I suspected I would like Gelupo cause I had tried their ice cream for dessert when we went to Bocca di Lupo (here’s my post on that one). What I had at Bocca di Lupo was so yummy that I really wanted to try more flavours. So, on an appropriately rainy day (if we let a bit of rain stop us we’d never do anything in London) I went to Gelupo with a mate.
It is a lovely space, it really has a sense of the Greek summer… come to think of it, it’s probably the Italian summer but hey ho.
Unperturbed by the fact that my shoes were soaking wet (I got a high fever the next day, it’s a really instructive story) I ordered their big cup. This does not look sufficiently big – be warned – but it actually is, you will know when you eat the ice cream.
We tried vanilla with saffron, bitter chocolate and pistachio. I can’t choose my favourite, even though I am a definite chocolate devotee. The pistachio left the taste of actual pistachios in the mouth. Not the chemical ice-creamy type of taste, but the actual taste of the nuts. Lovely. The vanilla with saffron was excellent too, even though it was more distinctive when the ice cream started melting – maybe something to do with the temperature. Personally I could not get enough of the bitter chocolate which is really really rich. Not as smooth as the other flavours but still amazing.
At the back of the shop you will find their little deli selection which is quite impressive. I’m glad I’ve had so much to eat that day – but even so I was sorely tempted to buy at least ten things.
Overall this is one of the best ice-creams I’ve tasted in London. Creamy, smooth, with clean and intense flavours. a lovely space too – even though do try to avoid it if you’re going to sit there in your wet shoes and coat like some people I know.
Disclosure: We went to Gelupo on 27 May 2014 and paid for our ice-cream in full. No prior discussion with the venue took place.
7 Archer Street
Tel. 020 7287 5555