The Best British Perfume Houses in London


World-class, established perfumeries and niche, up-and-coming boutiques in London.


12th May 2015

Red Carnation Hotels

 You’d be forgiven for feeling a little daunted at the prospect of perfume shopping in London; this European capital is rich with world-class, established perfumeries and niche, up-and-coming boutiques. But for those staying with us at one of our central London hotels, the best perfumeries in the city are within easy reach. From household names to new pretenders, these are the best perfume houses in London.


Best Perfumeries Acqua Fiorentina Credit Creed

Creed’s Acqua Fiorentina perfume © Creed

This family-run perfumery has created more than 200 scents since its founding in London in 1760. Each perfume is unique and handmade and, being a favourite of Queen Victoria back in the 19th century, Creed has a royal warrant, too.

Jo Malone 

London Best Perfumeries Jo Malone 2 Credit Mohd Althani Flickr www flickr

Jo Malone’s iconic perfume bottle © Mohd Althani/Flickr

The doors of the first Jo Malone boutique opened in London in 1994 and the world has been hooked ever since. Wonderfully fresh and individual, the fragrances here can be magically combined to create your own bespoke scent.


Best Perfumeries Penhaligon s bottles Credit Penhaligon s

A row of perfume bottles at Penhaligon’s © Penhaligon’s

One of the great British perfume houses in London, Penhaligon’s scents are inspired by everything from Greek mythology and London dry gin to the smell of a tailor’s workshop. A heritage brand, Penhaligon’s perfumes are still made here in the UK, so make sure you stock up while in town.


Best Perfumeries Bloom covent garden Credit Bloom Perfumery

Perfume bottles in Bloom’s shop in East London © Bloom Perfumery

This perfumery offers a thoughtfully curated collection of independent perfumes at its two London locations. Bloom is also gearing up to launch its own bespoke scent creation workshops, in which you’ll create your own unique perfume over the course of an hour-long session.

Miller Harris

Best Perfumeries Miller Harris landscape Credit Miller Harris

Miller Harris’s Poirier d’un Soir Eau de Parfum © Miller Harris

Miller Harris set out to combine Parisian elegance and London eccentricity in its fragrances and many Londoners would testify to their achievements. These delicate, quirky, complex perfumes are masterfully crafted and can be found at Miller Harris’ flagship store in Mayfair, as well as other locations around the capital.

Les Senteurs

perfumeries Les Senteurs general image credit Liv Friis Larsen iStock Thinkstock www thinkstockphotos co

Bottles and blossoms © Liv Friis-Larsen/iStock/Thinkstock

Winner of the “Best Perfumery” award from the readers of Basenotes (the leading UK fragrance forum) for three years in a row, Les Senteurs is beloved for the variety and quality of the perfumes it selects and sells. Considered a pilgrimage site for perfume lovers, their specialist fragrance boutiques in Belgravia and Marylebone offer everything from big brands to rare scents.


perfumeries Floris Credit Martin Belam Flickr www flickr

View of Floris London © Martin Belam/Flickr

Founded in 1720 in a small shop in St James’s, Floris is one of the best-known British perfume houses in London. Still operating out of its original premises at 89 Jermyn Street, this is a must-stop spot on any London perfume trail.


Best London Perfumeries Illuminum White Oud Credit Illuminum

Trio of Illuminum perfumes © Illuminum

Founded in 2011, this perfumery became an overnight sensation thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge (she wore one of their fragrances at her wedding to Prince William). Chic, understated, and long lasting, Illuminum perfumes are both playful and refined.

Ormonde Jayne

Best Perfumeries Ormonde Jayne Interior 3 Credit Xavier Young

Plenty to choose from inside Ormonde Jayne © Xavier Young

Ormonde Jayne selects many rarely used scents for its perfumes, making their fragrances distinctive and unmistakeable. All of the Ormonde Jayne perfumes are created, bottled and packaged by hand, for that extra luxurious touch.

Shay & Blue

Best Perfumeries Shay  amp  Blue AlmondCucumber Credit Shay  amp  Blue

Shay & Blue’s Almond Cucumber Eau de Parfum © Shay & Blue

Established in 2012, Shay & Blue is a relative newcomer among the best British perfume houses in London. The decadent, rich fragrances at this perfumery have won it the title of  “Best New Fragrance House” in the 2014 Beauty Shortlist.

Header Image © boggy22/iStock/Thinkstock


Related Articles

Lions, leopards and collared pratincoles

Mike updates us on his latest sightings that he has seen throughout May.

28th May 2020

Luxury Gold Vacations
Amazing Luxury Gold vacations with Red Carnation

Our sister brand Luxury Gold offers five exceptional journeys, all featuring stays at Red Carnation Hotels.


28th April 2020

Spectacular Views
Our hotels with the most spectacular views

Explore which Red Carnation Hotels have the most unmissable sights.


15th April 2020