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15 Cheese Toasties You Must Eat Before You Die

Bread + cheese = heaven.

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An important note re: "grilled cheese" vs "toastie": The Guardian explains that "a grilled cheese sandwich is buttered on the outside and cooked in a pan, and the toastie is buttered on the inside and, well, toasted." For the purposes of this article, we'll cover both toasties and grilled cheeses.

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2. Grill My Cheese, Clerkenwell

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This grilled cheese will knock your socks off – not least because of the combination of oozing cheese and a silky bechamel sauce. If you want to take it up a level try the "Baby Got Mac" – it's got pulled pork AND mac n' cheese.

Nearest station: Farringdon

3. The Gun, Homerton

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A wonderful local craft beer pub with a range of toasties. The cheese toastie is great, but if you wanted to push the boat out, they do a really good soy mushroom and cheese one too. The nicest bit? Each sandwich is served with a side of homemade pickles.

Nearest station: Homerton

4. The Cheese Truck, various locations

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LOOK AT ALL THIS CHEESE. JUST LOOK AT IT. Their signature sandwich includes a touch of red onion, but you could also get fancier and go for the goat's cheese, honey, walnut and rosemary sandwich.

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6. Sager and Wilde, Hackney

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This friendly wine bar has not only a great selection of drinks (sherry and tonic, anyone?) but also a nice range of toasties. Obvi the cheese one is delicious, but if you wanted to go further afield, the artichoke, pecorino and romesco sandwich is a delight.

Nearest station: Hoxton

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7. Frank's Café, Southwark

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Sourdough three-cheese grilled cheeses may come and go. But you'll always want a good toastie. Frank's is a great local caff, where you'll be hard pushed to pay over £1.50 for a fantastic toastie bursting with cheese. (You may have a favourite local caff that you'd like to mention. Let us know in the comments!)

Nearest station: Southwark

8. Loves Company, Old Street

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A cocktail bar that also serves cheese toasties? What more could you want? Note that the toasties come with Branston Pickle, which might be a step too far for some purist palettes.

Nearest station: Old Street

9. The Frenchie, Various locations

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This stall might be best known for their amazing confit duck burger, but their raclette toastie deserves a moment too. Raclette cheese, emmental, a touch of red onion, and truffle oil. Delicious.

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10. The Old George, Bethnal Green

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The grilled cheese at the Old George is so intense (chutney! chives! mustard!) that the best option is to split it with a friend. One of you gets the cheese one, the other gets the bacon one (above). Half and half, job's a good 'un.

Nearest station: Bethnal Green

11. Deeney's, Broadway Market

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We can make a special exception for this toastie, which features endless cheddar, as well as haggis. Too delicious to exist. Must be eaten.

Nearest station: London Fields

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13. Ye Olde Mitre, Holborn

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The toasties at the Mitre aren't fancy, but sometimes all you want is some cheese on white bread. Especially when you've got a pint on the go. Bonus, they're pretty affordable (under £2) so you can have as many rounds as you like.

Nearest station: Farringdon

14. Melt Room, Soho

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This grilled-cheese only restaurant opens May 26, and most excitingly, will deliver locally. In terms of sandwiches, the above is "The Classic" – sourdough and cheddar – but if you're more adventurous, maybe look out for the "Slow and Low Lamb Shoulder" – with "mustard dressed greens and melted Swiss". Can't wait.

Nearest station: Oxford Circus

15. An honourable mention for Spuntino, Soho

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Spuntino's cheese and truffle toast with an egg is like a mega-glam Croque Madame. Look at all the oozing fontina. You can forgive it not being a closed sandwich when the cheese looks like that.

Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus

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