Rosé at Fortnum and Mason

Sometimes traditions are made to be broken, and that is precisely what I did on my trip to Fortnum and Mason, legendary British department store. I was told to go for the tea, but after a long day of walking, a glass (bottle) of rosé seemed a much better decision.

Established in 1707, there is oodles of history at this purveyor of luxury goods. Located in Piccadilly, the store felt a bit like a movie set, with beautiful displays of candies, cookies, and sweeties simply everywhere. Very British, very posh. I had fun walking up and down the aisles looking at everything, all beautifully packaged, and while I didn’t pick up anything when I was there, this would be the place to come if you were looking for something really special to bring back home.

My friend and I made our way to the The Gallery, which is a restaurant with a taste of the foods from the Food Hall on the ground floor. It was located on a mezzanine that overlooked the main floor, and offered a quieter respite from the frenzy of the store. Very open, and yet still very quiet — we had gone upstairs to the more “ice cream shoppe” styled option, and found it was a bit overwhelmed with kiddies and families, which wasn’t quite what we were looking for. This was also not as formal as some of the other options on site, and I appreciated the relaxed but refined vibe.

I had been told by many people that I had to go here for a cup of tea and some scones with clotted cream. Well, I got the scones with clotted cream (note: serving is just enough for one!) and opted for a glass of rose instead of the traditional tea, because my friend and I had been walking for hours, I was a bit too warm for a cup of hot tea, and, well, sometimes you just need to create your own traditions.

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.