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A Sandwich-lover’s Guide to London
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A Sandwich-lover’s Guide to London

17 May 2017 Kaysha Woollery

With British Sandwich Week well and truly underway until the 20th May, there’s no better time to sink your teeth into arguably one of the best culinary inventions of all time. We pound the city’s pavements to round up the best spots to kick the Atkins diet to the kerb and get your sarnie fix.


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Any Northern-dweller worth his salt will tell you about Max’s Sandwich Shop in Crouch Hill. It’s the ultimate place to get your hands dirty with a ham, egg, and chip butty. However, if you find yourself in King’s Cross looking for a spin on the breakfast classic, a bacon naan roll at Dishoom will definitely hit the spot. If filling up on Indian cuisine makes you want to globe-trot with your tastebuds, then take a detour to German Gymnasium for a chicken schnitzel club or to Arepa & Co for a traditional Venezuelan filled pastry (we recommend you opt for a selection of their artisan cheeses). Meat fans will love Edgware for her B&K Salt Beef Bar, the home of luscious, flavoursome, bright pink slabs of goodness to fuel your search for more sandwiches.  

Max's Sandwich Shop can be found at 19 Crouch Hill, Stroud Green N4 4AP
Dishoom can be found at 5 Stable St, King's Cross N1C 4AB as well as branches in Covent Garden, Carnaby and Shoreditch
German Gymnasium can be found at King's Boulevard, King's Cross N1C 4BU
Arepa & Co. can be found at 58a De Beauvoir Crescent, Haggerston N1 5SB
B&K Salt Beef Bar can be found at 11 Lanson House, Edgware HA8 6NL

The South is all about warming up with a hot sandwich. Head to Waterloo’s Cubana for a sizzling Cuban sandwich, made with free-range ham, Swiss cheese, and slow-roasted pork. If you’re craving a Cajun kick to go with the heat, Hank’s Po Boys inject some New Orleans love into their subs, especially their oyster-stuffed “Pearly King.” For those still looking to fight off the chilly weather, a decadent grilled cheese at Kappacasein will make you feel warm and fuzzy all day. If you’re particular about your heat, Bokit La can be found serving up generously-filled chicken, salt fish or vegan parcels, straight from Guadeloupe to Ovalhouse’s theatre bar, among other locations throughout the city.

Cubana can be found at 48 Lower Marsh, Waterloo SE1 7RG
Hank's Po Boys can be found at 337-338 Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XU
Kappacasein can be found at 1 Stoney Street, Borough Market SE1 9AA as well as Bermondsey
Bokit La can be found at Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval SE11 5SW from Wed-Sat as well as branches in Shoreditch, Hammersmith, Brixton, Oval Farmer's Market and Muswell Hill


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It would be foolish to talk about East London sandwiches without giving a nod to the iconic Beigel Bake. This glittering Brick Lane beacon is open 24/7, guaranteeing a consistent supply of proper salt beef bagels to keep you going from the morning shift through to the bar-crawl. Speaking of proper, you won’t find a more Scottish haggis toastie than at Deeney’s in Leyton, or a more Peruvian Chocharron sandwich (a simple, yet melt-in-your-mouth, marriage of confit pork belly and camote ketchup in a soft bun) than at Andina in Redchurch Street. If you love cured meats, make sure you also stop by SpanDeli on Dalston Lane. For those heading to Spitalfields, get to St John’s Bread & Wine for a classic, hearty bacon sandwich, or to Taberna Do Mercado for a Portugese feast – we would recommend their beef prego sandwich with prawn paste and wild garlic for an explosion of flavour.

Beigel Bake can be found at 159 Brick Lane, Shoreditch E1 6SB
Deeney's can be found at 330 High Road Leyton E10 5PW
Andina can be found at 1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch E2 7DJ as well as in Soho
Spandeli can be found at 246 Dalston Lane, E8 1JG
St John's Bread & Wine can be found at 94-96 Commercial Street, Spitalfields E1 6LZ
Taberna Do Mercado can be found at Old Spitalfields Market, 107b Commercial Street E1 6BG
West London is also a culinary haven for anyone looking to travel the world in sandwiches. Mr Falafel will greet you at Shepherd’s Bush Market with a fresh, healthy wrap, filled with the best Palestinian falafel, while Snaps & Rye in Westbourne Park is proud mother of the traditional Danish Smørrebrød. If you’re really looking for something different, head to Ealing Broadway for some savoury Japanese pastries, buns and rolls at WA Café. The meat fixes can be found in a deep-filled artisan sandwich from Grove Park Deli in Chiswick or a slow-cooked pork bun from DF Mexico, set to launch a new branch in Paddington later this month.

Mr Falafel can be found at T4-T5 New Shepherd's Bush Market, Uxbridge Road W12 8LH
Snaps & Rye can be found at 93 Golborne Road, Ladbroke Grove W10 5NL
WA Café can be found at 32 Haven Green, Ealing Broadway W5 2NX
Grove Park Deli can be found at 22 Fauconberg Road, Chiswick W4 3JY
DF Mexico will soon be found at 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington W2 6PY as well as branches in Tottenham Court Road and Shoreditch

Central and All Over the Shop

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Central London is the melting pot of the gastronomically weird and wonderful, so it’s probably best to begin by lining the stomach with a light Vietnamese baguette at Holborn’s Banh Mi Bay, or a spiced meat and veg paratha wrap at The Kati Roll Company. For seafood fans looking to upgrade from tuna mayo, pure hedonism comes in the form of a glistening lobster thermidor sandwich from Harrod’s Burger Bar, while Soho socialites are heading to Karl Marx’s old home for a smoked eel sandwich at Quo Vadis. If you’re feeling a bit fancy in Seven Dials, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels is the perfect place to pick up a Posh Madame, stuffed with truffle ham and quail’s egg. For those who want something substantial and meaty, pick up a Butifarra, a Peruvian delicacy, overflowing with slow-cooked beef, pork, chicken schnitzel or short rib (make sure you also save room for their famous ceviche). If you’re really looking to push the boat out, a chopped liver or ox tongue sandwich from Tongue and Brisket will be right up your street. Alternatively, get well and truly obsessed with subs at Sub Cult – we recommend their “Rodeo”, filled with aged sirloin, truffle mayo, confit shallot jam, provelone, and pickled Serrano chilli. Last but not least, no sandwich journey through the city is complete without the ultimate sweet treat, a macaron ice cream sandwich from Yolkin.

Banh Mi Bay can be found at 4-6 Theobalds Road, Holborn WC1X 8PN as well as branches in Fitzrovia and St. Paul's
The Kati Roll Company can be found at 24 Poland Street, Soho W1F 8QL
Harrod's Burger Bar can be found at 87 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL
Quo Vadis can be found at 26-29 Dean Street, Soho W1D 3LL
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels can be found at 8-10 Neal's Yard, Seven Dials WC2H 9DP
Butifarra can be found at 24 Rupert Street, Leicester Square W1D 6DQ
Tongue and Brisket can be found at 199 Wardour Street, Soho W1F 8JP as well as in Holborn
Sub Cult stalls can be found at Leather Lane, Holborn EC1N 7TP as well as Brockley Market and Maltby Street Market
Yolkin can be found at 24 Wellington Street, Aldwych WC2E 7DD

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