Coinciding with the publication of international chocolate judge and author Andrew Baker’s new book From Bean to Bar: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Britain published on the 22nd August, here’s a guide to some of the best artisan chocolate shops in the capital.

Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates: at the forefront of chocolate making, Paul. A.Young is renowned for developing flavour combinations while ensuring that every chocolate is hand-made by him and his team. He has three shops in London based in Soho, Islington and Bank. He opened his first shop in Camden Passage in 2006 with his business partner James Cronin, having worked through the ranks of a restaurant kitchen to the position of head pastry chef for Marco Pierre White before specialising in chocolate. Among the awards he has won includes winning the 2014 international chocolate awards the Special award for Outstanding British Chocolatier.

Melange Chocolate Shop & Caféformed in 2008 by artisan chocolatier Isabelle Alaya, Melange Chocolate Shop & Cafe has a reputation for creating hand-made chocolate bars and truffles characterised by an eclectic combination of spices, herbs and fruits – with even her hot chocolate having been rated top 10 in London and recommended by many newspapers. 

Rococo Chocolates: with over thirty five years experience, you are definitely in safe hands if you pay a visit to one of Rococo Chocolates stores in London. The company has won numerous awards including the inaugural Golden Bonbon Award, for the highest scoring chocolate of the year for Citrus Rooibos Academy of Chocolate 2017.

Sourced Market, Marylebone: as well as offering a variety of other food, Sourced Market in Marylebone also allows visitors to purchase a bar of chocolate made from scratch…

Andrew Baker’s From Bean to Bar: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Britain is set to be published by AA Publishing on the 22nd August.

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