Fortnum and Mason
For quintessentially English products (edible and non), head to this purveyor of high-quality provisions; it’s been in business for more than 300 years. Its historic building and always-impressive window displays are alone worth a visit, but so are dainty jars of orange marmalade and raspberry jam; painted metal tea caddies (choose English Breakfast, of course); ornate chocolates from Great Britain and beyond; Scottish all-butter shortbread biscuits presented in pretty tins; plus a host of other comestibles and drinkables including cheeses, olives, pâtés, pies, coffees, ports, and whiskeys. Though the shop also carries made-in-the-U.K. clothing, furniture, luggage, bath products, and stationery, the posh foodstuffs are the real draw. Pop in for tea and pastries at the chic Patio café (impeccable service, but alas, no outdoor seating).
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.