In 1921 William Curtis Green was commissioned to design a rather illustrious car show room for Wolseley Motors Limited. He created an incredibly grand interior, resplendent with Venetian-style pillars and archways and towering stairways.
In 1926 Wolseley Motors went bankrupt and Barclays Bank acquired the building, opening a new branch in April 1927.
In 2003 Chris Corbin and Jeremy King secured the site and it was restored to its current glory, opening as a restaurant in November 2003 and named The Wolseley
after it’s first occupants.
In March 2015, an adventurous London Kiwi sent an email to see if anyone fancied meeting for breakfast at this grand dame of a restaurant.
In his book, Breakfast at The Wolseley A.A. Gill states ‘Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life.’ And with that being the case a group of six bloggers, iPhones at the ready and cameras in hand descended upon the Piccadilly restaurant to enjoy their first meal of the day together.
Making up this sextet / hashtag of bloggers were:
Jaime from Angloyankophile
, an American girl living in London and working in publishing
Kiwi travel blogger, Kara, who blogs at Social, Write, Travel Play
And Yannick, a London tour guide from Luxembourg whose photography, thoughts and musings are recorded on London Unravelled
In front of us was menu of classics such as full English, Eggs Benedict, healthy choices such as fruit, yogurt and porridge and items to satisfy the sweet tooth. It was hard to know what to have…
But being bloggers, we all know the most important thing…if you don’t instagram it, it didn’t happen.
Fully caffeinated, satisfied and happy we talked BlogSpeak for hours but as people began to filter in for lunch we realised it was probably time to leave our illustrious surroundings and head home to spend time with our other halves.
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