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Fortnum’s Arrives at The Royal Exchange

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By any standards The Royal Exchange, in the heart of the City in London, is a very grand place, directly across the street from The Bank of England. And as befits what has become an upscale shopping centre, the latest store to open in this location is Fortnum & Mason, the place where the Queen shops for food, if the Royal Warrant is to be believed.

This one opened on Monday and consists of two parts. There is a café-cum-restaurant in the middle of The Royal Exchange’s interior, coloured up in Fortnum’s signature turquoise and a good place to take tea, or something more substantial.

Then there is the shop itself, which is a very good copy of the ground floor food hall in the Piccadilly flagship, a couple of miles away. This is about top-end gifting and for those who want to buy tea, coffee or perhaps own-brand Champagne, this looks likely to be a natural destination. It is also open early and late (well after the money markets close), meaning that it seems probable that this will be an after-hours destination.