Best for… Anglophile foodies
The lowdown: A food mecca since 1707, Fortnum & Mason’s flagship Piccadilly store is a must-visit for lovers of coffee and condiments: it has won several royal warrants for its products, many of which were sent out in hampers to British soldiers during both world wars. Fill your shopping basket with sweet treats on the ground floor, then head up to the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon for a spot of afternoon tea – the perfect pick-me-up between shopping. Visit mid-week when it’s easier to get a table.
If you only buy one thing: Grab a jar of Fortnum’s Piccadilly Honey – it’s made by bees dwelling in pagoda hives on top of the store – plus a olive wood and sterling silver honey drizzler for something to treasure forever.
Where? 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER. Take the Victoria, Jubilee or Piccadilly lines to Green Park tube station.