Tuesday, July 26, 2011

London Perfume Shopping Guide (Updated 13th July 2014)


ON 8th FEBRUARY 2012
THIS POST WON THE 2011 JASMINE AWARD
FOR 'BEST WEBSITE FEATURE ON FRAGRANCE'

During my last visit to Paris, the three most useful things I had in my bag were a notebook, a pen and a printout of the two-part perfume shopping guide from Grain De Musc. When I got back home, I resolved to create a similar guide for London, in the hope that visitors to the city would find it as helpful as I found Denyse Beaulieu's in France. Now, several months later, I'm finally in a position to publish it here on my blog.

Some small print first. This is by no means intended to be an exhaustive list of every single scent-selling outlet in the metropolis. Instead, it reflects what I consider to be the finest aspects of London's perfume shopping scene. If I've omitted any noteworthy spots, please let me know, and I'll consider incorporating them. Wherever possible, I've included addresses and telephone numbers. To the best of my knowledge, all the information below is correct; I will certainly review and update it on a regular basis in order to keep up with what is a constantly changing retail environment. Unless stated otherwise, the fragrances I mention as being stocked by certain shops may well be available in others. Please check opening times before you undertake any long journeys and don’t try to cram all of the below into one day. I haven’t split the guide into separate parts as I thought I’d leave it to individual readers to decide which sections are of most interest to them, but if you would like to smell everything, I’d suggest being kind to your nose and putting aside at least two days.

Right, on to the main attraction. Are you ready for some serious walking? Rain? What rain? Just pack an umbrella and an A-Z (or download a smartphone equivalent) and put on some sensible shoes. Sadly, the city's perfumeries aren't geographically arranged in such a way to allow us to follow a flawless, logical route whilst we visit them, but a little doubling-back won't hurt us, especially as it'll provide a great excuse to stop for a cappuccino. On which note, it's time we were off...


I think Harrods is where we should begin (87-135 Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL; tel: 020 7730 1234; Underground: Knightsbridge). It's fashionable to be snooty about the place and dismiss it as being overly tourist-oriented, but I always enjoy popping back, although I confess I try to avoid busy times. Generally speaking, the sales assistants are helpful (if not always terribly knowledgeable) and generous with samples. On the ground floor, the fragrances are spread across three rooms, the most famous of which is, of course, the Black Hall (gorgeously refurbished in May 2012). It's probably best to walk straight past the stock that can be found in other stores and make a bee-line for the more exclusive attractions.

The Guerlain counter used to be the only place in the country which held some of the non-mainstream ranges (such as Les Elixirs Charnels and L'Art Et La Matière). However, the firm's stand at Selfridges (see below) now sells some 'exclusives' too, so if there's something specific you're hoping to try and you haven't got time to visit both stores, I'd suggest phoning ahead to find out exactly who's selling what at any given time. [Note: the brand's Parisiens and Parisiennes ranges (previously available only in Paris) are being phased into Harrods.] At the Cartier section you can try Mathilde Laurent's Les Heures De Parfum. There are also counters for Bond No. 9 (which often holds Harrods-only releases) as well as Dior's Collection Privée (no longer exclusive to Selfridges), Lubin, Chantecaille, Hermès, 777, Amouage, Byredo (previously exclusive to Liberty), Tom Ford Private Blend, Jo Malone and Roja Parfums... but if you're particularly interested in the latter, I'd suggest the best place to try Mr Dove's work is on the fifth floor, which means finding an escalator to take us to...

The Haute Parfumerie. It may not be the largest boutique in the city, but its opulent, inviting black decor contains such a high proportion of rarities and UK-only exclusives that a visit here is obligatory. The current list of 'Goodies Unavailable Elsewhere' includes Profvmvm Roma and Pure Distance, as well as several individual MDCIs, Carons, Molinards, Xerjoffs and Nina Riccis. This is also an excellent setting in which to sample Vero Profumo, Grossmith, Houbigant and Arquiste. And then there are, of course, Roja Dove's own semi-bespoke creations.

