Taking a stroll down Picadilly will make you know doubt think of all the visitors that have passed along the street before you - and if you do you can imagine how much things have changed over the years. One thing can almost be guaranteed to have stayed the same though throughout that time - the presence of one particular store - which has stood proudly in position for more than three centuries. That store, isFortnum and Mason.
So, what can you expect to buy there? Well, luxury items are the order of the day, as pretty much everything here is luxurious, from the Food Hall on the Lower Ground Floor, all the way up to the Tea Salon on the4th Floor - you'll find everything from confectionery such as glacé fruits, to hand crafted toys out of wood, lingerie to bath linen and much more besides - it really is a treasure trove of the exquisite.
However, there is one thing you should really go to Fortnum and Mason for, to try and to savour, as what you will be eating is actually part of not just the history of the store, but something that has entered British food culture itself.
The Scotch Egg, to which I was referring, was actually conceptualised here in Fortnum and Mason, before cars even existed - and where better to try this boiled egg encased in crumbed sausage meat ready meal than in the place it was first created?
My recommendation then - find a day when you really don't want to go outside, especially a rainy day, and make the effort to go to Fortnum and Mason. Take your time perusing the different floors, and by the end of your trip, probably a few hours later, you will have probably found that either the weather has cleared, or your mood has considerably lightened - or even both - a magical place.