By KS Tong
When I started working in the City 8 years ago, independent sandwich shops were a dime a dozen. Although their locations differed, the theme was always the same; small, intimate and, surprisingly, Italian. But one by one, they started to shut down and in their place now stands a chain (more often than not, a Pret or EAT). So I made an oath to my stomach that every time I passed an independent sandwich shop on my commute, I’d go in and get a bagel. Here is the list of my personal top 10 haunts – what’s yours?
The upper crust sandwich bar
Hidden away down an alley way off Fenchurch Street, this gem is known to the locals and is also buzzing.
A city institution entrenched in Callum Street. Lines here are not uncommon and for good reason – these guys known how to make a sandwich.
Another of Fenchurch Street’s finest, don’t be put off by the choice in colour scheme; the bagel is worth it.
On Birchin Lane, a stone’s throw away from the Bank of England, patrons here testify to the value of loyalty and I’m proud to join the ranks.
Regis snack bar
Right in the heart of Leadenhall Market and next to Lloyd’s of London, the bagel here is matched only by the chat that accompanies it.
Small and intimate, this place seems almost out of place on Bishopsgate, but it has earned its place.
You can’t talk about Bagels and not mention this place. If you love bagels, this is your sacred place.
Brisket Bell at the Barley Mow
New kids on the block in the grand scheme of things, but the salt beef bagel here is proper old school.
Sandwiched between the Walkie Talkie and Planation Place, Ideals quietly goes about its business serving up some real comfort in a bagel.
Little Gatsby sandwich bar
I have a real soft spot for Moorgate’s little gem on Telegraph Street. Those who know it, know.
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