Wonder why every lunchtime you end up spending £8 on limp and lifeless sandwiches or flavourless sushi? Break the habit and head to one of your local sandwich shops, where the ingredients is generous, the prices fair (mostly) and the bread fresh. Here are London’s poshest sandwiches
1 Melba at The Savoy, Piccadilly
Last month saw the opening of what has to be the smartest lunch counter in London, Melba at The Savoy. Workers, shoppers and tourists on the Strand can now buy pastries, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks seven days a week. But this isn’t just any sandwich spot. The menu will feature the likes of comté with Black Forest ham croissants and The Savoy’s signature éclairs in many flavours. Prices range from £1.50 to £5.25.
Melba at The Savoy, Strand, London, WC2R 0EU; fairmont.com
2 Sandwich, Harrods, Knightsbridge
Tom Dixon’s homage to the great sandwich at Harrods is a palatial space inside the department store, totally dedicated to the bread-led meal. If you’re ceoliac or avoiding gluten steer clear of Sandwich at Harrods, if not, then dive into the menu that includes roasted Scottish beef with celeriac romoulade, horseradish and crispy shallots on a crusty roll (£12.90) or poached lobster, with mango relish and thousand island dressing on in a soft glazed roll (£18.50).
Harrods, Third Floor, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL, 020 7730 1234; harrods.com
3 The Mount Street Deli, Mayfair
Mayfair’s Mount Street Deli has an ever-changing sandwich menu that sees a line up of gourmet ingredients fill its buns. Choose from the likes of crayfish with lemon and poppy seed mayo, rare roasted beef with black pepper ham or balsamic onions with feta, basil and spinach. There are also hot options like Parma ham with roasted onion and white cheddar with lemon and basil mayo.
100 Mount Street, W1K 2TG, 020 7499 6843; themountstreetdeli.co.uk
4 Pont Street, Belgravia
The ultimate posh comfort food comes in the form of Belgraves Hotel’s gourmet toasted cheese sandwich with three types of cheese, Ogleshield, Gruyere and Cheddar, plus English mustard and Grandma’s chutney all on sourdough bread (£10.50).
20 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8HQ, 020 3189 4850; pontst.com
5 IDDU, South Kensington
New Sicilian restaurant IDDU in South Kensington does a mean smoked salmon and avocado on seven seeds sourdough for lunch (£7). There’s no scrimping on ingredients with this sandwich, as with the rest of the eatery, it’s only the freshest. There’s an alfresco area if you have time to stop, otherwise have it to go.
44 Harrington Road, London SW7 3ND, 020 7589 1991; iddulondon.com
6 The Burger Bar, Harrods
Trust Harrods to have some of the poshest sandwiches in London. Get your lunchtime seafood fix at its Burger Bar by ordering the lobster roll thermidor (£27.95) or The Crabwich – a sandwich filled with crab, fresh mango and lime mayo for £29.95.
Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL, 020 7730 1234; harrods.com
7 The Wellesley, Knightsbridge
The Wellesley Hotel in Knightsbridge serves its Lobster Club sandwich (avacado, tomato confit, baby gem lettuce and mango mayo) on its terrace at lunchtime. Make it a leisurely one and have it with a glass from its extensive wine list.
11 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LY, 020 7235 3535; thewellesley.co.uk
8 No. 11 Pimlico Road, Pimlico
No.11 Pimlico Road is a modern restaurant, serving food all day. Its range of fabulous sandwiches. inslude the Taleggio cheese and avocado on toasted sourdough and the No.11 Club Sandwich (grilled marinated chicken, smoked bacon, avocado, roasted tomatoes, basil mayo and sourdough toast).
11 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NA, 020 7730 6784; no11pimlicoroad.co.uk
9 Source, Battersea
Battersea workers rarely need an excuse to pop into Source for lunch, but in case you do, make the fried chicken sandwich with harissa aioli and wedge salad, the reason. During the summer, sit outside on its terrace, while in the winter watch the rain through its floor-to-ceiling windows and feel smug.
Unit 29, Ransome’s Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea, London, SW11 4NP; 020 7350 0555; sourcebattersea.com
10 Little H, Parson’s Green
Little H’s sandwiches also change regularly, many of which are gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Fillings include roasted courgettes, homemade hummus, roasted chicken, emmenthal and sauces like garlic aioli.
