When it comes to melted cheese there are fondues, and fon-don’ts.
To help you avoid the latter this festive season, we’ve whisked up a gooey list of the very best places you can get your hands on some bubbling pots of curdy goodness. Yes, it’s the best fondue in London…
We checked the rulebook, and nowhere does it say that fondue has to be French. So if you head down to Dalston’s favourite aperitivo bar Acqua7, you can get some buratta (from Simona at La Latteria), plus fennel & wild pepper salami from Black Hand Food to start, followed by an all-Italian fondue made with the creamiest fontina cheese, and have it all washed down with Winter Spritzes from the Asterley Brothers.
Details: November 30th, December 5th & 14th | Acqua7, 7 Balls Pond Road, Dalston, N1 4AX | £32.90
Jimmy’s Winter Lodge – Fondue Club
Found in a fairylit spot on the Southbank, Jimmy’s Lodge is back. And this time, it involves Thamesside igloos filled with a large bubbling pot of glorious, melted cheese. Your charcuterie, new potatoes and bread will sit atop a table of twinkling tea lights and views of the London skyline.
Details: Jimmy’s Lodge, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
The Cheese Bar
Every Thursday throughout November and December, The Cheese Bar will be serving, well, cheese. But this time, it’ll take the form of delicious, molten fondue – and given that it’s a restaurant devoted to cheese, there’s a high chance this could be the best fondue in London. You’ll find a variety of sides to dip, such as truffled roast potatoes and homemade pigs in blankets.
Details: The Cheese Bar, Camden Stable Market, NW1 8AH
As the oldest Swiss restaurant in London – having opened in 1974 – they know their fondue. You’ll be able to choose from a selection of pots, from the Fondue Neuchateloise (fresh crusty bread with gruyere & emmental cheese) to Fondue Bourguignonne (cubes of prime beef in hot oil, cooked to your liking, and enjoyed with a selection of sauces). To finish, you can enjoy a pot of their finest melted Swiss chocolate, in which you can dip a variety of fresh fruits at your leisure.
Details: St Moritz, 161 Wardour Street, W1F 8WJ
Skylight at Tobacco Dock
Probably the only place where you can find a rooftop ice rink, chocolate and cheese fondue in London, Skylight’s also thrown in some excellent drinks – to help boost your energy levels for ice hockey mini games and throwing shapes to the car park’s guest DJs, of course.
Details: Skylight, Penning St. Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF
Le Vieux Comptoir
The French do many things right. Two of which are wine and cheese. And Le Vieux Comptoir do both of those exceptionally well. It’s a wine shop-cum-deli-cum-cafe in the centre of Marylebone, which will make you feel like you’ve strolled into a continental village gem.
Details: 26/28 Moxton Street, W1U 4EU
Androuet is not only a cheese shop but a charming little restaurant, which feels as though it was taken straight from the cobbled streets of Paris, and slapped down in Spitalfields. Naturally, it focusses on all things cheese, with a menu including some of the best raclette and fondue in London.
Details: Old Spitalfields Market, 10A Lamb Street, E1 6BG
Your evening begins with a game of neon-lit curling, before trying your hand at the esteemed prosecco pong. Obviously. And, if they’re not your thing, you’ve always got neon crazy golf. You’ll then make your way over to the Jimmy’s Lodge pop up for a taste of their famous fondue. If you got the memo, you’ll also know that on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays you can BYOB. You can also purchase one of the many wintery tipples on offer from the bar such as eggnog and hot toddies. Welcome to Winterland.
Details: Winterland, Albert Wharf, SW6 2TY
Champagne + Fromage
Champagne + Fromage – come for the latter. Stay for the former. Because here, you can sip on some authentic French bubbles alongside over 50 different cheeses. Or if you’d prefer, you can have them together, with their Mont D’Or melted cheese to share, baked with garlic and champagne and served with bread, charcuterie and potatoes.
Details: 22 Wellington Street, WC2E 7DD; Unit 10-11, Brixton Village, SW9 8PR; 34 Greenwich, Church Street, SE10 9BL; 42 Newington Causway, SE1 6DR
Fortnum’s Lodge at Somerset House
Tucked away from hustle and bustle of Somerset House’s winter ice rink, you’ll find Fortnum’s Lodge. A relaxed, intimate space where you and a pal can indulge in one of their various sharing dishes for two; Mulled Wine & Sharing Mince Pie with Clotted Cream, Chocolate Fondue & Champagne or Wine & Cheese Fondue. If you go along in the evening, make sure you also try their slightly different (more alcoholic) take on Hot Chocolate.
Details: Strand, WC2R 1LA
Searching for hard cheese, not fondue in London? Well, you heathen, try these other places in London to eat cheese.