The royal family’s insistence on having new candles every night resulted in large amounts of half‐used wax, which Fortnum promptly resold for a tidy profit!
Situated in The Courtyard, it includes a bar and restaurant as well as produce from their famous Food Halls.
In 1964 they added the now famous Fortnum’s clock to their headquarters building at 181 Piccadilly.
It has eighteen bells, from the same foundry as Big Ben, which every fifteen minutes plays a selection of music. On the hour, Messrs Fortnum and Mason appear through the doors.
You will find this firm of tailors at 40 Eastcheap on the corner of Idol Lane.
Thousands of City workers, visitors and local residents walk past it daily.
Sometimes you can see the tailors working on their cutting bench as you look at items in the window.
The firm began in 1908 at which time it was located in Cullum Street. Several generations of the same family have been running the firm since the second world war.