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

    Yeoman Sergeant Jim Duncan, a Yeoman Warder or Beefeater
    Yeoman Sergeant Jim Duncan, a Yeoman Warder or Beefeater. Credit: Arnhem 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  

    Yeoman Sergeant Jim Duncan, a Yeoman Warder or Beefeater

    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: Arnhem 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: Arnhem 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: Arnhem 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: Arnhem 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: Arnhem 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: Arnhem 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: Arnhem 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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