Episode 34: London’s Old Shops - Food and Drink

Did you know there are shops in London that are over 300 years old? Join Hazel as she shares her favourite old shops for food and drink.

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Show Notes

One of my favourite London wonders is its living history. There are so many beautiful old buildings have been preserved and are still in use today, sometimes for the same purpose they were originally built for.

It’s quite a novelty browsing in these olde shops which have changed little since they were first built, sometimes hundreds of years ago. We are so lucky in London that there are still quite a selection of these shops still open awaiting for our custom today. Several famous London shops haven’t survived and I will cover those off in another podcast but with Christmas round the corner and shopping being a major part of that I thought I’d share with you my favourite old shops of London.

Which part of London is best for old shops? When I think of old-fashioned shop front the area of St James stands out as well as the City. But Mayfair and Holborn offer a few too.

Berry Bros. & Rudd

It was founded in 1698 as an upscale grocers by a business woman known as ‘Widow Bourne’. She and her daughters ran the St James' establishment which supplied the area's fashionable coffee houses and was passed down through the family. Amazingly, with it having traded for over 300 years it is a still ran by the eighth generation.

3 St. James’s Street, London SW1A 1EG / 63 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5HZ

Open Monday to Friday 10am – 9pm, 10am – 5pm on Saturday and closed on Sundays.

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By Appointment to:

HM The Queen

Wine & Spirit Merchants

HRH The Prince of Wales

Wine and Spirit Merchants

Fortnum & Mason

We see this fabulous shop on our Christmas Lights tour. Fortnum & Mason is an essential London destination for all in search of extraordinary food. Its headquarters are located at 181 Piccadilly, not far from Berry Bros. & Rudd. They also have two royal warrants.

181 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1A 1ER

Opening times: Monday – Saturday 9am - 9pm  / Sunday 11.30am* - 6pm
(*11.30am - 12 noon is browsing only on Sundays)


By Appointment to:

HM The Queen

Grocers & Provision Merchants

HRH The Prince of Wales

Tea Merchants and Grocers

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