A most magical store exists in London called Fortnum & Mason. Don’t you just love the topiaries (albeit faux)?
Fortnum, meet Mason
In 1705 Hugh Mason had a small shop in St James’s Market and a spare room in his house. The Fortnum family had come to London from Oxford as high-class builders in the wake of the Great Fire, helping to establish the St James’s and Mayfair areas as the most fashionable in London. William climbed another rung by taking a post as footman in Queen Anne’s household - and the room at Mr Mason’s.
The Royal Family’s insistence on having new candles every night meant a lot of half-used wax for an enterprising footman to sell on at a profit – so while the Queen’s wages paid the rent, William’s enlightened sideline melted down into enough to start a respectable business. The rest, as they say, is grocery.
* above from http://www.fortnumandmason.com/
The physical store itself if just beautiful.
The first floor is filled with amazing teas and food. The containers themselves are breathtaking.
How does one choose? Note the tie that matches the signature aqua on the bags.
The second floor has a huge selection of varying styles of vessels in which to put your tea.
Of course there are the famous British hampers.
And yet another floor devoted to things that smell sweet.
A most magical place indeed!
What magical place will you share with us?
- The Tablescaper