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Best Sandwiches in London

Because there is always a time and a place for a sandwich. Yes the sarnie is not just for lunchtimes ya know, over the past few years they’ve had a real glow-up and the sandwich scene in London has exploded – if you thought sneakers were hyped, you should see the queues that some of these bread babies cause. Eat your way around the city’s top tier sandwiches with a little help from the Sausage Press Sandwich Guide.

Our pick of the bunch includes the smaller-in-size-but-not-in-flavour sandwiches from Sons + Daughters (truffle crisps in a sandwich is always gonna be a winner), the cult subs from Mondo Sando in Peckham and Dom’s Subs in Hackney, Morty & Bob’s classic cheese toasties, and the excellently-named full meals between bread at Max’s Sandwich Shop aka the late night sarnie shop you can get pissed in.

Crunch London is Old Spitalfields Market is serving up experimental (and big) brioche sandwiches, with fillings including flat iron steak, provolone, roasted red peppers, garlic confit & chimichurri and southern fried chicken, lettuce, pickles & allioli, which have been drawing the crowds. And Hackney falafel pitta don Pockets has been so successful (the queues have become legendary amongst East Londoners) that it’s graduating from a stall at Netil Market to a full-on permanent shop.

SONS + DAUGHTERS

Unit 119a Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ

Sons + Daughters, the brainchild of James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy (the duo behind award-winning East London restaurant Pidgin) celebrates the sandwich in all its glory. The Coal Drops Yard spot is an ode to all things between two slices of bread. They may have reduced them in size – and in price, dropping them down to £7 – but the sarnies are still epic. We particularly rate the CHICKEN S+DWICH, with Swaledale chicken, pickled cucumber, miso mayo, green sauce, soy-cured parmesan, gem lettuce and wasabi cress, and the EGG SALAD S+DWICH, with Burford Brown eggs, miso mayo, truffle crisps and salad cress. Remember the crisp sandwiches you’d make as a kid? This is like that except way more mindblowing. If sandwiches are what get you out of bed in the morning, then go venture in this playground, it’s like being given a AAA pass at Glasto. Rock on.

MONDO SANDO

Grove House Tavern, Camberwell Grove, London

Taking inspiration from the food in Miyazaki films, Redwall novels and the Beano, as well as from delis, diners and drinking dens across the world, Mondo’s sandos are stacked with eclectic ingredients and big flavours, and you can grab them at the Grove House Tavern in Camberwell. Expect the likes of The Fauxmoor (rare roast beef, shoestring fries, peppercorn sauce, sweet peppers, rocket & gravy mayo) and CTM Mate (chargrilled chicken tikka thigh, masala sauce, cucumber raita, onion salad and nigella seed & garlic naan chips), alongside sides like Mexican fries with lime & salsa roja, a new vegan Thai larb and a special roast menu.

DOM'S SUBS

262 Hackney Road, London

Dom’s Subs may be relatively new to London’s sandwich game having only opened on Hackney Road in 2020 but they made a big impact with their house-baked semolina sub rolls stuffed with epic fillings. The OG site runs collections and deliveries, so order up the likes of the Doms Club (with roast turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese & guac), This Spicy D (with schiacciata piccante, salami, ham, nduja mayo & chilli oil) and The Roman (tenderstem broccoli, roast aubergine, marinated artichokes, provolone & romesco).

SAM SANDWICHES

9 Shepherd's Bush Market, London

Sam Sandwiches is a proper hidden gem inside Shepherd’s Bush Market and these guys are slinging some of the best sarnies around with a menu inspired by Algerian street food flavours. Meat comes in the form of marinated chicken, lamb’s liver, merguez or a fish fillet before being topped off with a fried egg and chips. And these hefty sarnies are also slathered with plenty of harissa and mayo too, just how we like ’em.

MONOCLE

18 Chiltern St, London W1U 7QA

Marylebone’s uber-trendy Monocle Café may be small but it’s serving up some mighty sandos, from the katsu chicken, shrimp and pork ones to the classic egg salad slapped between soft Japanese bread. And what makes these better than rest is that they’re served with a side of salt and vinegar crisps (as all good sandwiches should be).

EGGSLUT

Eggslut, Portobello Road, London

A fave over in LA where it first hatched, Eggslut has properly established itself in London with sites in Notting Hill, Fitzrovia, Shoreditch and Victoria. It’s all about egg sandwiches here (there’s a big fat clue in the name), although the signature Slut, a coddled egg on a potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, is not to be missed. Sarnie-wise, the Fairfax is for all you scramble fans, with cheddar, caramelised onions and sriracha mayo joining the soft eggs in a brioche bun, and the Sausage, Egg & Cheese, with house-made turkey sausage, over-medium egg, cheddar and honey mustard aioli in a brioche bun, is always a winner too. A side of truffle hash browns and some fresh OJ and you’ve got a brekkie that’s good enough to eat all day long.

MAX'S SANDWICH SHOP

19 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AP

Max’s Sandwich Shop, the late night sarnie shop you can get pissed in, might not serve up the cheapest sandwiches in London, but for the comedy value and the fact you probably won’t be able to move after noshing down it’s so worth the money. Expect quirky names and filthy creations. You can’t go wrong with the classic ham, egg ‘n’ chips but we also love The Original Gangster, a braised beef, sauerkraut and “incredibly slutty gravy mayo” creation and don’t miss the crispy potatoes coated in crack-like rose harissa yoghurt either.

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MORTY & BOB’S

49 Coal Drops Yard London N1C 4DQ

We’ve been fans of Morty & Bob’s for years. Their grilled cheese sarnies are high on our list when it comes to cheesiest of cheese toastie dreams. Their roast mushroom and truffle grilled cheese is always a winner, whether it’s morning, noon or night.

SAGER & WILDE

193 Hackney Rd, London E2 8JL

Who’d of thought one of our favourite sandwiches would be served in an atmospheric wine bar on Hackney Road. Oh yes at Sager & Wilde you’ll find some epic toasties, one with cheddar and spring onions; one with cheddar and ndjua; and another with cheddar and pepper & chilli jam. Question is, which one will you choose?

EGGBREAK

30 Uxbridge St, Kensington, London W8 7TA

EGGBREAK serves up a range of egg-cellent sarnies, including the Eggbreaky Melt with scrambled egg, cheddar and roasted red pepper jam inside a potato bun. Shout out to the Egg, Bacon & Cheese Toasty and the Spicy Piggy Bun with a gochujang pork patty. Hangover = SORTED.

CRUNCH LONDON

Old Spitalfields Market, Horner Square, London E1 6EW

If you like your sarnies supersized, you’ll want to get down to Crunch London pronto. The joint at Old Spitalfields Market is serving up experimental (and big) brioche sandwiches, with fillings including flat iron steak, provolone, roasted red peppers, garlic confit & chimichurri; southern fried chicken, lettuce, pickles & allioli; and feta, roasted aubergine, spinach, crispy onions, sundried tomatoes & pesto. You can continue the crunch with sides like rosemary fries, popcorn chicken, and bashed cucumber salad – and don’t forget to save room for the pain perdu and black forest tiramisu.

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