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Published October 2nd 2012
The story behind the first London bagel shop
There is a story behind every significant establishment in London, and the first bagel factory in London is no exception. Located on the East End of London - home to a large Jewish community in the 19th century - Beigel Shop was established in 1855 by two brothers who brought to the country this bread product originally from Poland.
Combining business with family may be risky sometimes; particular interests and antagonism played a part in the story of Beigel Shop. One of the founding brothers left the original establishment and opened his own bagel shop, which would ferociously compete with the original one. That is how Beigel Bake was born. Both located on the same street, Brick Lane, the rivalry between the two establishments was such that the customers who would go to one shop would not go to the other one and vice-versa.
One of the founding brothers opened his own rival bagel shop on the same street as the first one
Such competition has led to the foundation of what are today two of the best bagel shops in the UK, Beigel Shop and Beigel Bake, both open 24 hours, 7 days a week, which is always a plus from competition.
The delicious bagels come with sweet and savoury fillings
Customers can find in Beigel Shop delicious bagels for a very cheap price, including the traditional bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon (only £1.60). The bagels come with both sweet and savoury fillings such as egg, cucumber, prawn, tuna and mayo. Customers can combine and add ingredients any way they like. The sweet fillings comprise jam, honey and peanut butter, among others.