Photo courtesy of The Wolseley
All-Day Dining in Grand Style in Piccadilly
It's pronounced "Wool-zee," and it's a former showroom for the smart old cars that bear its name. Now a restaurant, it's been restored to its original 1930s glamour with a gorgeous art deco slant. If you want a true taste of old Mayfair and St James—from the days when the streets were full of men in top hats carrying canes, and everyone had a gentleman's gentleman—then a smart breakfast or lunch at the Wolseley can take you back in time. The food is classic British—and yes, that means there's grilled kippers and kedgeree on the menu, as well as other retro dishes such as chicken Kiev—and the service is fabulous. Anything with eggs is a must—the souffle is particularly brilliant—and they also do a marvelous afternoon tea.
By Emma John, AFAR Local Expert
Classic Dining in London's Piccadilly Neighborhood
After checking in to The Ritz London, very fittingly a London-London-England">Leading Hotels of the World property, I wandered through the posh Piccadilly neighborhood to dine at The Wolseley, a restaurant that came highly recommended by a few London locals. The menu is crisp and inspired by the grand cafes of Europe: naturally, with a full section for afternoon tea. Serving up dishes like a Bacon Chop with Pineapple and a Fried Egg, Chopped Liver, and everything in between, this is the kind of spot where you can dine with friends or bring a good book, relax with a pot of tea and feel like a true Londoner.
By Ashley Castle Pittman, AFAR Contributor
Best Afternoon Tea in the World
A great place for an earl grey tea, the best scones, and a great cucumber sandwich.
160 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9EB, UK
+44 20 7499 6996
Sun 8am - 10:45pm
Mon - Fri 7am - 11:45pm
Sat 8am - 11:45pm