Instagram is sensational, isn’t it? There are more sausage dogs than you could possibly dream of, more sunsets than you could ever even begin to count, more people showing off about their fitness routine than will ever be necessary, and more people holding sandwiches in London locations than… actually we don’t think they’ll ever be enough of those. Sit back, relax, and let our new favourite Instagrammer, @handwiches_, take you on a magical tour of London through his love of carbohydrates…
1. London City Hall, SE1
A super healthy, super tasty looking sarnie filled with falafel, carrot and salad from London’s Kitchen Café.
2. Columbia Road, E2
Though #NotStrictlyASandwich, these beef and barley steamed buns with creamy horseradish sauce will hit the spot. You’ll find them at The Marksman in Hackney.
3. Neal’s Yard, WC2H
A turkey escalope, bacon, mozzarella and tomato sarnie from Earl’s Sandwiches. Nice one, Earl.
4. Waterloo Bridge, SE1
A good ole’ Greggs ham and cheese toastie. Can’t go wrong.
5. Drury Lane, WC2B
Pulled beef with chutney and emmental on sweet potato bread. Yes, sweet potato bread. You’ll find this gem at Piccolina’s, and they often have a stall on Drury Lane.
6. Freemasons’ Hall, WC2B
This is the New Yorker from Benugo. Turkey, crispy bacon, gruyere and tomato with Dijon mustard. What a dream.
7. St Martin’s Lane, WC2N
The köttbullesmörgâs. (Seriously, say that out loud. It’s almost therapeutic). The köttbullesmörgâs is an open meatball sandwich with a beetroot salad. A total nightmare to eat, but a delight nonetheless. Find it at Bageriet, the Swedish bakery.
8. Goldsmith’s University, SE14
The salt beef bagel: a crowd favourite in London. This one’s from The Fat Walrus in New Cross, and it’ll tick all of your salty beefy boxes.
9. Royal Courts of Justice, WC2A
Turkey, bacon and gruyere strike again. But this time all stuffed inside barbeque bread from Birley Sandwiches. Hey, who needs a BLT when you can have a BGT? We’ll take cheese and meat over lettuce and tomato any day of the week.
10. Victoria Park, E3
This one is a homemade ‘Handwiches’ special. It’s duck rillettes and cornichons in a white baguette. Délicieux.
11. Covent Garden, WC2E
A soft shell crab and guacamole bun from On the Bab. We’ll take five, please.
12. Cleopatra’s Needle, Wc2N
Another ‘Handwiches’ own. This one was made with the leftovers of a proper fancy roast dinner. Guinea fowl, stilton and sausage stuffed into a stone baked white bread. The most middle class sarnie we ever did see. (Ps. can we come over on Sunday, please)?
13. Finsbury Park, N4
How do you like your eggs in the morning? Errr, stuffed inside a bap with smoky bacon. You’ll find this one at the Finsbury Park Cafe.
14. Chiswick, W4
Pepperoni, brie, rocket and tomato… what a winning quad? Head to St. John Restaurant and wrap your hands (and your lips) around this.
15. Leather Lane, EC4
How about a spicy falafel wrap from Brothers Cafe? Again, #NotStrictlyASandwich, but eff the rules.
If you’re a big sandwich fan, you’ll be pleased to know that London is getting its very first Sandwich Festival this year.