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Visions Canteen’s egg, bacon, chicken liver pate, and pickled onion breakfast sandwich
Adam Coghlan

The Best Breakfast Sandwiches in London

Breakfast muffins, bacon naans, full English burritos, and more to start the day the right way

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Visions Canteen’s egg, bacon, chicken liver pate, and pickled onion breakfast sandwich
| Adam Coghlan

Start the day with one of the city’s best things between sliced bread.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Usta Niyazi

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169 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London N16 8BP, UK

Crispy dough envelope fillings of spinach and feta, spiced potato or the left field choice of mozzarella and mushroom. Gozlemes are a breakfast staple across the city and great ones are offered alongside cheese and sausage bread (hot dogs are definitely sandwiches) and simits while baklava takes pride of place. —Feroz Gajia

2. Ararat Bread

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132 Ridley Rd, Dalston
London E8 2NR, UK

Fiery lamb mince slathered onto a cooked flatbread, egg cracked on top. Circling through the rotating oven it emerges with meat sizzling in its own fat. Rolled, handed over, paper ripped, the wrap is devoured at a temperature far too hot. The burns a permanent reminder of the pleasure experienced. —Feroz Gajia

A grill covered in discs of uncooked flatbread dough, ready to go into an oven, with a baker in the background shaping one of the breads Halal Eat Out/YouTube

3. Black Axe Mangal

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156 Canonbury Rd, Highbury
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. —Helen Graves

Best bacon sandwiches in London: Black Axe Mangal Helen Graves

4. Visions Canteen

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31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch
London EC2A 3EY, UK

One of London’s better Melbourne-y cafes serves some of the best sandwiches in the city. The dynamic, innovative, and globally inspired menu has recently ventured into breakfast. Uniform pricing — all are a fiver — is welcome. So, too, is the combination of fried bacon, eggs, melted gruyère, chicken liver pate, pickled red onion, and chopped herbs. All wrapped in a soft white sub roll. Proper way to keep hunger locked up til lunch. —Adam Coghlan

Visions Canteen breakfast sandwich is one of the best in Shoreditch, east London
Visions Canteen breakfast sandwich
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5. Honey & Co.

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25 Warren St, Fitzrovia
London W1T 5LZ, UK

Warm pita, hummus, aubergine, boiled egg, salad, pickles with tahina, amba and zhoug. Listing what a sabich contains is cause for salivation always. To have the gluttonous forethought to partake in it for breakfast is devious and deserves a treat. Luckily H&C have bakes in abundance, so treat yourself twice. —Feroz Gajia

Sabich at Honey and Co, one of the best breakfast sandwiches Honey & Co/Instagram

6. Catalyst

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48 Grays Inn Rd, Chancery Ln, Holborn
London WC1X 8LT, UK

Catalyst’s halloumi (via Kupros Dairy) katsu sando is a celebration of the owners greek background with a coffee sriracha that changes with every new roast. The often overlooked black pudding, XO hispi and Ogleshield focaccia sandwich is the one that proves flavourful and thoughtful food exists in Holborn at 8am. —Feroz Gajia

7. St John Bread and Wine

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94-96 Commercial St, Shadwell
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. —Helen Graves

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

8. E5 Roasthouse

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2 Cotall St, Poplar
London E14 6TL, UK

It begins with the bread: a rhomboid ‘Gilchester Bun’ named after the Northumberland farm whence sister site E5 Bakehouse sources its heritage flour. Split, toasted and buttered, its ‘chew’ demands a bit of jaw action but nothing beyond the capabilities of a hungover human. Stuffed inside is good frazzly Blackhand bacon and two boiled egg halves seasoned up with salt and cracked pepper. —Hilary Armstrong

9. Billingsgate Cafe

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

For the early risers out at dawn Piggy’s Cafe is a ritual and a treasure. Offering the legendary sandwich stuffed with seared scallops and Bacon on buttered baps. The meeting place where simple pleasures are enjoyed... Until they move the whole thing out of London. Go while it still stands. —Feroz Gajia