Be sure to pop into the Gentleman's Lounge too. Formerly a basement pub, it's accessible via a flight of stairs in the menswear department and although almost all of its stock can be found elsewhere in the store, this is the only place where you'll see Czech & Speake. (The Different Company, previously available at the Lounge, has now been phased out.)

[UPDATE 6th JULY 2014: Harrods have announced that at the end of September 2014, they will open a brand new Salon De Parfums on the store's 6th floor. At the moment, details are scarce, but it would seem that the Salon will consist of individual fragrance boutiques in which certain brands - amongst them: Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Tom Ford and Roja Parfums - will showcase their more exclusive creations. It seems likely to suppose that the emergence of the Salon will mean the disappearance of the Haute Parfumerie. This will, no doubt, have some sort of an impact on the availability of various perfumes which, until now, could be purchased only at the Haute Parfumerie. Watch this space.]

[UPDATE 13th JULY 2014: More details about Harrods' plans for the Salon De Parfums are coming in. It seems that the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie will exist in some form on the 6th floor. Naturally, it will showcase the entire Roja Parfums range, but it will continue to stock various 'haute niche' brands, except for the ones which will have their own boutiques in the Salon, ie Clive Christian, Guerlain et al.]

If it's time for some sustenance, I'd recommend Ladurée on the ground floor, or if you'd rather leave the store, there are plenty of cafes to choose from in the surrounding area.


Next we're going to follow Brompton Road in a westerly direction until it turns into Fulham Road, which is where we'll find the so-tiny-you'll-miss-it-if-you-blink branch of Parfums De Nicolaï (101a Fulham Road, SW3 6RH; tel: 020 7581 0922; Underground: South Kensington), after which we need to consult our A-Z for the best way to head to Sloane Square and the flagship Ormonde Jayne store (Underground: Sloane Square), a lovely setting in which to partake of the 'perfume portrait' service.

A short distance away is another must-stop destination: Les Senteurs (71 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PJ; tel: 020 7730 2322; Underground: Sloane Square). London's best-known niche perfumery is a treasure trove of scented delights and - sorry to be so prosaic - a rare example of a shop with lots and lots of surfaces on which geeky customers (such as myself) can comfortably place notebooks, pens and long lines of blotters. The place stocks far too many interesting lines for me to mention here (visit www.lessenteurs.com for more info) but I will just list the following: Tauer Perfumes; Frederic Malle; Knize; By Kilian; Maison Francis Kurkdjian; Ex Idolo; Parfums De Rosine; Serge Lutens; Parfumerie Générale; Huitième Art; Etat Libre D'Orange; Grossmith; Bex; Eau D'Italie; Les Nez; 4160 Tuesdays. [A second, larger and arguably more pleasant branch of Les Senteurs is at 2 Seymour Place, W1H 7NA (tel: 020 7183 5842; Underground: Marble Arch). Please consult the map above to decide which of the two would be more convenient for you to pop into. At the time of writing, the two branches don't sell exactly the same perfumes, so phone ahead for info if you're looking for something specific.]

About a 10 minute walk away is Amouage (14 Lowndes St; tel: 020 7245 1139; Underground: Knightsbridge) which must surely be the main contender for the award of the most beautiful perfumery in town. Its gorgeous antique furniture, subtly Arabian design touches (there's not a hint of 1001 Nights kitsch here) and stunning window displays are a superb showcase for the full range of perfumes (including extraits), bath products and home scents, as well as several attars. The staff have never been anything less than superlative. London's only Annick Goutal boutique is literally around the corner (20 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LB; tel: 020 7823 2176; Underground: Knightsbridge).

If we now head back to Knightsbridge, we'll find we've almost completed a massive circle and reached Harvey Nichols (109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ; tel: 020 7235 5000; Underground: Knightsbridge). HN's specialist niche department is long gone, but the appearance of a few lesser-known brands (such as Jovoy, Evody, Memo, Six Scents and Andrea Maack) on the shelves of the ground floor fragrance section bodes well for the future. HN also sells By Kilian, the odd entry from Histoires De Parfums (which, bizarrely, is stocked in the 'accessories' section of the women's fashion floor) and occasional, short-term exclusives.


