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Fortnum & MasonLondon
St James
London W1A 1ER
TfL Fare Zone 1

 

 
Who has not heard of the famed Fortnum & Mason picnic hampers? These hampers contain luxury Stilton cheeses, smoked salmon, Russian caviar, Quails eggs and champagne. They remain highly popular in England today, especially when attending the Henley Regatta or the Royal Ascot Racecourse and such like.
 
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At Christmas time, hampers can cost many thousands of pounds with the more expensive Christmas orders being delivered by a liveried driver.
 
Fortnum & Mason is one of the world’s most famous stores. It was founded in 1707 as a grocery store by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason. The stores’ reputation was gained by supplying quality food mainly to British Royalty and to the well off upper classes of British society.
 
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Fortnum's Mechanical Clock
Above the main entrance of the store is a large ornate clock which gives a performance every hour. As the clock chimes, a door on each side of the clock face opens and out come two four-foot (1.2 metre) high models of William Fortnum and Hugh Mason. Mr Fortnum and Mr Mason bow to each other whilst 18th century music is played on bells. At the end they turn and go back inside and the doors close. It is not hard to spot the tourists – we are the ones who stop and avidly watch the whole show.
 
In Store Restaurants
There are 4 restaurants and one wine bar. The Fountain Restaurant opens early from Monday to Saturday – early entry is via Duke Street. Please visit the store web site for all restaurant details Web:  Fortnam & Mason Restaurants
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Morning Coffee, Afternoon Tea
Why not try morning coffee or afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason – what a great conversation piece on return home from your vacation! A reservation is a must.
 
Reservations for any of the restaurants can be made in person on the first floor of the store or Tel: +44 (0)2077 348 040.
 
The company’s Website states:
"Fortnum & Mason is unique. Our beautiful façade and famous window displays attract admirers from near and far. Walk through the oak doors, and you know you are entering a very special place. We look forward to welcoming you at Piccadilly very soon".
 
Today, Fortnum & Mason has developed into a Department Store which still stocks the best in fresh foods, groceries, confectionery, wines and spirits, gifts and lots more.
 
Store Opening Hours
Opening hours and other essential information is on the Store’s Home site. See weblink below.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)2077 348 040
 
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to Fortnum & Mason, visit TfL Journey Planner.
 
- By Underground
Piccadilly Circus Station   Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines
Green Park Station          Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines
 
- By Bus
Routes 8, 9, 14, 19, 22, and 38 run along Piccadilly
We suggest that you visit the Transport for London website above and use their 'Journey Planner'
 
Google Map - Fortnum & Mason