Halsey amongst his many other London enterprises, also created and owned the famous and legendary ‘ San Marco Restaurant ‘ situated in the newly built Devonshire House complex opposite The Ritz Hotel. Famously created to a design based upon an original idea of Halsey working closely with the leading set designer in Englad of the day Oliver Messel (1904 – 1978). The ‘ San Marco ‘ was charmingly described by the then Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York, later Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth and latterly most recently known as Her Royal Highness The Queen Mother, late mother to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II .Who kindly said:
” The San Marco is London’s loveliest restaurant ” as was reported in the national press at the time.
In addition to The Florida, The San Marco, The Spotted Dog, The Bruton Wine Company and Miss America. All running at the same period, Halsey owned international property and commercial trading interests and even part financed the 1937 English film drama ‘Thunder in the City’.Having persuaded Edward G. Robinson whom Halsey had met in New York to come to England to star in this production which was directed by Marion Gering, also starring Luli Deste, Nigel Bruce and Ralph Richardson. Halsey later had bought a quay in the Bahamas through his friend Harold Christie and owned the only Rolls Royce on Grand Bahama at Nassau prior to the Second World War 1939 – 1945. Captain G. Halsey retired after the war and acquired a property on a creekside on the Salcombe Estuary, which he developed into a marine garden paradise during the Post War Years.Where once his guests included Paul Gallico, Daryl Zanuck and a host of international celebrities of a bygone era.