A year on from its launch, London’s first fully vegan pie shop Young Vegans continues to wow Camden’s hungry hordes with its meat-free marvels. We love its traditional steak-and-ale number, but for sheer carby comfort it has to be the katsu curry pie. Panko-coated seitan ‘chick’n’ cutlets are smothered in a rich Japanese curry sauce and encased in Young Vegans’ signature glossy pastry. You can get it with a mountain of mash, but this one’s best with the dunkable fries. £7 (with mash or fries and gravy).
Slice through the history of London and you’ll see pies galore: they were name-checked in Samuel Pepys’s diaries, infamously filled with human flesh in the London legend of Sweeney Todd, and a staple meal for the working classes of the East End in the nineteenth century. Bottom line: Londoners love a pie. Here are the best in the city.