Ever wondered where the Royal Family do their shopping? Well, wonder no more. Royal Warrants have been awarded to businesses that supply services to the Royal Family since the 12th century. As a result, these companies become synonymous with quality and prestige. Shop as the royals do with our guide to some of these spots that can be found nearby.
Founded in 1730, Floris of London is the oldest English retailer of fragrance and toiletries and is still owned and run by the 8th and 9th generation of the Floris family. Today, its first Royal warrant is still on display at the shop together with 19 others. Located in St. James’, it is just a short tube ride away from the hotel.
Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason is an upmarket department store, originally granted royal warrants as grocers to The Queen and tea merchant to the Prince of Wales. The company has expanded since, building its reputation on stocking a variety of luxury food items as well as a selection of homewares and gifts. With three locations across London, the closest to the hotel and also the flagship store is found on Piccadilly.
Lock & Co. Hatters
Established in 1676, Lock & Co. Hatters is the world's oldest hat shop and the world's 34th oldest family-owned business. A short walk from Buckingham Palace, the company counts The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales amongst its customers and lays claim to being responsible for the origination of the bowler hat.
One for the jacket enthusiasts out there, J Barbour and Sons was first given a royal warrant to supply waterproof and protective clothing by The Queen in 1974. As well as its renowned waxed cotton jackets, the company also sells a range of casual wear for men and women, accessories, and bags. The nearest store to the hotel is on Mayfair’s Duke Street.
Sweet tooth? Prestat not only has two royal warrants but is also one of the oldest chocolate shops in London. Owned by the Dufour family, they are widely recognised as the creators of the first chocolate truffle in 1895 and each year present a special Easter egg to The Queen. Prestat’s flagship store can be found in St. James’ Princes Arcade, while the business also has an outlet in Knightsbridge's famous Harrods department store.