A Day at London's Grandest Brasserie by

Issue 72 · The Gold Coast · May 16, 2013

A Day at London's Grandest Brasserie

Issue 72 · The Gold Coast · May 16, 2013

New York has Balthazar, Paris has Brasserie Lipp, London has the Wolseley. Centrally located on Piccadilly, the Wolseley is a modern all-day cafe-brasserie in the European tradition, where grandees and grungers alike feel welcome.

The building dates from 1921, when the Wolseley Car Company (which began life as the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Company) hired architect William Curtis Green to design a luxurious car showroom. No architectural mark of opulence was omitted: high arches, sweeping stairways, marble floors—it all adds up to a munificent temple for the mechanical wonder of the age. The cafe's interiors, orchestrated by David Collins Studio, are almost a decade old but continue to exude an Art Deco glamor. As longtime devotees of The Wolseley, we concocted an all-day dining experience (breakfast, tea, dinner) in their Private Dining Room.

Photography by Simon Bevan and floral design by Michelle McKenna.

Wolseley private dining room, Simon Bevan, Remodelista

Above: The Wolseley's breakfast setting: Herbal Teapot; £98, Silver Tea Strainer; £75, and Linen Napkins; set of six for £70.

Wolseley private dining room, Simon Bevan, Remodelista

Above: The early morning light streams in from Piccadilly Circus.

Wolseley private dining room, Simon Bevan, Remodelista

Above: Breakfast at the Wolseley, by A. A. Gill, with photographs by David Loftus, offers a glimpse into the world of the Wolseley and includes recipes and reminiscences; £12.99. Canisters of the Wolseley's English Breakfast Tea; £8.99, and Cafetiere and Filter Blend Coffee; £9.49.

Wolseley private dining room, Simon Bevan, Remodelista

Above: Afternoon tea goes in hand with the soft fading light. 

Wolseley private dining room, Simon Bevan, Remodelista

Above: Afternoon tea at the Wolseley. A similar Victorian Fluted Teapot can be found in the online shop; £250, Silver Tea Strainer; £75, Black and White Cake Stand and Cloche; £205.

Wolseley private dining room, Simon Bevan, Remodelista

Above: The Wolseley offers a Champagne Afternoon Tea.

Wolseley private dining room, Simon Bevan, Remodelista

Above: In the evening, half height black curtains offer privacy from the dining room below.

Wolseley private dining room, Simon Bevan, Remodelista

Above: Dinner setting: Wine Glass; set of six for £90, Water Glass; set of six for £106, Salt and Pepper Cruets; £72.

Wolseley private dining room, Simon Bevan, Remodelista

Above: The table setting exudes Old World glamor.

Wolseley private dining room, Simon Bevan, Remodelista

Above: The layers of vaulted arches in the main restaurant are visible through the Art Deco arches.

N.B.: This post is an update of a post which originally posted on September 29, 2011.

Planning a trip to London this summer? See some of our other favorite London Restaurants listed in our City Guides.

 

 

 



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