You really can't get more London than a visit to M.Manze - you really, really can't. Should you wish to actually get an idea of what Londoners would consider their favourite fast food dish, long before the bright colours and stand-out logos of American brands descended into domination of the London high streets - pie, mash and licquor ruled.
What's more - have a look at the shops and you'll see that nothing much has changed since 1902, in fact you could say that things have only improved - thanks to the increased hygiene standards and quality controls that we take for granted today.
What to do then? Well find yourself an authentic wooden bench seat in one of the two original shops - Tower Bridge or Peckham - both venues have been awarded Blue Plaques to recognise their importance to the history of London (though there is now also a shop open in Sutton too). Then go to the counter and order your food, which is really very simple. You have a choice of meat pies, eels (either stewed or jellied), mash and liquor - a special kind of sauce to pour over the food, the equivalent of gravy.
Want to remember the experience? Well, why not have a look at some of the souvenir gifts you can buy also, to remind you of the time you ate a little bit of history.