The Penhaligon's Times https://www.penhaligons.com Thurs, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT https://www.penhaligons.com en hourly 1 Little Known London - The Sounds of Columbia Road https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-the-sounds-of-columbia-road/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-the-sounds-of-columbia-road/#comments Thurs, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-the-sounds-of-columbia-road/ <br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_505.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">If you&rsquo;re in Shoreditch or Bethnal Green on a Sunday morning, you&rsquo;ll be sure to spot a tote bag overflowing with tulips, a basket full of sunflowers or perhaps a yummy mummy lugging a lemon tree. You can bet they&rsquo;re all on their way home from the floral haven that is Columbia Road Flower Market.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This lively, colourful market takes place every Sunday just off Hackney Road. It&rsquo;s crammed with locals and tourists trying to snag a bargain and market-sellers, specializing in seasonal herbs, flowers and bushes. It&#39;s the noise of the market that gets me every time. As you approach, the hustle and bustle hits you and then the yelling starts! Get there at 9am, and the market&rsquo;s not yet fully going but the traders have started with their banter &ndash; &lsquo;get your roses here, my darling!&rsquo; &lsquo;look at these hardy Chrysanths&rsquo; by 1pm, the cries are more likely to be &lsquo;three bunches for a fiver&rsquo; &nbsp;&lsquo;here&rsquo;s a box of 24 for twelve pound!&rsquo; It&#39;s a short day &ndash; it&rsquo;s all over by 3pm so everyone is trying to make the most of the small window of opportunity.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And don&rsquo;t forget &ndash; it&rsquo;s not only a flower market. Why not pop into one of the art galleries, antique shops or caf&eacute;s that make up the community of 60 independent shops here? Pick up some collectable furniture at Two Columbia Road, peruse some vintage fashion at Glitterati, check out some Cornish art at the Columbia Road Gallery or keep the kids happy at gift and interior shop, Dandy Star. It&rsquo;s also worth a pit-stop for some calamari at Lee&rsquo;s Seafoods, serving fish here since World War II.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;re on Columbia Road this Sunday, do take a moment mid-stroll to ponder on the history of this street. It was once a walkway for sheep from the rural East End heading to the slaughterhouse at Smithfields. It gained notoriety in the 1830s as the residence of the London Burkers. This gang would dig up freshly-buried bodies to sell on for anatomical study. It transpired that they also committed some murders in their house on this street, then Novia Scotia Gardens. It was such an infamous London crime, that the police charged tourists 5 shillings a head to visit their house, where they could also purchase souvenirs.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Later, the area became a dilapidated, poverty-stricken slum, which, in the 1860s, prompted philanthropist, Angela Burdett-Coutts, to build social housing here and start a market to help the residents earn a living. She was a lady of many talents &ndash; she endowed the bishopric of British Columbia (hence the name Columbia Road in honour of her) and was the president of the British Goat Society. What an important lady indeed. By Act of Parliament, the market&rsquo;s trading day was moved from Saturday to Sunday, to help the local Jewish population. Flower traders in Spitalfields and Covent Garden saw an opportunity to sell their Saturday leftovers here and it had soon become a street synonymous with bargain flowers and also caged songbirds. The rest, as they say, is history.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Columbia Road is the perfect place to stroll off a hangover on a summery Sunday morning &ndash; if that doesn&rsquo;t work, pop into the Birdcage pub and drink yourself a new one.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <br style="font-size: 14px;" /> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/shootingjaydred/" style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 10px;">(PHOTO CREDIT JEROME YEWDALLL)</span></a><br /> <br /> 0 Little Known London - The Hampstead Pergola https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-the-hampstead-pergola/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-the-hampstead-pergola/#comments Weds, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-the-hampstead-pergola/ If you were to be dropped into a little-known place called the Hill Garden, you might look around and guess that you were on a glorious hilltop near Florence or perhaps in a quaint English country garden. But, no, this magnificent floral paradise, is, in fact, hidden away on London’s very own Hampstead Heath. If you were to be dropped into a little-known place called the Hill Garden, you might look around and guess that you were on a glorious hilltop near Florence or perhaps in a quaint English country garden. But, no, this magnificent floral paradise, is, in fact, hidden away on London’s very own Hampstead Heath.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_503.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">If you were to be dropped into a little-known place called the Hill Garden, you might look around and guess that you were on a glorious hilltop near Florence or perhaps in a quaint English country garden. But, no, this magnificent floral paradise, is, in fact, hidden away on London&rsquo;s very own Hampstead Heath.