Wiltons came to the Hambros (of banking fame) during an air raid one evening in 1942. Olaf, Jocelyn's father, was eating dinner there when a bomb dropped on nearby St James's Church, jangling the nerves of the restaurant's owner, Mrs Bessie Leal. She expressed a desire to be rid of Wiltons so she could leave London. 'Put it on my bill,' said Olaf, hardly pausing from his oysters. His bill came to pounds 1,200.
The Hambros, by the way, have no plans whatsoever to sell Wiltons.Reuse content