Ever since John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, ordered his servant to bring him a slab of meat tucked between two pieces of bread in the 18th-century, Joes from every walk of life have been enjoying the delights and uniting around the humble sandwich. White or Brown, Triangle or Square, Cheese or Pickle, sandwiches have accompanied Joes around the world through the good times and the bad.

The 8 Best Sandwiches in London Money Can Buy

With that in mind, and this week being British Sandwich Week, we’re celebrating the humble sandwich by having our favourite (Cheese and Marmite, obviously) and by also giving you a rundown of our very favourite creations London’s foodies have to offer. Enjoy!

Ham, Egg ‘N’ Chips at Max’s Sandwich Shop

Location: 19 Crouch Hill, Stroud Green, N4 4AP.
Nearest Station: Crouch Hill

It may be a little North for some folk, but we think the journey to Max’s Sandwich Shop in Crouch Hill should be thought of more as a pilgrimage than a trek. Put simply, it’s one of the best sandwich joints in the capital thanks to great beer, a banging playlist and some seriously tasty sarnies. The sandwiches here are so good, Max has even released a book about finding happiness between two slices of bread. The menu changes every now and then but you have to sample owner Max Halley’s signature Ham, Egg ‘N’ Chips; ham hock, fried egg, shoestring fries, piccalilli and malt vinegar mayo. It’s a modern masterpiece and can even be Deliveroo’d if you don’t want to leave the sofa.

*Not only that, especially for British Sandwich Week, Max has teamed up with iconic sandwich filler, Branston Pickle, for a special ‘The Branston Boss’ and ‘All The ‘Decade’nce’ sandwich stack where each of the five layers is made from the classic food combos associated with different generations.

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Bacon Naan Roll at Dishoom

Location: 7 Boundary Street, E2 7JE.
Nearest Station: Shoreditch High Street

If you want to mix the best culinary delights from the world over in a sandwich, head to one of Dishoom’s five haunts in the capital and check out The Bacon Naan Roll. An Indian take on the British classic, Ramsay of Carluke’s smoked streaky bacon is matured for two weeks and smoked overnight in the traditional fashion. It’s then put in a handmade naan and topped with cream cheese and a sweet and spicy chili tomato jam. At £6.50, it might be the best bacon roll in London. You’ll need to get there early for breakfast, though, as they stop serving this gem at 11.45am.

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Roast Duck Banh Mi at Kêu! Banh Mi Deli

Location: 9 Poland Street, W1F 8PY.
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus

If you’ve not come across banh mi yet, you’ve not truly got your pulse on the London street food scene. A delicious French-Viet creation, the banh me is essentially a giant baguette filled with the flavours of Vietnam. For us, London’s best banh mi can be found at Kêu Deli (pronounced ‘geh-yoo’). There’s a few dotted around the city, but the Soho joint is our pit stop. We’d recommend the Roast Duck which features crackly duck, a sweet hoisin sauce, spring onions, fresh chilis, daikon radish and coriander, all sandwiched into a hollowed-out baguette from the Sally Clarke Bakery. It’s every bit as good as it sounds.

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Chorizo Roll at Brindisa

Location: Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL.
Nearest Tube: London Bridge

We couldn’t really have a food list in London that didn’t involve something from Borough Market, so welcome to the party Brindisa and your succulent chorizo roll. This London classic has been around for years and is still going strong. Two Brindisa chorizo sausages are grilled and served in a ciabatta roll with roasted red peppers, rocket, and olive oil. So simple but so absolutely delicious.

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The Reuben at Monty’s Deli

Location: 227-229 Hoxton Street, N1 5LG.
Nearest Station: Hoxton

If you’re looking to skip dinner and need a fill for lunch, The Reuben at Monty’s Deli in Hoxton will keep you going until next week. Stuffed with pastrami and salt beef slices the size of your head, the classic Reuben is filled with Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, mustard and sauerkraut. They also give you a pickle on the side if you’ve still got room left!

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Philly Cheesesteak at Passyunk Avenue

Location: 80 Cleveland Street, W1T 6NE.
Nearest Tube: Great Portland Street

If you haven’t had a Philly Cheesesteak then try one. And if you’re going to try one, do it at Passyunk Avenue. What originally started out as a food truck at Spitalfields Market turned into a restaurant/diner in the heart of Fitzrovia in 2018 and has recently resulted in another haunt at Westfield in Stratford. These guys pride themselves on serving London’s first ‘authentic’ cheesesteak. If you’re unaware what that authenticity brings, we’re talking ribeye steak, Cheez Whiz (processed cheese sauce) and onions but definitely no peppers. Maybe bring a change of shirt with you, though – things can get a little messy!

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Brisket Bun at SMOKESTAK

Location: 35 Sclater Street, E1 6LB.
Nearest Station: Shoreditch High Street

If you’re into your BBQ, London is a bit of haven at the moment. And while there’s some seriously tasty pulled pork to be had in the capital, we think the best barbecue sandwich in the capital is the Brisket Bun from SMOKESTAK. Another food truck-turned eatery, SMOKESTAK opened their first restaurant in Shoreditch a few years ago and it’s one of our absolute favourites. Sitting in between a butter-brushed bun, their Brisket Bun is the signature with multiple cuts of their very own slowly smoked, melt-in-your-mouth brisket topped with pickled red chillies for a kick. It’s simple but it’s also probably the best brisket we’ve ever sampled.

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Grilled Cheese Toastie at Kappacasein

Location: Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL.
Nearest Tube: London Bridge

And our best is saved until last. No respectable sandwich should be served without cheese. With that in mind, Borough Market’s Kappacasein, for our money, does fromage better than anyone in the City. And their Grilled Cheese Toastie proves the point. A four-cheese blend of Montgomery Cheddar and Ogleshield from Neal’s Yard Dairy, Comté from Borough Cheese Company, and Kappacasein’s own Bermondsey Hard-Pressed, is joined by onions, shallots and garlic before being grilled in between sourdough slices from Poilâne. A Borough Market icon.

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So there we have it – our 8 Favourite Sandwiches in London! Are there any we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below and if you live further North, here’s what we think are the Best Sandwiches in Manchester!

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