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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
AFTERNOON TEA AT THE WOLSELEY
Tea at The Wolseley
was hard to believe we were freezing—bone chilling cold—in Paris on Monday and
by the same week enjoying a balmy touch of spring in London.
April is like that we were told in
London shared four days of sunshine
with its tourists, but on the fifth it rained while we strolled window shopping
from our stay at the Hotel Mandeville, via St. Christopher’s trendy alleyway,
Oxford Street, New Bond Street toward St. James and its most famous of
Fortunately, we dressed nicely—after
all—we were guests here.And, it was a
good thing because in an attempt to hide from the showers we walked into The
Wolseley Hotel’s venerable—let’s say iconic—tea room.
Silly Californians—no reservations,
but at least shorts and flipflops were left in the luggage back at the
Guilty as charged but we do come
bearing American Express.
We tease.The Wolseley Tea Room staff treated us as if
we did have reservations for afternoon tea.They were gracious in every respect. We were seated in the center of the
wonderful main room where we put our heads on a swivel and examined all that we
could see from architecture to fallen arches.
For the sake of literature and we
hope a good story, we have to confess we were in search of a top notch London
tea room when we set in early afternoon. This day was reserved for our
hobby.We collect tea rooms as part of
our travels and we devoted half a day to find one.
Earlier in the day, I had suggested
the Ritz for tea, but the weather had other thoughts.We made no reservations because we often
explore and find other spots we’d rather visit.Cancelling a reservation is bad karma.It’s like telling a hostess we found a better party.
Fortunately, The fabulous Wolseley
and its tea room kindly took us in.And,
proudly added it to our collection of tea centric memories.We learned the tea room is popular with media
types for its afternoon tea but also for its modern Euro cuisine and glorious
Art Deco décor.
While we thoroughly enjoyed our impromptu tea, the heaven’s outside changed its scenery from Act 1 to Act 2 and cleared for us to continue our walking tour.
Wolseley turns into a full Afternoon Tea Room from 3 pm on weekdays and 3.30 pm
at weekends. Menu consists of assorted finger sandwiches, fruit scones, a
selection of pastries and choice of teas every day, at £27.50 per person. All
scones and pastries are made on the premises, with an ever-changing selection
of cakes, which might include a Battenberg or Sachertorte.
us for we sin in the face of pastries and we fail so predictably in the face of
wanting a lighter, or a more celebratory alternative, can choose The Wolseley
Cream Tea at £11.50 per person or The Wolseley Champagne Tea at £38.50 per
Our Champagne Tea taste won over
our purse with only a few farthings to spare.After all, it included a glass of Pommery Brut Royal NV.
at the Wolseley:
M-F 3 pm to 6:30 pm
Sat 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Sun 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
The Wolseley Afternoon Blend
London W1J 9EB
020 7499 6996
If we ever have 14 friends at one
time one can only dream of celebrating a success at The Wolseley’s private
Beautifully designed to complement
the restaurant below, the Private Dining Room seats up to 14 guests and is
available to book for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Discreetly hidden away from view,
with its own private staircase, it is nonetheless very much part of the
restaurant. Filled with light from four sides, it is bright and cheerful during
the day, and seductively lit at night by the lights from the restaurant and
You may contact us on 020 7659 9315
or complete the enquiry form below.
Minimum spend applies. OTHER IMAGES OF THE WOLSELEY