It's hot. It's sticky. And it's here to stay for a while at least. One thing to help sort you out? A lunchtime trip to one of the capital's best gelato makers.
We're talking proper, handmade, dense, whipped-up frozen flavour – none of that tragic yellow 'vanilla' stuff.
Here's our pick of the greatest around right now.
1 | Gelupo (above)
Potentially London's most famous gelateria, brought to you by the same chef duo in charge of the brilliant Soho Italian Bocca di Lupo. Dense, not too-sweet and packed with taste, the gelato here is made with only a little milk, to let the flavours take centre stage. This summer the chefs are recommending their new ice lolly range (featuring an avocado, cucumber and lime creation), and the coffee and honey gelato is as flavourful as if you ground Arabica beans into a jar of manuka – but a hell of a lot more delicious.
7 Archer Street, W1D 7AU, gelupo.com
2 | Snowflake Gelato
There's always a new flavour offering at this relatively new London opening. The Soho branch's staff reckon their current special – a white chocolate, strawberries and dark chocolate confection – should be your summer pick, and they also serve Granitas: fruit sorbet blended with crushed ice.
102 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TP / 43 Westbourne Grove London W2 4UA snowflakegelato.co.uk
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3 | Foubert's
Un-pretentious, home-made, frozen greatness from this Chiswick institution. Still run by the original Mr Foubert who opened it in 1978, this place has proper old-school Italian charm in its unassuming spot on the bottom floor of a townhouse. They don't have fancy flavours, but the classics – pistachio, lemon sorbet, strawberry – are rich, creamy and very reasonably priced. They don't have a website, which probably says it all.
2 Turnham Green Terrace, London W4 1QP
4 | Ice Kitchen
Perhaps a slight cheat with this being juice on a stick rather than ice cream, but these guys really deserve a mention. Selling an incredible array of flavours out of their food truck, (parked on the Southbank Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) aunt-and-nephew team Cesar and Nadia Roden are doing to the ice lolly what hipsters did to burgers. The peach and hibiscus is a massive stand-out, but for summer, we're recommending the mojitio number: enough rum, mint and lime to get you feeling like you've been spirited away to somewhere tropical.
Find them at the Real Food Market on the Southbank every Friday, Saturday and Sunday icekitchen.co.uk
5 | Scoop
Huge waves of gelato in a massive choice of flavours – from marsala wine to black cherry and meringue – and everything's totally natural.
Ingredients are top-notch, with pistachios from Sicily, vanilla pods from Madagascar and almond nougat from Montelimar. The coconut has to be the choice of summer: sweet, refreshing and the taste of the Caribbean.
40 Shorts Gardens London, WC2H 9AB/ 53 Brewer Street London, W1F 9UJ, scoopgelato.com
6 | Oddono's Gelati
These guys have experimented with over 130 flavours, so you know they're not happy to sit back and rest on their (impeccable) reputation. As well as their original South Kensington shop, they're also served in the Selfridge's Food Hall, Hampstead, East Dulwich and Battersea outposts.
14 Bute Street, London SW7 3EX, oddonos.com
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