Fortnum and Mason was founded as a grocery store in 1707 by William Fortnum and his landlord Hugh Mason. It is known for its high quality food but developed into a department store, stocking a variety of exotic, speciality and basic provisions. The large store is spread over several levels at 181 Piccadilly.
On the 1st March 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, opened the refurbished and renamed Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.
The afernoon tea is well worth the £50 (ish) you will pay for the experience. You can select a meal or the sandwhiches, the tea is unlimited and the cakes and scones are plenty.
When I had afternoon tea at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon with my mum and aunt in October 2013 the service was some of the best I have had in the UK and we were able to take home our left over sweets that we did not finish!
Note: While you are not required to follow any dress code, I would say that jeans are slightly too casual for the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.
Theme: Classic Afternoon Tea
Best for: a lovely outing with some close lady friends and an incredible range of tea
How to get there:
Fortnum and Mason is located on the 5th floor of the Fortnum and Mason department store at 181 Piccadilly.
Closest tube: 3 – 5 minute walk from Piccadilly Circus station (Piccadilly line & Bakerloo line) and 5 – 7 minute walk from Green Park station (Piccadilly line, Victoria line & Jubilee Line).
Tel. 0207 7348040
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