Just over a mile away is Fortnum & Mason (181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER; tel: 020 7734 8040; Underground: Green Park), an excellent place to stop for another coffee and – once we’ve made it to the second floor – enjoy the sight of decidedly old-fashioned perfumery aesthetics. The Micallef selection contains a few UK-only pieces, as well as three world-exclusives - 1707 Pink, 1707 Blue and 1707 For Gentlemen - released to mark the shop's 300th anniversary. In recent months, the niche selection has expanded and now includes MDCI, Agonist and Illuminum, amongst others.

If we take a wiggly way north to Oxford Street, we can stop by Dover Street Market (17-18 Dover Street, W1S 4LT; tel: 020 7518 0680; Underground: Green Park) to smell the Comme Des Garçons range (watch out for the snooty staff!) before heading to the Avery Fine Perfumery (27 Avery Row, W1K 4AY; tel: 020 7629 1892; Underground: Bond Street) to sample wares from Nasomatto, Nez À Nez, Profumi Del Forte and SoOud, amongst others. It's also worth popping into Fenwick (63 New Bond Street, W1S 1RQ; tel: 020 7629 9161; Underground: Bond Street)  as the place is rapidly becoming a serious player on London's niche scene. Amidst the tranquil atmosphere and the giant factice bottles, you'll find Ex Idolo, Olfactive Studio, Arquiste as well as more familiar fare from Guerlain, Dior, Chanel et al.

We then go from the cosy to the capacious: the next stop on our itinerary is Selfridges (400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB; tel: 0800 123 400; Underground: Bond Street or Marble Arch). There was a time when it looked as though the store would become a serious source of niche fragrance products, but that seems to have passed and most of what’s an offer is available in countless other shops. However, the Chanel perfume hall on the ground floor is unquestionably the best setting in which to try Les Exclusifs and one of very few places from which to purchase Égoïste and some of the less ubiquitous extraits. A few steps away is Dior’s fragrance enclosure, which sells the Collection Privée. And the Guerlain counter has been refurbished to bring it into line with the gold-and-crystal aesthetic of the brand's Paris shops. At the moment, this is the only stand in the UK where you'll find the Voyages Olfactifs collection (an honour which had previously belonged to Harrods). Also available are Les Elixirs Charnels and L'Art Et La Matière (please see the Harrods entry above for more information about Guerlain 'exclusives'). Spare a moment for the lower-ground floor too, where you'll find Diptyque, L'Artisan Parfumeur and Penhaligon's.


Next we need to decide if we’re happy to branch off our main route in order to visit the Marylebone branch of Les Senteurs (see above) and Le Labo (28a Devonshire Street [just off Marylebone High Street], W1G 6PS; tel: 020 3441 1535; Underground: Baker Street or Regent’s Park). The latter is a fun shop, but worth going to only if you want to buy scents in the 15 ml size or you wish to see some of the firm’s quirkier products. Then again, Marylebone is always a pleasant venue for a coffee, but if we’re pressed for time, it’s worth bearing in mind that there’s a very good Le Labo counter at...

Liberty (Great Marlborough Street, W1B 5AH; Underground: Oxford Circus). This 19th century store’s perfumery department seems to have made the commendable decision to stock the sorts of products one won’t easily find in other high-profile outlets, which probably makes it the most interesting multi-brand destination outside Knightsbridge and Belgravia. In addition to the aforementioned Le Labo counter, there are stand-alone areas for Frederic Malle (featuring the famous sniffing booth), Byredo (exclusive to the store; the brand is no longer exclusive to Liberty and is now available at Harrods as well), Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Diptyque; the ‘general’ shelves stock a decent range of Nasomatto, Escentric Molecules (This Company), Serge Lutens, Arquiste, Comme Des Garçons, Ineke, Nana De Bary, Profumi Del Forte, Odin, Agonist, Linari, Miller Harris, Annick Goutal and L’Artisan Parfumeur, amongst others. The staff at the dedicated concessions are excellent (presumably because they’ve been trained by the ‘parent’ companies) but I’m afraid I’ve yet to be impressed by Liberty’s own employees, who seem to range from unapproachable to ‘busy doing far more important things’. Oh, and if you manage to get any of them to part with a sample, let me know.

