Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Breakfast at The Wolseley


I've always heard and read wonderful things about breakfast at The Wolseley… It's been on my to-do list for a long time and I finally got it together and went there with my husband for a little weekend indulgence. I'm happy to report that it lives up to expectations. I can't recommend the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon enough… Best eggs I've ever had and the smoked salmon was soft, flavorful and delicious! Served with toast and beautifully presented, this is for me, the best breakfast ever.


It has to be said that the coffee at The Wolseley is incredible. I also tried the grapefruit juice which was lovely and beautifully pink.


Located on Piccadilly not far from the Green Park Tube Station, The Wolseley is a beautiful historical treasure in the West End. Commissioned in 1921 by Wolseley Motors Limited, William Curtis Green designed what was then a prestigious showroom for cars.


The setting is beautiful with Venetian and Florentine design influences alongside Eastern influences that were trendy and fashionable in the 1920's. Arches, pillars and grand stairways give way to beautiful clocks and chandeliers…. It's glamorous and eye-catching to say the least. Unfortunately for The Wolseley Car Company, the expensive automobiles didn't sell very well, so by 1926 the company was bankrupt. Between 1927 and 2003, The Wolseley was a bank, but now we're lucky to have such a gorgeous space to unwind, have fun and enjoy delicious food in a luxurious setting. 


I really enjoyed my visit to The Wolseley. It's chic and beautiful without being overly stuffy. The servers were friendly and helpful and I love the relaxed vibe. Though we were surrounded by stylish diners, many were in jeans and the feel is casual chic, at least during breakfast hours. While some seemed to be surfing Twitter on their phones, others were enjoying a read of the paper over coffee and pastry. What's also great is that after a good, hefty feast of a breakfast, Green Park is just around the corner and perfect for a little walk to burn off the calories. Booking ahead is advisable and reservations can be made by e-mailing reservations@thewolseley.com.

For anyone traveling to London, it's handy to know that The Wolseley is very near to Buckingham Palace and the perfect way to start the day before a few long hours of sightseeing. I highly recommend breakfast at The Wolseley, my new favorite way to start the weekend off right!

If you're not able to make it to London anytime soon, try recreating the experience at home with the cookbook based on the same, Breakfast at the Wolseley by A.A. Gill.
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