Londoners’ favourite restaurants – and why you can’t beat pie and mash

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan recommends London's curries. Credit: Arnhel de Serra
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    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  

    Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

    “I know I’m biased, but I think some of London’s best curry houses are in my local area of Tooting. Lahore Karahi is one of many brilliant restaurants in the area, and one where my family, friends and I still eat regularly.” 

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    Yeoman Sergeant Jim Duncan, a Yeoman Warder or Beefeater

    Yeoman Sergeant Jim Duncan, a Yeoman Warder or Beefeater
    Yeoman Sergeant Jim Duncan, a Yeoman Warder or Beefeater. Credit: Arnhel de Serra

    “I’m a vegetarian, and the markets at Covent Garden and St Katherine Docks both have great choices, as well as a fantastic atmosphere.”

     

    Martin Stevens, bus driver

    Martin Stevens, bus driver
    Martin Stevens, bus driver. Credit: Arnhel de Serra

    “At Jimmy’s in Wimbledon, you can mix and match – Chinese, Italian, everything.”

     

    Peter Green, Covent Garden Market florist

    Peter Green, Covent Garden Market florist
    Peter Green, Covent Garden Market florist. Credit: Arnhel de Serra

    “Pie and mash, of course!”

     

    Michael O’Dowdal, doorman at The Ritz

    Michael O’Dowdal, doorman at The Ritz
    Michael O’Dowdal, doorman at The Ritz. Credit: Arnhel de Serra

    “Pie and mash, and jellied eels at L Manze in Walthamstow.”

     

    PC Isabella Grotto, Metropolitan policewoman

    PC Isabella Grotto, Metropolitan policewoman
    PC Isabella Grotto, Metropolitan policewoman. Credit: Arnhel de Serra

    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

    George Major, Pearly King of Peckham
    George Major, Pearly King of Peckham. Credit: Arnhel de Serra

    “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

    Charmaine “Bimbo” Coleman, Chelsea Pensioner
    Charmaine “Bimbo” Coleman, Chelsea Pensioner. Credit: Arnhel de Serra

    “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

    Paul Kirby, black-cab driver
    Paul Kirby, black-cab driver. Credit: Arnhel de Serra

    “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

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