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    Just cross-posting here - new thread at Female Fragrance discussion, gauging interest for an actual tour next year

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    Great map reference-
    Do I have perfmission to cross-post your map on another perfume forum?

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    Sure, just link back to this thread from the other forum - and then post back in this thread with a link to your post on the other forum (I'd like to see it).

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    All I need to know is where SoHo and the red light district are located, fragrance houses are second on my agenda
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    Is the Guerlain one an actual Guerlain boutique?
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    There are Dyptique and L'Artisan boutiques on Marylebone High Street now. The Dyptique one just opened recently. I've had good experiences with the staff in both. I'm not sure how big or well stocked they are relative to the listed boutiques though. I think these are worth adding since the other L'artisan and especially the Dyptique are out of the way of most of the other fun stuff.

    There's another Penhaligon's on Brook Street right across from the Jo Malone. It's smaller than the Burlington Arcade boutique, and close enough that I'm not sure why you'd go there over the other. (Actually curious if anyone knows why this boutique even exists...)

    Obviously tons of designer boutiques along Bond Street, many of which carry the fragrance lines, some of them (Hermes) carrying boutique-only lines.

    There's an Arabian Oud right across from Selfridges. Worth including since it's impossible to get (apart from ebay/TBC) in North America, even though most people won't be interested, I'd imagine.

    Wish I'd seen this guide before, I've missed some choice destinations. Thanks!

    Oh, and Silverbullet, you're in luck! Most of these are within easy walking distance of Soho, so you don't have to decide between the two.
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    Talking Going to London!

    I'll be going to England next week to visit family.
    Monday: London
    Tuesday: Birmingham
    Wednesday: Leeds
    Thursday: Back in London

    Because of the current exchange rates I plan on buying some niche perfume from England.
    I'll probably go back to England again in the first week of July. That's why I plan on getting myself a mad supply of samples next week, and test run them for two whole months until I get back to England in July.

    So can anyone recommend me some Niche Perfumeries in London?

    I'm ambitious about building up a perfume collection of only niche perfumes; niche perfumes that have excellent longevity and extraordinary sillage, moderate won't do. And being a big compliment getter, especially from woman, doesn't hurt also.

    From readin threads and review, I've gotten interested in sampling Blue Amber by Montale, Colonia Intensa by Acqua di Parma, VÚtiver Extraordinaire by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, Black Aoud by Montale, Bois d'Argent Cologne by Christian Dior, Musc Ravageur by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, New York by Parfums de Nicola´, H.M. by Hanae Mori, Fumerie Turque by Serge Lutens, Ormonde Man by Ormonde Jayne, Wall Street by Bond No. 9 and No. 88 by Czech & Speake. See also: http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?p=1478143

    - Musc Ravageur by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
    - Colonia Intensa by Acqua di Parma
    - Bois d'Argent Cologne by Christian Dior
    - Blue Amber by Montale
    - Black Aoud by Montale
    - Fumerie Turque by Serge Lutens
    - H.M. by Hanae Mori
    - VÚtiver Extraordinaire by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
    - No. 88 by Czech & Speak
    - New York by Parfums de Nicola´
    - Ormonde Man by Ormonde Jayne
    - Wall Street by Bond No. 9

    So that makes at least 12 samples I wanna come back home with. Would be even sweeter if I could just get them all!
    Other reccomendations and suggestions are more than welcome.
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    Les Senteurs is the first port of call for London, followed by the Roja Dove Boutique Perfumery on the top floor at Harrods.

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    Here's a post I made last year after a trip to London, with a run down on my visit...
    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ghlight=london

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    http://www.trumpers.com/contact.cfm

    Try the Eau de Cologne and Portugal scents. Eh, try them ALL, most are really nice. Clean, light, good for summer.
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    @ Dimitri: Thanks! I'll be sure to check them out.

    @ adonis: Thanks! Gonna put that on my list.

    But just how generous are perfume boutiques at giving away samples?
    You think I could just barge in and ask for twelve different samples just like that?
    Or should I take a more subtle approach and roam around a number of perfumeries to ask only a few samples each time?
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    Jermyn Street has all the gentlemen shops Floris, Penhaligons, Czech and Speake, Trumpers, etc.
    Harrod's Roja Dove shop carries Parfums MDCI as well as all the grande classics, it is more or less geared towards women's fragrances.
    B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful has the line that Turin and Sanchez are all breathless about. They're on Oxford Street near Selfridges and also in Convent Garden. The one I bought is called Breath of God, check out Dirty also.
    Liberty has a great selection and is such beautiful store, they carry Frederick Malle and Serge Lutens exports. Ormonde Jayne is near, off Old Street.
    Les Senteurs has the Malle line, too.
    I did not come across any Nicolai fragrances.
    Have fun!
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    Les Senteurs might be good but rape prices are bad

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    I always found London a bit hectic, so didn't like it very much before. However I'm liking London more and more now, especially as there ARE so many boutiques dotted around the place.

