Esoteric London

No. 358: Piccadilly, W1

Posted in Architectural, Shops by esotericlondon on July 13, 2011

Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly, London, W1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

The Londoners, Life in a Civilized City – Walter Henry Nelson 1975:

In Fortnum and Mason’s, that most absurdly elegant food store in the world, salesmen in frock coats and striped trousers actually can be seen wrapping groceries for bowler-hatted gentlemen whose chauffeurs wait outside leaning against nearby Bentleys, Daimlers or Princesses; one looks at the scene and wonders whether these people had not all stepped out of some film-set, until one realizes with a start that it’s all real.

[ The extract from The Londoners, Life in a Civilized City by Walter Henry Nelson reprinted by permission of Peters Fraser and Dunlop www.pfd.co.uk on behalf of the Estate of Walter Henry Nelson.]

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