From where to find the best bacon sandwich to a pie shop that uses 19th-century recipes, we asked Londoners for their favourite cafes and restaurants in the capital
Yeoman Sergeant Jim Duncan, a Yeoman Warder or Beefeater
Martin Stevens, bus driver
At Jimmy’s in Wimbledon, you can mix and match – Chinese, Italian, everything.
Peter Green, Covent Garden Market florist
Pie and mash, of course!
Michael O’Dowdal, doorman at The Ritz
Pie and mash, and jellied eels at L Manze in Walthamstow.
PC Isabella Grotto, Metropolitan policewoman
Fernando’s, a café on St Martin’s Lane in Covent Garden, sells the best bacon sandwiches. I go there for breakfast with my team.
George Major, Pearly King of Peckham
I’m partial to pie and mash and liquor. There’s a good M.Manze in Peckham, south east London.
Charmaine “Bimbo” Coleman, Chelsea Pensioner
You can’t beat pie and mash, and liquor. M.Manze on Tower Bridge Road is brilliant. It’s the oldest pie shop in London and uses traditional 19th-century recipes.
Paul Kirby, black-cab driver
My favourite local is a Greek restaurant on Uxbridge Road called Vine Leaves Taverna. The same couple have run it for 25 years – it’s a proper family place.
Interviews by Marianka Swain