London as a city gets better and better.
Samuel Johnson got it right, ” when a man is tired of London he is tired of life.”
I believe him, I am sure it is true. The more I discover, the less I know and the more curious I am becoming.
One of the many wonderful ways to pass the time in London, after the galeries, the historical sites, the museums and hopefully a royal “spot” is to explore the specialist boutiques that are opening up all over town.
I wanted to share with you a few of the places I frequent when it comes to beauty and scent,
The London List #Beauty
Regent Street, W1
The most beautiful beauty of all and a visit to Liberty makes everything feel better.
Walk through the Tudor doors and enter another world. Liberty is a hard one to resist.
63 New Bond Street W1
A store I sometimes forget in my rush to browse the more glamorous end of Bond Street, Fenwick’s is well worth a twirl or two in the beauty department.
89 Jermyn Street, SW1
Quintessentially English and the best Lily of the Valley bath oil ever.
35 Bury Street, SW1
Traditionally very British and the perfect “chemist” to stock up on beauty products for yourself, for gifts or for the man who has absolutely everything.
Don’t forget to try the spearmint toothpaste.
92 Marylebone High Street, W1
I’m having a crush on Fresh and their masks are some my favourites
36 Chiltern Street, W1
If you can’t be in Paris store this is the next best thing.
Cire Trudon candles are my choice for the holidays as I find their fragrances truly sublime and especially so in winter. Last year I chose Yazbukey, this year our scent will be Gabriel. Then there is always Bethléem, inspired by the story of the nativity.
cire trudon for the holidays
yazbuky with notes of violet and leather, bethléen spiced with cardamon and sweetened with a hint of floral and gabriel, reminiscent of candied chestnuts and burchwood
John Bell & Croydon
50-54 WIgmore Street, W1
The pharmacy emporium of all pharmacies.
If you find yourself in London and in need of the impossible, John Bell & Croydon is your destination. It has every gadget conceivable, herbal remedies and a huge dispensary. If they don’t have it, it doesn’t exist… in the UK at least.
Santa Maria Novella
1 Piccadilly Arcade, W1
The pomegranate scented bath salts are delicious. I’d rather be shopping in Florence but this is one of the quaintest stores in Piccadilly.
21 Bruton Street, W1
Take tea and experiment with fragrance in a wonderful part of town.
Afterwards pop over the road to Hakkasan Mayfair for a rose petal martini.
7 King Street, WC2
Aesop have shops all over London but this is one of the newer ones. An Australian brand that gets better and better.
Parfums de Nicolai
101A Fulham Road, SW3
This is a tiny and exquisite store in the shopping mecca of Brompton Cross. If you prefer room diffusers to scented candles then they are the one.
The Shop At Bluebird
350 Kings Road, SW3
I can’t believe it took me so long to discover The Shop At Bluebird.
Don’t miss out when you come to London.
Let’s add to the list. Where do you find your beauty in London?
a further dose of beauty… have you seen the beauty edit?
creating these shopping pages was my favourite “job” when it came to building this new site.
i wanted these pages to be about inspiration and imagination… a place to browse the images and enjoy the photography as much as “go shopping”.
they will be updated frequently… change with the seasons, with the holidays and with our moods.
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the best edits are when we do them together… xv
image- shot by jake