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London’s Greatest Bacon Sandwiches

Sliced white or sourdough, smoked or unsmoked, ketchup or brown sauce — make your choice

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The bacon sandwich is a panacea for morning complaints, with hangovers, meetings and commutes all improved by its presence. Some favour the quick thrill of the greasy spoon, rashers clamped between basic white sliced with a hurried squirt of sauce, while others seek maple-cured back bacon on pristine sourdough. Arguments about sauce become heated, but ultimately all agree that any bacon sandwich is a good bacon sandwich. These, however, are London’s finest.

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1. Russell Square Cabmen's Shelter

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23 Russell Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1B 5EA, UK
020 7974 1693

These famous green huts with kitchens were founded in the 19th century by The Cabmen’s Shelter Fund, as pit stops for black cab drivers in need of a cup of tea and fried breakfast. Now only 13 of 61 original huts remain, with 10 open for business. Only cabbies are allowed to take a seat inside, but they’ll serve anyone through the hatch. The sandwich is a basic arrangement of bacon, sliced white, butter and sauce, which hits the spot as only a no-nonsense breakfast sandwich can.

2. Sub Cult @ Brockley Market

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Lewisham College Carpark, Lewisham Way
London SE4 1UT, UK

The Sub Contractor from itinerant sandwich merchants Sub Cult is the platonic ideal of a breakfast sandwich: super easy to eat, just the right size and packed with carefully sourced and cooked elements. The bacon and herby sausages come from The Butchery, a free range egg is cooked to customers’ preference, and there’s white pudding, ketchup and a subtle truffle mayo which adds just a hint of mushroom-umami. The bread is special: a hybrid bagel and brioche dough made to order by Whitechapel bakery Rinkoff’s.

Best bacon sandwiches in London: Sub Cult Helen Graves

3. Milk

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18-20 Bedford Hill
London SW12 9RG, UK

The Convict sandwich at Balham’s exemplary breakfast spot definitely falls into the ‘extra’ category. Oak-smoked belly bacon from Tamworth pigs is layered with a secret-recipe sausage patty, ‘folded eggs’ from a Gloucestershire farm, and ‘hangover sauce,’ which is a smoked chipotle ketchup. A final flourish of grated Lincolnshire Poacher and the stack is complete. Follow with a nap on the sofa.

Best bacon sandwiches in London: Milk Balham Milk Balham [Official Photo]

4. St John Bread and Wine

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94-96 Commercial St
London E1 6LZ, UK

The gigantic St John bacon sandwich is a London classic. Unusually, the rare breed meat is unsmoked but cooked over open flame, which brings a charred — and, yes, smoky — flavour to the sandwich. Bread is toasted on the same grill and is spread generously with butter and homemade ketchup. This isn’t one for the brown sauce fans.

Best bacon sandwiches in London: St. John bacon sandwich St. John [Official Photo]

5. Black Axe Mangal

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156 Canonbury Rd
London N1 2UP, UK

Lee Tiernan’s Highbury and Islington restaurant was never going to serve a straight up bacon sandwich. This is a delicious mess, which starts with a base of house-cured bacon on a butter-slathered flatbread. XO slaw comes next, the cabbage and lettuce dressed in an electric mixture of shrimps, chilli, shallots, garlic and spices, followed by pickled chillies, crispy hot dog onions, coriander and shoestring fries.

Best bacon sandwiches in London: Black Axe Mangal Helen Graves

6. Le Swine

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Lamb St
London E1 6EA, UK

Le Swine specialise in bacon butties — an admirable pursuit. Thick-cut Middlewhite bacon sourced from a family butcher in Lancashire is served on a milk and onion bun with bacon butter, mushroom ketchup and an optional — but highly recommended — fried duck egg. It squishes down into an easily manageable whole, unlike the overstuffed competitors splurging their contents with every bite.

