days across the UK.

Ruby Violet

Restaurants Ice-cream parlours Tufnell Park

They say: We create spectacular natural lip-smacking ice creams, vegan sorbets and exotic ice-cream creations in Tufnell Park.’

The sweet stuff: Small-batch handmade ice cream, available in tubs. Tons of flavours including earl grey, masala chai and something called Ruby’s Russian Roulette.

Delivery: Huge swathes of north London, from Alexandra Palace to Marble Arch. Check the website for specifics. Minimum spend £15.

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Snackbar
Snackbar
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Snackbar

They say: Nothing. They’re too cool. But essentially Snackbar is an east-London café focusing on Asian-inspired cuisine, using produce grown in the heart of Dalston.

The sweet stuff: The very nice-looking Happy Endings desserts which, at the time of writing, include a variety of awesome ice-cream sandwiches.

Delivery: Within a three-mile radius of Dalston.

Sushisamba

They say: ‘Celebrating the culture and cuisine of Japan, Brazil and Peru.’

The sweet stuff: A chocolate banana cake (which contains rum and serves four), as well as a hard cake, consisting of yuzu ganache, lychee and cherry mousse. High class.

Delivery: House delivery within a five miles radius of Covent Garden, £25 minimum spend.

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Where the Pancakes Are

Restaurants Crêperies Southwark

They say:Our online store offers a small repertoire of pancake boxes and other bits to help you make our signature pancakes at home.’

The sweet stuff: Okay, it’s not quite ordering dessert. It’s ordering the ingredients to help you make dessert. But we like WTPA, and once you taste its battered brilliance, you will too.

Delivery: Next day, if you’re in central London.

Yauatcha

They say:Yauatcha Soho is an all-day dim sum teahouse offering classic and contemporary dim sum, wok dishes, patisserie and an innovative wine and cocktail list.’

The sweet stuff: Patisserie. Either ten of its famous mixed macarons, or a box of four cakes.

Delivery: Only to postcodes close to Soho, via the Supper app.

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