The colours of… artisanal ice cream

Did you know that there’s a whole art emerging in the food world, relating to everyone’s favourite treat (even vegans if you get the right brand) – ice cream? The rise of crafted artisanal ice creams brings with it considered flavours and mouthwatering presentation that involves ice cream as floral posies, ice cream in wondrous colour combos, ice cream with a marbling effect, and on. Here are five of our favourite London brands…

La Grotta Ices

Kitty Travers, a former pastry chef at St John in Smithfield runs her independent ice cream company La Grotta Ices from an old greengrocer’s in Bermondsey. Her flavours are experimental but considered – eg cucumber and dill flower, kumquat custard, pineapple and lemongrass – and nod to the many locations that Kitty has explored to perfect her art, Sicily, Brazil and Iceland among them. Buy the new La Grotta Ices recipe book to craft your own ice cream if you can’t make it to London.

Ruby Violet

Julie Fisher founded her Tufnell Park based handmade ices, Ruby Violet in 2011 and now has a second venue at Kings Cross. She has a suggestion box for her customers to feed flavour ideas to her and fresh ingredients are key to the ice cream, which means every batch feels unique. A photographer for many years, Julie’s visual presentation of her produce is enough to get colour lovers interested.

Black Mylk

You don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy Black Mylk, the ‘plant-based’ ice cream brand from Deptford, but you can be. Founded by Natalie Slack, the company uses homemade cashew nut milk and milk from coconuts to produce gorgeous looking creations – Golden M*lk and Curried Caramel Nuts looks particularly pleasing – that gain their mouth-watering colours from nature.



Based in Covent Garden and Islington, Udderlicious promises a no-junk ice cream made from dairy that comes from happily grazing cows. The brand, which has a flavour voting option on its website, is the brainchild of couple Raj and Raj, who claim that they’d eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner such is their commitment to the food stuff.


…Or to us, the creators of the ice cream bouque. What’s not to love about a huge cone crammed with tiny balls of delicious flavours such as Strawberry and pink peppercorn, and Kiwi, Gin and Elderflower? Find Gelupo in Soho and follow their colourful feed here.


Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

The Chromologist 2019 | Farrow & Ball

The Chromologist