Top 10 Shops in London with a Royal Warrant

FEATURES | | Leave a Comment

Royal warrants have been awarded since the 12th century to businesses that supply services to the royal family. Companies that have been granted a royal warrant have become synonymous with quality and must have been doing business with the royal household for at least five years before the warrant is granted.

So if you’d like to do your shopping in the same places as The Queen, these 10 shops offer some of the best that London has to offer in terms of food, fashion, and beauty.

 

1. J Barbour and Sons

Barbour was founded in 1894 by John Barbour in South Shields, England. The company is most famous for its waxed cotton jackets and was first given a royal warrant to supply waterproof and protective clothing by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974. As well as the traditional jackets, Barbour now also sells a range of casual wear for men and women, accessories, and bags.

St Martin’s Courtyard, St Martins Courtyard, 134 Long Acre, London WC2E 9AA

Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday and 12 – 6pm on Sundays

www.barbour.com

 

2. Burberry

Burberry is famous worldwide for its trench coats and its trademarked check pattern. The upmarket retailer now stocks full collections for men, women, and children, along with bags, accessories, fragrances, and a beauty collection.

121 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4TB

Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30 – 6pm on Sundays

www.burberry.com

 

3. Cartier

The French jeweller and watchmaking business Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 and opened its first London store in 1902 on the day of the coronation of King Edward VII (the king had also ordered 27 tiaras for the occasion). The company has long been popular with royals from several different countries and after the first royal warrant was awarded by Edward VII in 1904, other warrants followed for royalty in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Siam, Greece, Serbia, Belgium, Romania, Egypt, Albania, Monaco, and the House of Orléans.

175-177 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 4RN

Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays

www.cartier.co.uk

 

4. Daks

Established in 1894, the British luxury fashion house Daks holds royal warrants granted by three members of the Royal Family. The company was founded as a bespoke tailor and invented the first self-supporting trousers that didn’t need braces. The brand now stocks full menswear and womenswear collections including tailoring, knitwear, and accessories.

10 Old Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 4PL

Open 10am – 6.30pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday, 10am – 7pm Thursday, and 12 – 6pm on Sundays.

www.daks.com

 

5. Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason was granted a royal warrant as grocers and provisions merchant to HM The Queen and tea merchant to the Prince of Wales in 1955 but has been supplying to royalty as far back as 1814. Most famous for their hampers and luxury food items, Fortnum & Mason also sells a selection of homewares and gifts.

181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER

Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am – 6pm on Sundays.

www.fortnumandmason.com

 

6. Hunter Boot Ltd

Seen as an icon of Britishness by many, the classic Hunter wellington boots were first produced in 1856, and have now become an unlikely iconic fashion piece with the rise of festival chic. The company has collaborated with Jimmy Choo and produced bespoke versions of its classic boots for Jack Wills, Cowshed, and Fortnum & Mason. Hunter holds several royal warrants as suppliers of waterproof footwear.

83 – 85 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4EW

Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday and 12 – 6pm on Sundays.

www.hunterboots.com

 

7. John Lobb

John Lobb Bootmaker has been producing fine shoes and boots for the gentlemen of London since 1866 after he sent a pair of boots to Edward, Prince of Wales, who appointed him as his personal supplier. John Lobb shoes and boots are now available as ready-to-wear styles, custom-made from over 100 archival designs, or as a completely bespoke service.

83 – 85 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4EW

Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays

www.johnlobb.com

 

8. Penhaligon’s

Penhaligon’s perfume house was founded in the late 1860s by William Henry Penhaligon, who became the court barber and perfumer of Queen Victoria. The royal warrant was given in 1903 by the Duke of Edinburgh. The company also produced a bespoke fragrance, Blenheim Bouquet, for the Duke of Malborough at Blenheim Palace. This scent is still available to buy today along with Hammam Bouquet, the company’s first scent, produced in 1872.

13 Market Building, The Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RB

Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 6.30pm on Sundays

www.penhaligons.com

 

9. Prestat

If you’re on the hunt for posh chocolates, Prestat not only has two royal warrants but is also one of the oldest chocolate shops in London. The company invented the chocolate truffle in 1895 and present a special Easter egg to The Queen every year.

Princes Arcade, 14 Princes Arcade, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6DS

Open 9.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm Saturday, and 11am – 4.30pm on Sundays.

www.prestat.co.uk

 

10. Rigby & Peller

Luxury lingerie brand Rigby & Peller was founded in 1939 and starting supplying bespoke undergarments to Queen Elizabeth II in 1960. As well as several members of the royal family, the brand is also a favourite of celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lady Gaga.

The Duke Of York Square, 13 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RP

Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday, 10am – 8pm on Wednesdays, and 12 – 6pm on Sundays.

www.rigbyandpeller.com