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New foodie in London. Looking for the best sandwiches money can buy.

I have recently moved to London and am looking for tips from fellow foodies on where to find the tastiest sandwiches across the city.

I have found some fantastic sandwiches on offer at the various markets (Borough, Greenwich, etc), but their limited availability means there have been times that I have been left with no way to satisfy my serious sandwich cravings.

If anyone knows of any great local cafes that serves gourmet sandwiches, I would really love to hear from you.

Anyone care to share their hidden gems?

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  1. Italia Uno on Charlotte Street has some very good Italian sandwiches.

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    1. re: JFores

      Thanks! Mmmmmm, Italian sandwiches. Will be sure to check them out.

    2. Banh mi is the latest sandwich craze hitting London, and very good they are too. There's a few places where they can be found, mainly in East London (at Broadway Market, Keu on Old St, Banh Mi Bay on Clerkenwell Rd etc).

      The Clerkenwell
      69-73 St. John Street, London EC1M 4AN, GB

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      1. re: pj26

        If you want banh mi I'd point you towards Cafe Bay in Denmark Hill.

        1. re: JFores

          Yeah, I'd say both Cafe Bay and City Caphe in Bank are a cut above most other banh mi shops in London at the moment.

          1. re: emusinthezone

            Tried Cafe Bay and it was great. Thanks for the tip!

            I'm a little Banh Mi'd out to honest.

            Any more recommendations for 'conventional' sandwiches?

      2. Not exactly gourmet but I came across this place Grazing near work (tower hill/monument) and they do the most amazing pork roll complete with crackling. Is oily and messy but oh so good.


        On the topic of pork sandwiches, the hog roast sandwich stall in the Camden Lock food market on weekends is also outstanding.

        Lastly, salt beef sandwiches at either Harry Morgan's (St Johns Wood) or Selfridges.

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        1. re: jonY

          Will make a point to try them out. Thanks for the recommendations!

        2. What do you mean by local cafes? What areas are you frequently in?

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          1. re: cathodetube

            Local = London. I personally live in the south-west. From what I have heard however, most of the good cafes are in the east.

            I'm willing to travel the other side of London for a good sandwich ;)

            1. re: bakadko

              London covers a huge area so that is why I asked. The Scandinavian Kitchen on Great Titchfield Street is worth a visit. They do open faced sandwiches. I have heard their hot dog is excellent as well. Only been there once but really enjoyed it. If you like chocolate cake then try their Sticky Swedish Chocolate Cake. It's superb. They also have a grocery store section at the back. Great service and a very relaxing place to be.

              Have a look on the Eat Street website. They are a collective of street food traders. I particularly like Bhangra burgers, especially the lamb, which is wrapped in a flatbread. I am not sure where they are normally though. Toma Mexicano make delicious flautas (taquitos) and tacos. Love their potato flautas and steak tacos. They are usually at Broadway market on Saturdays.

              Pitt Cue bbq truck is under Hungerford Bridge, Waterloo until about ten at night for the summer at least I believe. They serve bread with the pork so you can make a sandwich out of it.

              Have you tried De Gustibus Bakery at Borough Market? The chorizo, rocket and pepper sandwich at Brindisa?

              Konditor and Cook on Cornwall Road? They have a section with sandwiches and their cakes are good.

              1. re: cathodetube

                Pitt Cue is fantastic and their bread (from Brixton's Wild Caper) is great, but you'd be hard-pressed to make a sandwich with it. For mopping duties only. Anna-Mae's Smokehouse are supposed to do an actual pulled pork sandwich, but they don't have a fixed location and I haven't tracked them down yet.

                Talking of pork and eat.st: eat.st traders are at the Rye Hotel in Peckham on Mondays supporting the Meatwagon (who have just added an excellent smoked pork sandwich to their menu). At the moment it's Buen Provecho who do superlative tacos, but I don't know if that's what you're looking for. I think they're at Waterloo normally, but again difficult to track down.

                I'll second Scandinavian Kitchen and Brindisa, and also former-Borough Kappacasein (who have now moved to premises near the Maltby St/ Druid St cluster). You can go get a grilled cheese sandwich, walk to Maltby for a Monmouth coffee and then to St John Bakery for a custard donut. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better breakfast option than that.

                1. re: emusinthezone

                  Thanks for the tip on Pitt Cue - I have worked in Waterloo for a few years now and had no idea they were there! Will be sure to check it out.

                  1. re: pj26

                    Is there anywhere to sit at Pitt Cue, or is it takeaway and find somewhere to perch?