276 New King’s Road, London, SW6 4RB, 0203 417 8228; littlehlondon.com
11 Brew Café, Putney, Clapham, Wimbledon and Wandsworth
South west London’s favourite antipodean café Brew has a sandwich worth leaving your desk for. Brew’s chargrilled ribeye steak comes with Persian feta, onion jam and rocket, on Turkish pide – puts Pret a Manger to shame doesn’t it?
Various locations; brew-cafe.com
12 Bush Hall Dining Room, Shepherd’s Bush
If you avoid the canteen-style eateries in Westfield and venture out into the streets of Shepherd’s Bush you’ll be rewarded by the likes of Bush Hall Dining Room and its BBQ pulled pork sandwich on toasted brioche; goat’s cheese with roast pepper and avocado or ham, with melted brie and roast onion chutney – all for £6.50, plus you can add chips to all of these for only £1 – now that’s a good value lunch.
304 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7LJ, 020 8749 0731; bushhalldining.co.uk
13 Snaps + Rye, Golborne Road
This Danish restaurant takes its name from the classic base of the Scandinavian Smørrebrød – that’s smorgasboard to you and I – rye bread. Its sandwiches are served open and made with homemade organic rye bread, toppings include Akvavit-cured Var salmon and rare beef. All can be eaten in or taken away.
93 Golborne Road, London W10 5NL; snapsandrye.com
14 Street Kitchen, Broadgate Circle
Street food aficionados Street Kitchen are setting up their first permanent home in Broadgate Circle from 15 June, where their amazing gourmet sandwiches will be dolled out to hungry workers from Monday to Friday. Its signature sandwiches are cut to size, made with focaccia bread and filled with the likes of rare roast beef, salt beef and lobster.
Broadgate Circle,1-2 Exchange Arcade, London EC2M 3WA; streetkitchen.co.uk
15 Ibérica La Terraza, Canary Wharf
Who says sandwiches have to be classic? Not Iberica La Terraza that’s for sure, which puts its Spanish mark on the standard lunchtime meal. Its Bocadillos are made with Spanish sourdough baguettes, deep-filled with the likes of fried squid with lemon alioli; Ibérico ham; Cecina and truffle Arzua cheese, and smoked aubergine.
12 Cabot Square, Cabot Place, London E14 4QQ, 020 7636 8650; ibericarestaurants.com
16 Andina, Shoreditch
Following on with Latin flavour, are Andina’s Chicharron sandwiches, filled with confit of pork belly and camote ketchup in a soft bun, much better than lunch Al Desko. The colourful Peruvian restaurant is one of our favourite spots for breakfast too.
1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DJ, 020 7920 6499; andinalondon.com
17 Holborn Delicatessen, Holborn
One of London’s grandest delicatessens, this smart sandwich shop sits inside The Rosewood hotel London. From the sleek setting sandwiches including roast beef with horseradish mayo; salt beef with tarragon mustard; smoked salmon with cream cheese; ham and cheese baguettes with onion chutney, and goat’s cheese with baby spinach are served – starting at £3.75 a pop – giving that £4 Starbucks purchase a run for its money. There’s also a selection of salads and amazing desserts.
No 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN; holborndiningroom.com
18 Verden, Clapton
If you work round Clapton way, treat yourself to Verden’s very fancy club sandwich, which on Friday’s comes with a glass of wine for £9. Wedged between towering sourdough is lardo, comte, pancetta, green leafs and fresh tomatoes.
181 Clarence Road, Clapton,London, E5 8EE, 0208 986 4723; verdene5.com
19 Ottolenghi Spitalfields
Along with its 70-seater restaurant, the newly-opened Ottolenghi in Spitalfields has a ‘grab and go’ fridge full of amazing sandwiches, pastries, salads and snacks just waiting for you to scoop them up for an easy lunch.
50 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LJ, 020 7247 1999; ottolenghi.co.uk
20 Craft London, Greenwich
Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon have put their very stylish stamp on Greenwich with the opening of Craft London last month. It’s worth visiting to soak up the design alone, but that would be a shame as Steve Parle’s cooking is receiving rave reviews. For a sample of what’s on offer, stop by the café for delicious sandwiches, fresh salads and healthy juices. The sarnies are made using Greenwich Rise bread (which is made in house) and come with the likes of three cheese and bacon, beetroot and goats curd, Smokehouse brisket and pickles and sausages and romesco.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0SQ, 020 8465 5910; craft-london.co.uk