The Fortnum & Mason store is situated halfway up London’s Piccadilly.
It was founded by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason in 1707, and started out as a simple grocery store. It immediately appealed to the upper classes due to its stock of high quality goods, and was soon supplying the officers of the army and by the 19th-century was a firm favourite of the Queen.
William was an ex-employee of Queen Anne’s household, and used his knowledge of royalty to deliver products that the bourgeois would buy.
Fortnum’s has remained true to its roots, and still maintains the wood-panelling and crystal chandeliers of a bygone era. It also has a dress uniform of morning coats for staff.
Don’t miss the food emporium, which sells every kind of delicacy from tea, coffee, ham and pâtés, to fifty types of marmalade. It also has three restaurants, including the Fountain and Salmon and Champagne Bar.
A clock outside chimes upon the hour, and model Misters Fortnum and Mason come out and take a bow.
Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason From Fortnum & Mason London
If you enjoy this then try: Barkers (catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to High Street Kensington); Harrods (walk it in 26 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to Knightsbridge); Liberty (you can walk it in 7 mins); Peter Jones (walk it in 30 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to Sloane Square) and Selfridges (walk it in 16 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to Bond Street).