Fortnum & Mason opens first City restaurant

By Sophie Witts contact

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Fortnum & Mason opens first City restaurant
Fortnum & Mason has opened its first restaurant and store in the City of London as part of what the company says is the ‘next evolution’ of its brand.

The luxury retailer has taken the spot in The Royal Exchange that was occupied by D&D London for 15 years, before the restaurant group decided not to renew its lease this summer.

It is the fourth UK site for Fortnum & Mason, which opened its original store in Piccadilly in 1707.

An announcement on behalf of the group says: “This opening marks the ongoing growth of [Fortnum & Mason] along with its commitment to London as a global finance capital.”

Its 90-cover restaurant has launched in The Royal Exchange courtyard, offering both table and counter dining.

Its all-day menu includes caviar, shellfish and smoked salmon hand-carved at the counter, alongside classic Fortnum’s dishes such as Welsh rarebit and knickerbocker glory.

There’s also champagnes, wines and cocktails and teas, including a special blend with Assam, Ceylon and Yunnan gold buds made exclusively for the Royal Exchange site.

A separate 2,368 sq ft retail space stocks items from its flagship Piccadilly store.

The Royal Exchange is a former City trading floor opposite The Bank of England, which now houses over 30 luxury retail stores set around a central courtyard.

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