Summer in London calls for only one thing: ice cream. And lots of it. Whether you fancy creamy soft serve or fruity gelato, we’ve got the scoop on the best dairy-free ice cream spots in the capital.
The scoop: A whole gelateria dedicated to plant-based ice cream? Yes please. Yorica might be London’s first dairy- and nut-free ice-creamery, but with bold flavours, picture perfect scoops and super-smiley staff, they’ve clearly got it all figured out.
Try the: Matcha ice cream, piled high with fresh berries and a swirl of raspberry coulis.
130 Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZN
The scoop: As any self-respecting Londoner knows, no West End date is complete without an after-dinner trip to Gelupo. This Soho institution might be small, but it serves a huge variety of flavours – including some of of London’s finest vegan ice cream. So treat yourself to a three-scoop tub. It is the finest gelato this side of the Alps, after all.
Try the: Chocolate – rich, intense and impossibly creamy, it’s a Gelupo classic for a reason.
7 Archer St, Soho, London W1D 7AU
The scoop: With half a dozen Great Taste awards to their name, these guys certainly know their ice cream. And lucky for us, they’re a dab hand at churning out exceptional vegan gelato too. They switch the 90-flavour menu up daily, but you can always rest assured that your scoop is 100% natural, organic and packed with seasonal ingredients.
Try the: Sicilian Pistachio Sorbet – this smooth and creamy delight has won awards for a reason.
27 New Row, London WC2N 4LA
The Canvas Cafe
The Scoop: The Canvas Cafe serves up a whole range of delicious locally sourced grub. But let’s not kid ourselves – it’s the vegan freakshakes that draw in the crowds. As London’s first ‘happy cafe’, this not for profit social enterprise specialises in food that puts a smile on people’s face. And these frozen treats do just that. Made with avocado ice cream and topped with raw vegan chocolate cake, these mason jars definitely live up to their Instagram fame.
Try the: Avocado ice cream laced with dark chocolate, sugar-free raw cakes and a sprinkling of pistachios.
42 Hanbury St, London E1 5JL
The Scoop: Gelateria Danieli preaches that good gelato should always be naturally low in fat, low in sugar and bursting with fresh ingredients. And they certainly deliver. At only 100 calories a scoop, you may as well order two. Or maybe make that three?
Try the: Alphonso mango sorbetto – a far cry from the icy, bland sorbets of yesteryear.
Richmond, Kingston Upon Thames and 222 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EB