Browsing at Fortnum and Mason

Browsing at Fortnum & Mason was one of my favorite pastimes when I lived in London full-time. The magical experience began outside with the signature blue-green hue of the ground floor’s exterior and its artfully-designed window displays. The red carpet, sparkling lighting fixtures, and counter of loose chocolates impressed me on my first visit to 181 Piccadilly. But, I soon realized that there was much more to F&M than what initially met my eye. Established in 1707, Fortnum and Mason is an institution known for its tea and food-filled wicker hampers. On your loop around the store, you’ll see biscuits in beautiful tins and picnic essentials like wine and jam. Additional offerings include: jewelry, stationary, books, tea towels, tote bags, and Christmas tree ornaments. (The author of A Christmas Carol himself was a customer here.) There’s also a tea salon on the 4th floor and bees residing on the rooftop. I’ve taken to browsing online, but my mental Fortnum’s shopping list continues to expand nonetheless.

Works Sighted

glass teapot; tea towel; picnic carry all; Champagne & wine bottle holder

tea strainer; teacup & saucer; white tea; mug; chocolate pearl; Scotch egg

Fortnum’s Dinner Party Discourse & Debate; cinnamon honey; tea caddy ornament; rosé sparkling tea;

truffle honey; vanilla honey; bag; clock ornament

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