They say in London you’re never more than six feet from a coffee shop, but Pret has a special place in the city’s heart. Founded here in the mid-1980s, with the first opening in Hampstead, Pret A Manger has since spread across the world and attained near-Starbucks-level ubiquity in the capital. There’s nary a London high street without a branch – so it’s not too surprising that one of the city’s most Googled questions in 2017 was ‘How many Pret A Mangers in London?’.
We reckoned that question deserved an official answer, so we hit the company up for some juicy stats. According to Pret’s people, there are 237 shops in the city – an average of seven per borough – including three meat-free Veggie Prets. The biggest of all is the branch on Old Broad Street in the City. And the expansion continues: last year, 14 new Prets opened across London. As for how to get a free coffee… well, you’ll have to work that one out for yourself.