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The highlight of the garden is undoubtedly its pergola with its imposing stone structure, adorned with spectacular flora. Green vines wind their way around its columns and in the spring, lilac wisteria nestle along its arches overhead. Indeed, the Hill Garden is a unique little spot and its secluded serenity carries with a slightly eerie atmosphere. Whilst clambering its stairs and nipping through its snickets, all alone, you might almost imagine yourself as a character in a Shakespearian romantic tragedy, or a gothic Bront&euml; melodrama.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The garden was the vision of Lord Leverhulme, who owned the attached house. The soap tycoon started brands like Sunlight and Lux and began the organisation that has today become Unilever. More than a businessman, though, he was a philanthropist, who had many friends and enjoyed socialising with, and helping others. The garden was created in 1905-6 as a luxurious way for him to entertain his various guests. It was built just as the Hampstead Northern Line extension was being constructed &ndash; and they used much of the soil dug up for the tube tunnels in building the garden, making for easy disposal of the underground spoils &ndash; a handy Edwardian win-win.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Left to fall into disrepair during the twentieth century, its more recent renovations have made it accessible, but have left it with a certain rustic feel, which only adds to its almost otherworldly charm. It&rsquo;s certainly beautiful, but prim and proper it is not. It feels ever so slightly dilapidated and overgrown. Mary Berry might call it &lsquo;informal&rsquo;. If you stumbled upon it unawares, you might even wonder if you were the first to see it in a century, such is its secret, time-capsule-like atmosphere. It&rsquo;s as close as you could come to a real-life Secret Garden.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Hill Garden pergola is one of the few places in London where it&rsquo;s possible to feel transported in both place and time to somewhere quite astonishingly different to the rest of our modern bustling city. Once an extravagant Edwardian pleasure garden for parties and promenades, this rugged, mysterious paradise is easily one of London&rsquo;s most enchanting hidden gems.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/anemoneprojectors/9482375049"><span style="font-size:10px;">(PHOTO CREDIT PETER O&#39;CONNOR)</span></a></span><br /> <br /> 0 Milk In Fragrance https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/milk-in-fragrance/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/milk-in-fragrance/#comments Thurs, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Alex https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/milk-in-fragrance/ <br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_515.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <em><span style="font-size:14px;">Inspired by the blend of powerful spices &amp; sweet milk in Masala Chai and the presence of milk in India ritual, milk accord is a heart note in the two new Trade Routes fragrances.<br /> Agarbathi pairs the tranquillity of the temple with the vibrancy of Life and Ritual. Paithani is inspired by soothing Chai, with notes of nutmeg, rose and milk.</span></em></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><em>Why do you use Milk in both fragrances (Paithani &amp; Agarbathi)?</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> When I saw the brief (for the fragrances), I was immediately drawn to the idea of masala chai. Milk is already an ingredient in the tea recipe; the initial idea of Agarbathi did not contain milk. I knew milk is something very symbolic and sacred in the Hindu religion. At one point, I remembered that out of worship to their Gods, Hindus made offerings of milk. Milk was the final touch we put in Agarbathi to complete its story, ultimately linking the two fragrances together.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>How is it possible to use Milk in fragrance?</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Due to technical reasons, perfumers cannot use natural milk directly in perfumes. But thanks to our scientists who synthesize perfumery molecules, perfumers have a small palette of ingredients that can help create the olfactive illusion of milk. Sulfurol is my favourite milky ingredient and I used it in both creations. This molecule, which also exists in nature, is used mostly in flavourings and has more of a warm milk facet.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>What doe s the Milk ingredient bring to a fragrance?</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sulfurol imparts creaminess, volume, and a new type of addiction to a perfume.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>Is the idea of Milk in fragrance the future?!</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> I hope so!</span><br /> 0 Incense Route https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/incense-route/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/incense-route/#comments Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT Louise Rosen https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/incense-route/ The latest addition to Penhaligon's Trade Routes Collection, transport us to India. Agarbathi embodies the peacefulness of the temples of India, with hints of sandalwood, fir balsam and a heart note of velvety incense. The latest addition to Penhaligon's Trade Routes Collection, transport us to India. Agarbathi embodies the peacefulness of the temples of India, with hints of sandalwood, fir balsam and a heart note of velvety incense.