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London (2013)
by Tom Ford


London information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 63 votes)

People and companies

HouseTom Ford
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About London

London is a shared / unisex perfume by Tom Ford. The scent was launched in 2013

Reviews of London

I smelled this from the bottle and didn’t dare to spray it on my wrist. It literally stinks like a dirty body for me. I’ll be brave and try it one day and elaborate a better review. But I’m scared of this scent.

Edit: ok, I hate it. For the first time I needed to wash a fragrance off my wrist.
13th November, 2018 (last edited: 23rd November, 2018)
With the name of "London" (which has also been used by Paul Smith, Burberry, et. al.), this scent caught my eye at the local Tom Ford tester counter.

Woody, spicy and fresh EdP, Tom Ford's London has a controversial cumin note which some can find to be offensive in and of itself. As with Cartier's Declaration, London manages to achieve a richer experience that used cumin plus many other significant notes as part of the bigger picture of a warm, sensualized fragrance experience.

I haven't been to London, but I have read reviews from those who have and get the sense of this fragrance capturing some of the more sublime, underground urban feel of that city. Interesting! Opinions will vary.

Nonetheless, this comes across as dark, sexy and edgy, a combo that - for ME - works nicely.

24th September, 2018
The rubber and stale steel,the brakes screechings
of the London Tube
late 80's
the old trains left this rubber raunchy
very singular smell captured here
the scent in itself not so much wearable
low persistence and low sillage
interesting concept
and a spectacular reproduction of one of the most original smells
the smell of London Underground
when it was a public company
04th June, 2018
Looking at the note pyramid it would seem that the perfumeurs tossed in ingredients from some existing popular Private Blend editions to produce London. References to some PB frags in some of the reviews here also indicate same. What i get immediately is a peppery and very smoky Amber Absolute, with an oud a bit more assertive than in Oud Wood showing up later. I only smelt Tobacco Oud once but i immediately recalled it when i first smelt London. Oud is not my favourite note, but Amber Absolute is one of my top 3 TFs. This makes London a frag i really enjoy wearing.

As has been well observed before, London is not a beast like Tobacco Vanille or even Tuscan Leather. Someone must have whispered into the ears of someone in TF to make their new scent a bit more conservative (or maybe cheaper to produce per ml). However, London is no wimp. It still needs to be applied with respect in order to have a nice, clear-headed day.

Thumbs (and big toes) way up for London.
15th July, 2016
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a BNIB 50 ml bottle. It reminds me of Oud Wood, Tobacco Oud, and Spice Bomb all together on steroids. To me, the middle changes a couple of times. Dry down reminds me of Tom Ford Extreme. That first spray was actually like fun. It was like my nose was on a roller coaster. This is strictly fall/winter for me. Unless you layer it with Tobacco Vanille or maybe Rive d Ambre. Couldn't be happier with the purchase.
08th October, 2015
Tom Ford London conjures several descriptions---smoky, animalic, woody---and this provocative mix holds throughout its lifespan. Cedar and musk provide some sweetness in the dry down but London is mostly held together by its top and heart notes of pepper, cumin, coffee, and incense, touching on all of these notes but never being dominated by any note in particular, which is good, as we could all find a fragrance that does this with each of these notes, and as always, it's the mix that makes this fragrance relatively unique. I've seen some reviewers call it feminine, but it strikes me as masculine, at least on my skin, perhaps due to the leathery quality.

Also, it's an excellent example of a fragrance that leans toward the cold weather but isn't overpowering enough to restrict its use to the winter, as this probably has 3- or even 4-season wearability.

Of course, availability is lacking since this is mainly sold in the UK, but perhaps that adds all the more intrigue to fans from elsewhere. Not necessarily the next bottle I'd buy but one I would strongly consider.

8 out of 10
21st July, 2015

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Tom Ford London 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray

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