The 11 Sweetest Spots For A Superior Sugar Hit

With Easter just around the corner, we’re fast approaching the official season of sugar highs. And whether you’re after some serious post-Lent indulgence or simply have an insatiably sweet tooth, we firmly believe that it’s only right to treat your taste buds to the good stuff.
And happily, the city is crammed with purveyors of delectable confectionary that cater to your every craving. From cola cubes and flying saucers to the chocolate truffle equivalent of a Dior couture gown, here are 11 to-die-for places that deliver a superior sugar fix.
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Mrs Kibbles
Mrs Kibbles — or Mrs Kibbles Olde Sweet Shoppe to use the full and official title — is something of a Soho institution. While the sweet shop’s neighboring establishments might be known for their ‘alternative’ delights, Mrs Kibbles (thankfully) sticks to the sugary kind. This place majors on old-fashioned sweet treats so that every visit is like a delicious trip down memory lane. Head here to stock up on everything from coconut ice to Caramacs.

Where: Mrs Kibbles, 57A Brewer Street, W1F 9UL

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Mrs Kibbles

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Rococo
If we were more polite (and a lot less greedy), we’d say that Rococo’s chocolates are so beautifully presented that they’re just too good to eat. But, while the hand-painted Easter eggs and eccentric multi-coloured figurines are exquisite to look at, they taste even better. Since setting up her first store back in 1983 on King’s Road, chocolatier Chantal Coady has built a delicious London empire. In 2008 Chantal was awarded a special Academy of Chocolate Award for "'Changing the Way People Think About Chocolate." And quite right, too. We love the flagship store on Motcomb Street where you can sip an incredible hot chocolate in the Moorish MaRococo Secret Garden. Utter bliss.

Where: Rococo, 5 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU

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Rococo

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Hope & Greenwood
This traditional confectioner bangs out nostalgic treats with a dose of added decadence, meaning that its sweets often end up tasting better than you remember. This is the place to stock up on everything from flying saucers to gingerbread humbugs and chocolate truffles. According to owners Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood, “confectionary should be as gorgeous as a pair of posh knickers or your favourite perfume.” Guys, we couldn’t agree more.

Where: Hope & Greenwood, 1 Russell Street, WC2B 5JD and 20 North Cross Road, SE22 9EU

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Hope & Greenwood

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Melt
Melt believes that you can only truly appreciate chocolate if you let it melt slowly in your mouth — hence the evocative name. This Ledbury Road chocolatier takes its craft to pleasingly obsessive levels, with truffles made on a daily basis to ensure customers get to eat the freshest chocolates. You can even watch them being made in the in-store kitchen, and then select your own chocolates using tongs for a haute pick-‘n’-mix experience (no foam shrimps here). Oh, and the "hot chocolate shots" at Melt’s chocolate bar have earned legendary status – and with good reason.

Where: Melt, 59 Ledbury Road, W11 2AA

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Melt

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Prestat
When it comes to London’s high-rolling chocolatiers, it’s hard to beat Prestat’s credentials. The company was founded back in 1902, making it England’s oldest surviving independent chocolatier. Prestat has been awarded two royal warrants, from both The Queen and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and fans over its illustrious history include everyone from Roald Dahl to Princess Di. Given this impressive C.V., it’s perhaps no surprise that Prestat majors on all that’s quintessentially British. From Earl Grey chocolate wafers to London gin truffles, this place is the cocoa equivalent of singing Rule Britannia at the top of your lungs.

Where: Prestat, 14-14A Princes Arcade, Piccadilly, SW1Y 6DS

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Prestat

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Montezuma’s
Back in 2000, Helen and Simon Pattinson quit their lives as city lawyers to start up a chocolate business. And we’re so thrilled that they did. This innovative family luxury chocolate maker never fails to deliver, and we can’t resist dropping by their Spitalfields store if we’re in the area for an intense cocoa hit. Our tip? Try a bar of the 73% cocoa orange and geranium infused dark stuff. Awesome doesn’t even cover it.

Where: Montezuma’s, 51 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA

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Montezuma’s

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Sweet Memories
Jars upon jars of the very best in toothache-inducing sweets, as well as ridiculously good organic ice cream and chocolate, all served up in the old fashioned way. We love the adorable retro apothecary layout, and the delicious window displays never fail to disappoint — and never fail to make us spend…

Where: Sweet Memories, 47 Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 3NR

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Sweet Memories

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Choccywoccydoodah
Eccentric, decadent and totally insane, the OTT creations turned out by Choccywoccydoodah’s talented team look as if they are the result of a successful collaboration between Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter and Willy Wonka. In the best possible sense. From intricately hand painted Day of the Dead life-sized chocolate skulls to metre-high fantastical sculpted wedding cakes, entering the Foubert’s Place boutique feels like entering a surreal and wonderfully cocoa-infused alternate universe.

Where: Choccywoccydoodah, 30-32 Foubert’s Place, W1F 7PS

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Choccywoccydoodah

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Paul A Young
This inspirational chocolatier is one of the pioneers of the British chocolate scene — and has more international awards under his belt than we’ve had hot dinners. If you’ve never tried his sea salt chocolate caramels, you really should. Focus is on handmade chocolates created in small batches in the kitchens at each shop, with an emphasis on super-fresh ingredients and absolutely no preservatives, concentrates or additives. The mini-chain now boasts three chocolate boutiques around the city, but we still love paying a visit to the Camden Passage original.

Where: Paul A Young, 33 Camden Passage, N1 8EA

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Paul A Young

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Suck and Chew
Nestled in Columbia Road’s picture-perfect row of shops is this treasure of truly old-school sweet treats. Entering is a bit like being transported back to the ‘40s, and you can fill your face with handfuls nostalgic sugary delights like rhubarb and custards and fruit salad chews, and everything comes beautifully wrapped in cuter-than-cute red and white striped paper bags. In fact, it’s the perfect stop-off for provisions before tackling the flower market.

Where: Suck and Chew, 130 Columbia Rd, E2 7RG

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Suck and Chew

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William Curley
This Fife-born chocolatier has been making waves in London since he and wife Suzue set up their first shop in Richmond back in 2004. Curley cut his teeth at numerous Michelin-starred establishments in Paris and London, and at 27 became the youngest Chef Pâtissier at The Savoy. He’s also been awarded Britain's Best Chocolatier by the Academy of Chocolate four times. Given this CV, it’s unsurprising that this Scot creates what we can only describe as the cocoa equivalent to haute couture. His deliciously appointed pâtisserie-chocolatiers are crammed with delectable delicacies like the Jasmine Entremet, a dark chocolate mousse layered with a jasmine creme brulee and mandarins caramelised with Grand Marnier on a chocolate sponge base. And if that hasn’t got you salivating, we just don’t know what will.

Where: William Curley,198 Ebury Street, SW1W 8UN

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William Curley

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