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_508.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <em><span style="font-size:14px;">The latest addition to Penhaligon&#39;s Trade Routes Collection, transport us to India. Agarbathi embodies the peacefulness of the temples of India, with hints of sandalwood, fir balsam and a heart note of velvety incense.</span></em><br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size:14px;">What springs to mind when you think of incense? Buddhist shrines? Catholic mass? hippies and patchouli? For most, incense conjures up images of ritualistic worship in the exotic lands of South Asia and the Far East, however, incense originated somewhere slightly closer to home. The ancient Egyptians began using incense in roughly 2400BC and, whilst they believed it helped ward off evil spirits, its main use was to overpower the wretched smells of day-to-day living and also in medicine as a cure for poisonous snakebites. As incense travelled beyond Egypt, this combination of religion and pragmatism accompanied it on its journey around the world.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> From the pharaohs and physicians of Egypt, incense spread both East and West. It arrived in Britain via the Roman Empire and the word incense comes from the Latin <em>incendere </em>meaning &lsquo;to burn&rsquo;. Whilst most of us are familiar with the Spice Route, the lesser-known Incense Route thrived between the 7<sup>th</sup> century BC and the 2<sup>nd</sup> century AD, allowing the trade of exotic fragrances, such as frankincense and myrrh on a triumphant path running from the bustling Mediterranean ports through Egypt and the Middle East and into northern India. Although religious uses were common, incense was used to a wide range of ends: to ward off the plague in Israel, to give an aura of invincibility to the helmets of samurai warriors in Japan and even to tell the time in China. Oh, how versatile those humble little sticks are!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The pomp of incense in religious rituals and ceremonies is undoubtedly its most iconic usage. Huge clouds of smoke fill Buddhist shrines in China and Taiwan, where large incense coils swing from the ceiling and throngs of worshippers waft bundles in the air as their chants echo through the intense fragrances. A more sombre ceremony can be found in orthodox churches in Europe, where puffs of smoke billow from the swinging thurible, particularly during Eucharist. And nowhere is incense more ubiquitous than India. From Rajasthan to Kerala, incense plays a crucial role in Hindu puja and prayer rituals, not only in the temple, but also in the home. Incense sticks made of bamboo can be found in street markets across the land; their colours as vibrant as their scents. Indeed, the fragrances we most associate with incense in the UK today were all first used in India: precious frankincense, delicate sandalwood and exotic cypress. In ancient Egypt, pinewood, grasses and cinnamon would have been far more common.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The English have had a slightly more reluctant attitude to incense. It was banned in religious worship at churches in Elizabethan England as it had come to be associated with petty superstition and sacrilegious idol worship. However, this didn&rsquo;t stop its pragmatic usage, even in churches. Cheeky churchwardens regularly used incense to perfume the church and rid it of more ominous odours. Whatever its use, its powerful and vivid scent allows incense to truly change the mood of a room in an instant. It releases tension and revitalises energy.&nbsp;</span><br /> 0 Little Known London - Secret Gardens in Bloom https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-secret-gardens-in-bloom/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-secret-gardens-in-bloom/#comments Tues, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT HQ Writer… Alex C https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-secret-gardens-in-bloom/ As the weather gets warmer and first leaves and flowers start covering the capital I feel the need to follow the sunshine. As the weather gets warmer and first leaves and flowers start covering the capital I feel the need to follow the sunshine.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_481.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:12px;">Meet the Penhaligon&rsquo;s staff, working throughout our stately home and company,<br /> with a wealth of knowledge beyond the ins and outs of the esteemed Portrait&rsquo;s Family.<br /> <br /> Allow the staff to guide you through the streets of London, delve into fragrance and instil proper Penhaligon&rsquo;s dinner party etiquette.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">As the weather gets warmer and first leaves and flowers start covering the capital I feel the need to follow the sunshine. Where is one to go for a stroll, read a book or parade around a new spring wardrobe<span style="font-size:12px;">?</span> I rounded up five of my favourite secret (or not so secret gardens) where you can let your mind relax and unwind and take in the scent of blooming flowers.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Isabella Plantation, South West London</strong><br /> A stunning 40 acre woodland garden set within a Victorian plantation established in 1830&#39;s in Richmond Park. It lures you in with its evergreen azaleas, which line the ponds and streams and put their beautiful flowers on display from late April.