    - Musc Ravageur by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle (as stated before, Liberty and Les Senteurs)
    - Colonia Intensa by Acqua di Parma (available at most department stores. SpaceNK usually stock AdP products and from past experiences, will be happy to give you samples if you ask.)
    - Bois d'Argent Cologne by Christian Dior
    - Blue Amber by Montale (as far as I know, there isn't a Montale stockist in the UK)
    - Black Aoud by Montale (see above)
    - Fumerie Turque by Serge Lutens (I don't think it's available in the UK anymore as export bottles, so you'll have to go to Paris for that )
    - H.M. by Hanae Mori
    - VÚtiver Extraordinaire by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle (see above)
    - No. 88 by Czech & Speake (Jermyn Street boutique)
    - New York by Parfums de Nicola´ (the boutique is situated near South Kensington tube station though I've never been. South Kensington is also 1 tube stop away from Sloane Street, which is the closest station to Les Senteurs)
    - Ormonde Man by Ormonde Jayne
    - Wall Street by Bond No. 9 (I think these are available at the major department stores, i.e. Selfridges, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason)

    Les Senteurs are very generous with their samples, and will generally give you up to 5 or 6 samples.
    SpaceNK can be good with samples, though I've really had only experience from my nearest branch which isn't in London. However, I've obtained my samples of Colonia / Intensa / Assoluta from them, so definitely check them out.

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    Moving this thread to the right forum, we have a huge London section.
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by persianpoppa View Post
    But just how generous are perfume boutiques at giving away samples?
    You think I could just barge in and ask for twelve different samples just like that?
    Or should I take a more subtle approach and roam around a number of perfumeries to ask only a few samples each time?
    With regard to samples, I think you should approach that with tact. Go with the idea in mind that they won't be giving them away. If you do not intend on making a full-bottle purchase at some of these stores, then I would offer to purchase samples if the SA's will be happy to make some up for you. Its a small investment really, and in some cases, they may just offer them to you without charge.

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    Come to the London meet in August!

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    http://www.theage.com.au/travel/poun...0429-amoi.html

    Perfume shopping in London - an article in the Fairfax press in Australia.


    (And, apologies to moderators if necessary - do what you will with this post)
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    Thanks Dr R, I haven't checked all of those places out so far.

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    Thanks for this Nukapai, Definately will come in use. Hope to check out some places this weekend.
    I went to Guerlain a few weeks ago, looking for a boutique as I really wanted to test Spiritueuse Double Vanille as I am searching for the perfect vanilla for me. Unfortunately as industry people out there would know it is just an office for Guerlain.. I just had to talk to an unhelpful receptionist who couldn't pronounce Guerlain. I asked him about where I could test SDV and he started to point me to the nearest dept store. When I told him they didn't have it he said I would have to call customer service - which was in the office he was receptioning for. When I asked if he could possibly ask/ call them seeing as he was right there receptioning for them he said no I would have to call them myself. It seemed a rather ridiculous situation. At some stage throughout this exchange, someone, proabably a PA, who looked like she took an hour and a half to get ready each am, emerged from within to pick up a parcel..
    Needless to say it is not a customer facing place..

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    Customer services rarely interact with customers if they are a telephone service. We have a customer service and people can only deal with them by e-mail, sometimes emotions flare and it would be unfair to have customer services deal with angry people on a day to day basis face to face. Not saying you would be like that but just pointing out that even if they wanted to ome down they would not be allowed to do so.
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
    Currently wearing: L by Lolita Lempicka

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    I'll be passing through Heathrow Terminal 5 next month on my way back to the U.S. Unfortunately I won't be able to spend any time in London proper.

    Are there any shops in Terminal 5 that offer interesting fragrances, in particular the English brands?

    Thanks!

    noggs

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    oh. thanks sooooo much
    tomorrow is hunting time for the perfect marine!
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    I'm looking forward to the end of August. This is going to be fun!

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    Thank you very much! Going next weekend and we are definitely going to use this!

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    I love this map and, with the help of 'Nukapai', I've now got a Top Ten London Perfume Shops page on the About.com London Travel website.

    Each perfume shop listed has it's own page too and anyone can add reviews. As you guys are the fragrance experts(!) do feel free to review any of the stores you visit to share your knowledge with other readers.

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    Laura from about.com (golondon, above) found me here and asked for recommendations for top 10 perfumeries in London. The guide turned out very well (and some of you will recognise things like the Marylebone High St. shout-out from other threads ). http://bit.ly/14HP2x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nausicań View Post
    Thank you very much! Going next weekend and we are definitely going to use this!
    Brilliant! So glad to help out Hope your perfume-sniffing will be a success.

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    Some of us on the U.S. side of the Pond might shop at http://www.shoplondons.com/favorites.html for UK favourites.

    I have had good service from them--plus they send samples. :bounce:
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    Thank you so much for this guide, Nukapai!

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    You're welcome, Cors! Thanks for the feedback!

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