10. Dishoom Kensington

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4 Derry St, Kensington
London W8 5SE, UK

Probably Dishoom’s most famous dish. For good reason. Wildly inauthentic and proud. Naan, generally, is an underrated vehicle for any sandwich, which goes someway to explaining the triumph here. Bacon, (and egg), chilli jam, a little yoghurt, and chopped coriander — all on a chewy little folded naan, which soaks up the rendered fat. Eat quickly. —Adam Coghlan

Bacon naan at Dishoom Carnaby Street in Soho — the popular Indian cafe chain will launch its first cookbook with Bloomsbury UK this year Dishoom Official

11. Monty's Deli

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Market Halls Victoria, 191 Victoria St, Westminster
London SW1E 5NE, UK

Monty’s NYC-inspired Jewish deli, serves brunch at its sites in Market Halls (Victoria and Oxford Street). Opt either for the excellent egg and cheese bun, or the the even better pastrami, egg, and cheese bun. The modern concept of a “breakfast sandwich” belongs to the Americans. In this context, there’s nowhere in London that betters the versions at Monty’s. —Adam Coghlan

12. El Paso - Cafe & Burritos

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34 New Kent Rd, Elephant and Castle
London SE1 6TJ, UK
020 3441 4677

There’s one dish here that no one else in London does — a British breakfast burrito fused with the Mexican-American tradition of wrapping a fry up in a tortilla. Chef-owner Isabel’s El Paso breakfast burrito revels in inauthenticity with its scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon, cheese, pinto beans, pico de gallo, and is even better with sour cream and hot sauce. —Jonathan Nunn

13. Levan

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12-16 Blenheim Grove, Peckham
London SE15 4QL, UK

Ordering a croque madame for breakfast is a bold move, particularly one that’s punching aged Comte. It comes bubbling under a blanket of golden bechamel and that all-important fried egg. The egg isn’t necessary, of course, but does make the sandwich seem more breakfast-appropriate. A sharply dressed side salad makes finishing the whole thing more achievable. —Helen Graves

Croque monsieur
Levan/Instagram

14. Mother Flipper

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

The Mother Flipper breakfast muffin is the reason Brockley Market shoppers spend so much time wiping egg off their faces. The muffin comes toasted and buttered, stacked with a coarse-grind garlic and herb sausage from The Butchery, a free-range egg ripe for poppin’ and a slice of American cheese. There’s an option to add candied bacon and a potato rosti for an extra £1 each — tricky to handle but worth the mess. —Helen Graves

The Mother Flipper breakfast muffin
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15. Sub cult breakfast sub

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

Whitechapel Bakery Rinkoff supplies the special recipe 8-inch subs that are the signature of this outstanding sandwich van. The Sub Contractor is filled with bacon, herby sausage, fried egg, white pudding and ketchup as a homage to the classic English breakfast — albeit with added fancy truffle mayo. This sub is only served on Saturdays at Brockley Market, for fear that its City shop customers might fall asleep at their desks. —Helen Graves

Subcontractor breakfast sub
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16. Milk

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18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham
London SW12 9RG, UK

One of Balham’s top attractions, the Convict sandwich at Milk is a hangover slaying stack of protein. Based on an Egg McMuffin, it’s got oak smoked Tamworth belly bacon, a secret recipe for sausage patty from a local butcher, ‘folded’ eggs, house-made chipotle ketchup and a tousled hairdo of grated Lincolnshire poacher. Egg McExtra. —Helen Graves

The convict sandwich
Milk/Instagram

1. Usta Niyazi

169 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8BP, UK

Crispy dough envelope fillings of spinach and feta, spiced potato or the left field choice of mozzarella and mushroom. Gozlemes are a breakfast staple across the city and great ones are offered alongside cheese and sausage bread (hot dogs are definitely sandwiches) and simits while baklava takes pride of place. —Feroz Gajia

