COM­FORT FOOD

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Brits love com­fort food so much, we even have our own af­fec­tion­ate slang word for it: grub. In a cold cli­mate, you need some warm grub in your belly, and some of London’s finest restau­rants have taken th­ese tra­di­tions up­mar­ket.

There’s noth­ing like a full English break­fast to kick-start your morn­ing. A few doors down from Fort­num & Ma­son on Pic­cadilly, The Wolse­ley’s break­fasts (above) are leg­endary: the full English comes with egg, ba­con, sausage, baked beans, tomato, mush­room and black pud­ding.

For lunch, try the re­fur­bished Scar­fes Bar at the Rosewood ho­tel, a short walk from the Bri­tish Mu­seum. For a mod­ern twist on com­fort food, try the lob­ster mac­a­roni and cheese.

Savoury pies have warmed Bri­tish hearts and bel­lies since the Mid­dle Ages. So where bet­ter to eat them than in London’s old­est restau­rant? Founded in 1798, Rules in Covent Gar­den of­fers steak and kid­ney pie and wild boar and mush­room pie.

Another popular dish in Bri­tain is shep­herd’s pie, con­sist­ing of a mashed potato top­ping over minced lamb. You can find this sig­na­ture dish at The Ivy Mar­ket Grill on Covent Gar­den Pi­azza.

Fi­nally, treat your­self to a cock­ney clas­sic: a plate of pie and mash at M. Manze on Tower Bridge Road, which is open only for lunch from Mon­day to Satur­day.

An­tiques And Fine Art With pe­riod fur­ni­ture, fine sil­ver and dec­o­ra­tive en­grav­ings on show, vis­i­tors to The May­fair An­tiques & Fine Art Fair (8-11 Jan) at The London Mar­riott Ho­tel will be spoiled for choice. Big-ticket items in­clude a Cartier watch from 1925 (left).

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