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Fortnum & Mason - A relationship with teaIn 1707, livery stables owner Hugh Mason and royal footman William Fortnum set up business together as Fortnum and Mason, grocers and tea merchants. Tea was the commodity on which the two young men built their dreams and grew their business. William Fortnum had family connections that entailed an intimate association with the magical brew; one of his cousins worked for the East India Company, the principal means of import of what was to become the national drink.

Fortnum & Mason - A relationship with tea

Fortnum’s façade, 1840

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