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src=" /images/blogs/Isabella_Plantation.jpg" style="width: 610px; height: 402px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Fenton House and Garden, North London</strong><br /> A beautiful 17<sup>th</sup>century merchant&rsquo;s house in Hampstead is accompanied by a walled garden with roses as well as a 300-year old orchard which boasts thirty different types of apple trees that flourish each year. From March onwards you can simply relax in these splendid surroundings or for the more active enjoy a game of croquet.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/blogs/Fenton_House_2.jpg" style="width: 610px; height: 458px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>The Inns of Court, Central London</strong><br /> A series of squares and courtyards between Theobalds Road, High Holborn and the Embankment are home to London&rsquo;s legal profession. Head to the smaller spaces such as Staple Inn and Fountain Court to sit down and read, surrounded by medieval charm which is rare to find in London. The larger spaces like Lincoln&#39;s Inn and The Temple are vibrant and elegant, ideal for a late afternoon picnic with friends.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/blogs/inns_courts.jpg" style="width: 610px; height: 375px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><b><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52);">Hampstead Pergola, North London</span></b></span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52);">Hampstead Pergola is a true hidden treasure of the turn of the century, which will charm you with faded opulence. This raised walkway is covered in vines and exotic flowers, dramatically nestled in splendid gardens. Take a walk through this stunning location to experience its eerie atmosphere and enjoy the spectacular views over Hampstead Heath.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src=" /images/blogs/Hampstead_Pergola_2.jpg" style="float: left; width: 290px; height: 387px; margin: 1px 15px 15px 5px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/Hampstead_Pergola.jpg" style="width: 290px; height: 387px; margin: 1px 5px 15px 15px; float: right;" /> </span></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Eltham Palace and Gardens</strong><br /> When the sun is shining at the weekend, why not make a day trip down to Eltham Palace and Gardens, an Art-Deco mansion which will transport you back to the 1930&rsquo;s as you enjoy your picnic in its glorious ornamental gardens. Afterwards inhale the sweet smell of roses in the sunken rose garden and admire the herbaceous border designed by award-winning garden designer Isabelle Van Groeningen.</span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/blogs/Eltham_Palace.JPG" style="width: 610px; height: 407px;" /></p> 0 Master Perfumer https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/master-perfumer/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/master-perfumer/#comments Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT Louise Rosen https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/master-perfumer/ At just 13 years old, Master Perfumer and creator of Savoy Steam, Juliette Karagueuzoglou realised she wanted to become a perfumer. At just 13 years old, Master Perfumer and creator of Savoy Steam, Juliette Karagueuzoglou realised she wanted to become a perfumer.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_471.jpg"<br/><br/><div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">MASTER PERFUMER: JULIETTE KARAGUEUZOLGLOU</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;">At just 13 years old Juliette realised she wanted to become a perfumer.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;">After her scientific Baccalaureate and a degree in chemistry, Juliette passed the ISIPCA entrance exam. While a student at ISIPCA, her course was combined with two year&#39;s work experience at Expressions Parfum&eacute;es in Grasse.</span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;">At the end of her studies she joined IFF in March 2002, where she continues to work to this day.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Juliette Karagueuzoglou was awarded the Fashion Group International&#39;s Rising Star Award in 2010.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Juliette has worked on fragrances for YSL (L&rsquo;Homme), Versace (Versace Pour Femme Oud Oriental), Givenchy (Very Irresistible for Men) and many more&hellip;<br /> <br /> <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-juliette/">Read more about Juliette and her scent memories from&nbsp;</a></u></span><u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-juliette/"><span style="font-size: 14px;">childhood and parenthood.</span></a></u><span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</span></div> 0 Turkish Fouta https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/packaging/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/packaging/#comments Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT Louise Rosen https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/packaging/ The colours of Italian marble. A complexion of refinement and finesse. <br /><br /> But prey, is that a bow-tie or a Turkish Fouta? The colours of Italian marble. A complexion of refinement and finesse. <br /><br /> But prey, is that a bow-tie or a Turkish Fouta?<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_470.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="margin:0 auto;text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;">With a custom-made and fabric gift box,<br /> we know that Saville Row is not far.<br /> With such a label, the oracle of The London Chronicle is almost be heard.</span><br /> <p> <span style="font-size:16px;">As crisp and clean as after a steam!</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:16px;">With order, we uplift the spirit.