In 1707, William Fortnum, a footman to Queen Anne’s household, rents a spare room from businessman Hugh Mason in his small St James’s Market shop. The entrepreneurial duo decide to join forces, selling excess candle wax from the Royal Household and fresh groceries. From humble beginnings, Fortnum & Mason has become London’s most famous and prestigious department store, renowned worldwide as purveyors of fine gifts, extraordinary food and unforgettable experiences.
Fortnum & Mason has been a Piccadilly institution for over three centuries. This year the luxury department store will expand its London offering to the City, with the exciting news that it will be taking over two prominent positions at The Royal Exchange in October. The 2,368sq ft retail space will stock a range of Fortnum’s most iconic wares straight from the flagship store, including hampers, teas and preserves, alongside fresh produce and a confectionery counter. Separately, in The Royal Exchange’s beautiful central courtyard, Fortnum’s will create a destination bar and dining area with up to 90 covers.
Ewan Venters, CEO at Fortnum & Mason, commented: ‘Our arrival at The Royal Exchange brings together two iconic London institutions with a shared history in trade and commerce, and a shared passion in architectural heritage. We are driven to creating a world-class destination that brings the luxury and global charm of Fortnum’s to the prestigious environment of The Royal Exchange.’
Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange is subject to the City of London planning