Fortnum & Mason-
Fortnum & Mason have been at 181 Piccadilly for nearly 300 years. The store is popular with members of the British royal family and is renowned for its fine foodstuffs. I go there to buy gifts of tea for US friends. Fortnum's Food Hall has expanded onto two floors and there's a greater variety of fresh food than ever before. Fortnum & Mason is quintessentially English which attracts many overseas visitors to the ground floor. Venture beyond the food department and you'll find menswear, womenswear, cosmetics, homewares, and luggage spread over the store's six floors.
Specializing in fine gifts and housewares, this department store features fashion accessories, cookware, dishes and luggage, as well as an extensive selection of wine and gourmet foods. Its St. James Restaurant is a popular spot for dinner or high tea, and a wine bar and ice cream parlor are also on site.
There's something quintessentially English about Fortnum and Mason department store, which probably accounts for its popularity with tourists. Many an F&M packaged tea or condiment selection will have been purchased as a souvenir, but the ground-floor food hall stocks a sumptuous array of high-quality comestibles besides.
Address: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER.
Mon to Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12noon-6pm.
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