<br /> In sobriety, we find a certain evocation of the serene.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:16px;">The colours of Italian marble.<br /> A complexion of refinement and finesse.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:16px;">But prey, is that a bow-tie or a Turkish Fouta?</span></p> </div> <br /> 0 Leighton House - Behind the Scenes https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/leighton-house-behind-the-scenes/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/leighton-house-behind-the-scenes/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Alex https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/leighton-house-behind-the-scenes/ We continue Penhaligon’s Trade Routes journey around the world in fragrance through Morocco, Turkey and the Orient, finally reaching the home of spices and ancient silks. We continue Penhaligon’s Trade Routes journey around the world in fragrance through Morocco, Turkey and the Orient, finally reaching the home of spices and ancient silks.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_default.jpg"<br/><br/><style type="text/css"> .img-responsive.mobile { display: none; } @media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { .img-responsive { display: none; } .desktop { display:none; } .img-responsive.mobile { display: block; } }</style> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We continue Penhaligon&rsquo;s Trade Routes journey around the world in fragrance through <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/as-sawira-eau-de-parfum/">Morocco</a></u>, <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/halfeti-eau-de-parfum/">Turkey</a></u> and the <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/levantium-eau-de-toilette/">Caribbean</a></u>, finally reaching the home of spices and ancient silks.<br /> <br /> <img alt="Leighton House" src="/images/blogs/Leighton_Peacock.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px; float: left; margin: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Our Trade Routes exploration took us to Leighton House, once the home of artist Lord Frederic Leighton. Filled with tiles and ceramic artifacts Leighton collected on his travels in the Middle East, in the late 19thC, Leighton House is also the location of the most recent Trade Routes photoshoot.<br /> <br /> Here is a sneak peak, behind-the-scenes of the Trade Route Collection photoshoot.</span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <div class="desktop"> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <img alt="" class="img-responsive" src="/images/blogs/Leighton_BTS.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /> <img alt="" class="img-responsive" src="/images/blogs/Leighton_Ballons.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px; float: right;" /> <img alt="Leighton House Dome" class="img-responsive" src=" /images/blogs/Leighton_Dome.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 461px; margin: 15px 10px;" /> <img alt="" class="img-responsive mobile" src="/images/blogs/Leighton_BTS.jpg" style="width: 100%;" /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/leighton-house"><u>Further explore Leighton House. </u> </a> </span> 0 Leighton House https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/leighton-house/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/leighton-house/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Louise Rosen https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/leighton-house/ Nestled down a lazy side street, behind Holland Park, sits Leighton House. To the passer-by, this redbrick building looks like a fairly humble, nondescript Victorian townhouse Nestled down a lazy side street, behind Holland Park, sits Leighton House. To the passer-by, this redbrick building looks like a fairly humble, nondescript Victorian townhouse<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_509.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Nestled down a lazy side street, behind Holland Park, sits Leighton House. To the passer-by, this redbrick building looks like a fairly humble, nondescript Victorian townhouse, but its exterior belies what&rsquo;s hidden inside. Staid, stuffy stately home this is not, it&rsquo;s more like wandering around a Victorian jewellery box. Leighton House is truly one of London&rsquo;s best-kept secrets. If we travelled into this gallery/museum/home through the keyhole and had to guess the owner&rsquo;s identity, we would be right in assuming that this Victorian owner was well travelled and was beguiled by the art and exoticism of the Arabian Orient.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Entering into the house, visitors uncover a treasure trove of beautiful art and stunning interiors. There&rsquo;s an almost palatial ambience to the entire building with its opulent friezes and impressive columns. Vibrant cerulean, vivid reds and shimmering golds line the walls and the ceilings in a true feast for the eyes. Particularly awe-inspiring is the Arab Hall with its Islamic tiles from Damascus, intricate mosaics and imposing golden dome. It was a privilege to be able to travel in these times, to visit and gain inspiration from not only the Europeans but further afield. To witness the scale of the Egyptian temples at Abu Simbel or Karnak or even to visit Istanbul&rsquo;s grand mosques for the first time must have been humbling and at the same time, amazing. In our Instagram society, we enjoy taking pictures for posterity, however, Victorian travellers would have brought home artefacts, tales and inspiration. The impact of this travel is clear on the owner of this house, the artist, Frederic Lord Leighton.