I’m afraid I also can’t recommend Liberty’s café, so if we need a pit-stop, I’d suggest walking along to Heddon Street before turning our attention to Lush (1-3 Quadrant Arcade, 80-82 Regent Street, W1R 5PA; tel: 020 7434 3953; Underground: Piccadilly Circus). We’re interested in the basement, which currently stocks the country’s most comprehensive selection of the company’s unusual, must-try Gorilla Perfumes, some of which are available in oil-based form.

And finally, we’re off to Covent Garden. The L’Artisan Parfumeur boutique stocks the full range of perfumes, candles and home fragrances (Unit 13, Covent Garden Market Building, WC2E 8RB; tel: 020 3040 3030; Underground: Covent Garden) and is a great place to have a chat with the staff, each and every one of whom is an absolute delight. (The L'Artisan Parfumeur boutique closed for trading on Sunday 26th May 2013. It has been replaced by yet another branch of Penhaligon's.) And a few steps away is the flagship store of Penhaligon’s (41 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7BN; tel: 020 7836 2150; Underground: Covent Garden). The company does have several outlets across the city, but it makes sense to sniff their wares – and, if you’ve got the time, enjoy a fragrance profiling session – in their oldest and most venerable shop.

[Before we finish, I should just mention the two Angela Flanders boutiques (96 Columbia Road, E2 7QB; tel: 020 7739 7555; Underground: Hoxton or Shoreditch High Street // 4 Artillery Passage, E1 7LJ; tel: 020 7247 7040; Underground: Liverpool Street) as well as Bloom (4 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR; tel: 020 7247 6148; Underground: Shoreditch High Street). They may be away from the main retail cluster of central London, but they're well worth visiting. Indeed, in the Flanders shops, you'll be able to purchase creations that you literally won’t find anywhere else in the world. Bloom has now established itself as a niche force to be reckoned with. Its current UK exclusives include Phaedon, Ann Gerard, Magnetic Scent and Carner; it also stocks Vero Profumo, Olfactive Studio, Nasomatto, Grossmith and Frapin, amongst others. Do visit its excellent website for up-to-date info on new releases and events.]

And that, dear shoppers, is that. Our scent odyssey is complete. If you’ve got any energy left, give yourself a pat on the back and treat yourself to a cup of tea and a slice of cake… and enjoy your purchases.

Persolaise.

NEWS UPDATE 11th June 2013: Chanel are just about to open their largest boutique in the world at 158-159 Bond Street. Although it will be used mainly as a showcase for clothes and accessories, the shop will contain a small perfume department. I'll write a report on its usefulness to London-based scentusiasts as soon as I've visited it.

NEWS UPDATE 23rd June 2013: Another new perfumery in the East End! Etat Libre D'Orange have just opened their very first London boutique at 61 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ (underground: Shoreditch High Street). I shall endeavour to pop into it as soon as possible.


