Fortnum & Mason

The World's Most Famous Cornershop

Welcome to fortnum & mason


First founded in London’s Piccadilly in 1707, we are proud to have remained an essential destination for anyone in search of extraordinary food, exceptional service and joy-giving things ever since. Everyone remembers their first encounter with us, and no wonder – over our centuries of history, we have been committed to delivering a sense of pleasure to anyone who walks through our doors.

'Look where I will... I see Fortnum & Mason. All the hampers fly wide open and the green downs burst into a blossom of lobster salad!'

Charles Dickens


Our History

The First 312 Years


Like all great exercises in creation, Fortnum & Mason began with light. The insistence of Queen Anne's household on fresh candles every night spelled a legitimate perk for an enterprising footman: spare palace wax to sell on. By 1707, William Fortnum's enlightened sideline had melted down into enough to leave royal service and start a business with his landlord Hugh Mason. The rest, as they say, is grocery.


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Fortnum's Tea

Fortnum's Tea

Tea is pivotal to our storied past, present and future. In 1902, our brews came to boast a royal pedigree thanks to a bespoke blend specially created for King Edward VII. From contemporary infusions to home-grown blends, our tea is still reigning and pouring today.
The Story of the Hamper

The Story of the Hamper

The Fortnum’s hamper is the world’s best-travelled tuck box. Over the course of 312 years it’s been dispatched to every possible location, from the slopes of Everest and the battlefields of Iraq to the more welcoming lawns of Twickenham, Henley and Epsom. It’s a by-word for portable pleasure.
181 Piccadilly

181 Piccadilly

Millions from around the world visit our flagship store in Piccadilly to take Afternoon Tea, explore our famous Food Halls and wend their way up and down the velvet-carpeted stairs. Resplendent in our signature Eau De Nil, our beautiful building is a corner shop that has seen it all.
Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

We've been serving an extraordinary version of this oh-so-British tradition for centuries. In that time, we've learned a thing or two about making every afternoon's sipping into a memorable one – from the cakes and sandwiches, to the scones and the eponymous drink at the heart of it all.
Long Love #Fortnums

Long Love #Fortnums

We got our start selling half-burned candles from Queen Anne’s palace and in the same spirit, you have been reusing and reimagining the things we make ever since. Find out more about the care and attention to detail that goes into making our packaging so wonderful.
Our Rooftop Bees

Our Rooftop Bees

With honeybee colonies on the decline, we installed several hives on top of our Piccadilly store in 2008 to help boost their numbers. Today, you can find our hives buzzing on 14 roofs and counting across London, including in Bermondsey, Hoxton, St Pancras, and Somerset House too.
Fortnum's Cook Books

Fortnum's Cook Books

Written by Tom Parker Bowles, our Cook Books reveals over 300 years of Fortnum’s secrets, from Scotch Eggs and Earlgazey Pond Pudding to a whole season's worth of winter feasting.
Food and Drink Awards

Food and Drink Awards

Now in their seventh year, the annual Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards celebrate the very best writers, publishers, broadcasters, photographers, and personalities working in food and drink today.
What's On at Fortnum's

What's On at Fortnum's

From tipple tastings and tea adventures to historic tours and foodie talks, step inside Fortnum's to have your senses stretched – in the most delightful way, of course.