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Selfridges London Chocolate Library

Selfridges opens exciting new Chocolate Library

April 17 2014

In an exciting new addition to London’s chocolate shopping scene, Selfridges has now opened a ‘Chocolate Library’ featuring over 400 chocolate bars in its refurbished and expanded Confectionary Hall, complete with a Chocarian to helpfully guide you through what’s on offer. Strikingly laid out along a long wall, the assorted bars, with packaging ranging from discreet to flamboyant, are an appealing sight. While, sadly, one can’t ‘borrow’ a chocolate bar […]

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Paul A Young portrait

Afternoon tea… with chocolate by Paul A Young

March 27 2014

Pastry and chocolate have a special affinity in culinary terms. Many of our talented contemporary chocolatiers first learnt how to work with chocolate during their time as patissiers– Damian Allsop, William Curley, Paul Wayne Gregory and Barry Johnson of Rococo to name just a few examples. With this in mind, it’s good, therefore, to see hotels working with chocolatiers to help create special menus for their afternoon teas, as Grosvernor […]

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Hampton Court Palace and the River Thames

Chocolate Fit For A King at Hampton Court Palace

February 14 2014

A fascinating insight into the role chocolate played in British royal households opens today to the public at Hampton Court Palace. Usually, this huge, grand and historic building, is associated with Henry VIII and Tudor banqueting, with the wonderful Tudor kitchens here a draw. Hampton Court, however, also has a Baroque aspect which is less well known and today sees the public opening of the eighteenth century Chocolate Kitchen, just […]

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Cocoa Runners open box with bars

Cocoa Runners – Spreading the Chocolate Message

January 27 2014

The world of chocolate is becoming increasingly interesting and sophisticated. The rise of interest in bean to bar chocolate production all round the world, means that are some fascinating new chocolates out there.The big question though, for anyone interested in good chocolate, is how to get hold of it? Cocoa Runners, a new, on-line chocolate ‘club’ specialising in bean to bar chocolate bars, offers a solution, offering either one-off chocolate […]

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Army tin at Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich

Victorian chocolate goes on display at military museum

December 23 2013

A TIN of chocolate that’s one-hundred-and-thirteen years old has gone on display at a military museum in south east London. The confectionary was sent to troops overseas to mark the new year, and the new century, in 1900 by Queen Victoria. The exhibit is part of a seasonal display of Christmas boxes for soldiers at Firepower, the Royal Artillery Museum, in Woolwich. Princess Mary is usually credited with coming up […]

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Hand-crafted chocolates at Heal’s furniture store

November 20 2013

London’s vibrant chocolate scene continues to see more high-end chocolate shops opening, offering chocolate-lovers more and more opportunity to indulge their craving. In a particularly appropriate match, Heal’s – the famous furniture store on Tottenham Court Road, noted for championing furniture design – will now be home to artisan chocolatier Paul A. Young’s latest chocolaterie. In a prime spot in the shop’s entrance, this small but stylish space showcases not […]

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