Update: As of March 2023, the Chocolate Museum has moved out of its Brixton location and is looking for new premises.
With chocolate being such a popular foodstuff, it comes as something of a surprise that so few Londoners have visited — or even heard of — the Chocolate Museum, a little gem in the heart of Brixton.
Set up by French artisan chocolatier Isabelle Alaya, the museum resides in an unassuming building just around the corner from the main high street. Two floors are filled with artefacts detailing the history of chocolate — many from Isabelle's personal collection. Posters line the walls upstairs and down. The museum tries to give an insight into UK chocolate producers, but given Isabelle's heritage, plenty of French producers appear too.
The building doubles up as a chocolate cafe, and a workshop space where chocolate making classes for adults and children (including school groups) are held.
Watch the video above to find out more. Isabelle also runs Melange chocolate shop in Peckham.
The Chocolate Museum (187 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8BA) is free to visit. It's open to the public Wednesday-Friday 2pm-7pm, and Saturday 10am-6.30pm.
Melange (2 Maxted Rd, Peckham Rye, SE15 4LL) is open Thursday-Friday 12.30pm-6.30pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm.