We had a lovely day out at the Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon to celebrate my aunty Sheila’s 70th birthday. It was a rare opportunity to get the extended family together in such beautiful surroundings, with first class tea, cake and excellent service. Here are few pics and ramblings about my love of Fortnum’s.
Fortnum & Mason is an upmarket department store situated on Piccadilly in central London, established by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason in 1707. When we lived at Shepherd’s Market in Mayfair, Fortnum’s was a local haunt of mine. I used to love popping in on the way home after the crowds of tourists had died down to pick up biscuits, groceries and tea. My favourite time of year to visit Fortnum’s has always been Christmas when they have a whole floor dedicated to all things festive.
Fortnum and Mason has long been a British institution, founder William Fortnum formerly a footman in the royal household of Queen Anne saw an opportunity for a grocery business supplying exotic fruits and dried meats.
William Fortnum funded his new venture after capitalizing on the Royal Family’s insistence on having new candles every night (he sold off the half-used wax for a tidy profit) the enterprising William Fortnum also had a sideline business as a grocer and convinced his landlord, Hugh Mason, to be his associate, they founded the first Fortnum & Mason store in Mason’s small shop in St James’s Market in 1707.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, opened Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon on the 1st March 2012, don’t you just love the interior? I love the iconic Fortnum’s eggshell blue colour with gold highlights used across all floors of the store as well as on the packaging. The team at Fortnum’s had devised a personalised menu for Sheila’s 70th which was lovely touch.
The service team at Fortnum’s were so accommodating pushing two large tables together to make sure the whole family were able to sit together. I had the Gluten-free afternoon tea, which was delicious. Our every need was met, the service was polite friendly and very efficient and as your plates began to look empty they were swiftly refilled!
We all sat round chatting, catching up on life events, jobs, births, marriages and everything else in between. The piano was being played in the background and the ambience was relaxed and welcoming.
After we finished our afternoon tea we were offered some of Fortnum & Mason’s delectable cakes and given a little goodie bag to take away with us.
Following our time in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon we meandered our way through the store picking up a few scented lovelies and headed home. What a perfect way to spend a Saturday.
I’d highly recommend Afternoon Tea at Fortnum’s whether it’s for a special occasion or just a little treat for yourself.