The Best Cheese Toasties In London

Where to find the simple snack done to perfection

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It's no surprise London has embraced the cheese toastie, one of the all-time classic comfort foods.

Here's where you can currently find London's best offerings.

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The New Opening: The Melt Room

This small café has created big talk since it's announcement earlier this year. Open from 7am until late, The Melt Room – a Soho establishment specialising in the delicacy – is ready to fulfill your breakfast, lunch and dinner requirements. Word on the street is the Rare Roast Beef alongside Sparkenhoe Red Leicester is a taste to be experienced sooner rather than later. Equipped with 12 seats and the promise of cheesy tunes (see what they did there?), get yourself down to The Melt Room post-haste. Too far to travel for lunch? The planned local delivery service will see to that in the near future.

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26 Noel Street, Soho, London W1F 8GY


The Market Classic: Kappacasein 

No self-respecting market should be without a cheese stall and – thanks to Kappacasein – Borough Market has its fix. A regular of 15 years, if you haven't already braved the fromage-flocking crowd and tasted their beloved Poilane sourdough toastie, make immediate plans to do so. All toasties merge Montgomery Cheddar and Ogleshield with Comte cheeses and are topped off with five types of onion; no wonder it's a firm favourite in London's foodie heaven.

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Borough Market, SE16 4RP, 07837 756852, kappacasein.com


The Festival Fixture: The Cheese Truck

As well as a fixed location in Maltby Street Market, The Cheese Truck is considered to be the festival circuit's signature cheese supplier. Cooked up by Matt Carver following his travels in the US, the truck – a disused ice cream van named Archie – prides itself on bearing locally sourced and free range produce. If you ask us, you should opt for the grilled cheddar and onion sandwich; priced at a mere fiver, the toastie is baked using Italian sourdough with Keen's cheddar and Montgomery’s Ogleshield bursting from the slices. You can even add bacon for a quid... and you're still here, why?

Maltby Street, Southwark, SE1 3PA, thecheesetruck.co.uk

The Secret Recipe: Sager and Wilde

Sager and Wilde – predominantly known for its extensive wine list – has another reason to visit: their gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. What cheese does it contain? Well, head chef James de Jong has remained tight-lipped on that. So what better excuse to get yourself down to the trendy Hackney brick bar, close your eyes and take a bite in the knowledge you could well be tasting London's best kept secret.

193 Hackney Road, E2 8JL, 020 8127 7330, sagerandwilde.com


The Lunchtime Staple: Grill My Cheese

With an indefinite residency on Leather Lane, mobile stand Grill My Cheese is the brainchild of Nisha and Nishma – two people who love cheese toasties so much they decided to share their unique takes on the delicacy with the public. While the classic G.M.C. toastie merges their signature artisan cheese blend with flavoursome béchamel sauce, it's the Baby Got Mac that'll ensure your return; the mac 'n' cheese, BBQ sauce and pulled pork combination will leave you walking away repeating their mantra: 'Life is great. Cheese is better.'

Leather Lane, EC1N 7YH, Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm, grillmycheese.co.uk
 

The Late Night Offering: Duck and Waffle

If you find yourself strolling around London's financial district in the early hours, remember the name: Duck and Waffle. Situated on the 47th floor of Heron Tower, the 24-hour restaurant boasts a late night menu perfect for lining the stomach after multiple bottles of wine. Let's be honest, munching on grilled gruyere cheese and ox cheek sandwiches while overlooking the capital at three am is simply too good an experience to turn down – even if it is on the pricier side at £13.

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY, 020 3640 7310, duckandwaffle.com
 

The Bargain Option: Ye Olde Mitre Tavern  

Sometimes it's acceptable for cheese toasties to be exactly what they say on the tin: toasted bread with some classic cheddar plonked in the middle. Order one in Ye Olde Mitre Tavern – situated near Farringdon underground – and you'll be served a plateful of appetising sarnies. The best thing? They're £1.50 a pop, meaning a stock-up when you're getting the next round in is practically mandatory.

Ely Court, 1 Ely Place, EC1N 6SJ, 020 7405 4751, yeoldemitreholborn.co.uk


The Vegetarian Offering: The Waiting Room

This niche diner in London's south east is a popular hangout, aided no doubt by their cheese toasties, which are adored by veggies, vegans and meat-eaters alike. Loaded with the signature Deptford Death Sauce (a secret spicy recipe made with habanero peppers), you'll find a visit well worth your time. Stick around for the free library; you can take books home, just as long as you donate one on your next visit.

142 Deptford High Street, SE8 3PQ, 07968 036562, no website

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