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Leighton&rsquo;s house was built in 1866 as both a studio and private art gallery. People would have heard about this amazing home studio and wanted to visit to see his eclectic home and they did; even Queen Victoria dropped by for a viewing. Today, the walls are adorned with Leighton&rsquo;s most celebrated watercolours and oil paintings, along with work by other artists of the era, such as G.F. Watts, and also Renaissance artist and sculptor, Antonio Gamberelli.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The house is a wonderful gallery but as a home, it gives an important glimpse into the life of Lord Leighton. Sketches and letters are displayed in his personal studio as well as some personal artefacts in the surprisingly modest and simplistic bedroom. It&rsquo;s a home that tells the story of a man with an exquisite taste and a cosmopolitan savoir-faire, yet a peculiarly eccentric and solitary life. The opulent beauty of this hidden gem has been used a filming location for TV shows, such as Spooks, films, including Nicholas Nickleby and even the music video &lsquo;Gold&rsquo; by Spandau Ballet<em>. </em>I wonder what Lord Leighton would have made of the New Ro</span></span>mantics?&nbsp;</span><br /> 0 A Modern Dinner Party https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/a-modern-dinner-party/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/a-modern-dinner-party/#comments Tues, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT HQ Writer… Jillian https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/a-modern-dinner-party/ We are living in a society where dinner parties have swept back into fashion. With this some of us find ourselves in a conundrum of how far we should follow British ‘Tradition’ We are living in a society where dinner parties have swept back into fashion. With this some of us find ourselves in a conundrum of how far we should follow British ‘Tradition’<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_482.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Meet the Penhaligon&rsquo;s staff, working throughout our stately home and company,<br /> with a wealth of knowledge beyond the ins and outs of the esteemed Portrait&rsquo;s Family.<br /> <br /> Allow the staff to guide you through the streets of London, delve into fragrance and instil proper Penhaligon&rsquo;s dinner party etiquette.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">We are living in a society where dinner parties have swept back into fashion. With this some of us find ourselves in a conundrum of how far we should follow British &lsquo;Tradition&rsquo;, we frantically search the internet looking for ideas and advice, call friends and family while kicking ourselves for offering to host.<br /> <br /> When you are having a mini melt down about hosting, take a moment and think how lucky you are that we don&rsquo;t live in the Victorian era. William and Elisabeth Penhaligon would have taken etiquette very seriously. Mrs Penhaligon would have been hand writing invitations requesting the pleasure of a maximum of 12 people for a date 4-6 weeks away with guests all from the same circle of society, and sending by &lsquo;Special Messenger&rsquo;! While in the year 2017 we may casually drop a group &lsquo;WhatsApp&rsquo; or create a &lsquo;Paperless Post&rsquo; invitation advertising a Mexican fiesta with a wide range of people from all over.<br /> <br /> So, gone are the days of creating an elaborate 5 course menu, slaving for hours over the stove (or ordering your staff to), dusting off the cutlery canteen that houses pieces you are unsure what they are used for, while worrying the souffl&eacute; won&rsquo;t rise.<br /> <br /> Some tips on how to host a relaxed but memorable dinner party in 2017:<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Plan ahead: Once you have a confirmed dates with your guests start to think of a theme for the menu, don&rsquo;t over stretch yourself remember this is a party. A theme makes it much easier when choosing courses and dressing the table, keep in mind if you have any guests who don&rsquo;t eat certain things<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Practice: Ensure you have made the food before the event, no one needs the added stress of worrying about cooking times and taste, additionally it means as a host you can enjoy a refreshing pre-dinner drink<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Table, this is the perfect place to add a touch of tradition with you own flare:<br /> <br /> o &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Linen napkins instead of paper, as well as traditional it also adds the feeling of luxury<br /> o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Flowers on the table, this doesn&rsquo;t need to be a display you could add multiple vases&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">along the table &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;or in a circle, moss plants create warmth and add a modern touch<br /> o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Candles are a great decoration, just ensure they are not scented, you don&rsquo;t want your&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">food to taste&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">of your favourite candle. If you want to use a scented candle it is best to&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">burn before your guests&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">arrive, maybe while having drinks<br /> o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Charger plates can change a table instantly as well as protecting your table from the&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">heat of the&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">plates<br /> o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Set the table the night before, this means you can move things about without feeling&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">rushed. I&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">change my table as much as I move about the decorations on the Christmas</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">tree!