The majestic, historical Royal Exchange building is a perfect match for Fortnum & Mason’s own long-standing heritage brand status. The department store’s outpost there is a unique setting for afternoon tea, a popular British ritual since the 1840s, and definitely a must for visitors to London. Afternoon Tea Week, which runs from 12 August to 18 August, is just days away, and what better reason to indulge?
As Fortnum & Mason puts it, ‘afternoon tea wouldn’t be the same without a glass of champagne’, so relax with a glass of the store’s award-winning bubbly as you sample some of the very moreish sandwiches, such as smoked salmon with lemon butter. Our highlight was refreshing cucumber with mint cream cheese. Let’s not forget the freshly baked scones served with clotted cream, Fortnum & Mason strawberry jam and lemon curd. And the favourite of all afternoon tea takers has to be the array of delicate, beautifully presented pâtisserie, perfectly accompanied by a cup of Fortnum & Mason’s famous tea blends.
After you have enjoyed your afternoon tea, take advantage of the conveniently located Fortnum & Mason Royal Exchange store and stock up on souvenirs to take home to friends and family – and, of course, indulge in some of the renowned biscuits and teas for yourself.
Fortnum & Mason, The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR, +44 (0)20 7734 8040