London is the birthplace of many iconic features, from the red double-decker bus to the London Underground and even Paddington Bear.

But away from travel and fictional superstars, there are some everyday items that although often beloved, are often forgotten that they originate from London.

From the Chelsea buns and even the Scotch egg, these are seven food and drink items that you might not know began in the capital.

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Chelsea Bun

Starting with a dish that gives away its origin from its name, the Chelsea bun was first introduced to the Chelsea Bun House which saw more than 50,000 people queue outside.

Dating back to the 18th century the bun was a favourite among the British royal family and has often been compared to a cinnamon roll.

Newham Recorder: A scotch egg. A scotch egg. (Image: Getty)

Scotch egg

While you may think the Scotch egg was made in Scotland, it is actually believed to have been created in London.

Fortnum & Mason's are said to have invited the Scotch egg for aristocratic clients who wanted a travelling snack that was easy to enjoy in a bumpy carriage.

Espresso Martini

The cocktail of choice when it comes to tiredness on a night out, the espresso martini is said to have been created in the streets of Soho in the 1980s. 

The drink was made after a model walked into a bar and asked for a drink that would wake her up, seeing the bartender move to the coffee machine and some spirits.

Newham Recorder: A Tom Collins.A Tom Collins. (Image: Getty)

Peach Melba

The sweet tangy Peach Melba was first created in London's own Savoy Hotel.

The summer dessert made of poached peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream was created in the 1890s by the Savoy's feted chef Auguste Escoffier.

Bourbon biscuits

The classic and arguably best biscuit, the bourbon was created in the late 19th century in 'Biscuit Town', a.k.a Bermondsey. 

The area was home to Peek Freanes who created the bourbon along with the likes of the Twiglet. 


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Tom Collins

The gin lemon cocktail, Tom Collins is credited to bartender John Collins who is said to have made the drink for the first time while working at the Limmer's Hotel in London. 

The drink was first published in 1876 when it was included in the book, 'The Bartender's Guide' by Jerry Thomas.