Whether it’s a weekend treat or an essential to get you through one of those days, the humble bacon butty has a place in all of our hearts.
Following the discovery of the most miserable bacon and egg sandwich ever at Edinburgh airport recently, we set out to rectify this dire situation by tracking down London’s most triumphant bacon baps (and you can add eggs, too).
In no particular order, here are the capital’s bacon heros:
We all know that Hawksmoor exec chef Richard Turner is the Godfather of Steak, but he’s pretty good with bacon too as it turns out. At Hawksmoor Guildhall the beauty of the bacon butty is its carefully thought through simplicity. A generous heap of superlative bacon from The Ginger Pig comes in lightly grilled fluffy white bread, anointed with a touch of brown sauce. Perfection.
Find it: 10 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ; thehawksmoor.com
Indian invention: Dishoom’s bacon naan Dishoom
It may not quite be a sandwich but there are few things in the world more genius than Dishoom’s bacon naan roll. Bacon (also from The Ginger Pig) is wrapped inside a freshly baked naan lavished with a little cream cheese, some chilli tomato jam and fresh coriander – then greedily devoured. You can also add egg or opt for a sausage naan roll.
Find it: locations in Covent Garden, Shoreditch and King’s Cross; dishoom.com
St John Bread and Wine
Chunky rashers of salty, smoky Gloucester Old Spot bacon are sandwiched between slabs of homemade, heavily buttered white bread that’s been gently grilled. St John’s tangy own-made ketchup beats Heinz hands down.
Find it: 94-96 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ; stjohngroupuk.com