<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Start with a cocktail hour or two, if things go wrong will your guests notice!?<br /> <br /> <br /> Happy dining<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Some of my favourite shops for table items<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Brissi<br /> Great for; Candles, Candle Holders, Linen Napkins and Glassware<br /> <br /> Anthropologie<br /> Fun crockery and serving dishes<br /> <br /> Neptune<br /> Table centres, candles, linens<br /> <br /> Zara Home<br /> Table runners, Candles, Fun cutlery, Glassware, Charger Plates<br /> <br /> Your family&rsquo;s cupboards!<br /> You can usually find a bit of traditional tableware</span></span></span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Savoy Cocktail https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-cocktail/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-cocktail/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Alex https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-cocktail/ An elegant Martini style cocktail, created by Elon Soddu of the Beaufort Bar in The Savoy Hotel, inspired by our new fragrance Savoy Steam. An elegant Martini style cocktail, created by Elon Soddu of the Beaufort Bar in The Savoy Hotel, inspired by our new fragrance Savoy Steam.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_496.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">The Beaufort Bar, sitting within the Savoy&rsquo;s former cabaret bar, matches its theatrical setting with a drinks menu inspired by the bar&#39;s long history with burlesque &amp; cabaret and the many famous, flamboyant characters who frequented the hotel.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size:16px;">How to Make...&nbsp;The Final Touch<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ingredients:<br /> 40 ml Bombay Gin<br /> 15 ml Briotet Rose liqueur<br /> 15 ml Cocchi Rosa<br /> 5 ml Aperol<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The cocktail should be stirred with ice and served in a Martini Glass and garnished with a lime twist.<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="text-align: center;">The drink is a very elegant Martini style cocktail, created by Elon Soddu of the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel, inspired by our new fragrance&nbsp;</span><u style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/savoy-steam-collection/">Savoy Steam</a></u><span style="text-align: center;">.</span></span> 0 Little Known London - The American Bar https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-the-american-bar/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-the-american-bar/#comments Sun, 02 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-the-american-bar/ Out of what was a defensive move to save his eponymous opera company came the wondrous idea of the Savoy hotel. It was the first London hotel to encourage the London society to visit for drinks, dinners and dances and thereby becoming the place to be seen. Out of what was a defensive move to save his eponymous opera company came the wondrous idea of the Savoy hotel. It was the first London hotel to encourage the London society to visit for drinks, dinners and dances and thereby becoming the place to be seen.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_494.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">The Savoy Hotel opened for business on 6<sup>th</sup> August 1889, the brainchild of Richard D&rsquo;Oyly Carte, the Gilbert &amp; Sullivan impresario. It was a stroke of good fortune that a hotel was built at all. The D&rsquo;Oyly Carte Society was gaining fans and followers from all over the world especially America. Richard was wary of copycats stealing his ideas in the United States, so decided to stage a D&rsquo;Oyly Carte production of the Pirates of Penzance in New York. This not only stopped others trying to muscle in on his success but also gave him first hand experience of this city&rsquo;s famous hospitality. He was impressed and delighted with the level of style, service and luxury that he experienced in New York hotels and so brought this idea back to London. This was about to shake up the London hotel scene for both Londoners and visitors alike. Out of what was a defensive move to save his eponymous opera company came the wondrous idea of the Savoy hotel. It was the first London hotel to encourage the London society to visit for drinks, dinners and dances and thereby becoming <em>the</em> place to be seen. It also became a respectable place for ladies to dine together, something that had not been possible any time before this.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The American bar opened a few years later, offering American style drinks or cocktails. The Americans had revolutionised drinking habits; they were mixing different alcohols together in the same drink to create martinis and other cocktails. The English usually mixed alcohol with waters (soda, fresh or tonic) e.g. whisky and water or gin and tonic. In 1903, Ada Coleman or &lsquo;Coley&rsquo;, to her customers, was appointed bartender and it was during her time that the first of many famous cocktails were created. You can still ask for her &lsquo;Hanky Panky&rsquo; today (oo, matron!). Harry Craddock, Ada&rsquo;s successor, is possibly the most famous of the Savoy bartenders who gave us a fair few delicious and intoxicating cocktails but also compiled the legendary Savoy Cocktail book aka the bartender&rsquo;s bible. It hit the bookshops on 21<sup>st</sup> October 1930. The American bar came into its own during US Prohibition; it&rsquo;s amazing how many Americans needed to travel to London for business during this time!