Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason has opened its doors in one of London’s most iconic buildings, The Royal Exchange.

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Situated in The Courtyard, it includes a bar and restaurant as well as produce from their famous Food Halls.

Fortnum & Mason began in 1705 from a small store in St James Market by Hugh Mason and William Fortnum who was an entrepreneur; he also took a post as Footman in Queen Anne’s household.

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!

In 1964 they added to their headquarters building at 181 Piccadilly, the now famous Fortnum’s clock.

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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.

Source: Fortnum & Mason: The First 312 Years andWikimedia Commons