Restaurants and bars with an unusual past

The Wolseley, Piccadilly, London

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Former use: car showroom

It might be one of London’s most glamourous locations, but The Wolseley in London was once home to a car showroom, albeit a very high end one. Wolseley Motors commissioned the grand building on Piccadilly in 1921, with the grand building designed by architect William Curtis Green, drawing on Venetian and Florentine influences, with touches of the exotic east. Unfortunately, Wolseley Motors declared itself bankrupt just five years after the building was completed. The building became a Barclays bank in 1927. Many of the bank’s period features are still visible today, including the marble floors, bank’s postboxes and a stamp machine, with the bank manager’s offices converted into the hotel’s current bar and salon. In 2003 the building was acquired by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, with its renovation overseen by David Collins Architects. The Wolseley reopened in 2003.

160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB

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