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The History

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The History

The Wolseley, our Piccadilly sibling opened its doors in 2003. Taking its cue from Europe’s Grand Café tradition, it quickly set the bar for a new kind of all-day dining experience in the capital: relaxed and convivial, within a setting appreciated for its flawless design details and airy interior. Located in a standout 1920s building designed by William Curtis Green, the restaurant’s architectural features took on iconic status, as did its reputation for relaxed dining.

Tipping its hat to the original, The Wolseley City fuses a sense of familiarity with a refreshed dynamic that plays on the heritage, architecture and atmosphere of its historic Square Mile setting. A large restaurant, two private dining rooms and three bar spaces add a new twist to the elegance of our forefather.

Hearty breakfasts and all-day menus remain intrinsic to our offering and continue to run through our DNA.

Line drawing with water colour detail of the exterior of the The Wolseley City at 68 King William Street

The Design

In a playful nod to our much-loved heritage, our interiors draw inspiration from the original distinguished architecture of 160 Piccadilly, featuring intricate ironwork, Byzantine-style chandeliers and the graphic, monochromatic colour palette associated with our name. Several design motifs are instantly recognisable, including a reinterpretation of the vaulted ceiling and grand pillars associated with our Piccadilly sibling, alongside a tribute to the familiar ‘horseshoe’ entrance beloved by our guests.

Bringing a sense of familiarly to the heart of the City, we are inspired by the ideals of heritage hospitality and refined classics, delivered in a dynamic setting.