Hotel Chocolat Hot Chocolate:
Hotel Chocolat are probably what most people think of when considering well-known chocolatiers in London, and although they are a ‘highstreet chain’, their chocolates (and hot chocolates) are not only divine award winners, but also inventive! My favourite is their classic hot chocolate, with a bit of a twist. Whilst a classic hot chocolate with chocolate shavings on top is an option, there’s something really special and a bit naughty about adding a shot (or two) of rum into the mix, and topping it off with the extremely flavourful cacao whip.
This option is only available at their funky chocolate-themed and infused restaurant Rabot 1745 in Borough Market, named after their St Lucian Cacao Plantation and the year it was founded. The shot of rum is, of course, St Lucian and provides a warming kick towards the middle of the cup! Having a cooling rich and thick cacao whip (a blend of fresh whipped cream infused with fresh cacao nibs) on top finishes this drink off perfectly like a piece of art! What’s not to love!
Come and indulge your chocolate senses at their chocolate restaurant Rabot 1745, 2-4 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL, or nip in for a coffee or hot chocolate and a snack at their Cafe in Seven Dials, Covent Garden: Seven Dials Hotel, 7 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9HB (previously Roast+Conch).