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Chocolate in London

Where to Buy and Try the Best Chocolate in London

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British chocolate is dark, luxurious, and is taken very seriously. Chocolate Week is an annual event in October in the UK.

You may also be interested in the places for the Best Hot Chocolate in London.

1. Paul A Young

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Paul A Young fine chocolates are made on the premises and are sheer indulgence. He has a reputation for combining unusual flavors but he knows his stuff and it always works. There are also regular events for chocolate lovers.

The flagship chocolaterie opened in 2011 in Soho and offers incredible flavors such as 'tomato, basil & olive oil' and 'wild strawberry, balsamic & black pepper' as well as his ever popular sea salted caramels. A true chocolate artisan.

2. Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat has a few stores in London but you can also join their online tasting Club and order chocolate treats and presents for delivery across the world. Hotel Chocolat is a British-owned company who make very fine chocolate. They have shops in London's exclusive shopping areas of Chelsea, Kensington and Knightsbridge but if you can't get to the stores why not join the Chocolate Tasting Club? Each month Hotel Chocolat will send you a selection of gorgeous chocolates which you give a score online and they publish the results. Even if you don't fancy joining the Chocolate Tasting Club you can still order some of Hotel Chocolat's delicious chocolates online.

3. Choccywoccydoodah

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This is a kitsch and flamboyant chocolate wonderland in central London. There are fantasy sculptures and celebration cakes costing £1000s but also chocolate novelties and treats for under a tenner. It's quality chocolate too as everything is made with Belgian chocolate.

4. Chocolate Ecstasy Tours

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Chocolate Ecstasy Tours are guided walking tours of London's hidden streets and arcades to discover the boutique chocolate shops and try samples. The perfect experience for any chocoholic.

5. Rococo Chocolates

Rococo Motcomb Street
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Rococo chocolates are luxury chocolates and worth every penny. Rococo was founded in 1983 by Chantal Coady who, with a passion for chocolate, opened the first Rococo store on the King's Road in Chelsea. There are now three retail stores in London including the flagship store on Motcomb Street.

6. Rococo School of Chocolate

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The Rococo School of Chocolate in London offers a variety of chocolate classes for all; from children to experts polishing their skills. It can be about making chocolate, cooking with chocolate or tasting chocolate. Parties are available or even one-to-one sessions.

7. Charbonnel et Walker

Charbonnel et Walker
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Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain's earliest producers of fine chocolate. Established in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker make chocolate for the Queen of England and produce the most divine drinking chocolate you've ever tasted.

8. Chocolate Wonderland by Cocomaya at Liberty

Cocomaya, London's luxury boutique chocolatier, and Liberty & Co. are pleased to announce the launch of Chocolate Wonderland by Cocomaya at Liberty from 1 November 2010. This exciting partnership will mean a magical, nostalgic shop selling an exclusive range of sweets and chocolates on the ground floor of Liberty (with its own entrance on Carnaby Street), with a unique, affordably priced luxury range. Vintage candy jars will line the walls (which will be decorated with fantastical murals), while shelves will be laden with bags of decadent flavoured hot chocolate flakes, lollipops, chocolate covered honeycomb and an array of novelty chocolates and sweets.

9. London Hilton Park Lane Chocolate Afternoon Tea

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Podium Restaurant at The London Hilton on Park Lane offers 'Confessions of a Chocoholic' - a chocolate afternoon tea menu. The traditional tiered cake stand overflows with chocolate goodies such as freshly baked chocolate chip scones served with home made chocolate praline spread, chocolate cupcakes and miniature chocolate fancies. What a sugar rush!

10. L'Artisan du Chocolat

They have stores in Chelsea and Notting Hill, as well as inside Selfridges and at Borough Market. The stores are pretty darn special in their own right - the Notting Hill branch offers chocolate cocktails and has a TV screen for you to sit and watch their chocolate production. Borough Market is the place to grab a bargain as they sell their misshapes early in the morning but they still taste as good. Find out more about the London stores

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11. Hope and Greenwood

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Hope and Greenwood is a cornucopia of classic confectionery. Their Covent Garden shop has a huge array of much loved traditional sweets in old fashioned glass jars and pick & mix treasures, to a lavish selection of award winning, British made chocolates including Granny's favorite, Violet creams.

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