The Wolseley

Price guide: Expensive

160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB

Price guide: Expensive

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By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#50 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.8
3.8
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
3.2
3.2
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
3.2
3.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, People watching, Shopping, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of The Wolseley

I love popping into this Piccadilly hotspot when out shopping or sightseeing with visitors.

The Wolseley is one of those places that makes you feel as though a bit of its glamour has rubbed off on you. It’s a continental European-style bar-brasserie run by two of Britain’s most respected restaurateurs and has been attracting hoards of sophisticates and wannabes ever since it opened.

Food and drink: 

I usually forget the calories and have the omelette Arnold Bennett – an ethereal mix of egg, smoked haddock, cream and cheese and as suitable for supper as it is for breakfast. This is one of the few good places in town to serve Jewish classics such as salt beef, chopped liver and chicken soup with dumplings. There’s also a diverse choice of fish and seafood dishes, French mainstays (coq au vin, duck confit, snails bourguignon, salad nicoise) and retro desserts. The wine list is mostly French and starts at £19 a bottle.

Ambience: 

It’s all buzz in this former bank and car showroom – but sometimes there’s too much of a good thing. I tend to turn up on spec rather than plan ahead, so rarely get a table in the main restaurant – and I’d rather go sit in the bar than be squeezed into the last tiny table by the front door.

Service: 

The greeters are very good, but from there it tends to go downhill, with offhand, indifferent table service especially during peak times.

Location: 

Bang at the centre of Piccadilly, near the Royal Academy, Fortnum and Mason, New Bond Street and Green Park.

Price advice: 

It’s not cheap but there are price points to suit all pockets – cooked breakfasts range from £4.75 to £60 (for a caviar omelette); you can have a simple sandwich (£5.50-£11.75) or fillet de boeuf au poivre for £24.75.

More information on The Wolseley:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Brasserie, Restaurant
Food:
British, French, German, Jewish, Seafood
Address:
160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB
Telephone:
020 7499 6996
Website:
http://www.thewolseley.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 7am-midnight; Sat 8am-midnight; Sun 8am-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to The Wolseley? Would you recommended it?