Penhaligon’s has scent down to a science. The British perfume house, which was opened in the 1870s Mayfair by Cornish barber William Penhaligon, is known for innovative fragrances that tell a story, and its experts continue to reference the founder’s recipe books today.
The company still sells Penhaligon’s first ever fragrance, Hammam Bouquet, inspired by the scent of a nearby Turkish bath, as well as Blenheim Bouquet, created for the Duke of Marlborough. It also holds two royal warrants, supplying both the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.
The Burlington Arcade store offers engraving, a private fragrance profiling experience and a custom blending service.
Luxury crystal and glass purveyor Lalique is famed for its collectable art objects, light fixtures, furniture and jewellery. The company was founded 130 years ago by René Lalique, a celebrated jeweller-turned-glass artist whose work spanned Art Nouveau, Art Deco and modernist styles, and created the modern perfume bottle in partnership with Francois Coty.
It was under the leadership of René’s son Marc that the house began producing crystal. He was succeeded by his daughter Marie-Claude, who reintroduced jewellery and launched the Lalique de Lalique fragrance.
Today, all Lalique pieces are made in the same Alsace glassworks that René Lalique founded in 1921. The house is renowned globally for its timeless creations and uniquely French approach to ‘the art of living’.
There’s a reason Ladurée makes ‘the world’s most delicious macarons’ – it invented the sweet confection back in the mid-19th century, and the recipe hasn’t changed since.
Its dazzling Aladdin’s cave-like space at the Piccadilly entrance of the Burlington Arcade draws you in with its rainbow of macarons. It also offers classic French pastries like religieuses and millefeuilles, as well as gift boxes of bonbons and tins of loose-leaf tea, while a street-side cart sells ice-cream in summer and chocolat chaud in winter. Look out for limited-edition collaborations from the likes of Charlotte Dellal and Marina Abramovič.