Fortnum and Mason honours Diamond Jubilee

A new restaurant at London's flagship department store Fortnum and Mason has opened as part of city wide celebrations to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year.

The special teashop offers a staggering 79 different types of teas and officially opened to the public at the start of the month, reports the Daily Telegraph. A trip to the famous store for a spot of tea and cake could be a great treat for those staying at central London hotels this summer.

Visitors to the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon can enjoy afternoon tea, which consists of finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of cakes as well as a pot of tea for the cost of £38 per person and could be an ideal way to relax after a major shopping trip in the capital city.

Each teapot is served with an accompanying timer to ensure that the refreshing brew is poured at the correct time and does not stew. There is also a private room that can be hired for tea tasting events for the real tea expert.

Fortnum has always been a major supplier of teas directly to the Royal family and therefore has taken the opportunity of the upcoming Diamond Jubilee to launch two new tea blends as well as a commemorative tea caddy.

The refurbished St James restaurant was opened by the Queen, alongside Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, at the start of March and marks a complete refurbishment for the fourth-floor venue which been offering afternoon tea for around 300 years.

Shoppers may also be tempted by the wide range of Jubilee products that have been sourced by the store this year to help the UK and overseas visitors mark this special royal year as well as the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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