The future of food has never been more uncertain. Everyday, we shiver in fear of seeing the dreaded BBC Breaking News notification that will shut down restaurants, and our appetite for the foreseeable future. Luckily, as it is 2020, if restaurants do close down, they will more than likely be open for takeaway and delivery. To try and get some normalcy if that does ever occur, I think nothing is more fitting for a weekday meal than the humble sandwich. And although there is nothing wrong with a homemade bacon sarnie or a Tesco’s meal deal, we ought to treat ourselves a little more. Just because it's one of the most widely available meals does not mean it has to be meek and or mild. Below are five of the best sandwich shops in London.
262 Hackney Road, E2 7SJ
Dom’s Subs, located in Hackney, near Hoxton train station, has been serving American style sub rolls for the past year. If you’ve ever seen those oversized and overstuffed sandwiches in cartoons adorned with an olive stabbed with a toothpick, then you have the right idea in mind. Dom’s Subs do the traditional ‘deli’ style fillings with gabagool and mortadella but they also feature variations on the Americanised sub sandwich, with fillings such as spicy Thai ground chicken or pork belly braised in wine. Served alongside novel sodas and American-branded crisps, this is the best kind of sandwich to eat and then food coma on the couch whilst screening Zoom calls. Careful though, they are only open from 12-3pm every day, so get them while they're hot!
For more information on Dom's Subs, check out their website
Sons + Daughters
Unit 119A ,Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard,N1C 4DQ
British style sandwiches have been clawing their way back to relevance as of late. Sick of the stereotypes of ham and cheese or simply filled with chips, many sandwich shops are reinvigorating the typical bloomer sando. Sons + Daughters is probably the most famous example of this. Located in the Coal Yards behind Kings Cross, they have been making artful recreations of tried and tested classics for almost two years. Their ‘egg salad s+dwich’ filled with miso mayo and truffle crisps is my personal favourite, but they have a wide range of sandwiches available. On top of that, they have a brilliant selection of wine, beer and cocktails, for when it all gets a bit too much on a late Wednesday afternoon. This definitely makes the cut as being one of the best sandwich shops in London by far!
For more information on Sons + Daughters, check out their website
185 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED / 19 Percy StreetFitzrovia, London W1T 1DY
Eggslut is by no means a hidden gem, having been a massive success in the United states since 2011. It recently moved across the pond in the summer of 2019 and now has two London based locations; Notting Hill and Fitzrovia. Eggslut has made the most debated subject of sandwiches; breakfast style ones rather unanimous, with their perfect blend of soft pillowy bread, fluffy buttery eggs and crispy bacon. Their classic and my recommendation would be the ‘Fairfax’ which they list as a sandwich consisting of ‘cage-free soft scrambled eggs and chives, cheddar cheese, caramelised onions and sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun’. It’s basically the perfect hangover cure or brunch spot. They also do fantastic homemade cold brew coffee on tap as well!
Eggslut are open all week, for collection and delivery. Another cool place to check out that makes the list of being one of the best sandwich shops in London to visit.
For more information on Eggslut , check out their website
333 New Cross Rd, New Cross, London SE14 6AT
This particular establishment was a guilty pleasure of mine during my studies. Located a few minutes away from New Cross Gate station and Goldsmiths University, it is easily one of the best Greek gyros you are likely to find in London. It has all the classic Greek mezze style options, without any of the bells and whistles. You’re as likely to find people rushing in on their lunch break as you are to find them staggering in after last call at one of the many nearby pubs. Although a pork or chicken gyro is tradition, I’m partial to their halloumi gyro which is drenched in homemade tzatziki sauce. Pitta House are available all week for both collection and delivery.
For more information on Pitta House, check out their website
349 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 9TW
Last but certainly not least, is the oldest establishment on this list. People have been flocking to Luigi’s Italian deli for the freshest produce, meats and cheeses since 1973. Located in the heart of Chelsea, on the Fulham Road, Luigi’s houses some of the best Italian produce, including homemade fresh pasta, salads and all of the traditional Italian knick knacks and snacks that one can dream of. However, I want to focus on the plethora of sandwiches they have available thus why it is one of the best sandwich shops in London. Usually focaccia, usually with a prosciutto or salami, stuffed to the brim with mozzarella with some sun dried tomatoes or rocket to finish it off. These are the kind of sandwiches that, try as you might, you will devour within the first minute of leaving this quaint deli. Also if you’re lucky, you may meet Luigi himself, the kindest man there ever was! Just note, he will try to feed you many different foods as you peruse around the shop, so arrive hungry and curious.
For more information on Luigi's, check out their website
About Carl Escoffier
Carl Escoffier is a recent postgraduate from Goldsmiths University. A native Frenchman, he splits his time between London and New York. Carl enjoys writing about food, film, fashion and all things pop culture