Where To Find The Best Tiramisu In London

By Martha Davies

4 weeks ago

Dessert awaits


The humble tiramisu is the quiet hero of every Italian dessert menu. Light and creamy and yet wonderfully decadent, it’s the perfect epilogue to any pizza– or pasta-fuelled meal. So where to find this magical dessert? If you want to tuck into some tiramisu in the capital but you’re not sure where to turn, we’ve got you covered: introducing the C&TH guide to the best tiramisu in London.

A Brief History of Tiramisu

At its heart, tiramisu is delightfully uncomplicated – but its origins are almost untraceable. The Accademia del Tiramisù (created with the sole purpose of retaining and passing on the history and culture of the distinguished dessert) suggests that it began as an aphrodisiac in the 19th century. Other theories, in contrast, place the inception of the dish within a much more recent era, positing that it started life in the second half of the 20th century. Yet it’s worth noting that this itself is contested: some (self-appointed) tiramisù scholars argue that the first recipe can be traced to the mountainous region of Friuli Venezia Giulia around 1959, while residents of Treviso in northeastern Italy argue instead that the recipe originated at a local restaurant named Le Beccherie in the 1970s. It seems that no one really knows when, where or how tiramisu came to be, but its mysterious past luckily has no bearing on its popularity. If you’re itching to taste some, look no further. 

Where To Find The Best Tiramisu In London

Alley Cats

Billed as London’s very own slice of Brooklyn, Alley Cats is a traditional pizza spot with a touch of old-school kitsch. Once you’ve polished off a plate of meatballs and a 14-inch pizza (our favourite is the tuna bonito), make sure to order the tiramisu: it’s enormous and dusted with a very generous helping of crushed pistachios. Divine.

22 Paddington St, London W1U 5QY. alleycatspizza.co.uk

Pastaio

While this Soho eatery is known for its outstanding pasta menu, the tiramisu is not to be missed. Expect an impressively hefty portion with a generous dusting of cocoa powder to offset any excess sweetness. It’s the perfect end to your meal.

19 Ganton St, Carnaby, London W1F 9BN. pastaio.co.uk

Vasiniko

One glance at Vasiniko’s vibrant interiors will whisk you straight to Italy. While the cosy restaurant prides itself on its Neapolitan pizza, the tiramisu is just as incredible – the pistachio option is particularly divine. 

9 Burleigh Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PW. vasinikopizza.co.uk

Page Common Coffeehouse

If you’re tight on time (but still craving tiramisu, naturally), make sure to drop by Page Common Coffeehouse, a tranquil café inside Page 8 Hotel. The pastries and brunch offerings here are mouth-watering, but the tiramisu is the star of the show. 

8 St. Martin’s Place, London WC2N 4JH. pagehotels.com

Circolo Populare

As part of the Big Mamma group (alongside the likes of Jacuzzi and Ave Mario), Circolo Populare promises an utterly Instagrammable experience. But what of its dessert offering? If you’re partial to hefty portions, you certainly won’t be disappointed, as this tiramisu is heaped onto your plate from an enormous dish brought right to your table. The stuff of dreams. 

40-41 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HX. bigmammagroup.com

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta

This buzzy London chain offers a signature amaretto tiramisu which is handmade onsite every day. Fresh and boozy – what could be better?

Aldgate, Canary Wharf & St Katherine’s Docks. emiliaspasta.com 

‘O Ver

This elegant Neapolitan eatery boasts a menu founded upon the curious ingredient of pure sea water, which is incorporated into its pizza, pasta and bread recipes. While the tiramisu doesn’t boast this particular detail, it is just as dazzling: expect a perfect balance of heady coffee and sweet creaminess.

St James’ & Borough. overuk.com

Bocconcino

Whether you’re committing to Bocconinco’s indulgent bottomless brunch or you’re just grabbing a quick bite, you won’t regret sampling the Mayfair eatery’s luxurious tiramisu

Mayfair & Soho. bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk 

Obicà

Head to Obicà for a luxurious, creamy tiramisu. Indulge in a full serving, or sample a smaller offering alongside the Italian chain’s other desserts – the coconut panna cotta is a particularly fabulous choice, providing a brilliant, sharp fruitiness. 

St Paul’s, Poland Street & Canary Wharf. obica.com

Norma

If you’re after tiramisu with a twist, try the coconut tiramisu from Fitzrovia eatery Norma. You can’t get better than soft mascarpone infused with a delicate coconut flavour.

8 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2LS. normalondon.com

Caravan

Caravan boasts exquisite coffee as well as an enticing all-day menu – so you certainly won’t want to miss out on its cold brew tiramisu. Caffeine lovers, rejoice.

Locations across London. caravanandco.com

Bōkan

Fancy tiramisu with a view? Bokan is the place to go. Expect magnificent European dishes in a restaurant floating above the London skyline. 

Floor 37-39, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP, bokanlondon.co.uk

Luca

 

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Head to Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Luca for a quintessential tiramisu – no frills, just classic, creamy and luscious. Level it up by pairing it with a glass of Sicilian wine: go for the Marsala Superiore Dolce, Vito Curatolo Arini NV. 

88 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4EL, luca.restaurant

Eataly’s Terra Bar

You’ll find classic tiramisu among a selection of delectable pastries on offer at Eataly’s Terra bar – which boasts the largest selection of Italian wine in London, if you’re after a tipple, too.

135 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD, eataly.co.uk

Piazza Italiana

There’s another boozy pairing on offer at Piazza Italiana: sip on an Espresso Martini or a 20 year-old Quinta do Noval port in between spoonfuls of tiramisu. What could be better?

38 Threadneedle Street London, EC2R 8AY,  piazzaitaliana.co.uk

Como Garden

Como Garden is a picture-perfect spot offering tapas-style Italian dining. The humble tiramisu is, of course, a menu staple – make sure to leave room for it after sampling plates of pasta.

37 High Street Kensington, London, W8 5ED. comogarden.co.uk

Sycamore Vino Cucina

From seven-layer chocolate cake to picture-perfect peach mousse, every dessert at Sycamore Vino Cucina is superb – but sometimes you just can’t beat a classic tiramisu. 

66 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London, W2CB 5BX. middleeight.com