The Wolseley

Afternoon tea, Central European, Modern European·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of The Wolseley

Gold Award

“Always an excellent dining experience”, says a happy reader, one of many who return “time and time again” to this delightful stalwart of the London restaurant scene. Part of the Corbin & King stable, which also includes The Delaunay and Brasserie Zédel (among others), The Wolseley follows in the tradition of European grand cafés, with a flexible menu that works “whatever the hour or day”. 

Breakfast is always an event, with an extensive choice including grilled kippers with mustard butter, eggs Benedict, a full English and our all-time favourite: fried haggis and duck egg, although there are also virtuous fruit and muesli options, impeccable pastries – and a complementary newspaper.

 As the day progresses, you might lunch on smoked duck salad, dressed Cornish crab, steak tartare or coq au vin, or maybe drop in for a decadent Champagne afternoon tea with fruit scones, jam and clotted cream – “all served with great style and panache”, though we prefer the Monday-Friday, suited-and-booted Mayfair vibe to touristy weekends. (The Wolseley is brilliantly located for the Royal Academy, National Gallery, Bond Street and Buckingham Palace.)

There are top-notch dinners to be had, too, with recent highlights including plump little Isle of Skye queen scallops in a sweet and zesty lemon and herb dressing, classic calf’s liver and bacon with creamy mash and sauce Robert, and a gut-busting banana split with butter chocolate sauce – as well as dishes such as wiener schnitzel and chopped liver that pay lip-service to the Mitteleuropean inspiration.

A brigade of slick staff perform perfectly choreographed service around the dramatically handsome, high-ceilinged room, which attracts a chattering mix of regulars, creatives, celebs and shoppers. Yes, it’s buzzy and loud (“in a good way”), but that just adds to the fun, notes one visitor. In short, we’re in agreement with the fan who reckons this is “the number one brasserie in London”.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Afternoon tea, Central European, Modern European
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Birthdays, Celebrations, Celeb-spotting, Child friendly, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

COVID-19 Update for The Wolseley

Updated on 18 Aug 2021

Despite the lifting of all restrictions on the 19th July, we have decided to continue to use our temperature scanners for all customers upon arrival. Whilst staff and customers still have the option of wearing a mask if they choose to, it will no longer be enforced. However, the policy of regular and consistent Covid testing of the staff will remain to limit any community infection.

About The Wolseley

This all-day café-restaurant, found in Piccadilly, is renowned for its unique combination of British heritage teamed with European grandeur. The Wolsey still holds its reputation as ‘somewhere special’ to visit, many years since opening, and is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

The iconic site of 160 Piccadilly began its story when it was commissioned in 1921 by Wolsey Motors Limited to English architect William Curtis Green, their desire was to create a prestigious car showroom that excluded luxury and grandeur. Marble pillars and archways teamed with Venetian-inspired details left an impressive finish, but alas the cars did not sell quickly enough and in 1926 the company went into bankruptcy. Barclays Bank took over the site in 1927 and it wasn’t until 2003 that restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King acquired the building and began a sympathetic renovation, later that same year The Wolsey opened its doors as the grand cafe-restaurant destination that we find today.

Known for its spectacular design, classic food and seamless service, The Wolsey remains an iconic and popular choice for both Londoners and tourists alike. Find out more about The Wolsey, the experience and its menus by reading our review.

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Location for The Wolseley

160 Piccadilly, St James's, London, W1J 9EB

020 7499 6996


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 07:00-11:30
Wed 07:00-11:30
Thu 07:00-11:30
Fri 07:00-11:30
Sat 08:00-11:30
Sun 08:00-11:30
Mon Closed
Tue 11:30-15:30
Wed 11:30-15:30
Thu 11:30-15:30
Fri 11:30-15:30
Sat 11:30-15:30
Sun 11:30-15:30
Afternoon Tea
Mon Closed
Tue 15:00-18:30
Wed 15:00-18:30
Thu 15:00-18:30
Fri 15:00-18:30
Sat 15:30-18:30
Sun 15:30-18:30
Mon Closed
Tue 17:30-23:00
Wed 17:30-23:00
Thu 17:30-23:00
Fri 17:30-23:00
Sat 17:30-23:00
Sun 17:30-22:00
All day
Mon Closed
Tue 11:30-23:00
Wed 11:30-23:00
Thu 11:30-23:00
Fri 11:30-23:00
Sat 11:30-23:00
Sun 11:30-22:00

Reviews of The Wolseley

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70 Reviews 

Yvonne H

06 August 2019  
Fantastic afternoon tea in delightful surroundings with excellent service.

Kellie S

06 August 2019  
The Wolseley just ticks so many boxes. Impeccable service with the right amount of ambience any time of year but especially at Christmas with a tree entwined around the infamous clock above the door. Their silverware is lust worthy and nothing like a cup of tea poured from one of their incredible silver teapots. I love The Wolseley mainly for breakfasts, eggs Benedict followed by a sensible wait an hour or so later at a supposedly civilised time for a glass of champagne post numerous cups of tea. You just never feel rushed. The experience feels special but also can be informal if you wish it to be at the same time. For example the simple ease of just rocking up post a RA exhibition for a burger, fries and a refreshing beverage. Importantly, the price point for The Wolseley is superb value for money for such a sense of occasion place.

Sarah-Gaines R

26 July 2019  
A great classic with delicious food and an elegant ambiance.

Stacey P

11 July 2019  
Great atmosphere and great location.


06 July 2019  
Buzzing atmosphere, good selection of meals and snacks from early morning to late at night.

Petros K

02 July 2019  
Decor and food both great.

Shamila W

30 June 2019  
The best version of my favourite comfort foods, impeccable service, the most enjoyable glamorous ambience in London.

John H

28 June 2019  
Totally reliable and atmospheric. Great service too. The best room in town.

Mark C

28 June 2019  
Everything superb.

Alicia W

28 June 2019  
Recognizable well presented dishes with English appeal. Priced fairly and served with aplomb ! The restaurant has abuzz and aura of excitement .
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