Tourist Information Guide

Fortnum and Mason Food Hall, Central London

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Biscuits at Fortnum and Mason
Biscuits at Fortnum and Mason
Fortnum and Mason is a London institution. It offers five floors of store dedicated entirely to food of the highest standard. For some tourists a trip to London would not be complete without a trip to the Fortnum and Mason food hall. It is located in an ornate and lavish building in the very heart of London and has been selling food to affluent Londoners for hundreds of years. Whether you come to Fortnum and Mason to buy some treats for a picnic, souvenirs for your loved ones or take afternoon tea, there's something here for every foodie to enjoy.

This page will give you an overview to the epicurean department store. There is some information on the history of the shop and what to expect when you go there. You will find the opening times, contact details, a link to the official website and instructions on how to get there. There is also information on the different place to eat once you have arrived at Fortnum and Mason.

The history of Fortnum and Mason

The famous Duke Street staircase at Fortnum and Mason
The famous Duke Street staircase at Fortnum and Mason

Fortnum and Mason has been in existence in the heart of London's Piccadilly since 1707. It is a five floored department store that focuses on food (three of the five floors are dedicated to food- see below for more information). Fortnum and Mason is famous for certain signatures such as their hampers, own brans teas and preserves, knickerbocker glories in the Parlour Restaurant and afternoon tea in the Saint James Restaurant, overlooking the city.

The building itself is distinctive. Decorative glass doors lead to a red carpet that takes you through the five floored building. The famous Duke Street winding staircase corkscrews its way through the centre of the building.

What to expect and what makes the shop special

Fortnum and Mason is a store that specialises in high quality produce. They focus on provenance, working with individual suppliers to find the high quality ingredients from Britain and around the world. Each floor of the store offers a different style.

Confectionary at Fortnum and Mason
Confectionary at Fortnum and Mason

tip If you are after one of Fortnum and Mason's famous hampers these can be found on the first floor. It is also worth remembering that Fortnum and Mason have an online shop (see website link below). So if you don't want to carry a hamper around all day you can order one online and have it delivered to your house. Fortnum and Mason offer an international delivery service.

Lower Ground Floor food hall at Fortnum and Mason
Lower Ground Floor food hall at Fortnum and Mason

Lower Ground Floor:
Take away service
Fruit and vegetables
1707 Wine Bar (see below)

Ground Floor:
The Fountain Restaurant (see below)

First Floor:
Christmas shop
Cooking implements
China, glass and silver
The Parlour Restaurant (see below)

Second Floor:
Babywear and gifts
Beds and linen
Fashion accessories

Third Floor:
Gentlemen's accessories
Gentlemen's grooming
Leather goods

Fourth Floor:
Saint James Restaurant (see below)
The Burlington Room (see below)

Places to eat

High tea at Fortnum and Mason
High tea at Fortnum and Mason

Fortnum and Mason offer a selection of places to eat within the department store. This is a convenient opportunity to have a Fortnum and Mason experience without having to worry about whether your purchases will fit in your suitcase for the flight home. Whether you would like a snack, a decadent lunch of cakes and ice cream or a top class dinner, the places to eat offer a wealth of options.

Saint James Restaurant

This is a formal dining room on the fourth floor of the restaurant. This is the restaurant where you can enjoy Fortnum and Mason's famous afternoon teas.

Earl Gray tea at Fortnum and Mason

Fortnum and Mason desserts

Restaurant at Fortnum and Mason

Sterling Silver Tea Pots

For details on the opening times, menus, how to make a reservation and offers available at the restaurant, see the Official Saint James Restaurant Website.

tip To enjoy high tea at Fortnum and Mason you will need to ensure that you come at the correct time - it is not served all day. Make sure that you check the official opening times at the link provided above for when you will be able to enjoy the tea.

Parlour Restaurant

The Parlour Restaurant is situated on the first floor and this is where you can tuck into one of Fortnum and Mason's famous ice creams. It is an old school ice cream parlour that is perfect for people who have a sweet tooth. If you don't fancy an ice cream, you can try one of the famous hot chocolates.

To find out more about the restaurant, opening times and what you can buy, see the Official Parlour Restaurant Website.

Fountain Restaurant

Fountain Restaurant is a brasserie style eatery where you can come for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is where you can enjoy Fortnum and Mason's famous welsh rarebit. During dinner at the restaurant you can enjoy jazz live music.

To find out more about the restaurant, opening times and what you can buy, see the Official Fountain Restaurant Website.

1707 Wine Bar

The 1707 Wine Bar is a fitting option for wine enthusiasts or if you want to enjoy the experience of eating a drinking in Fortnum and Mason without eating a full meal. You can choose a bottle of wine from the shop's wine cellar and simply pay a corkage charge to enjoy it in the wine bar. The light bites food menu compliments the wines.

For details on opening times, what food and drink is available and making a reservation see the Official 1707 Wine Bar Website.

Cakes and decorations in Fortnum and Mason
Cakes and decorations in Fortnum and Mason

Afternoon tea

High tea at Fortnum and Mason is one of the popular and traditional things to do there. It offers you the opportunity to sit in regal surroundings and feast on their famous signatures teas. These will be accompanied by sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries. A typically British delicate and lady like afternoon activity. Afternoon tea is served in the Saint James restaurant. See above for restaurant details.

Contact details

Fortnum and Mason
181 Piccadilly

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 8040

Website: Official Fortnum and Mason Website

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday: 11:30 - 18:00

For the opening times of the restaurants, see above for each individual restaurant website link.

How to get there

Fortnum and Mason is situated in the heart of London. The closest tube station is Piccadilly Circus. When you exit the tube station you will be in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. Head down a street called Piccadilly. In less than five minutes you will find the distinctive pistachio green doors of the store on your left.

Tube Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Fortnum and Mason is a place to head to get a real taste of true Britishness. It offers old school English glamour, quality products and purchase options to suit all budgets. If you simply want a small souvenir you could opt for buying one of their distinctive biscuit tins or jars of sweets. If you are looking for a chance to treat yourself and your family, you can buy chocolates to bring to the theatre, fresh produce for making a picnic or ready-made meals to enjoy in your accommodation. For an experience that you will remember you can opt for a trip to one of Fortnum and Mason's five places to eat - sample anything from a knickerbocker glory to a three-course dinner.

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