Fortnum & Mason
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- Fortnum & Mason has been a treasured piece of British history for over 300 years. In 1744 the shop was instrumental in supplying London with the tea and spices the East Indian Company brought back from their travels, becoming known as the place to score exotic treats from around the world.
- Renowned for their quality tea and spices, Fortnum & Mason also holds a number of other scrumptious delights. You'll find a huge assortment of coffee, pastries, chocolates, preserves, biscuits, canned foods, and of course wine and champagne. Recently the store has expanded their fresh foods section and now supplies a full grocery service.
- Hampers containing an edited selection of Fortnum & Masons best goods can be purchased at a range of price points starting at £50.00 and going up to £1000.00. These popular gifts include wine, biscuits, tea, preserves and even fresh fruits, all packed up in lovely wicker baskets containing the Fortnum & Mason logo.
- It wasn't until 1925 that Fortnum & Mason introduced clothing and accessories, turning the grocery store into a suburb department store covering any and all luxury needs. Today you'll find a number of elegant fashion for men, women, and children, as well as accessories such as wedding hats, silk scarves, ties, and lingerie. Leather goods including luggage and wallets are on offer, as well as a premium selection of jewelry to help to top off any look. Head over to the beauty section for world class perfumes and soaps or spoil yourself with the utmost in traditional grooming supplies for men and women.
- There are a number of restaurants inside the department store where you can get anything from high-tea to an evening meal. The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is perhaps the most famous of all, and in-fact won The Tea Guild of Excellence Award in 2013. Make a stop for afternoon tea and sample some of their most popular tea blends, along with their delicious assortment of sandwiches and cakes.
- Shopping at Fortnum & Mason is a truly English experience that should not be missed by first time visitors. Their lovely tins of tea make perfect gifts for the tea-lovers on your list, and of course you wouldn't want to leave with out a few boxes of cookies or truffles for yourself.
- Fun Fact: For a short time during the late 1700's, until the General Post Office was founded, Fortnum & Mason served the community's postal needs, drawing more and more customers into their shop.