Best bacon sandwiches in London: Le Swine Le Swine [Official Photo]

7. Billingsgate Cafe

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Billingsgate Market, Trafalgar Way
London E14 5ST, UK
020 7531 6671

This surf and turf sandwich has been sustaining market workers at its current location since 1982. Fresh scallops are fried and piled into a bap lined with bacon for a sweet-salty mix that’s hard to beat. The only problematic element is saucing, as neither red nor brown feels appropriate with the seafood. Enjoy the bap with just a slick of marge, a good smear of pan drippings, and a steaming builders’ tea.

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8. Coal Rooms

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Coal Rooms, 11a Station Way
London SE15 4RX, UK

Coal Rooms’ breakfast bap divides opinion among locals. The restaurant is owned by coffee roasters Old Spike, and as such does a roaring morning trade in commuter coffees; leftover milk is used to make buns. On a good day, these are a soft, springy and pleasantly chewy casing for thick-cut bacon and plenty of it.Choose from back, streaky or a mixture of both, and make sure to ask for extra sauce.

Best bacon sandwiches in London: Coal Rooms in Peckham Coal Rooms [Official Photo]

9. Marksman Public House

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254 Hackney Rd
London E2 7SJ, UK

Possibly the polar opposite of the greasy spoon style, these perfectly round and shiny bacon buns are available on Hackney Road on Sundays. Tamworth or Gloucester Old Spot pigs are cured and smoked in house and the meat is braised with cider, spices, shallots and bay, before being stuffed into buns. Inspired by the Victorian street sellers of the East End, they are baked then steamed for the perfect texture.

Best bacon sandwiches in London: bacon buns at Marksman Hackney Road Maria Nakhmanovich

10. Charlie’s @ Victoria Park Market

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56-57 Gore Rd, South Hackney
London E9 7HN, UK

Charlie’s is a pop-up side project for street food sandwich slingers Project Sandwich, most recently found at Victoria Park Market. The Bacon begins with a Beigel Bake beigel toasted in salty pan drippings, filled with maple-cured bacon, ‘spud scraps,’ which resemble the naughty, crusty edge bits of a rosti, and a duo of sauces: homemade hickory ketchup and Sriracha mayonnaise.

Best bacon sandwiches in London: Charlie’s Victoria Park Market Helen Graves

11. Dishoom King's Cross

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5 Stable St, Kings Cross
London N1C 4AB, UK

Possibly Dishoom’s most celebrated, and argued-over dish. A soft, folded naan is filled with Ginger Pig rashers, cream cheese, chilli spiked tomato jam and coriander. It’s a classic sweet-salty-spicy-creamy combination that just works, and long may it remain on the menu.

Best bacon sandwiches in London: Bacon naan at Dishoom Dishoom [Official]

12. The Dusty Knuckle Bakery

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Abbot St
London E8 3DP, UK

The Dusty Knuckle is among the cream of London’s sandwich shops, so an exceptional bacon sarnie is de rigueur in Dalston. It’s all about that exceptional potato sourdough, topped with a substantial tangle of free-range, native breed streaky from Swaledale Foods. It’s huge, like all the sandwiches, so either power through the morning or crawl back to bed.

Best bacon sandwiches in London: The Dusty Knuckle Anton Rodriguez/The Dusty Knuckle

13. The Quality Chop House Shop

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90 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell
London EC1R 3EA, UK

Quality Chop House’s Clerkenwell shop uses both smoked and unsmoked bacon for the perfect flavour profile, made from Yorkshire bred Tamworth pigs which are cooked until so crisp that the belly almost shatters with every bite — perfect for those with a fear of flabby fat. Bread is Bermondsey bakery Little Bread Pedlar’s white pan loaf, and sauce a choice between house-made ketchup or good old HP.

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14. Brother Marcus

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9 Chestnut Grove
London SW12 8JA, UK

Those who find themselves wanting more than bacon should try the Bob’s Your Uncle from Brother Marcus. Substantial slices of pork belly replace traditional rashers, accompanied by a fried egg, spring onion, tomato relish and a squiggle of Sriracha for that all-important lip tingle. A Cretan pitta is delicate yet sturdy enough to hold out to the last bite.

