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Fortnum & Mason

  • 181 Piccadilly Map It
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Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Although F&M is jokingly known as "the Queen's grocer" and the impeccably mannered staff still wear traditional tailcoats, its celebrated food hall stocks gifts for all budgets, including irresistibly packaged luxury foods stamped with the gold "By Appointment" crest for under £5. Try the teas, preserves (including the unusual rose-petal jelly), condiments, or Gentleman's Relish (anchovy paste). The store's famous hampers are always a welcome gift. The gleaming food hall spans two floors and incorporates a sleek wine bar, with the rest of the store devoted to upscale housewares, men's and women's accessories and toiletries, a dedicated candle room, a jewelry department featuring exclusive designs by breakthrough talent, and clothing and toys for children. If you start to flag, take a break in the tea salon, the cafe offering tastes of the Food Hall, the new contemporary 45 Jermyn St. restaurant where you can find decadent treats like a float with sarsaparilla syrup and rum over gingerbread cream, an equally indulgent ice-cream parlour—or a treatment in the Bamford spa. There's another branch at St. Pancras International train station.

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181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER, England

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Published 08/30/2016


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