169 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London N16 8BP, UK

2. Ararat Bread

132 Ridley Rd, Dalston, London E8 2NR, UK
A grill covered in discs of uncooked flatbread dough, ready to go into an oven, with a baker in the background shaping one of the breads Halal Eat Out/YouTube

Fiery lamb mince slathered onto a cooked flatbread, egg cracked on top. Circling through the rotating oven it emerges with meat sizzling in its own fat. Rolled, handed over, paper ripped, the wrap is devoured at a temperature far too hot. The burns a permanent reminder of the pleasure experienced. —Feroz Gajia

132 Ridley Rd, Dalston
London E8 2NR, UK

3. Black Axe Mangal

156 Canonbury Rd, Highbury, 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. —Helen Graves

156 Canonbury Rd, Highbury
London N1 2UP, UK

4. Visions Canteen

31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EY, UK
Visions Canteen breakfast sandwich is one of the best in Shoreditch, east London
Visions Canteen breakfast sandwich
Adam Coghlan

One of London’s better Melbourne-y cafes serves some of the best sandwiches in the city. The dynamic, innovative, and globally inspired menu has recently ventured into breakfast. Uniform pricing — all are a fiver — is welcome. So, too, is the combination of fried bacon, eggs, melted gruyère, chicken liver pate, pickled red onion, and chopped herbs. All wrapped in a soft white sub roll. Proper way to keep hunger locked up til lunch. —Adam Coghlan

31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch
London EC2A 3EY, UK

5. Honey & Co.

25 Warren St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5LZ, UK
Sabich at Honey and Co, one of the best breakfast sandwiches Honey & Co/Instagram

Warm pita, hummus, aubergine, boiled egg, salad, pickles with tahina, amba and zhoug. Listing what a sabich contains is cause for salivation always. To have the gluttonous forethought to partake in it for breakfast is devious and deserves a treat. Luckily H&C have bakes in abundance, so treat yourself twice. —Feroz Gajia

25 Warren St, Fitzrovia
London W1T 5LZ, UK

6. Catalyst

48 Grays Inn Rd, Chancery Ln, Holborn, London WC1X 8LT, UK

Catalyst’s halloumi (via Kupros Dairy) katsu sando is a celebration of the owners greek background with a coffee sriracha that changes with every new roast. The often overlooked black pudding, XO hispi and Ogleshield focaccia sandwich is the one that proves flavourful and thoughtful food exists in Holborn at 8am. —Feroz Gajia

48 Grays Inn Rd, Chancery Ln, Holborn
London WC1X 8LT, UK

7. St John Bread and Wine

94-96 Commercial St, Shadwell, 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. —Helen Graves

94-96 Commercial St, Shadwell
London E1 6LZ, UK

8. E5 Roasthouse

2 Cotall St, Poplar, London E14 6TL, UK

It begins with the bread: a rhomboid ‘Gilchester Bun’ named after the Northumberland farm whence sister site E5 Bakehouse sources its heritage flour. Split, toasted and buttered, its ‘chew’ demands a bit of jaw action but nothing beyond the capabilities of a hungover human. Stuffed inside is good frazzly Blackhand bacon and two boiled egg halves seasoned up with salt and cracked pepper. —Hilary Armstrong

2 Cotall St, Poplar
London E14 6TL, UK

9. Billingsgate Cafe

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

For the early risers out at dawn Piggy’s Cafe is a ritual and a treasure. Offering the legendary sandwich stuffed with seared scallops and Bacon on buttered baps. The meeting place where simple pleasures are enjoyed... Until they move the whole thing out of London. Go while it still stands. —Feroz Gajia

