The food aisles of London’s top department stores are the perfect places to shop for top British food souvenirs. From tea at Fortnum & Mason to fine chocolate at Prestat, these are the top food souvenir shops in London
Fortnum & Mason
Established in 1707 in Piccadilly in London, Fortnum & Mason is renowned for its legendary food hall. A London institution, it is dedicated to some of the finest foodstuffs in the city, ranging from caviar to chocolates, jams to jellies, exceptional meats and almost everything in between. Those looking for traditional British food souvenirs will love the iconic Fortnum & Mason gourmet hampers filled with some of the best produce from the store. Traditional contents include jams, biscuits and teas while the most lavish baskets include wines, smoked salmon and meats.
Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER, +44 (0)20 7734 8040
Although not a shop per se, Borough Market is a foodie gem and a great place to source some of the best food souvenirs in London. Specialising in gourmet foods from artisanal grocers, bakers, farmers and cheesemongers from around the UK and across the world, the market is a must-visit for food lovers. The market has existed in some form for around 1,000 years and remains London’s most renowned food and drink market. With up to 100 stalls selling an enticing array of British produce, it is a perfect venue for those looking for unique and special food buys.
Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL, +44 (0)20 7407 1002
Synonymous with luxury, Harrods is lauded as one of the best shopping experiences in London. The store’s iconic food hall is another reason to visit this British institution – the Grade II-listed space is a magnet for foodies and chefs alike. A gourmet’s dream, it offers some of the best fresh produce in the city, along with traditional biscuits and preserves which would make very special souvenirs. The Harrods Food Hall is currently undergoing a two-year redevelopment programme and has already unveiled a new roastery, coffee bar and bakery – ideal for that extra-special lunch on the go.
Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL, +44 (0)20 7730 1234
For some of the most exciting food launches in London, head to the Selfridges Food Hall. Not only does the food hall offer great lunch and snack options, it also frequently hosts food pop-ups from some of the city’s coolest brands and restaurants. For top souvenirs, the vast array of top-quality confectionery on offer is a highlight, from the department store’s own brand as well as from top British and global names. For a great gift from the city, you can choose anything from a simple chocolate bar to a lavish selection box.
Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB, 0800 123400 (UK), +44 (0)113 369 8040 (international)
Prestat is one of the oldest chocolate shops in London and a great place to stock up on edible souvenirs in the British capital. Founded in 1902, Prestat has established itself as one of the finest luxury chocolate brands and has received two royal warrants. Its elegant boxes make perfect gifts; indulgent truffle flavours from dark sea-salt caramel to London gin and pink Marc de Champagne are just some of the brand’s best sellers.
Prestat, 14 Princes Arcade, London SW1Y 6DS, +44 (0)20 8961 8555