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London native Emily Mortimer — whom audiences will remember from stellar fare like Shutter Island and Our Idiot Brother — was thrilled to be cast in this month’s Hugo, a family mystery starring Jude Law and Ben Kingsley. For starters, it was directed by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. And, as a bonus, it was shot in Mortimer’s U.K. hometown, giving her a chance to hit up her favorite old haunts. She shares a few with American Way.

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The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly / 020-7499-6996
www.thewolseley.com
Mortimer is especially fond of the shepherd’s pie at this restaurant, a former 20th-century car showroom that boasts marble floors and vaulted ceilings. “I can’t drive past it without getting choked up,” she says. “My father instilled in us that there’s nothing so bad that you can’t be cheered up by a nice lunch with white tablecloths and lots of champagne. And this is the perfect place to do that in.”


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The Coach and Horses
29 Greek St. / 020-7437-5920
www.coachandhorsessoho.co.uk
“SoHo used to be all seedy clubs and pubs where all the artists, writers and actors [of the ’50s and ’60s] would gather, and this harks back to that,” Mortimer says. “It’s such a throwback to that era — just salt-and-vinegar crisps and a pint of beer.”


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Soho’s Secret Tea Room
29 Greek St. / 020-7437-5920
www.sohossecrettearoom.co.uk
“It’s lovely and really old-fashioned and English,” Mortimer says of this small tea room tucked above Coach and Horses. “You can have cakes and scones and a proper cup of tea. It’s so sweet and quaint.”