I love hot chocolate. I believe I found the best hot chocolate in Paris when I was there, I know where to hunt down a mean hot choc in Barcelona too… so it’s only fair that I let you into my secret of where to find one of the best hot chocolates in London.
And I do not do this lightly – it’s already quite tricky to get table when you want one.
Ladurée is most commonly known for its amazing macarons (it was Pierre Desfontaines in the 50’s, who first thought of taking two macaron shells and joining them with a ganache filling for Ladurée) and I would say it is lesser known for it’s amazing hot chocolate… unless you’re me. In which case the name Ladurée and the idea of hot chocolate go together like cheese and marmite. (Just me?)
I met Gem for hot chocolate at Ladurée in Covent Garden. I already adore Covent Garden for its squares, performers, markets and shopping and as I’d had an appointment in Covent Garden earlier that day, it was the perfect place for us to meet.
Downstairs is the shop with the macaron and patisserie counter, and upstairs is the cafe, which also has an outside terrace with heaters and blankets, overlooking the main square in Covent Garden…
The day was gloriously sunny with a Winter chill in the air. We sat outside in the bright sunshine, wrapped ourselves in the cosy blankets, ordered macarons and hot chocolate and laughed and chatted as we got high as kites on sugar… There is only one person I know who loves chocolate even more than me and that’s Gem. This was a match truly made in choccy heaven.
This hot chocolate is the kind of hot chocolate that you don’t expect to find in England; wonderfully thick, rich and creamy, having been made slowly over a low heat, blending good quality chocolate with milk… it’s mega. Megarama.
This is the perfect spot to sit, meet a friend and sip a hot chocolate in the sunshine during a busy day of shopping, mooching, or even at night after a trip to theatre… It feels festive, luxurious and is a total treat.
Ladurée is one of my favourite haunts for heavenly hot chocolate, so if you do plan on going, the chances of you seeing me slurping hot choc and scoffing macarons are high.
Don’t judge me.
Ladurée, Covent Garden
1, the Market Covent Garden
London, WC2E 8RA
This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ;)