|The Shirley Drawbridge at Majors Green, northern branch of the Stratford to
Avon canal (photo courtesy Wikipedia commons)
|Fortnum and Mason’s flagship store at Piccadilly|
|The Queen, Camilla (Duchess of Cornwall) and
Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge)
examine some Fortnum’s Hampers
|The clock on the façade|
|Afternoon tea tray in the Gallery|
A renovation, carried out around the 300th anniversary of the store, dramatically opened up interior spaces. In the November 4, 2007 edition of The Guardian, Jonathan Glancey (who, at the time, was the architecture and design correspondent) reviewed the renovation in the following vein:
I can’t say that I have an informed opinion on the renovation, since my first visit to Fortnum’s was in 2010, after the afore-mentioned work. (and a thank-you to my tea-loving friend Amelia, who introduced me to the seductive tea selection at Fortnum’s!) What I can hold forth upon is…the tea. And it is fantastic!
|So much tea from which to choose!|
And having tea at Fortnum’s is also delightful – although my last experience bordered on convulsive hilarity. London was really hot last summer, with the grass in the parks resembling crisp brown spikes – and any excuse to duck into an air-conditioned building was a good one. So hot tea on a hot day? Of course!
|The ground floor of Fortnum’s, with all the tea, coffee and hampers you could desire…|
|My new teapot, after the tragical events unfolded.|
|A tasty, tiny treat at Fortnum’s afternoon tea…|