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I’m slowly, appreciatively eating my way through a treasure trove of goodies from London’s venerable purveyor of teas, biscuits, jams and all delights to be found in gift hampers: Fortnum & Mason.


The signature “Eau de Nil” blue façade of Fortnum’s, that beloved bastion of Western civilization. Thanks to a dear friend for introducing me to the place. Photo: Scentspy.


Design on a box of sweets from Fortnum’s.

Fortnum’s is known, among other things, for inventing the Scotch Egg, bringing baked beans to Britain, supplying the first British Everest expedition (with 60 tins of quail in foie gras and four dozen bottles of Champagne), and hosting beehives on its roof. They also serve afternoon tea.


I found myself mesmerized by their St. James china. The “Tea for Two” set, made in England, can be yours for only 330 British pounds.

For a much more reasonable price, you can bring home a matching tin of pistachio and clotted cream biscuits.


My loot consists of clotted cream fudge, marzipan fruit, pistachio biscuits, tiny Italian candies, chocolate dipped oranges, violet and rose chocolates, and ginger almond nougat.

I love it that the Hampers are still very traditional wicker ones, with F&M stenciled on the lid. 


I’m not the only one who loves Fortnum’s and their famous hampers. Notice the Queen’s Eau de Nil ensemble!