In partnership with: Royal Exchange
Officially opened by Queen Elizabeth I in 1571 on the initiative of financier and merchant Thomas Gresham, the Royal Exchange was built as a centre of commerce, where British wools could be found alongside silks from exotic lands. Intriguingly, stockbrokers were banned from doing business as they were considered too disagreeable; rather they were encouraged to wreak havoc in the coffee houses around the corner.
Fortnum & Mason's courtyard residence
Modelled on Antwerp’s Bourse (stock exchange) the original building was a very different affair to the current Neo-Palladian design by Sir William Tite, with a large open courtyard surrounded by shops, businesses and a trading floor not dissimilar to a Parisienne square. Unfortunately, The Royal Exchange suffered two catastrophic fires (The Great Fire of London in 1666 and another in 1838) which led to Tite's current design.
2018 welcomed the addition of another London icon, Fortnum & Mason, which occupies the central courtyard with a restaurant and 90-cover bar. A seasonal, contemporary menu, with plates such as braised ox cheek and citrus marinated hand-dived scallops, makes for perfect shopping sustenance. With boutiques such as Leica, Hermès, Montblanc, Boodles and Watches of Switzerland located under the glass skylight, it just goes to prove that the most fertile blooms spring from ashes.
Silk'in Change Purse, £355, Hermès, hermes.com
Roulette Rose Gold and Diamond Bangle, £4,500, Boodles, boodles.com
Monogrammed iPhone Case, £70, Aspinal of London, aspinaloflondon.com
Tiffany Charms Mum Bracelet (with chain), £145, Tiffany & Co., tiffany.co.uk
Ultimate Mother's Day Collection, £100, Bamford, bamford.com
Mirfield W, £370, Church's, church-footwear.com
LE90790, £395, Tom Davies, tdtomdavies.com
Sofort Instant Camera, £275, Leica, leica-camera.com
18K Rose Gold Mayfair Bracelet, £1,500, Tateossian, tateossian.com
Pomegranate Noir 2.1kg Candle, £300, Jo Malone, jomalone.co.uk
Faye, £169, Pretty Ballerinas, prettyballerinas.co.uk
Paul A Young Fine Chocolates, paulayoung.co.uk
Article created in partnership with Royal Exchange