If you long for the splendour of breakfast or afternoon tea at The Wolseley, but can’t quite make it to Mayfair, you can now recreate the experience wherever you are. The all-day European café-restaurant – a landmark on London’s hospitality scene ever since it opened its doors in 2003 – has just launched its online store, offering a specially curated selection of gifts, including breakfast or afternoon tea hampers, cognac chocolate truffles, preserves and spreads, teas, coffee, fine wines and other delights for delivery across the UK and Europe, with delivery to the US coming soon.
Not only can you enjoy the café’s loose leaf Earl Grey tea, Arabica-blend coffee, Sancerre, Médoc or Brut Royal Champagne, but you can do so just as you would in-house, since vintage silver-plated tea and coffee pots (hunted down by The Wolseley’s co-founder Jeremy King and his wife, retail director Lauren Gurvich King, who happens to be a 20th-century antiques dealer), replated and stamped with The Wolseley logo, are also on offer, alongside silverplated tea strainers and Regency-style crystal stemware produced expressly for the restaurant in the Czech Republic. And if you light your cedarwood, patchouli and vetiver Wolseley candle, you may be able to transport yourself back to a place at a starched linen-topped table on that celebrated chevron marble floor, beneath the vaulted ceilings of 160 Piccadilly.
As originally featured in the December 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*225)
For more information, visit the The Wolseley website
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Also known as Picky Nicky, Nick Vinson has contributed to Wallpaper* Magazine for the past 21 years. He runs Vinson&Co, a London-based bureau specialising in creative direction and interiors for the luxury goods industry. As both an expert and fan of Made in Italy, he divides his time between London and Florence and has decades of experience in the industry as a critic, curator and editor.
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