Best bacon sandwiches and breakfast in London: breakfast pita at Brother Marcus Brother Marcus [Official Photo]

1. Russell Square Cabmen's Shelter

23 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5EA, UK

These famous green huts with kitchens were founded in the 19th century by The Cabmen’s Shelter Fund, as pit stops for black cab drivers in need of a cup of tea and fried breakfast. Now only 13 of 61 original huts remain, with 10 open for business. Only cabbies are allowed to take a seat inside, but they’ll serve anyone through the hatch. The sandwich is a basic arrangement of bacon, sliced white, butter and sauce, which hits the spot as only a no-nonsense breakfast sandwich can.

23 Russell Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1B 5EA, UK

2. Sub Cult @ Brockley Market

Lewisham College Carpark, Lewisham Way, London SE4 1UT, UK
Best bacon sandwiches in London: Sub Cult Helen Graves

The Sub Contractor from itinerant sandwich merchants Sub Cult is the platonic ideal of a breakfast sandwich: super easy to eat, just the right size and packed with carefully sourced and cooked elements. The bacon and herby sausages come from The Butchery, a free range egg is cooked to customers’ preference, and there’s white pudding, ketchup and a subtle truffle mayo which adds just a hint of mushroom-umami. The bread is special: a hybrid bagel and brioche dough made to order by Whitechapel bakery Rinkoff’s.

Lewisham College Carpark, Lewisham Way
London SE4 1UT, UK

3. Milk

18-20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG, UK
Best bacon sandwiches in London: Milk Balham Milk Balham [Official Photo]

The Convict sandwich at Balham’s exemplary breakfast spot definitely falls into the ‘extra’ category. Oak-smoked belly bacon from Tamworth pigs is layered with a secret-recipe sausage patty, ‘folded eggs’ from a Gloucestershire farm, and ‘hangover sauce,’ which is a smoked chipotle ketchup. A final flourish of grated Lincolnshire Poacher and the stack is complete. Follow with a nap on the sofa.

18-20 Bedford Hill
London SW12 9RG, UK

4. St John Bread and Wine

94-96 Commercial St, London E1 6LZ, UK
Best bacon sandwiches in London: St. John bacon sandwich St. John [Official Photo]

The gigantic St John bacon sandwich is a London classic. Unusually, the rare breed meat is unsmoked but cooked over open flame, which brings a charred — and, yes, smoky — flavour to the sandwich. Bread is toasted on the same grill and is spread generously with butter and homemade ketchup. This isn’t one for the brown sauce fans.

94-96 Commercial St
London E1 6LZ, UK

5. Black Axe Mangal

156 Canonbury Rd, London N1 2UP, UK
Best bacon sandwiches in London: Black Axe Mangal Helen Graves

Lee Tiernan’s Highbury and Islington restaurant was never going to serve a straight up bacon sandwich. This is a delicious mess, which starts with a base of house-cured bacon on a butter-slathered flatbread. XO slaw comes next, the cabbage and lettuce dressed in an electric mixture of shrimps, chilli, shallots, garlic and spices, followed by pickled chillies, crispy hot dog onions, coriander and shoestring fries.

156 Canonbury Rd
London N1 2UP, UK

6. Le Swine

Lamb St, London E1 6EA, UK
Best bacon sandwiches in London: Le Swine Le Swine [Official Photo]

Le Swine specialise in bacon butties — an admirable pursuit. Thick-cut Middlewhite bacon sourced from a family butcher in Lancashire is served on a milk and onion bun with bacon butter, mushroom ketchup and an optional — but highly recommended — fried duck egg. It squishes down into an easily manageable whole, unlike the overstuffed competitors splurging their contents with every bite.

Lamb St
London E1 6EA, UK

7. Billingsgate Cafe

Billingsgate Market, Trafalgar Way, London E14 5ST, UK

This surf and turf sandwich has been sustaining market workers at its current location since 1982. Fresh scallops are fried and piled into a bap lined with bacon for a sweet-salty mix that’s hard to beat. The only problematic element is saucing, as neither red nor brown feels appropriate with the seafood. Enjoy the bap with just a slick of marge, a good smear of pan drippings, and a steaming builders’ tea.

