It's the weekend. You may or may not have overindulged the night before. But you know categorically what you want, nay need, right now is a bacon sandwich. Here's our guide to the best in London right now.
Tucked down a side street in Dalston, in the same courtyard as 40FT Brewery is this wonderful bakery which also provides training and employment to young people caught up in youth violence, who have struggled to find meaningful employment. Oh, and they also do a cracking bacon sarnie too made on their wonderful potato sourdough bread.
Where to find it: Abbot St, London E8 3DP
Photo: Anton Rodriguez
James Packman's street food van landed on the street food scene after five years spent on Bruno Loubet's brigade at Bistrot Bruno Loubet. As befitting anywhere that specialises in bacon sarnies, theirs is rather special featuring a lightly toasted milk bun, bacon butter, their own mushroom ketchup and - the crucial bit this - middle bacon from a butcher in Lancashire who uses pure breed pigs, Berkshire and Middle White which are outdoor reared.
Where to find it: Lamb St, London E1 6EA, Monday to Friday breakfast and lunch
Obviously, you'd expect anywhere with Fergus Henderson's nose-to-tail ethos to turn out a decent bacon sandwich. The one here uses white bread that they make themselves in their own Bermondsey bakery, using a recipe carefully worked on to be soft but structured with a yeasty depth of flavour. The bacon is rare breed – either Old Spot or Tamworth, depending which the farm who supply them have available. The bread and the bacon are both chargrilled, the bread is spread liberally with butter, then the sandwich is served with our own homemade ketchup. Done.
How much? £6.90
Where to find it: 94-96 Commercial St, London E1 6LZ
Photo: Stefan Johnson
Professor Green may recently have declared the tacos at this south London restaurant to be "the absolute guv'nor" but the hordes queueing outside this place for Sunday brunch are also here for the Coal Rooms' amazing bacon sandwich which uses coffee-cured bacon to which they add homemade brown sauce of ketchup and serve in a custard bun.
How much? £6 - choose streaky back or a mixture
Where to find it: Coal Rooms, 11a Station Way, London SE15 4RX
Everyone's favourite Farringdon spot says their bacon sandwich is made up of "two slices of pillowy Little Bread Pedlar white pan loaf, buttered, with smoked streaky and unsmoked back bacon from Tamworth pigs in Yorkshire. brown sauce and or QCH tomato ketchup." We say - do they deliver?
How much? £4.50 take away (or £6 with an Allpress filter coffee), or £5.50 to eat in the café.
Where to find it: 88-94 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3EA