UPDATES
13th July 2014: updated information on Harrods' Salon De Parfums
6th July 2014: updated information on Harrods' Salon De Parfums
16th March 2014: updated information on Les Senteurs, Avery, Bloom, Fenwick and Penhaligon's
3rd January 2014: updated information on Harrods and Liberty
16th December 2013: updated information on Harrods and Le Labo
20th July 2013: updated information on Harrods
23rd June 2013: updated information on Les Senteurs; information on new Etat Libre D'Orange boutique
11th June 2013: information on new Chanel boutique at 158-159 Bond Street
23rd May 2013: information on closure of L'Artisan Parfumeur boutique
22nd April 2013: updated information on Les Senteurs; inclusion of Bloom
13th January 2013: updated information on Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie
6th January 2013: updated information on Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges and Le Labo; inclusion of Fenwick
30th November 2012: details of second Angela Flanders boutique
11th November 2012: updated information on Harrods and Harvey Nichols
25th September 2012: update on brands stocked at Liberty and Les Senteurs
19th July 2012: updated information on Harvey Nichols
29th June 2012: several updates including new/updated information on Harrods, Les Senteurs, Harvey Nichols, Comme Des Garçons and Liberty.
22nd May 2012: update on brands stocked at Selfridges and Liberty
19th April 2012: update on Harrods refurbishment
29th March 2012: updated information on Dior at Harrods and Selfridges
11th March 2012: updated information on Harrods
8th December 2011: new information on Harrods
28th November 2011: new information about Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie; new information about Guerlain at Harrods and Selfridges; more information about second branch of Les Senteurs.
10th November 2011: addition of second branch of Les Senteurs.
30th October 2011: new information on Fortnum & Mason, Harrods and Selfridges.
20th October 2011: Google Map; new information about certain stores.

67 comments:

  1. Fantastic! Can't wait to use this guide to make a day of it soon. There's a few places here I'm yet to visit properly ;)

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  2. Yes indeed, thank you, this is a very helpful scent-map of the city!

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  3. Wow! You really created a wonderful guide. :)
    Hopefully, I'll be able to put it into use sometime sooner than later.

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  4. I can't tell you how often I've written a similar "guide" for friends! We should go into business on this one.....

    Anyway, excellent recommendations to which I might add the charming Miller Harris boutique on Bruton Street, with its tiny tea-room dispensing scented teas, and also Fenwick further up Bond Street, with some interesting lines (most of which can be found elsewhere, but it is a lovely, comfortable place to shop and browse. It also has a lovely restaurant).

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  5. Many thanks for this itinerary, of which I will make sure to take a print out on my next capital excursion! Besides Fiordiligi's recommendation above, I would add Santa Maria Novella on Walton Street, and then one day will probably not be enough for the tour!!
    ^_^

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  6. Oh yes, Laurinha - I forgot SMN, but the new one just on Regent Street, close to Fortnum's, would be an alternative!

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  7. Thank you very much for this great guide.
    It's incredible how much the London scent-scene has grown over the last years, it wasn't anything like this when I lived there. This guide reminded me that I must get back to visit soon :-)
    Have a great holiday

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  8. Nick, thanks very much. Iif you do decide to use it, please let me know how well it 'works' for you.

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  9. Hubert Hubert, thanks very much indeed.

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  10. Fiordiligi, thanks very much for the tips. I'll certainly bear them in mind when I do the first update.

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  11. Laurinha, thanks very much for another useful tip. And yes, I should think one day definitely wouldn't be sufficient...

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  12. Asali, thank you for the comment. You're absolutely right: perfume-shopping has become genuinely enjoyable in London... as long as the weather's all right.

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  13. Thank you so much Persolaise!

    I had no idea Le Labo was in London.

    Right that's it then, rain or shine, I'm making my move over!

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  14. I second the Miller Harris comment. You can also buy most of Angela Flanders' range at her daughter's clothes boutique in Shoreditch which is open during the week. Or at least you could a couple of years ago. I haven't been recently. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of it but it's close to Liverpool Street Station somewhere near Artillery Row.

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  16. Thank you! This is really great!

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  17. I must admit that I find Harvey Nichols an oasis of calm. There are quite a few more exclusives than mentioned, and the staff are uniformly excellent. Remember that HN don't have the room to offer a huge exclusive compared to other stores...... however you are always assured of a warm welcome. I am really scruffy and always feel good when in that store!

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  18. What a lovely and useful guide, thank you for posting this. I will bookmark it in hopes that I'll be able to use it one of these days. :)

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  19. Liam, you're more than welcome. Once you're in town, let me know, and perhaps we could visit Le Labo together.

