Pret A Manger, London

There are a couple of different sandwich chains that are scattered all over London. I visited one called Pret A Manger for a quick bite to eat before heading over to the Royal Academy of Arts for their Real Van Gogh exhibit (which was one of the best special exhibits that I’ve seen in a long time, by the way).

Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger

It was really, really busy inside. And yes, they sell porridge for breakfast! I found the sign interesting but I never did try it for myself.

sandwich cooler

sandwich cooler

Pret serves a number of different sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, pastries, coffee, tea, etc. The line up was pretty long for the hot food but I grabbed a quick, ready-made sandwich instead. I had a plethora of options to choose from. Posh cheddar and pickle? Pole and line caught tuna? Crayfish and rocket (a.k.a. arugula)?

Baguette and drink

Baguette and drink

After much thought (and while sneaking photos of the sandwich cooler), I finally settled on the  Topside of Beef and Rocket on an Artisan Baguette as well as a Vanilla Bean and Honey Yoghurt drink. The baguette was filled with slices of medium-rare beef, English mustard, red onion, and peppery rocket. The yogurt drink (or should I spell it yoghurt) was made of yogurt, apple juice, honey and vanilla. You could even see vanilla bean flecks throughout the drink. Everything in the meal was fresh, preservative-free, and delicious.

And bonus, I even managed to snag a table once I paid for my meal!

Pret A Manger
Various locations throughout the UK, Hong Kong, and a few in the USA
www.pret.com

P.S. As I left I noticed the building across the street – Fortnum & Mason, a high-end grocery store, tea shop and department store that was founded in 1707. I didn’t have time go in and explore though, so unfortunately I only got a shot of the outside.

Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason

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8 thoughts on “Pret A Manger, London

  1. Hey cool. I was in London with my man two years ago and I was pretty impressed with the casual grab-n-go food in London. I remember getting a really good pasta salad at Marks and Spencers!! I mean, I used to buy underwear at Marks and Spencers. Now they have a really good deli section. Do you think a Pret-a-Manger would work in Canada? It would be nice to have an upscale sandwich and snack place here.

    • In Edmonton, I think it would work for the downtown lunch crowd for sure. For some place like Vancouver I think it would probably work for multiple locations….

      I think I saw more M&S Simply Food stores than I did of the actual department stores! When I was in London a couple of years ago I ate quite a few meals via an M&S because it was near my hotel. This time, Tescos were pretty busy because they were offering recession deals.

  2. I miss all the amazing foodie places in London. I agree with Jennifer, The UK really does pre packaged lunches well! I lived there in 2007 for 8 months and sometimes just went into the marks and spencer food hall for entertainment! i believe I have photos of the cheese section!

    Flashbacks, I also visited that Pret-a-manger before visiting the art gallery!

    • What exhibit did you see? It was my first visit to that one and I loved it. Although the way they handled the crowds and admission could have used a lot more improvement!

  3. Wonderful post! We were in there snooping, too. Well, I was! Vanja waited at the door with a loving little smirk on his face. :)
    AND I did get into Fortnum and Mason… best place there, apparently for traditional English Tea… I have yet to post it. It is with my Harrod’s Food Floor posts… still waiting to “come out”! :)
    Valerie

  4. oc says:

    Hi I LOVE!! Pret! I visited and lived there and it’s awesome… infact so awesome that I talked to some of the people in thier head office, who said that they currently don’t have plans to expand anywhere in the world. Their main goal is to expand more in the UK… the NY locations are the only expansion, if they go anywhere else it won’t be for at least 10 years!

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