Legacy perfumers Penhaligon’s has been a stalwart of the West End since 1870 and a trip to their Regent Street flagship is like a step back in time. It’s worth a visit for the interiors alone. Immerse yourself in this quirky, Edwardian-era inspired store that pairs mahogany floors with purple padded walls and emerald shape display cases inspired by the brand’s vintage bottle design. There are plenty of testers to try for their fragrances, bath and body products and home scents too. Penhaligon’s is primarily known for its men’s products but there’s also plenty of choice for women and it’s an ideal spot to pick up a special gift.
The brand started life as a barber but, in 1872, founder William Penhaligon created his first fragrance, Hammam Bouquet, inspired by the Turkish baths where he ran his business. An instant hit, he began creating more, catching the attention of aristocracy and royalty. The brand today holds two royal warrants for the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales. In recent years they’ve created partnerships with other prestigious institutions including Savile Row tailors Norton and Sons and the English National Ballet, but you’ll also find many of their classic scents, including Hammam Bouquet, on offer today.
Expect top notch service at Penhaligon’s too with attentive staff who are passionate about the brand and its products and can help you locate a special something for a special someone. There’s also complimentary gift wrapping and engraving in a choice of fonts with a gold or silver finish.