Ahhhh the good ol’ Christmas sarnie. Everyone’s favourite chatter in the office throughout December – well, before talk turns to who’s got off with who at the Christmas party anyway – each year in Blighty we’re blessed with some bloody delicious Christmas sandwiches. 2022 is no different, with both meat feasts and vegan-friendly versions on the menu. So, without further ado, here’s our rundown of the best Christmas sandwiches in London this festive period:
1. Turkey & Trimmings at Benugo
Benugo has announced its new range of seasonal sandwiches, festive treats and cockle-warming hot drinks with a selection of products available in all Benugo locations across the UK – including in their John Lewis Cafes.
Designed to incorporate all the ingredients you’d use in your Christmas larder, they’ve got everything here from ‘Nuts About Christmas’ – a delicious concoction of vegan nut roast and grilled carrot wrap – to ham hock with smoked cheddar and apple chutney. However, if we had to pick one Christmas sarnie, we’d probably hedge our bets on the classic ‘Turkey & Trimmings’, served alongside crispy bacon, nut roast, chilli jam and crispy onion. We’re practically salivating at the thought…
You’ll find Benugo in numerous different locations across London and beyond. You can find out more here.
2. THE NATALE at Mondo Sando
The boys at Mondo Sando have already made a hell of wave across South London since they started back in lockdown, and have since branched into the world of banging Sunday roasts. They show no sign of slowing down anytime soon if their Christmas sandwich is anything to go by.
Billed as ‘THE NATALE’, it takes inspiration from a traditional Italian Christmas dinner, and features Tuscan herbed turkey with all the trimmings. The best part of all – it even comes with a pot of gravy for dunking. What more could you ask for?
You’ll find Mondo Sando at The White Horse in Peckham and at The Grove Tavern in Camberwell. You can find out more here.
3. Boxing Day Leftovers Sandwich at The Little Scarlet Door
Next up on this festive sandwiches roundup is the ‘Boxing Day Leftovers Sandwich’ at The Little Scarlet Door – one of the best late night cocktail bars in Soho. Available throughout the whole of the festive season, it comes packed with juicy turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and rocket – plus a gravy dip of course.
Plus, if you’ve room for dessert, then you can make your way through baby Guinness vegan chocolate truffles doused in whisky vegan double cream – or simply head to the bar for a shot. It is Christmas after all…
You’ll find The Little Scarlet Door at 12-13 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DL. Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road.
4. Festive Toastie at WAVE
When it comes to vegan Christmas sandwiches, you’ll be more than satisfied with this one. As the name suggests, it’s actually a toastie, but let’s not let that tiny little detail get in the way shall we?
Set to rival any other Christmas sandwich in London out there, it’s a magical concoction of gravy marinated roast ‘chicken’, stuffing, sprouts, crispy onions, pink slaw and homemade horseradish and cranberry sauce – all nestled together in a warm and crispy ciabatta. WAVE (AKA We Are Vegan Everything) are also celebrating the recent opening of their second spot in Stoke Newington, so now you’ve got two places in East London where you can indulge!
You’ll find WAVE at 11 Dispensary Lane Hackney, E8 1FT and at 1A Evering Road, Stoke Newington, N16 7QA. Nearest stations are Hackney Central and Stoke Newington.
5. Smoked Turkey Sandwich at Gail’s
With a seasonally-changing menu consisting of goodies including chocolate and hazelnut buns, mozzarella, tomato and pesto focaccia and sticky date and coconut babka buns, there’s plenty to satiate all manner of both sweet and savoury teeth at popular bakery chain Gail’s.
However, this Crimbo they’re pulling out all the stops and are not only offering some delectable mince pies, but they’re also rustling up a ‘Smoked Turkey Sandwich’ too. Expect free-range smoked turkey with Mayfield Swiss cheese, spicy homemade chipotle mayo and even bacon jam! Only the best at Gail’s…
You’ll find Gail’s in numerous different locations across London and beyond. You can find out more here.
6. Festive Falafel & Squash at Pret
Behemoth chain Pret always pulls the stops out when it comes to Christmas sandwiches, and this year’s no different with their ‘Christmas Lunch Baguette’ and ‘Brie and Cranberry’ back on the menu.
