After a quick meet up in Green Park with a bunch of bloggers we headed to our first stop which was The Ritz Hotel. The first fact of the day: The Queen Mother used to order tomato soup every time she came for a meal, one day they had sold out and instead served her canned Heinz soup. She enjoyed this more than the original! They served it to her from then on and this story only emerged once she passed away.
The next stop was a cute little chocolate shop called Charbonnel et Walker in the Royal Arcade on New Bond Street. It has been there since 1875 and is where the Queen buys her sweets, we tried her favourite violet creme – my verdict is that it tastes like soap but it would make a great present for a chocolate/royal lover.
The oldest book shop in the UK was the next stop, Hatchard’s book shop has been open since 1797 and is one of the quaintest book shops I’ve ever set foot in. There are hundreds of signed copies in store and I can confirm is a celebrity hot spot, we saw Bill Nighy doing his shopping whilst we were there.
It was time to do some gin tasting at the next stop which was Berry Brothers and Rudd on St James Street, this was the coolest alcohol shop I’ve ever been to! With totally original floors and a certificate from the Titanic showing they supplied the alcohol this shop is truly unique. After warming my throat with some pretty tasty gin some bloggers purchased some goodies for Christmas presents.
On the same street we visited two other very posh shops. The first one was a hat shop named Lock and Co Hatters. Some of the hats were esquisite but the price tag was a little over my budget! It was fun going in and trying on weird and wonderful hats. On the same street was another very old shop that sold shoes, shoes that take 6 months to make! Prince Charles shops here and there is still a foot model of Queen Victoria’s shoe size (it was teeny). Again the price tag is just a little hefty but only the best for the royal family.
We stopped a famous perfume shop where you can smell the likes of Marilyn Monroe, James Bond and Winston Churchill and also popped into Churchills favourite cigar shop.
The final stop on the tour was a shop that I was dying to get to as I am a bit of a cheese freak! Paxton and Whitfield Cheese shop first opened it’s doors in 1797 and have over 400 different types of cheese, unfortunately the shop was super busy at the time so there were no samples being handed out.