                  2. re: emusinthezone

                    Buen Provecho is in Lower Marsh, usually Tuesdays - Fridays. 11 am until he sells out/closes, which is quite often early at 2 pm or earlier.

            2. It's been a couple of years since I've been in that part of London, but I used to regularly go to a place on Gray's Inn Rd. It's on the left hand side as you are going South, and is just before the junction with Theobald's Rd and Clerkenwell Rd.

              It's all takeaway and it's tiny. They do some more unusual sandwiches, as well as a few hot specials and quiches etc. I used to love their cold smoked haddock and watercress sandwich. (At least I think it was haddock - it was a white fish which you don't usually see served as raw cold smoked). They have some great salads too.

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              1. re: Theresa

                Does a wrap count as a sandwich? The chicken wraps at the Moroccan stall in the market behind the festival hall are delicious. Open Fridays.

                I'm a bacon sandwich fan and had a good one recently by the back entrance to the British Museum. When the guy's sister comes back next week he says they will also do Jamaican patties and curries.

                1. re: Theresa

                  Theresa - are you referring to the mighty John Charlick Foods? I also think the sarnie that you're referring to, is their smoked halibut - a legend.


                  1. re: mr_noodles

                    Yes - just checked it on google maps - that's the one, and it was their cold smoked halibut - fab. Lovely breads, good chicken and salad if I fancied something other than a butty, and nice staff. I would like to have that round the corner from my office.

                    1. re: pj26

                      Just wanted to reiterate that they are no longer in Borough Market, in case anyone goes there hoping to find them. At Maltby Street, Friday and Sat. plus the South Bank food market Friday, Sat. and Sunday.

                  1. Not really hidden, but Gastronomica has great porchetta and coppa de testa sandwiches, while Brindisa's chorizo sandwich with roasted red pepper and rocket are also worthwhile. Both in Borough Market.

                    1. Thanks for the replies everyone.

                      I tried the Organic Bologna Mortadella sandwich at Fernandez & Wells yesterday and it was amazing. The best sandwich I have had in London so far!

                      If you have any more recommendations, keep them coming.

                      1. I really like Caradells on Red Lion St in Holborn. Beautiful variety of breads, decent fillings. Love the grilled chicken and avocado on chilli focaccia in particular....

                        The Red Lion
                        East Chisenbury, Pewsey, Wiltshire, Wiltshire , GB

                        1. Do the Gail's bakeries serve sandwiches? Their bread is delicious and they do salads. There are now seven in London, sadly not one is near me.

                          1. As a sandwich variant, this might also interest you: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736941

                            1. Tartine in Knightsbridge/South Ken makes excellent open faced sandwiches -- though beware the crowd is very Tatler.

                              1. Thanks for the recommendations everyone.

                                Glad to know that i'm not the only one who fancies a good sandwich!

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                                1. re: bakadko

                                  My husband loves Fuzzy's Grub on Cornhill. Also check out Banger Bros (hot dogs, chorizo sandwiches, etc) and the German food cart on Portobello Road (spicy sausage with onions on baguette), and the Moroccan stall on Golborne Road (grilled chicken or lamb in a baguette or pita). The Earl of Sandwich is pretty good too.

                                  1. re: abryan

                                    The German van along Portobello road has been a favourite of mine for awhile now - simply great!

                                    1. re: abryan

                                      I had heard Fuzzy's had gone bust...? Hopefully not true as I used to enjoy one of their roast sandwiches if I was near their Pall Mall branch. Does anyone have insight?

                                  2. Brick Lane.
                                    Salt beef bagel.
                                    So good.
                                    I often have the cheese bagel for pudding, followed by sweet tea in a polystyrene cup.
                                    One of the oldest, and best purveyors of bread based deliciousness in London.
                                    I always leave with a paper bag stuffed full of bagels.

                                    1. Go to Roast to Go in Borough Market and get the pork belly sandwich with Bramley apple puree. Mmmmm. (It's £6, though they give you an awful lot of pork.)
                                      and it's open every day of the week!

                                      1. Came across this blog http://youngandfoodish.com/london/top... at the weekend which made me think of this thread. Most of them have been covered but a few new ones to try!

                                        1. 2 Dalston suggestions...

                                          Cafe Oto makes very nice wraps with potatoes, salad and choice of roasted veg, teriyaki chicken, or spicy tuna. The + soup and salad option makes a lovely, filling lunch. Their ricotta on toast is also quite special. It is a really peaceful space and at night turns into an experimental music venue. oto means noise in Japanese.

                                          Arthur's Cafe: old fashioned East End cafe. Run by 3 generations. I am very, very partial to the roast beef with beetroot, horseradish and salad on a brown bap.