Brick Lane Beigel Bake
Don't miss the salt beef bagel at this East End institution that's been in business since 1977. These days, late-night clubbers, cab drivers and homesick Americans flock to the tiny space on Brick Lane that is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
159 Brick Ln., E1 6SB; 020 7729 0616
You'll find everything from sun-dried tomato bagels to raisin-and-cinnamon or cheese-and-jalapeño at this national chain. Choose your own toppings, like scrambled egg with bacon and sausage for breakfast or something more healthy like hummus with spinach and tomato. Deli bagel options including crawfish and avocado, smoked salmon deluxe or sweet chile chicken are also available to eat in or take away.
232 Shaftesbury Ave., WC2H 8EG; 020 7240 2055
Traditional kosher bagels at this North London bakery are boiled before they're baked for extra moisture and sweetness, leaving them perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Traditional smoked salmon and cream cheese is a popular choice with the local Jewish community, who flock to the store for supplies on Jewish holidays.
126-128 Golders Green Rd., NW11 8HB; 020 8455 3063
The Happening Bagel Bakery
This Finsbury Park bakery is run by Isaac Cohen, an Israeli with a healthy obsession for bagels. His boiled-and-baked bagels are coated on both sides with sesame or poppy seeds and baked in small batches to ensure they're fresh when served.
284A Seven Sisters Rd., N4 2AA; 020 8809 1519