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    Libertine,
    The City Guides forum has several threads of London shopping questions and answers. One look at this link and you'll see what I mean:
    http://community.basenotes.net/forumdisplay.php?f=47
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    I have been to a lot of London shops (just got back today and went to D.R.Harris yesterday) and find London sales people uniformly pleasant. The only unpleasant thing is the exchange rate, which is an unacceptable 2-1, which makes shopping except for unavailable things unfeasible.

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    If you go to Harrod's make sure you go to Roja Dove in the Urban Retreat (5th Floor of Harrods)

    Here's where we went on the Basenotes London Lunch

    http://www.basenotes.net/articles/lunchstores07.html

    And here's a write up of 2 of the shops

    http://www.basenotes.net/articles/20...oteslunch.html

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I am really looking forward to it, I'm just a bit nervous that people will not like me testing fragrances and might be a bit rude. I'm such a wimp!!
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    I feel the same way sometimes, but just remember that you're the consumer; its their job to be pleasant and answer questions, etc.

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    Hi Tom,

    Your message is well-timed as I just got back from London and went a bit mad buying fragrances despite the absurd exchange rate (I believe you live in the UK so this isn't an issue for you).

    Harrods has a very large selection, but I was there on a very busy Saturday so sort of helped myself as far as testing and examining product. The staff at two different Penhaligons were quite nice, as was the young man at D.R. Harris. The staff at both Floris, Trumpers, and Taylors were cordial if not especially warm, but in two cases that could be because I arrived shortly before closing!

    My advice would be to dress the part and enter the store assuming the staff will be helpful. I also find that if you know you want to make at least one purchase, make that clear quickly and the SA will generally become much more attentive. Finally, the best advice I can give you is to use these stores to test product, but buy online (if you can) through discounters and avoid paying full retail. I wish I had taken my own advice, but I got a little carried away while on holiday!

    Have fun!

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    Hey, thanks for all of your advice guys. Had a great day shopping yesterday. We mainly went to Harrods and Harvey Nicholls, and it was great fun smelling all these perfumes which O had read so much about. My first experience was at the Bond No 9 counter, the bottles are gorgeous but I found the scents nothing special in themselves, definitely not worth the price tag. Then we had a browse at the Creed counter, the SA was very helpfull and not at all snobby, she tried the new Virgin Island Waters on me and I was instantly in love. I also tried Himalaya, Erolfa and Original Santal which were all beautiful. I ended up walking away with some Silver Mountain Water and Virgin Island Waters and a couple of samples :P. All in all a very good day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by libertine View Post
    Hey, thanks for all of your advice guys. Had a great day shopping yesterday. We mainly went to Harrods and Harvey Nicholls, and it was great fun smelling all these perfumes which O had read so much about. My first experience was at the Bond No 9 counter, the bottles are gorgeous but I found the scents nothing special in themselves, definitely not worth the price tag. Then we had a browse at the Creed counter, the SA was very helpfull and not at all snobby, she tried the new Virgin Island Waters on me and I was instantly in love. I also tried Himalaya, Erolfa and Original Santal which were all beautiful. I ended up walking away with some Silver Mountain Water and Virgin Island Waters and a couple of samples :P. All in all a very good day.
    Glad to hear it! Was that SA in harrods or harvey nicks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hirch_duckfinder View Post
    Glad to hear it! Was that SA in harrods or harvey nicks?

    The SA was in Harrods, she was really lovely and quite happy to help me find the right fragrance for me. Im thinking of buying Original Santal next, I have it on a tester strip, can't stop sniffing it!!
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    Did they give you creed samples? The guy at selfridges insists that creed have stopped doing samples entirely, but I am not sure if he is just bull****ing me. There are a lot of samples on ebay at the moment which may suggest a clear out.
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    She gave me samples of Himalaya and Erolfa, i have no idea whether they are stopping samples! Maybe i'll ask next time. Bad thing is, now I want to buy Himalaya and Original Santal, give me money someone, please!!
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    Hi friends,

    Ive read many of the London threads here and cant wait to hit the high streets in a fortnight from now when my wife and I visit. It will be our first time let loose there armed with plastic!

    I can see there are a LOT of London retailers offering many scents! My question is this...

    Is it possible to visit a good number of perfume retailers on foot in just a day?

    I haven't any idea what's up or down there yet, but we plan to take a day hiking it through the big smoke whilst our chums (ie: hosts) are at work. We will also be armed with a 2-zone weekly train ticket if thats any help... but I'll admit we are both are a little daunted at navigating the overwhelming rail network.