Billingsgate Market, Trafalgar Way
London E14 5ST, UK

8. Coal Rooms

Coal Rooms, 11a Station Way, London SE15 4RX, UK
Best bacon sandwiches in London: Coal Rooms in Peckham Coal Rooms [Official Photo]

Coal Rooms’ breakfast bap divides opinion among locals. The restaurant is owned by coffee roasters Old Spike, and as such does a roaring morning trade in commuter coffees; leftover milk is used to make buns. On a good day, these are a soft, springy and pleasantly chewy casing for thick-cut bacon and plenty of it.Choose from back, streaky or a mixture of both, and make sure to ask for extra sauce.

Coal Rooms, 11a Station Way
London SE15 4RX, UK

9. Marksman Public House

254 Hackney Rd, London E2 7SJ, UK
Best bacon sandwiches in London: bacon buns at Marksman Hackney Road Maria Nakhmanovich

Possibly the polar opposite of the greasy spoon style, these perfectly round and shiny bacon buns are available on Hackney Road on Sundays. Tamworth or Gloucester Old Spot pigs are cured and smoked in house and the meat is braised with cider, spices, shallots and bay, before being stuffed into buns. Inspired by the Victorian street sellers of the East End, they are baked then steamed for the perfect texture.

254 Hackney Rd
London E2 7SJ, UK

10. Charlie’s @ Victoria Park Market

56-57 Gore Rd, South Hackney, London E9 7HN, UK
Best bacon sandwiches in London: Charlie’s Victoria Park Market Helen Graves

Charlie’s is a pop-up side project for street food sandwich slingers Project Sandwich, most recently found at Victoria Park Market. The Bacon begins with a Beigel Bake beigel toasted in salty pan drippings, filled with maple-cured bacon, ‘spud scraps,’ which resemble the naughty, crusty edge bits of a rosti, and a duo of sauces: homemade hickory ketchup and Sriracha mayonnaise.

56-57 Gore Rd, South Hackney
London E9 7HN, UK

11. Dishoom King's Cross

5 Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AB, UK
Best bacon sandwiches in London: Bacon naan at Dishoom Dishoom [Official]

Possibly Dishoom’s most celebrated, and argued-over dish. A soft, folded naan is filled with Ginger Pig rashers, cream cheese, chilli spiked tomato jam and coriander. It’s a classic sweet-salty-spicy-creamy combination that just works, and long may it remain on the menu.

5 Stable St, Kings Cross
London N1C 4AB, UK

12. The Dusty Knuckle Bakery

Abbot St, London E8 3DP, UK
Best bacon sandwiches in London: The Dusty Knuckle Anton Rodriguez/The Dusty Knuckle

The Dusty Knuckle is among the cream of London’s sandwich shops, so an exceptional bacon sarnie is de rigueur in Dalston. It’s all about that exceptional potato sourdough, topped with a substantial tangle of free-range, native breed streaky from Swaledale Foods. It’s huge, like all the sandwiches, so either power through the morning or crawl back to bed.

Abbot St
London E8 3DP, UK

13. The Quality Chop House Shop

90 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3EA, UK

Quality Chop House’s Clerkenwell shop uses both smoked and unsmoked bacon for the perfect flavour profile, made from Yorkshire bred Tamworth pigs which are cooked until so crisp that the belly almost shatters with every bite — perfect for those with a fear of flabby fat. Bread is Bermondsey bakery Little Bread Pedlar’s white pan loaf, and sauce a choice between house-made ketchup or good old HP.

90 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell
London EC1R 3EA, UK

14. Brother Marcus

9 Chestnut Grove, London SW12 8JA, UK
Best bacon sandwiches and breakfast in London: breakfast pita at Brother Marcus Brother Marcus [Official Photo]

Those who find themselves wanting more than bacon should try the Bob’s Your Uncle from Brother Marcus. Substantial slices of pork belly replace traditional rashers, accompanied by a fried egg, spring onion, tomato relish and a squiggle of Sriracha for that all-important lip tingle. A Cretan pitta is delicate yet sturdy enough to hold out to the last bite.

9 Chestnut Grove
London SW12 8JA, UK

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