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Fortnum & Mason, London

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Originally opened as a small grocery shop in 1707, Fortnum & Mason is a modern department store situated in central London. Globally acclaimed for its high-quality goods, the store has held many Royal Warrants (a sign of prestige held by official suppliers of the royal family) over the past 150 years. The store is famed for its loose-leaf tea and renowned luxury picnic hampers, containing Stilton cheese, Champagne, quails’ eggs, and smoked salmon. These hampers have been popular since Victorian times, and make ideal gifts for a variety of special occasions. Choose your perfect hamper online, and pick it up at the store at the end of your busy day of shopping. Put Fortnum & Mason and other London attractions into our London vacation route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This was a lovely spot to experience high tea. The pastries and scones were very good. The tea was nice. It was expensive. But, you could have unlimited treats. The space was open and airy. The staff ...  more »
  • We knew of this iconic department store but had never been, so with a booked afternoon tea, we went in. The afternoon tea was great(see my separate review), and the store is well worth a look and a sh...  more »
  • Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason was our second tea experience after The Dorchester and it was interesting to compare. F & M was not as elegant and relaxing, it was bit to busy, touristy and noisy b...  more »
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  • Although it's world famous for it's tea, as a Londoner I'd never been. The tea section is really incredible you can smell all the different flavours and even have a taste of some. As Easter is approaching the floor was stocked with amazing treats. We headed into the tea room for more tea and some tea cakes, served with butter and jam,as they should be. I had some of the Christening tea designed for the christening of Prince George while my friend had an English Breakfast. The Christening tea was light and fragrant.
  • Went to Fortnum & Mason's Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon for a great afternoon tea experience. The afternoon tea set comes with 3 tiers of high tea goodness which happens to be refreshable too. We opted for the tea tasting experience too and our tea sommelier was great - walked us through the different types of tea, different flavors and different grades of tea.
  • Awesome wine selection and spirit selection in the basement. Love the tea selection on the ground floor as well. Super pretty store to go in and walk around to be honest with lots of yummy biscuits and chocolates. The grocery section is sooo nice. You'll see so much delicious food you are bound the get hungry.
  • Simply delightful! How many department stores outfit their staff in tux and tails? The definition of class! Beautiful store, impeccable displays! Wish I could fit one of their marvelous hampers in my carry-on! I purchased teas, honey, and beautiful signature blue tins of their Florentines to take home as gifts for all my friends and relatives.
  • I can definitely recommend the afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Yes, it is a little pricey but you can request extra sandwiches and pastries plus other cakes from a selection, unlimited top ups of your chosen tea and when you are finished they will box up any remaining goodies for you to take away. The service was amazing, as you would probably expect, but I have to mention our server Adam because he was so friendly and does a fantastic job.