    If there are any BNers that can suggest a good route to take so we can take in a few must-see stores, please let me know here.
    We're interested in finding some high-end scents (maybe at Les Scenteurs) as well as some good cheap discounters if possible.

    Many thanks for any advice in advance!

    D.

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    Default Re: London in a day... on foot!

    On the Basenotes Lunch last year we walked from Les Senteurs in Belgravia to Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie at Harrod's (Harvey Nichols is on the way, too) on Knightsbridge and then to Ormonde Jayne and Penhaligon's near Bond Street. The Dover Street Market (selling Comme des Garcons scents) is also near.

    Liberty's (off Regent Street) is another good place to visit, on my own time I also visited Patricia de Nicolaï shop on Fulham Road. Unfortunately I missed Jo Malone on Sloane Street. Both are in Chelsea.
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    Thanks tigrushka!
    This sounds like a great afternoon's walk!
    Am bustin' out the London map and flouro pen as I type!
    Thanks again!

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    You're welcome, Dimitri. I tried to find the Basenotes Lunch program to be more exact with the addresses, but they are pretty easy to find by the search of your choice, Google Map will come in handy when planning the walking route.

    Ormonde Jayne and Penhaligon's are both situated in lovely old shopping arcades.

    Have a great time in London!
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    Have a great time Dimitri! This sounds like a fun trip. Next time I'm down there I will take the same route and indulge in some serious perfume sniffing.

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    Exclamation LONDON - the ultimate good perfumery guide (map included)

    ... or rather - it is all ON a map - you should be able to click here and get a Google map I've created with all the perfumeries in London worth going to!

    Don't forget: Harvey Nichols has a niche perfumery on the 4th floor, as well as what they offer on the ground floor.

    If you must do the Harrods thing (and I guess sometimes you must; they stock Bond No9 and have Roja Dove's haute parfumerie...), then it's just off Knightsbridge underground (follow signs for Harrods exit).
    Last edited by Nukapai; 12th October 2008 at 09:05 AM.

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    This is a great resource for visitors to London, thank you so much!
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    That's AWESOME, Nukapai (even though I only jsut noticed your post - I don't come in here much!). I'll be in London soon and this little map will be very helpful/enabling.
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    Thanks guys!

    I'm going to do a couple of actual tours with friends and colleagues one day based on that map. Why not?

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    Default Re: LONDON - the ultimate good perfumery guide (map included)

    May I humbly request Geo. F. Trumper (also on Jermyn Street) be added? It is a favorite of mine. Also D. R. Harris, in that same neighborhood.
    Thanks so much, this is a great service.
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    Done and done! Thank you for the suggestions, Odysseusm.

    In fact, anyone with suggestions and additions - please do let me know! I'd like to make this map as useful as possible for perfume fanatics everywhere.

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    Fab work Nukapai!

    Perhaps you might like to add the Hermés boutique at 179 Sloane Street in your listing. When I visited the staff were very friendly and forthcoming with samples from the exclusive hermessences line

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    Fab work Nukapai!

    Perhaps you might like to add the Hermés boutique at 179 Sloane Street in your listing. When I visited the staff were very friendly and forthcoming with samples from the exclusive hermessences line
    Will do! Thank you for the recommendation

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    Ok, added (who wants to go on this tour then? I reckon it'd take two or three days to cover all spots...).

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    Excellent guide Nukapai, I won't be in London 'til next year sometime but I'll definitely use your perfume map. Thank you!

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    Thank you, Chaelaran

    Do let me know when you're in London!

    Who knows, perhaps we could arrange some sort of Basenotes trawl with a bunch of us.

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    Now that would be FUN!

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    That would be a cracking laugh. I was very jealous to read about the Basenotes 'sniffathon' in London a year or so ago.

    I don't get to London very often and when I do it's usually with the full family so it's strictly Natural History Museum, Science Museum and pasta houses. But I long to be allowed a day off with a wad of cash. Maybe it's what I should ask for for Xmas!
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    VM and I were chatting about the possibility of organising some kind of meet next year - perhaps we ought to make it a reality!

    Looking at that map, there are some nice routes or themes that present themselves. And where we go would depend on what everyone prefers of course. There are two really "special interest" things, which would demand a second day perhaps - Pecksniffs of Brighton (trains from London are frequent) is one of the last independent UK perfumeries with a basic line of scents and toiletries + they offer custom fragrance blends. Then there's the "open Sundays only" flower market perfumer Angela Flanders (Old Street underground stop is nearest, so it's a bit far out from most of the perfumeries). Other than that, the main points of interest on that map could be whittled down to an enjoyable day's worth of trawling!

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