Established in 1707, Fortnum and Mason is one of the most quintessential shopping experiences in the capital. Set up by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason, it is based in the heart of Piccadilly and is within close proximity to several places of interest.
This includes the likes of Green Park which is a popular green space close to Mayfair. Belonging to one of the official royal parks, it extends across more than 46 acres of land and is a popular spot with workers and tourists alike especially during the summer months.
Hyde Park is another leafy area to explore and provides a wide variety of sporting activities including horse riding. You can also have the opportunity to get on your soapbox at Speakers Corner where hot debate takes place every Sunday.
Other highlights inside Hyde Park feature the Serpentine Lake and Gallery whilst at the southernmost tip you will find the poignant memorial fountain to Diana Princess of Wales boasting more than 500 individual pieces of the finest Cornish granite.
In addition to this, you can have the opportunity to spot a wide variety of major sites within the local area. This features Trafalgar Square as well as Piccadilly Circus and the world famous Theatre District.
Home to several venues such as the Garrick and Lyceum Theatre, guests have the chance to soak up a wealth of leading plays throughout the entire year.
Meanwhile, Mayfair is the place in which to run wild in the aisles. This is largely in part thanks to the wealth of shops dotted around New Bond Street not to mention Regents Street and Fitzrovia. These of course offer a range of leading designer and high street fashion labels.
Fortnum and Mason remains one of the main food purveyors to the Royal Family and are renowned for their incredible hampers and array of fine delicacies. In fact they have supplied several items to a number of different social events to not only Henley Regatta but to Royal Ascot which takes place in June each year. But there is so much more to this ornate and ostentatious store.
You will have the ability to dine in five restaurants, sip to your heart’s content in their award-winning bar or devour an ice cream from their elegant parlour. This particular store boasts a selection of artisan foods, high end teas and sumptuous treats that look as good on the outside as on the inside.
If you are feeling the strain then you will be able to relax in one of their luxury beauty suites and spoil yourself to a treatment or indulge in a mouth-watering afternoon tea featuring a plethora of cakes, fancies and delicate sandwiches.
When it comes to transport connections, the closest tube to Fortnum and Mason is Piccadilly Circus. This lies in Zone 1 of the underground system and is served by the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines.
You can access the store on foot in less than 10 minutes. The closest rail station is Charing Cross. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am - 9pm and on Sundays between noon and 6pm.