Video: Did You Know There's A Chocolate Museum In London?

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Video: Did You Know There's A Chocolate Museum In London?

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.

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Last Updated 19 October 2016

emmakaye

If you ever venture to Seattle, be sure and check out the Theo Chocolate plant (housed in a old brewery--how's that for reuse?) and retail store in Fremont (AKA the center of the universe - home to the Fremont Troll, a huge Lenin statue, and the gorgeous Spanish Mission style Carnegie library, among other things).If you sign up, you can take a tour of the chocolate plant, too.