Billingsgate Market, Trafalgar Way
London E14 5ST, UK

10. Dishoom Kensington

4 Derry St, Kensington, London W8 5SE, UK
Bacon naan at Dishoom Carnaby Street in Soho — the popular Indian cafe chain will launch its first cookbook with Bloomsbury UK this year Dishoom Official

Probably Dishoom’s most famous dish. For good reason. Wildly inauthentic and proud. Naan, generally, is an underrated vehicle for any sandwich, which goes someway to explaining the triumph here. Bacon, (and egg), chilli jam, a little yoghurt, and chopped coriander — all on a chewy little folded naan, which soaks up the rendered fat. Eat quickly. —Adam Coghlan

4 Derry St, Kensington
London W8 5SE, UK

11. Monty's Deli

Market Halls Victoria, 191 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5NE, UK

Monty’s NYC-inspired Jewish deli, serves brunch at its sites in Market Halls (Victoria and Oxford Street). Opt either for the excellent egg and cheese bun, or the the even better pastrami, egg, and cheese bun. The modern concept of a “breakfast sandwich” belongs to the Americans. In this context, there’s nowhere in London that betters the versions at Monty’s. —Adam Coghlan

Market Halls Victoria, 191 Victoria St, Westminster
London SW1E 5NE, UK

12. El Paso - Cafe & Burritos

34 New Kent Rd, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6TJ, UK

There’s one dish here that no one else in London does — a British breakfast burrito fused with the Mexican-American tradition of wrapping a fry up in a tortilla. Chef-owner Isabel’s El Paso breakfast burrito revels in inauthenticity with its scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon, cheese, pinto beans, pico de gallo, and is even better with sour cream and hot sauce. —Jonathan Nunn

34 New Kent Rd, Elephant and Castle
London SE1 6TJ, UK

13. Levan

12-16 Blenheim Grove, Peckham, London SE15 4QL, UK
Croque monsieur
Levan/Instagram

Ordering a croque madame for breakfast is a bold move, particularly one that’s punching aged Comte. It comes bubbling under a blanket of golden bechamel and that all-important fried egg. The egg isn’t necessary, of course, but does make the sandwich seem more breakfast-appropriate. A sharply dressed side salad makes finishing the whole thing more achievable. —Helen Graves

12-16 Blenheim Grove, Peckham
London SE15 4QL, UK

14. Mother Flipper

Lewisham College Carpark, Lewisham Way, London SE4 1UT, UK
The Mother Flipper breakfast muffin
Brockley Market/Instagram

The Mother Flipper breakfast muffin is the reason Brockley Market shoppers spend so much time wiping egg off their faces. The muffin comes toasted and buttered, stacked with a coarse-grind garlic and herb sausage from The Butchery, a free-range egg ripe for poppin’ and a slice of American cheese. There’s an option to add candied bacon and a potato rosti for an extra £1 each — tricky to handle but worth the mess. —Helen Graves

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

15. Sub cult breakfast sub

Lewisham College Carpark, Lewisham Way, London SE4 1UT, UK
Subcontractor breakfast sub
Sub Cult/Instagram

Whitechapel Bakery Rinkoff supplies the special recipe 8-inch subs that are the signature of this outstanding sandwich van. The Sub Contractor is filled with bacon, herby sausage, fried egg, white pudding and ketchup as a homage to the classic English breakfast — albeit with added fancy truffle mayo. This sub is only served on Saturdays at Brockley Market, for fear that its City shop customers might fall asleep at their desks. —Helen Graves

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

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16. Milk

18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9RG, UK
The convict sandwich
Milk/Instagram

One of Balham’s top attractions, the Convict sandwich at Milk is a hangover slaying stack of protein. Based on an Egg McMuffin, it’s got oak smoked Tamworth belly bacon, a secret recipe for sausage patty from a local butcher, ‘folded’ eggs, house-made chipotle ketchup and a tousled hairdo of grated Lincolnshire poacher. Egg McExtra. —Helen Graves

18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham
London SW12 9RG, UK

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