|Fortnum and Mason - this photo courtesy of Andrew Marriott.|
The Fortnums were originally high-class builders who moved to
|Fortnum and Mason - Christmas window display 2012.|
|Hatchards - 2012.|
|Lobbs window - 2012|
|Truefitt and Hill - 2012|
William Francis Truefitt first sold gentlemen's grooming products in 1705. Just six years later he had established himself as "Court hair cutter" and "Court head dresser", and along with his brother Peter, later went on to became Wigmaker to King George III.
|Berry Bros and Rudd - 2012.|
Another business with links to George III is Berry Brothers and Rudd. Being close to St James's Palace, no doubt their attractive window displays of exotic goods such as tea, coffee, cocoa, spices and snuff, soon attracted royal attention.
|James J Fox -2102|
This is the world's oldest cigar merchant - so old that they there is a museum in the basement! They first started retailing cigars in 1787, although the Fox family wasn't involved until 1881 when the great great grandfather of the current owner opened a retail shop. Customers have included Winston Churchill, who bought his cigars here, and Oscar Wilder, who defaulted on his bill of 37 pounds, for gold tipped cigarettes of which he reputedly smoked 100 a day.
|Burlington Arcade - 2012|
And the cuckoo?
The answer is: Truefitt and Hill - because although the business dates back to Georgian times, this shop was only established in 1994 and merely looks old, as opposed to the other premises which really are old!
|The contents may have its roots in Georgian times|
but this shop was established in 1994.
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