Trade ( is an award-winning independent  group of coffee shops and eateries, serving up London’s best sandwiches, home-made quality food and specialty coffee across three unique locations in the Capital.

Founded by Alex Stone & Frank Boltman in 2014, Trade has been voted UK Best Independent Café platinum award. It opened its first site on Commercial Street and now has two more on Old Street and Essex Road along with a catering service, dinner menu, cocktails and its own TRADE made sauces.

Trade is more than a local coffee shop, it is the capital’s leading sandwich destination, brunch beacon and all-day café. It has its own smokery and bakery, producing fresh cakes and smoked meat daily, and serves creative, TRADE made dishes that won’t be found on anyone else’s menu along with uncommonly good service. It uses only the best seasonal ingredients from local, ethical farms and growers.

Trade arguably makes the best sandwiches in London; they taste homemade but are expertly assembled for the perfect texture and exact ratio of sauce, filling and bread. The exciting and eclectic menu spans reinvented classics, ground-breaking plant-based serves and original hot sandwiches for a modern London audience.

From decadently juicy pastrami piled high on East End Rye in a deliciously messy serve to Trade’s take on a classic Club made with grilled halloumi and house-made smoked tomato chilli jam, these are the sandwiches of dreams. Each one is guaranteed to induce cravings from the moment the last crumb has been eaten.

Trade’s signature sandwich is the Reuben and London’s delicious answer to NY’s iconic Katz Deli serve. This is the ultimate sandwich, piled high with hot and juicy house-smoked pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and finished with Trade’s dangerously addictive TRADE-Secret Sauce, sandwiched between slices of East End Rye bread.

Trade’s Mushrooben is a plant-based, dynamic interpretation of the classic Reuben. It is filled with peppery, umami rich mushroom pastrami, sauerkraut, melting vegan cheese and Trade’s vegan Secret Sauce, sandwiched between slices of East End Rye bread. Zingy pickles are served on the side.

Trade’s other sandwich options include:

Cuban Club (Smoked Turkey, Ham, Swiss Cheese, Cranberry Jam, Trade Sauce, Lettuce, Brioche Bun)
Halloumi Club (Grilled Halloumi, Smoked Tomato Chilli Jam, Lettuce, Olive Tapenade, Tomato, Avocado, Burnt Lemon Juice, Brioche Bun)
Peanut Pork (Pork Belly, Hoi Sin Dressing, Peanut, Cucumber, Trade Sauce, Lettuce, Kimchi, Brioche Bun)

Though they are unveiling The Trade Xmas Sandwich this December! Filled with delicious Smoked Turkey, Bacon, Cranberry, Stuffing, Red Cabbage, Gem Lettuce & Pigs in Blanket, it’s one to try during the festive season!


Opening Times

Trade is open seven days a week across all three sites.

Commercial Street: Monday – Friday from 7.30am – 5.00pm and Saturday – Sunday from 9.00am – 5.00pm

Essex Road: Sunday – Monday from 8.00am – 5.30pm and Tuesday – Saturday from 8.00am – 10.00pm

Old Street: Monday – Friday from 8.00am – 4.00pm and Saturday – Sunday from 9.00am – 4.00pm



Social Media:

Instagram: @trade_coffee

Facebook: @tradecommercialstreet

Twitter: @trade_e1