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Fortnum & Mason. Piccadilly, London.

Fortnum and Mason is the most luxurious department store in the world, since 1707. They provide a treasure trove of hampers, tea, coffee & sweet treats. As the story goes "William Fortnum was a footman in the royal household of Queen Anne. The Royal Family’s insistence on having new candles every night meant a lot of half-used wax which William Fortnum promptly resold for a tidy profit. The enterprising William Fortnum also had a sideline business as a grocer. He convinced his landlord, Hugh Mason, to be his associate, and they founded the first Fortnum & Mason store in Mason's small shop in St James's Market in 1707."

The elegance of F&M is recognized upon arrival. Walking through the store you will find massive chandeliers, honey towers, a wall of jam, the Parlor, the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, St. James Restaurant, perfumes and more. I recommend the Bountiful Butter, Lemon Curd and Clotted Cream biscuits. Surely your sweet tooth will be satisfied and grateful after an afternoon at this special London establishment.

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