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).