English Breakfast, Sarnies, Roman Ruins and a Rolls

Lunch options near our office on Gresham Street are sparse — so we headed down the block to Piccollo, a small cafe in a old pre-war building. It’s a favorite with taxicab drivers looking for a cheap lunch or the traditional English Breakfast, which is served pretty much all day.

A line of London taxicabs parked for a breakfast break. A brand new London Black Cab goes for a whopping £34,000 ($68,000)

A late model Rolls-Royce sedan — presumably the driver wants his breakfast too.

What it says.

English Breakfast, a cabbie’s favorite.

We’re not done with this post yet, chaps. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link for more.

When I ordered the “Jacket Potatoes with Egg, Ham and Cheese” I had no idea what I was going to get, because our Portuguese server could barely speak English.

A chicken filet sarnie with cheddar cheese, English bacon (excellent) and lettuce and tomato.

Chuck ordered a Chicken Curry.

Church of St. Anne and St. Agnes on Gresham Street. Rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the great fire of London in 1666, and re-consecrated in 1680. Following severe bomb damage during World War II, the Lutheran Church assisted in restoring the building according to Wren’s design. In 1966 it was re-hallowed and dedicated for
Lutheran worship.

A glance down one of the side streets.

A Roman Fort, part of the original first and second century London defenses which was uncovered by the London Blitz. The entire Gresham Street neighborhood was almost completely destroyed by the German bombing raids. Today the neighborhood is surrounded by tall office buildings. Its rare to find evidence of the Blitz in London, so this was a particulary amazing find to see it in the middle of the modern city.

4 Responses to English Breakfast, Sarnies, Roman Ruins and a Rolls

  1. MJP says:

    Jason, I don’t know how you can stomach English bacon. How did you manage not to break a tooth on the bone they leave in? ;-;

    The good thing about it, though, is you can just eat the meaty bits and not the fat if you so desire (which I did; crispy bacon fat FTW)

  2. I believe the bacon they use on the sandwiches is Streaky Bacon, which is analogous to the American-style bacon we use at home. Its not the same as what they use in English Breakfast. Its still “English” bacon but the fat content is different as well as the type of pigs that are used.

  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon

    In theory, what I had on the sandwich could have been regular English “back” bacon with the tough sinewy stuff removed. I didn’t look at it that closely, I just ate it. :)

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