One of the best places to be in East London after an evening enjoying an ample selection of the finest ales has to be Brick Lane, home of the freshly baked beigel.
Two competing bagel businesses stand mere metres apart, and for reasons lost in time, both shun how the rest of the world spells ‘bagel’ and stick to their eccentric ‘beigel’ nomenclature.
The Beigel Bake is probably my favourite of the two, offering traditional Jewish style bagels with fillings such as hot salt beef with mustard, chopped herring, and cream cheese and salmon.
There’s also pastries and sweets and white, rye and black bread. The store says it produces over 7,000 bagels a day, and according to Wikipedia claims to be the oldest bagel shop in London. [—]
The nearby Beigel Shop’s sign counters this claim, boldly asserting that it is the “first and best “beigel shop in Britain. The shop offers a wider varieties of bagels and fillings, some ruddy marvellous cakes as well as pies and pasties.
Both shops are open 24 hours a day offering tasty, cheap food – and they’re usually some very lively street life to be found outside.
Here’s some photos from a recent visit:
Read more: Night at the Brick Lane Beigel Bakery
Beigel Bake (white sign)
159 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 6SB
020 7729 0616
155 Brick Lane, Spitalfields