Friday, 22 April 2016

Five on Friday at the Shops in London

Hello hello!

That's two hellos for the price of one! Well, it is Five on Friday over at Amy's blog, do have a peek.

I'm in London mooching about this week and although a visit to the shops was not my reason for going, who can resist a look especially when you are in the 'posh' end of town.

One - Fortnum & Mason from the Outside

Just looking at the shop windows entices you in, what a beautiful shop.





Two - Fortnum & Mason Inside

The displays are so artistically constructed and full of colour. The Assistants were smartly dressed in frock coats and happy to help.








Three - Arcades

There are a number of exclusive Arcades along Piccadilly including the Burlington Arcade full of beautifully presented goods, the Piccadilly Arcade, which cuts through to Jermyn Street in St James, wasn't quite so busy. Here's a website showing which shops are located there.


Four - St James

It is such a pleasure walking down the streets in this area. Some shops look as if they have been here for years.

Thomas Pink - Retailer of formal wear for two hundred years

Perfume at Floris since 1730


Cheese at Paxton & Whitfield since 1797

Five - Flower Stall

Nestled next to Christopher Wren's St James Church stood this pretty flower stall. I couldn't see anyone selling the flowers though!

A lot of the shops have a Royal Warrant showing that they are tradesmen to the Royal Family. Maybe some of their goods ended up at the Queen's birthday party yesterday!

All in all an elegant way to spend an hour or two.

Have a great week.

See you soon.

37 comments:

  1. Lovely photos of lovely shops. I habven't been in Fortnam's but I love the Burlington arcade, it's like a dream
    Jill

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    1. You must go in next time you're nearby and maybe have a cup of tea!

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  2. I daren't go in Fortnum's because I'd spent a fortune. I love looking in the windows though.

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    1. It's easy to get distracted by taking photos rather than buying things!

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  3. Great photos, I would be so tempted to spend a fortune in some of those shops. xx

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  4. How lovely to see all those shops in your photos. I have been inside Fortnum and Mason but such a long time ago. It has been about 15 years since I visited London and the last couple of times I visited I was on a course or taking exams and didn't get chance to see much so it was good to see your photos:)

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    1. You'll have to get down again, there's so much to see. :-)

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  5. I thought you were going to say you'd gone to London to visit the Queen and say happy birthday! I love Fortums too, looks a great shopping trip.
    Bye, Bye!
    Wren x

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    1. I missed her this time. It was lovely to have a look round and see what was going on. x

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  6. Looks like a great shopping trip. I am a great fan of Fortnum and Mason and love a stroll around when I get the chance, its been a few years since I have visited.

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    1. We can always have a look online if we can't get there can't we!

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  7. Such beautiful shops and so many temptations! :)
    Thank you for the lovely tour!

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  8. I enjoyed your wander in London. I need to spend a few days there I think. So much to see for free! I love Fortnums, and those old arcades. Oh - and Floris! How I miss it. x

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    1. There is so much to see. I've got a few more posts to share later on :-)

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  9. I have the same picture of the F&M biscuit tins!! One of my favourite shops. Loved visiting London with you x

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    1. You wouldn't be able to buy just one biscuit tin, it would spoil the display x

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  10. Such beautiful shops and displays! I haven't been to F&M's for many years, and have never seen the arcades. The pretty flower stall reminded me of Eliza Doolittle in 'My Fair Lady'. Have a lovely weekend.
    Cathy x

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    1. That's very true! It's a lovely shop isn't it x

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  11. A wonderful visit to some amazing shops! It is so great to see all of this retail history and still going on isn't it. Hope you had a great time in London. Thank you for joining Five On Friday again this week, I do so appreciate it and enjoy reading your posts. Hope you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, I'm so glad you are feeling better and back to normal x

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  12. Hi Karen, how lucky are you to be visiting my favorite store! I just opened a new canister of Fortmason tea. It's been over two years since I visited these same places. The arcade made me feel as though I was stepping back in time. Thank you for sharing such great photos. And, thank you for your kind comment left on my blog. Hugs, Pat

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Pat, it's great fun mooching about in London isn't it. x

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  13. I love to window shop too. Who wouldn't with such wonderful shops. I love the very old name fronts in St James. Have a good weekend. B x

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    1. It's a step back in time isn't it. I don't think they should allow cars down the road, there's always one in the way when you try to take a photo. x

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  14. Seeing your super photos is like virtual tour of those beautiful shops, thank you! I love the colour combinations in the F&M window display. Have a good weekend. x

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    1. It's the colours that really draw you in, it's all so well done. You too x

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  15. London, my favorite city in the world and it absolutely wears me out when we go there.

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    1. There's so much to see, especially in the sun. I always walk miles too! :-)

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  16. Oooh, I could get INTO shopping here at these places...your standard U.S. supermall shopping leaves me cold...and the big stores too. I hate it. Don't go unless I HAVE to. But your day looks so wonderful! That's what shopping should be like!

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    1. I totally agree with you! These particular shops in London are more works of art! :-)

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  17. You had me at Fortnum & Mason...inside and out! I'd love to go shopping with you!

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    1. Beautiful isn't it, especially at Christmas :-)

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  18. Hoe beautiful. I'll be in London in June and I want to see so much. I hope I can find the best cup of tea too so if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

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    1. I hope you have a great time. There's a teashop at 216 The Strand that is 310 years old.http://www.twinings.co.uk/about-twinings/216-strand . I don't know if the tea tastes good though!!

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  19. What fab photos - looks like you had a great day for your day in town :)

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