Fortnum & Mason opens new store, bar and restaurant at The Royal Exchange

Fortnum & Mason has opened a new store, bar and restaurant within The Royal Exchange in London. Situated in the centre of The Royal Exchange's internal courtyard, The Fortnum's Bar & Restaurant has transfomed the iconic London landmark into a contemporary dining destination. The bar is respectful of the surrounding neoclassical architecture, proportioned to sit harmoniously within the vast internal atrium whilst creating a sense of intimacy.

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Designed by Universal Design Studio, the central bar seats up to 90 diners and offers a modern take on the Fortnum & Mason signature aesthetic, with a textured material palette of nickel, marble, Eau de Nil leather and glazed ceramics to complement the hues of the building's dominent material – Portland stone. The latticework of the canopied bar takes inspiration from Fortnum's English silverware collection, the original Piccadilly building and images sourced from the company's 300 year old archives.

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Reflecting the heritage of the British brand, all of the metalwork and hand-blown glass detail within the island counter is made within the Southeast of England, while the bespoke leather banquettes incorporate the iconic retailer's colour palette.

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The 213 sq m retail store is tucked away within the historic internal archways, and features bespoke chandeliers by Studio Roso, crafted from thousands of silver 'shells' taken from Fortnum & Mason teaspoons. Custom hand-blown glass lights and vases by Michael Ruh Studio, in collaboration with Universal, decorate the bar and restaurant throughout.

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'We are proud to bring Fortnum & Mason and The Royal Exchange – two London icons – together so harmoniously. The proportions, illumination and materiality of The Fortnum's bar have brought the trium to life once again, offering Londoners a new destination restaurant in an historic building, with an elegant store design which adds modern refinement to both the landmark setting and Fortnum & Mason food hall ofering,' says Hannah Carter Owers, co-director at Universal Design Studio.

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Photography: Andrew Meredith

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