London is a foodie’s paradise. There are literally thousands of restaurants and cafés to choose from. Whether it’s a thin crust pizza or sushi you’re craving, you can stay sure you won’t go hungry!
Such a wide variety of food spots is very good news also for vegetarians. I’ve been to London countless times and always managed to find good (if not excellent) veggie options wherever I went for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Here is my review of four vegetarian sandwiches I had during my most recent stay in London, Nov 20 to 26, 2012.
Ratings: Outstanding / Very good / Mediocre / Bad / Terrible
Paul is a French bakery chain selling also viennoiserie, salads, and sandwiches. They have numerous branches all over London.
I went to their branch inside Paddington station and tried their mozzarella and tomato sandwich with olive ciabatta bread. The sandwich was served hot and tasted okay, far from exceptional. I found the taste a little boring and actually couldn’t taste the basil pesto at all.
Price: 4,90 GBP
Bar Hemia, Marriott Hotel Maida Vale
Bar Hemia is the lounge bar of Marriott Hotel Maida Vale showing live sports on a widescreen TV.
I ordered their goat’s cheese and Mediterranean vegetables hot panini. It was served with very cute-looking potato chips of different flavors.
This was the best sandwich I had in London. I would have ordered a second one, but had to leave for an appointment!
Price: 7,50 €
The Coffee Tree
The Coffee Tree is a coffee and pastry shop on Shirland Road, very close to the building where the lifestyle journalism course I attended was held. The place is really small, with only three tables, making it more suitable for a take-away or a quick lunch break.
I went there twice for lunch and tried both the Brie cheese sandwich with black olive paste, as well as the goat’s cheese sandwich with grilled vegetables and olive oil. Sandwiches come with a salad dressed with a vinaigrette.
Both sandwiches were served hot and tasted very good. I personally found the vinaigrette a bit too strong for my taste, but it really wasn’t bad at all.
Another veggie sandwich they have on their menu is mozzarella with tomatoes and pesto sauce.
Price: 4,40 GBP (3,90 GBP if take-away)
Rating: Very good
Hansom Lounge, St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Hansom Lounge is the spectacular lobby and meeting space of St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, an architectural masterpiece designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. The hotel originally opened in 1873. After six years of renovation, the 5-star luxury hotel reopened last year in May.
I had lunch there at around noon and there were quite a few free tables.
I ordered a sandwich with grilled vegetables, served with truffle potatoes and a small mixed salad, as well as a selection of condiments (ketchup, mustard,…). Since the sandwich was served cold and without cheese, it was quite different from the other veggie sandwiches I had in London. Nevertheless, it tasted very good. I especially liked the potatoes a lot.
Price: 7,90 GBP
Rating: Very good
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