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Max Halley’s Top 5 Sandwiches in London

Max Halley, owner of the award-winning Max’s Sandwich Shop, shares his Top 5 sandwich spots in London.

paul rothe & son

Paul Rothe & Son. Max says, ‘Go sit in there on your own, have a cup of strong tea and a hot smoked salmon, cucumber, pickles and horseradish sarnie. On brown bread. If Mary Poppins had a favourite sarnie shop… I always feel a bit like Withnail in the Penrith Tea Room in there.’

Paul Rothe & Son, 35 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2NN


taberna do mercado

Taberna do Mercado. Max says, ‘Pork Bifana. Yeast Mayo. Fennel. Heaven.’

Taberna do Mercado, Old Spitalfields Market, 107B Commercial Street, E1 6BG


the eagle

The Eagle. Max says, ‘Steak sandwich. If you dare, ask if you “could have a bit of horseradish?” “No,” they will say. And it doesn’t need it.’

The Eagle, 159 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3AL


The General

Chick ‘N’ Sours. Max says, ‘The General. They call it a sandwich on the menu (not a chicken burger), which will do for me. One of the most delicious things in the world ever.’

Chick ‘N’ Sours, 1a Earlham Street, WC2H 9LL; 390 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA


montys deli

Monty’s Deli or Black Axe Mangal. Max says, ‘The Reuben. When I have an itch for a Reuben I couldn’t pick between these two! I’d rather have Lee and Tristram or Mark and Owen scratch that itch than anyone else on the planet. Fact.’

Monty’s Deli, 227–229 Hoxton Street, N1 5LG

Black Axe Mangal, 156 Canonbury Road, N1 2UP


greasy spoon bap

The Greasy Spoons of London. Max says, ‘My girlfriend Holly (of Wine’n’Rind fame) is an incredible breakfaster and we both have a deep love of greasy spoons. I always take great joy in ordering: “bacon, fried egg, sausage, hash browns… in a sandwich.” And covering it all in chilli sauce.’