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  20. London, thanks very much indeed.

    I think you may be right about Ms Flanders' daughter's boutique. I'll have to check it out; I know it's less than a mile away from Ms Flanders' own shop.

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  21. Alnysie, thank you very much for stopping by.

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  22. Sherlock Peters, I'll have to pop into HN again to check out the exclusives. Are there any specific ones you're thinking of?

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  23. Carrie, thanks very much indeed. Hopefully it'll persuade you to fly across the Atlantic one day.

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  24. Thank you for linking me P., and thank you for the guide. I've been to a lot of those shops, but always manage to miss out on Amouage. But then, even with a GPS I get lost.
    I'll really have to do an update on that Paris guide, though. There are at least four new places, and the line-ups have changed quite a bit in some department stores...

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  25. A Terrific guide... and a few places I haven't checked yet. Thank you.

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  26. Mary Poppins` Super--- word is just perfect for your scent directory - THANK YOU!!!!!! You are our well-informed guide :-)

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  27. Carmencanada, don't mention it; I found your Paris guide very helpful indeed.

    Looking forward to the update...

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  28. Kev, thanks very much indeed. Have I given you an excuse to go to London (assuming you don't already live there)?

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  29. Linda, thank you. Hope you're able to put the guide to good use one day soon.

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  30. I'd love that a lot :)

    Til then!

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  31. This is so brilliant! A great idea and really useful.
    Happily I am going to Liberty on Thursday for some stocks so reading this has made me very excited.

    I second the Miller Harris shop, which is very close to another Ormonde Jayne just over Berkely Square in the Royal Arcade off Old Bond Street (its a tiny shop!)

    Maybe also worth noting are the Cologne & Cottons in South London (Kensington and Fullham I think?) who carry Goutal, Molinard, Fragonard, Coudray, Rosine and some others.

    For the more adventurous right down in Dulwich is Roullier White which stocks Illuminum (that I have not seen elsewhere?) and is a beautiful shop.

    Thanks again, a great read.

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  32. A really excellent guide for anyone visiting London.

    I'd just add that Fortnums is the only place I know of in the UK that stocks the Micallef range. They also have the Caron urns.

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  33. I've lived in London since '84! Always looking for an excuse to investigate new fragrances...

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  34. Liam, we should get in touch with each other in September and sort something out.

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  35. GalaBrand, thanks very much indeed for the recommendations. I'll certainly bear them in mind when I do the first update.

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  36. Hilary, thanks very much. I'll have to check out the Micallef situation.

    You're right about the Caron urns, and of course they can also be seen at the Haute Parfumerie.

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  37. Kev, I'm thrilled to receive the endorsement of a seasoned Londoner!

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  38. Great guide! And to think I lived in London for a semester in college and didn't know much if anything about perfume beyond what was available at Macy's (and under the circumstances, probably a good thing...plus exchange rate in the late 90's was awful.).

    I did visit Lush a few times however and that was always a treat. This was before they set up shop in the US so it was quite a novelty for my roommates and I.

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  39. Wonderful! What a fragrant way to spend a day. Too bad London is so far from Houston. Guess you'll have to make a virtual (visual)tour online for all of us in the States. ;~>)

    On the other hand, you just gave us a wonderful reason to make a 2 day trip to London just for your tour alone! Thanks for all your efforts pulling this together and for sharing!

    (By the way, just learned today from NowSmellThis that Anick Goutal was just sold to Amore - the Korean conglomerate.)

    Thanks again! ~Leslie Ann~

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  40. Fragrance Fiends, thanks very much for the comment. Perhaps it's time you paid the city another visit...?

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  41. Leslie Ann... London awaits your presence!

    Thanks for the Annick Goutal news. I wonder what effect this will have on the scents.

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  42. How about adding Floris London on 89 Jermyn Street to your guide?
    There's also Geo F. Trumper, Truefitt & Hill and D.R. Harris, though not strickly perfume shops they do sell colognes.

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  43. Bert Keuken, thanks very much for the suggestions. I'll certainly consider them the next time I update the guide.

