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A Guide to London’s Royal Warrant Holders

10 May 18
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A Guide to London’s Royal Warrant Holders

10 May 18

Competition for the British monarchy’s favour is fierce, and only those brands with the most exacting of standards are granted a much-coveted seal of approval from the royal family. A Royal Warrant, reviewed every five years, grants the privilege to supply Buckingham Palace with goods and services, and is an unsurpassable recognition of quality and craftsmanship. Here are the London-based brands that come highly recommended by royalty.

 

Floris of London

Floris of London’s distinctive heady scent will guide you past the fine tailors and artisans of Jermyn Street to the family-run perfumer’s charming flagship store, its home since 1730. Expect to find an elegant cornucopia of sophisticated fragrances, with deliciously exotic ingredients blended so cleverly that they have won themselves a place at HM The Queen’s vanity table. The quintessentially British perfumer received its first Royal Warrant as a comb maker to the king in 1820, and while it’s not permitted to divulge Queen Elizabeth II’s current favourite Floris scent, it’s suspected to be White Rose.

Charbonnel et Walker

Housed in its original flagship store in an elegant arcade off Bond Street, the traditional recipes of Madame Charbonnel and her British colleague Mrs Walker, have earned their handmade truffles a coveted Royal Warrant. Sumptuously boxed and tied with satin ribbon, chocolates don’t come more decadent than Charbonnel et Walker’s Marc de Champagne truffles.

Berry Bros. & Rudd

Those who know their Pinot Noir from their Pinotage will thoroughly enjoy a trip to Berry Bros. & Rudd’s three-century-old shop on James’s Street, with its carefully curated collection of fine wines sourced from the globe’s finest old- and new-world vineyards. Two Royal Warrants and six Masters of Wine make this a family-run business that knows its grapes very well.

Turnbull & Asser

London’s Jermyn Street houses the best tailors in the business, but what makes scissor-smith Turnbull & Asser really stand out from the crowd is the fact that it’s the shirt fitter to HRH The Prince of Wales. A Royal Warrant holder since 1980, Turnbull & Asser offers tailoring of a truly world-class calibre, with bespoke garments available alongside their ready-to-wear collection.

Hatchards

The oldest bookshop in England—having occupied its current Piccadilly location since Georgian times—has understandably established itself as a bit of an institution in the city. With three Royal Warrants to its name, Hatchard’s shelves are stocked with a staggering 100,000 titles, and if it’s a rare, out-of-print or first edition that you’re looking for, its dedicated team of booksellers will hunt it down for you.

Halcyon Days

London’s prize purveyor of objets d’art and quintessentially British gifts, Halcyon Days specialises in masterfully detailed enamelled copper alongside finely crafted British bone china. With a collection of three Royal Warrants to its name, it’s Halcyon Days that crafts the highly desirable hand-painted collectables to mark the royal family’s most celebrated events.

 

Burberry

Thomas Burberry invented the waterproof fabric gabardine in 1879, establishing his brand as a true hero of British fashion. With two Royal Warrants behind it, Burberry has bloomed far beyond the humble bud of its original trench coat, but it’s really this signature piece, with its ubiquitous check, that has firmly established Burberry in the top echelons of global couture.

Feature images © Berry Bros and Rudd; Aprott; badmanproduction; Bruno Weltmann; Whitemay; Zodebala

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