Ten spots to shop like royalty in London
Fancy shopping in the same place as The Queen? Well, you can. These ten London-based businesses regularly supply Her Majesty et al and come with the regal seal of approval – a Royal Warrant. Hannah Ralph reveals your new favourite boutiques and more
Book your stay at The Goring
Thought it was just shops and boutiques that made the roster? The Goring is one of two hotels in London to claim top-drawer patronage (The Ritz London has a warrant from The Prince of Wales, but only The Goring has one from The Queen herself). Rubbing shoulders with Buckingham Palace, The Goring is where the Queen Mother enjoyed her weekly Eggs Drumkilbo for lunch, where Kate Middleton spent the night before her wedding to Prince William and where innumerable royal events, birthdays and anniversaries have been toasted.
Lock & Co Hatters
Go mad at Lock & Co Hatters
Get this for a brag: Lock & Co Hatters is the oldest hat shop in the world and the oldest shop – full stop – in London. Dating back to 1676, the business was founded by one Robert Davis, who bequeathed the shop to his apprentice, James Lock, in 1759. The shop is credited with the invention of the bowler hat and its titfers have been seen on the likes of Lord Nelson and Winston Churchill – the latter of whom was a known patron of St James’s, where the Lock & Co shop remains to this day.
Find your sparkle with Cartier
The legendary maison has enjoyed its own royal fling, too, becoming known as “the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers” (Edward VII said it first). The king was also Cartier’s first British monarch patron, ordering 27 tiaras for his Coronation in 1902. Two years later, the jeweller bagged its first official Royal Warrant from British royalty. More than a century down the line, Cartier jewels would be seen by tens of millions atop Kate Middleton’s head at the Royal Wedding in the spring of 2011. Glitzy.
Stomp in style with Hunter boots
Remember when it was a crime to appear on the UK festival scene without a pair of Hunter wellies? Well, it’s not just the stylish matt finish that got the A-list’s toes wiggling, but the brand’s two dazzling Royal Warrants. Among The Firm, we’ve seen HM The Queen, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Princess Diana all donning the monarch-favoured boots (Diana fans will recall that the late princess was pictured sporting a classic green pair on her infamous trip to Balmoral with The Prince of Wales). See you in the fields…
Pick a scent at Penhaligons
Truly the Joanna Lumley of Royal Warrant holders, Penhaligon’s is all darlings and dandies, curiosity and cheek. Legendary scent-maker William Penhaligon started the perfumery in the late 19th century, quickly becoming ‘Barber and Perfumer’ to Queen Victoria’s Royal Court. These days, the spritzy store (there are a tonne of outposts here in the UK) has two Royal Warrants to its sweet-smelling name and counts Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker among its famous fans. Top tip: book a free fragrance profiling session in store to find your match.
Henry Poole & Co
Suit up at Henry Poole & Co
Savile Row is no stranger to a Royal Warrant, including the one at its oldest bespoke tailoring house, Henry Poole & Co. Set up by James Poole as a military tailor in 1806, it’s still the only Savile Row shop to have a Livery Department with a Royal Warrant held successively since Queen Victoria first dished one out back in 1869. Its ledger is gleaming, spanning Charles Dickens to David Gandy. Head there today and you can pick up a face mask in Churchill’s favourite chalk stripe flannel.
Fortnum and Mason
Shop and collect Avios at Fortnum and Mason
Everyone’s favourite, poshest shop, founded in 1707, is famous for its wicker hampers and 150 different teas, but there’s much more to it than that. Fortnum and Mason of Piccadilly also invented the Scotch egg, was the original stocker of Mr Heinz’s baked beans, and shipped beef tea to Florence Nightingale and her patients during the Crimean War. The two Royal Warrants to its name are from HM The Queen and The Prince of Wales, with the former said to enjoy the strawberry and Champagne preserve at Christmas time.
Berry Bros & Rudd
Find your tipple at Berry Bros. & Rudd
For a royally good time, it’s off to Berry Bros & Rudd at 63 Pall Mall, St James’s. The drinks merchant has supplied the monarchy with its rare wines and spirits for more than three centuries. And it’s not just a spot to grab a vintage port, Dom Pérignon or Tasmanian single malt, but also an atmospheric events space that hosts expert tasting sessions and seasonal dinners. It’s no wonder there are two Royal Warrants hanging above the door.
Find the perfect pair with John Lobb
How, in 1863, does a young Cornish shoemaker in Australia tailor a pair of riding boots for the then future king of England? It’s one of the biggest mysteries in shoemaking folklore, but John Lobb (who moved to the Gold Coast after being rejected from all of London’s major shoemakers) managed it. It even snagged him a Royal Warrant, which has stuck ever since (plus a few more warrants along the way). The shop on St James’s Street (often called London’s most beautiful) is where the likes of Frank Sinatra and Lord Olivier came for their bespoke loafers, Derbys, buckle boots and more.
Find treats at Prestat
Inventor of the chocolate truffle and Roald Dahl’s favourite chocolatier, Prestat is one of the world’s oldest chocolate businesses and holder of two Royal Warrants. French émigré Antoine Dufour founded the shop back in 1902 with a desirable spot in central London (you can still find Prestat today in Princes Arcade, Piccadilly). It has held two warrants, with the current one Her Majesty The Queen, cementing Prestat’s place on the sovereign table.
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