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  44. A fine and exhaustive list for anyone visiting London. May I suggest including Hermes in New Bond Street as the source of Jean Claude Ellena's Hermenessence range (also in Hermes Selfridges) and Czech and Speake in Jermyn Street.

    Keep up the good work.

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  45. Dressing The Air, thanks very much indeed for your suggestions.

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  46. Timely update, as it happens I will be visiting London next week on a birthday perfume hunt. As time is of the essence I shall be focussing on Les Senteurs, Nicolai and Ormonde Jayne, which I see are all within walking distance of each other Thank you for the map and my sensible shoes and I will enjoy our sniffing trip.

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    1. Thanks for writing, and have fun in London... and don't forget an umbrella. The weather is nothing short of diabolical at the moment!

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  47. Carolyn MiddletonJuly 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I have just found this site (I'm a regular reader of Bois de Jasmin, Now Smell This & Basenotes) & am already a big fan; have pre-ordered your book, too; could I suggest for inclusion here the original Miller Harris shop in Needham Road? Have always found the staff here much more pleasant than in the Mayfair branch. There's also an MH shop in Covent Garden, but having been a customer when they really were a niche brand, I prefer their original shop.

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  48. Carolyn MiddletonJuly 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Just had another thought - there's a branch of Fresh in Marylebone High Street...

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    1. Carolyn, thanks very much for your suggestions. I shall certainly bear them in mind the next time I update the guide.

      Thanks also for pre-ordering my book. I really appreciate it... and, more importantly, I hope you enjoy reading it!

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  49. Hello

    Would you know if I can get Profumum Roma fragrances anywhere in London?

    Thank you

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    1. Angry Secretary, thanks for writing. Profvmvm Roma is available at the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie at Harrods (see details above). Hope this helps.

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  50. East End can be really updated now as Angela Flanders has a new boutique in Artillery passage not to mention Bloom Perfumery

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    1. Thanks for writing. I'll definitely try to visit the East End soon, with a view to updating the guide. Thanks for the info.

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  51. Be sure to pop into the Gentleman's Lounge too. Formerly a basement pub, it's accessible via a flight of stairs in the menswear department and although almost all of its stock can be found elsewhere in the store, this is the only place where you'll see Czech & Speake.

    Apart from Czech & Speake at 39c Jermyn Street SW1Y 6DN and Czech & Speake 54 Pimlico Road SW1W 8LP, The Conran shop etc etc

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    1. Anon, you're absolutely right. What I meant was that it's the only place in Harrods where you can find C&S. Thanks for the addresses.

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  52. Need to add Illuminum on Dover Street pretty much across road from Dover Street Market. Entrance is in a little alley. You'd think on entering it might be snooty but nothing could be further from the truth.

    Agree about the ladies in Liberty's perfumery but guy with beards nice

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    1. Anon, thanks very much for writing. I haven't been impressed with Illuminum, so I won't be adding their shop to my guide just yet, but I appreciate that some people enjoy their wares.

      Thanks for the Liberty tip.

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  53. If there ever was an excuse needed to visit London, this is it!
    I shall make this the first item I pack... or rather email to myself!
    Thank you.

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    1. Ann, thank you. And I do hope you get a chance to visit London soon :-)

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  54. So I'm finding out about this now... YOU ARE MY HERO. Just in time for my next trip in the coming months to London. Used to live there, but have not been back since I started getting into perfumes... Eek!

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    1. Just Her, thank you :-) I hope you enjoy your next trip... and that it yields many scented surprises!

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  55. This is interesting! I enjoyed reading your great post.Thanks for the valuable information and insights you have shared here. pablo picasso

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  56. Great article. If you ever venture south of the river can I recommend my local store - Roullier White - they have a great selection of niche perfumes and there is never any pressure to buy. I've found things there I've not seen in the likes of Liberty or Selfridges.

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    1. Estelle, that's very kind, thank you. Roullier White is high on my list of places to visit.

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