About Time You Tried: London’s Best Bagels for National Bagel DayBy Alicia Grimshaw
Did you now it’s National Bagel Day today? We didn’t know it was a thing either, until a press release dropped into our inbox, but any excuse to eat a cracking bagel, we say. Here’s our guide to London’s best bagels – grab your friends and make your way through this list of sweet, carby goodness:
London’s Best Bagels: Ultimate Guide
Order: Salt Beef Bagel – fresh bagel, mustard and salt beef.
The 411: Beigel Bake is a London institution. An icon. A voice of the people. And no London list worth its salt beef would fail to include either here or its bitterest rival, Beigel Shop which is situated just two doors up on Brick Lane. The service is dire, the place is run down but when the food looks, smells and tastes this good who cares about the lack of fancy pants furniture. Chewy, hot and salty – perfect post late night drinking grub.
Where: 159 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB
Order: Salt Beef Bagel – hot salt beef, gherkin and mustard bagel.
The 411: The war of the best bagel battles rages on. And we aren’t one for picking sides – so grab one from each. Sorted. One of London’s best bagels when you need something warm and filling. Beigel Shop serve hot, squishy bagel filled with their moist salt beef and punchy pickles. While other fillings are available, stick to their most popular bagel. The staff here smile through the hordes of hungry bagel eaters who clamour for attention. No matter how grey the day, this place brings the sun out.
Where: 155 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB
Order: Chicken Avocado Bagel – plain bagel with chicken breast, tapenade, avocado, tomato and parmesan.
The 411: Cut B Bakery Bagel Bar, and the team would bleed yeast and flour. These guys have been baking bagels since way back when, with all bagels made to a closely guarded family recipe. They’re as fresh as they come, and best eaten straight out of the oven. The menu is a playground of different fillings, but the chicken and avocado one is a belter. For something deliciously different, try the bagel stuffed with an omelette, cream cheese, sliced tomato and sliced pickles.
Where: 236D Fulham Rd, London SW10 9NB
Order: Smoked salmon served on a bagel with cream cheese, lemon and black pepper
The 411: One of London’s best bagels for those days when nothing but carbs will do. Tongue and Brisket are the godfathers of the salt beef life. They’ve brined more salt beef than you’ve had hot school dinners. Their salt beef sandwiches on rye bread are legendary, with the chicken schnitzel a firm AT team favourite. But their smoked salmon on a bagel is a nod to the simple pleasures in life: a delicate coat of cream cheese, cracked black pepper and a mouthful of good quality salmon. We’ve got a hella’ lot of time for Tongue and Brisket.
Where: 199 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8JP and 22 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7SU
Order: Signature New York Reuben Bagel Melt – pulled salt beef brisket, cheddar cheese and sauerkraut on a brick lane bagel, smothered in homemade Russian dressing and then grillled till crisp.
The 411: Good grief. Ghetto Grillz have seriously upped the bagel game with their meat-tastic, over-the-top, is-this-too-good-to-be-true offering. They sell bagels with a massive hit of NYC love, think melt-in-the mouth salt beef with gooey, melted cheese and a whole host of condiments. Go for their famed Reuben bagel; order anything else, and it would just be blasphemy.
Where: Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
Order: The Lord Rupert – salt beef, pickled cabbage, Dijon mayonnaise, melted cheddar and dill pickles.
The 411: Bell and Brisket used to peddle their salt beef creations on the London street food circuit. Now, they serve their famed beefy numbers down at Pop Brixton, along with a few new menu additions. People rave (including us), about their Lord Rupert bagel and it’s easy to see why: melted molten cheese, tangy pickled cabbage, hunks of freshly brined salt beed and lashings of Dijon mayonnaise. We love.
Where: Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, London SW9 8PQ
Order: Fat Bastard – beef, homemade salt beef and a fried egg.
The 411: It was only a matter of time until some bright spark decided it was time to stick a burger between a bagel. And those bright sparks are The London Bagel Co. These guys have created three new burger bagels featuring all kinds of quirky flavour combos. Grab a napkin and bite into their fat bastard; prepare for your chin to be hit with sweet, meat juices and your face to be covered in sauce. It’s a sit down and appreciate this bagel in all its glory kind of situation. One of London’s best bagels in our books.
Where: 6 Lamb St, London E1 6EA
Order: Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel.
The 411: Walking into Ronie’s feels like your popping round to your gran’s for a cup of tea. Ronnie’s bagels are chewier than others on this list, but that’s why we love them. This is a good solid Jewish bagel – a firm outside, with a squishy inside. The smell is sweet. And the taste is out of this world. Take it from us, the poppy seeded bagel is by far the most superior bread-y number on their menu. A bagel with a slice of decent conversation? We’re sold.
Where: 250 West End Ln, London NW6 1LG
The 411: Carmelli Bakery bake some of the best bagels in London. Hands down. This old school Jewish bakery has stood the test of time with their outrageously good, freshly boiled bagels to lock in the flavour. Open their door and your hit with the overpowering scent of bread. The shop is open late, ideal for feeding your night time bagel cravings. FYI – it’s cash only. One of London’s best bagels when you want to get fancy at home, for sure.
Where: 126-128 Golders Green Rd, London NW11 8HB
Order: Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel.
The 411: The Bakery shows real commitment to the quality of their offering. Bagels are baked and boiled in the traditional way in batches throughout the day for absolute freshness. Fillings are deep and generous and there is a huge array of accompaniments available upon which to really indulge. The smell of the bakery alone was enough to see it end up on this list. Forget your piped supermarket scents, Happening is warm and fragrant, with wonderful service and a big ol’ bagel. Perfect.
Where: 284A Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2AA