”No Flash or Intrusive Photography please,” chastises a footnote on the menu. That’s because this opulent bistro in the Grand European style, posing with every polished surface to appear like something Renoir would want to paint, is home base for celebrities and power lunchers. Built as a luxury car dealership for a doomed manufacturer, then used as a bank, a decade ago it became the caviar-scooping, oyster-shucking, tea-pouring hotspot that fools nearly everyone who sips its pea-and-lettuce soup that it’s always been this way. Waiters are unattainably attractive and look down their noses as they gingerly place salad Niçoise and Swiss souffle, enacting the calculated Continental crispness we crave.
160 Piccadilly, W1
Our Rating Neighborhood St. James's Hours Mon–Fri 7am–midnight, Sat 8am–midnight, Sun 8am–11pm Transportation Tube: Green Park Phone 020/7499-6996 Prices Sandwiches £11, mains £15–£20 Cuisine Type Contemporary European Web site The Wolseley
Map160 Piccadilly, W1 London
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