Lunch at the Wolseley
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—and the food's not bad either. 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 called Jeeves or Bunter—then a smart lunch at the Wolseley can take you back in time. The food is classic British—and yes, that means there's often offal on the menu, as well as retro dishes like Lemon Sole—and the service is fabulous. Anything with eggs is a must—the souffle is particularly brilliant—and they do a marvellous breakfast or afternoon tea.
By Emma John, AFAR Local Expert
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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.