In this issue of Best of British, we take a look at the pastimes and products that fuel modern British life. From gardening and collecting to fashion and ice cream, we bring you a host of great ways to navigate these extraordinary times. Happy reading!

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6 LOCKDOWN GARDENING Tips and tricks for the green-fi ngered

27 BRITISH COLLECTORS What drives the consummate collector?

30 FASHION & ACCESSORIES British companies setting trends


34 EATING & DRINKING Modern twists on a classic frozen treat


40 FINANCES & CHARITY The charities making a diff erence


Brand royalty T

he granting of Royal Warrants dates back to 1155, when Henry II granted the Weaver’s

Company a Warrant to supply textiles to the royal household. T is tradition continues today, with a select cabal of 800 companies legally entitled to display the crest of either the Queen, Prince Phillip or Prince Charles on their products to signify they cater to the monarchy.

FORTUM & MASON ‘T e Queen’s Grocer’, Fortnum & Mason, in Piccadilly, central London has been trading since 1707. Famously, it invented the Scotch egg in 1738 — and its hampers and picnic foods are the stuff of legend. Provisions from the Food Hall are conveyed to Buckingham Palace, a mere few minutes away, for state dinners and normal meal service. F&M is famous for its teas and also hold a Warrant from Prince Charles as his offi cial tea supplier.


HUNTER T e Queen and Prince Phillip are fi ercely loyal to their favourite footwear brand, Hunter. T ey both enjoy the outdoors, whether hunting, shooting or fi shing, and Hunter’s iconic wellington boots have the royal seal of approval. Hunter has been doing business since 1856, introducing its wellies exactly 100 years later. Hunter’s boots and outdoor clothing have had a new lease of life in recent decades, becoming a music festival favourite with celebrities; they’re now as

T e grand tradition of Royal Warrants is a venerable indicator of British excellence, writes Christopher Beanland

common a sight at Glastonbury as they are on grouse shoots in the Grampians.

LAPHROAIG Drinkers describe the peaty taste of this world-famous single malt as evoking everything from ‘a dog’s paw’ to ‘burnt knickers’. It’s a dram that has many admirers — especially those who love their whiskies robust. Produced on the Scottish isle of Islay since 1815 in a family-run distillery, the brand proudly sports the coat of arms of Prince Charles above the its door and has the Royal Warrant to supply HRH with whisky.

THE GORING One of London’s most famous luxury hotels, the Goring has been trading for 110 years. It’s the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace, set on a quiet Belgravia backstreet. It’s a fi rm favourite of the royal family, holding a Royal Warrant from HRH T e Queen and previously being a big favourite of the Queen Mother.


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