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Parlour at Fortnum & Mason

Restaurants, Ice-cream parlours St James'
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
The Parlour at Fortnum and Mason

Time Out says

It's all about the ice cream at this Fortnum & Mason spot. However, there's artisan coffee, hot chocolates, open sandwiches and glasses of wine for those who don't fancy getting stuck into the cornets and coupes, sundaes and scoops. 

Most do, though. The menu ranges from individual flavours such as Fortnum’s orange marmalade ice cream and G&T sorbets to a knickerbocker glory, a banana split and the 'ultimate white chocolate gold' - a combination of salted caramel and white chocolate ice cream with honeycomb, dark chocolate sauce, gold leaf and Baerii caviar.

Cakes, shakes and boozy floats feature too, alongside savoury options including Welsh rarebit, a Waldorf salad, a coronation chicken sandwich with mango chutney and Fortnum's smoked salmon served with soda bread. 



Address: 1st floor, Fortnum & Mason
Cross street: 181 Piccadilly
Transport: Tube: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Ice cream £8-£15
Opening hours: Open 10am-8pm Mon-Sat; noon-5.30pm Sun
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4 out of 5 stars

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This is an adorable pitstop while shopping in central London or perfect for tourists or visiting friends while taking in one of the most beautiful and iconic department stores in London. Even browsing the tea department is a special and uplifting experience. The kids will also be over the moon with the 'build your own sundae' menu. The parlour is outrageously pretty, decorated in a rainbow of pastels and you can even have a miniature ice-cream balanced delightfully on the rim of your cup of choice.


If you are on the hunt for a serious sugar rush and I scream for ice cream sundaes, this is a great spot to enjoy some serious guilty pleasure. Tucked away on the first floor of Fortnum and Mason this is worth a visit. The sundaes are huge with a variety of flavours and combinations and so well presented. They offer a selection of drinks and cream teas as well as a large choice of savoury items too, all served on silver platters with cotton napkins. It's never been too busy when I've visited although I suspect this might be different during the weekend and the service has always been good.

There's very few places you can gorge on ice cream and feel refined, but The Parlour is definitely one of them. I thought booking a table for two on a Monday afternoon was going to be unnecessary but I'm very glad that I did! It was heaving. Delicious and expensive - everything you'd expect from Fortnum's! Also, I mentioned it was my sister's birthday and they sang a very low-volume-non-embarrassing happy birthday to her. How charming! 

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