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The Wolseley Restaurant Review: It opened with considerable flair and has remained a top draw through the years. It’s ideally located for shopping and the theatre as it fronts onto Piccadilly between St. James’s Street and The Ritz hotel. The premises were originally built as the showrooms for the Wolseley car (hence the name) and offer high ceilings and a grand marbled ex-dealing hall with galleries overlooking the main floor. There’s a bar to one side of the entrance and a delightful pâtisserie to the other. The Wolseley provides an all-day, café-style menu, including English breakfast and afternoon tea. The menu is varied, influenced by Europe so you can go from herrings with potato and dill to coq au vin, from Wiener Schnitzel to roast haddock, cockles and Jersey royal potatoes. Pastries are terrific; service is good and the place buzzes. This is and will remain one of London’s great success stories, but then it’s the brainchild of arch restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, whose know-how created places like The Ivy, Le Caprice and J. Sheekey. Breakfast is particularly good.