The Chocolate Tasting Tour of London

September 10, 2014

Prestat - Oldest Chocolate Store in London

The chocolate tasting tour of London is one of those unique London tours that everyone who loves chocolate will enjoy very much. It starts in the middle of Soho by the Algerian Coffee Shop on Old Compton Street. chocolate tasting london

Thats Where The Tour Began - Chocolate Tasting London

Thats Where The Tour Began – Chocolate Tasting London

The tour guide greeted us with some chocolate covered coffee beans. Across the street is my absolute favourite ice-cream shop Amorino, where they sell the most delicious chocolate sorbet in town. So, while I was waiting for the tour to begin, I went to get some delicious ice-cream. This was the day of overindulgence. The first stop of the tour was at the Hotel Chocolat.

Hotel Chocolat - Chocolate Flavoured Pasta and Balsamic - Chocolate Tasting London

Hotel Chocolat – Chocolate Flavoured Pasta and Balsamic Vinegar – Chocolate Tasting London

The store celebrated its 10 year anniversary. We tried some 100% dark chocolate from Ecuador. I also sampled the hand cream with cocoa. If you are more adventurous, you can buy some chocolate infused gin or pesto as well. Next stop was at the Argentinian ice-cream store near Regent Street. It is called Freggo and it is owned by the same owner as the steakhouse Gaucho. We sampled some Argentinian ice-cream here such as Malbec and berries and dulce de leche. I really liked the chocolate almond flavour which had whole almonds in it. The next stop was a 200 year old chocolate store called Prestat by Piccadilly.

It’s the Queen’s favorite chocolate store. I loved the store, because everything was pink inside. This store invented chocolate truffle with the intention to feed the French soldiers in the Napoleonic war. The store was the inspiration for the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book. We tasted some delicious champagne truffles. Next stop was at the fancy department store on Piccadilly at Fortnum & Mason.

This is where the Queen shops. It is a beautiful store. On the 4th floor there is a full blown Christmas Shop. On the top floor there is a large coffee house where one can have a high tea.

High Tea at Fortnum & Mason - Chocolate Tasting London

High Tea at Fortnum & Mason – Chocolate Tasting London

Chocolate Tasting London

The selection is incredible. You should definitely have a high tea here.

Christmas Store at Fortnum & Mason

Christmas Store at Fortnum & Mason

It is a very beautiful store to explore. They have a large selection of truffles. Some of them are weird shaped.

Cup Shaped Chocolate from Fortnum & Mason

Cup Shaped Chocolate from Fortnum & Mason

We had a cup shaped truffle. The last stop was back in Soho at Paul A Young. This chocolate store was opened about 20 years ago. I am very familiar with the store as they have one around Bank station as well and I frequently get tempted by it. They make the best chocolate sorbet and amazing hot chocolate.

Paul A Young - Truffels

Paul A Young – Truffels

The store is famous for some funky flavoured truffles such as olive oil, Marmite and Pimm’s flavours. Their signature award winning truffle is the sea-salted caramel truffle. Everyone should try that first in this store. This is certainly the best chocolate store in London and I am totally addicted to it.

Hot Chocolate at Paul A Young

Hot Chocolate at Paul A Young



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About Barbara

Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.


  1. Comment by Nickie

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  2. Comment by Sunny London

    Sunny London Reply May 3, 2015 at 6:51 am

    What a fantastic tour! I experienced the Chocolate Tasting class at Hotel Chocolat and learned so much about making chocolate. I’d definitely recommend it for a birthday, anniversary or date. Another great tour in London is the Eating London tour in the East London area. It features both delicious food and history.

    • Comment by Barb

      Barb Reply May 3, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Thanks for the advice! I will definitely try that one out as well!

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