“I loved going shopping in London, like at Fortnum & Mason. They have these guys in uniform with white gloves there and they never rush you. They stand there forever. They’d say, “May I help you, ma’am?” and I’d say, “Mmm… maybe I’ll have this can of soup.” And they’d say, “Oh, that’s a lovely brand, ma’am—one of our most popular.” And they’d hold up the can of soup and follow you around for like an hour holding up cans of soup and boxes of biscuits and jars of all sorts of sauces… “And this one, ma’am, is so lovely with duck.” They’d go on and on. I couldn’t get over it.”
I’m loving this description of Jerry Hall cavorting round Fortnum’s.
The service is still as good. I was there a month ago looking at the china teacups and got talking to one of the uniformed salesmen. He proceeded to give me a little tour of the glass cabinets housing antique tea sets and knew everything about everything. It was like my own personal Antiques Roadshow. We then got onto the subject of old books and records, and it turned out he was a bit of a record collector. At this point it felt a little too much like talking to one of my boyfriend’s muso mates, so I beat a polite but hasty retreat.
I did buy some tea and china though.
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Fortnum & Mason
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