However, this year they’re also unleashing the ‘Festive Falafel & Squash’ into the ether – a tasty mix of herby roasted butternut squash topped off with sweet potato falafel, their brand of Christmas pesto, pickled cabbage and carrot – finished off with port and orange cranberry sauce and vegan sage mayo too. Phew!
You’ll find Pret in numerous different locations across London and beyond. You can find out more here.
7. Bauble & Squeak with Sage Mayo Grilled Wrap at LEON
Now this one’s a great addition to this Christmas sandwiches in London roundup. A delicious, plant-forward option, this Christmas enjoy a baked fritter – made with seasonal root veg, chestnuts, orange and herbs – dressed with caramelised onion and sage mayo. Added to this, it’s topped off with crispy onions and spiced pickled red cabbage. It’s bubble & squeak at its Christmassy peak and it also just happens to be vegan! Winner, winner.
You’ll find LEON in numerous different locations across London and beyond. You can find out more here.
8. 12 Layers of Christmas at M&S
Ah yes – the M&S Christmas sandwiches are always a winner. But this year they’ve gone all out with their 12-layer Christmas club conveniently called the ‘12 Layers of Christmas’.
For just under a fiver, you’ll get to indulge in two slices of oatmeal bread, classic roast British chicken, maple bacon, cranberry chutney, stuffing, spinach, spiced pickled red cabbage, gravy mayo and another slice of oatmeal bread (but of course). So whenever you’re feeling peckish you best hot foot it to your nearest branch of M&S.
You’ll find M&S in numerous different locations across London and beyond. You can find out more here.
9. Merry Squash-mas Toastie at Ole & Steen
Another toastie here – this time at the chic Ole & Steen who, sticking to their Danish roots, are aiming to create a ‘Hygge Wonderland’ this Crimbo. They’ve got their ‘Turkey Roastie Toastie’ – packed full of roast turkey, stuffing, tarragon mayo, cranberry sauce, Cheddar and spinach – but it’s their ‘Merry Squash-mas’ that we’re really bowled over by.
Vegan-friendly, it combines two slices of focaccia filled with roast squash, vegan stuffing, vegan tarragon mayo, cranberry sauce, Violife cheese and spinach. In a word – get in our belly!
You’ll find Ole & Steen in numerous different locations across London and beyond. You can find out more here.
10. Camembert and Red Grape at PAUL
Nothing says Christmas like an oozing wheel of camembert and a side of juicy red grapes, so the staff at PAUL figured – why not make a Christmas sarnie out of it? Served on a crusty sesame seed baguette, it’s topped off with cranberry sauce, mayonnaise and batavia. They’re also doing their staple ‘vegan trimmings’ and ‘Christmas turkey’ sarnies too.
You’ll find PAUL in numerous different locations across London. You can find out more here.
11. Taste the Difference Hot Smoked Salmon Sandwich at Sainsbury’s
Our penultimate addition to this Christmas sandwiches in London roundup is one from Saino’s, which is great for anyone looking to spice up their weekly meal deal when you’re on your lunch break.
A delectable mix of hot smoked salmon, mayonnaise, spinach, crème fraîche, onion, lemon vinaigrette, lemon juice, capers and dill on rye bread – it is bloody delicious and will get your right in the festive feels. Mulled wine anyone?
You’ll find Sainsbury’s in numerous different locations across London and beyond. You can find out more here.
12. Turkey Roast Dinner Pasty at West Cornwall Pasty Co.
Rounding off this best Christmas sandwiches in London roundup is… well, it’s not a sandwich. It’s a pasty. But it’s a whole roast dinner in a pasty, so we figured we had to include it!
Billed as the ‘Turkey Roast Dinner Pasty’ (duh) it involves golden, hand-crimped shortcrust pastry, filled with turkey, mini roast potatoes, sweet parsnips and cranberries, pork and sage stuffing, gravy and, of course, one or two Brussels sprouts for good measure. Sign. Us. Up.
You’ll find the West Cornwall Pasty Co. in numerous different locations across London and beyond. You can find out more here.
So there you have it – a roundup of the best Christmas sandwiches in London for 2022. It’s the time to get merry and put on some weight, so loosen up that waistband and gorge yourself silly!