3 Buckingham Palace–Approved Shops
Whether it’s bonbons fit for a queen or princely tailoring, Buckingham Palace awards itsfavorite retailers with Royal Warrants. Here, three that also get T+L’s stamp of approval.Charbonnel et Walker,known for its dusted truffles and chocolates, has supplied the palace since Mme. Charbonnel arrivedfrom France in 1875. Gieves & Hawkes, a maker of suits, shirts, and ties, outfits Charles and Philip, andPartridges is the go-togrocery for staples of aristocratic life, from lemon shortbread to English Breakfast tea.
Charbonnel et Walker
Charbonnel et Walker was founded in 1875 and has become Britain’s most prestigious chocolatier. Named for its founders, Mme. Charbonnel, who worked at a Paris chocolate house, and Mrs. Walker, the company is known for producing chocolates and sweets of the finest quality. Customers visiting the Bond Street store in London’s Mayfair district are treated to an assortment of chocolates, truffles, and sugar candies. Popular sellers include English rose and violet creams, dark marc de champagne truffles, cremes parisiennes, and after dinner bittermints.
Gieves & Hawkes
This prestigious clothing store is located on London’s famous Savile Row and is renowned for selling the finest quality menswear. Began as a result of the merger of Gieves, founded in 1785, and Hawkes, founded in 1771, Gieves & Hawkes employs a team of expert tailors to perfectly customize stylish suits, jackets, shirts, and pants. The classy store offers bespoke services, creating elegant garments specifically tailored to discerning clients, and also serves as a military outfitter, providing everything from uniforms and clothing to badges, sashes, headwear and boots. Gieves & Hawkes is also the proud recipient of three Royal Warrants and counts members of the royal family among its distinguished clients.
One of London’s finest grocers, Partridges was founded in 1972. The family-run store sells a variety of gourmet food items, including truffle honey, smoked salmon, and Chelsea flower tea. The flagship store, now located at 2-5 Duke of York Square, features a wine bar and café, as well as a growing stock of organic products. Partridges also sells a line of items bearing its own name, including terrines and savory meals, such as cassoulet. In honor of Partridges' long history of quality merchandise, the store was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1994 and is recognized as the grocer to the queen.