Lunch isn’t news. After all, eating in the middle of the day has been happening since the Roman times. Throughout the ages, the meal has been dictated by daylight and other tasks that need to be completed more urgently than sating appetites. After getting straight to work in the fields during the morning, one thing was for sure. Everyone was hungry by midday. This is how the midday meal came to pre-date even breakfast or dinner.
While we can’t quite equate modern day London to the Roman Empire, there is a parallel of sorts. Nowadays, the fast pace of London life during the week paves the way for long, lazy lunches at the weekend. One thing that has improved over the centuries is the variety of food on offer at lunchtime. From bread and cheese in the Middle Ages and the humble sandwich created by none other than the Earl of Sandwich in the 1750s, lunchtime menus have become decidedly more inventive ever since.