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The American Bar at The Savoy is the longest surviving of the US-inspired bars and little has changed here since the days of glamorous movie stars enjoying a drink or two here. I like to play a Savoy version of the game &lsquo;which historical figures would you like to invite for dinner?&rdquo; I would include the following:&nbsp; Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Rock Hudson, Fred Astaire, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Liza Minnelli, The Queen Mother and John Wayne. I would also get Ada and Harry back to oversee the cocktails and see if Richard D&rsquo;Oyly Carte fancied seeing how far his hotel had come. Now, how many is that? Thirteen! We need Kaspar the Cat!<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> 0 Little Known London - Kaspar The Cat Continued... https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-kaspar-the-cat-two/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-kaspar-the-cat-two/#comments Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-kaspar-the-cat-two/ As you near this piece of art, you will notice a reflection in the column. As it becomes clearer, you will now see a perfect reflection of the famous Kaspar. As you near this piece of art, you will notice a reflection in the column. As it becomes clearer, you will now see a perfect reflection of the famous Kaspar.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_495.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">The story continues&hellip;</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;<br /> In 2010, The Savoy re-opened after a redesign and the ultimate upgrade. It was received with a great deal of interest and anticipation. In honour of Kaspar, the riverside restaurant was named the Kaspar Seafood Bar &amp; Grill &ndash; a nod to the feline&rsquo;s favourite food! Within it sits another cat, this time in white bronze and chrome, designed by Jonty Hurwitz. You may miss it on the way into the Art Deco inspired dining space but as you leave the restaurant, look out for this piece of art comprising a mirrored column and a section of a circle almost acting as a protective barrier around it.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As you near this piece of art, you will notice a reflection in the column. As it becomes clearer, you will now see a perfect reflection of the famous Kaspar.<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Little Known London - Kaspar The Cat https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-kaspar-the-cat/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-kaspar-the-cat/#comments Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-kaspar-the-cat/ In the lobby of the Savoy is a black cat; he sits aloof observing the to-ing and fro-ing of hotel guests and front of house staff. He is unnoticed by many who come to stay but those in the know can walk over and observe his fine form. In the lobby of the Savoy is a black cat; he sits aloof observing the to-ing and fro-ing of hotel guests and front of house staff. He is unnoticed by many who come to stay but those in the know can walk over and observe his fine form.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_489.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">In the lobby of the Savoy is a black cat; he sits aloof observing the to-ing and fro-ing of hotel guests and front of house staff. He is unnoticed by many who come to stay but those in the know can walk over and observe his fine form. He will not respond as he is made of wood, sculpted out of a piece of London Plane tree. He sits upright with a glorious tail that looks almost as if he has a handle! Very occasionally, he is moved from his front of house vantage and is taken to one of the many restaurants and private dining rooms of the hotel. He has a very important role. This dashing black cat joins diners when there is a table of 13. He will sit discreetly beside his table setting, a reminder of a rather sad and unfortunate incident that took place in 1898.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Early in that year, a guest of the Savoy, Woolf Joel, held a dinner for friends in the Pinafore Room. On the evening itself, a last minute cancellation meant that the booking was now for 13 people. This caused much discussion about the superstition associated with the unlucky number including the myth that the first person to leave a table of 13 would be the first to die. Joel, being the consummate host, and probably not superstitious, left the table ahead of his guests. On his subsequent return to Johannesburg just a few weeks later, he was shot dead.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Savoy and much of London society heard this shocking news - not the best PR for this new hotel! Arrangements were made for any future tables of this unlucky number to be accompanied by a fourteenth &lsquo;guest&rsquo;.&nbsp; This was a member of the Savoy staff who sat amongst the unlucky others. He must have felt like a spare part trying not to listen in to the stilted conversation of the other diners who were desperately trying to ignore him!&nbsp; A more permanent solution came about in 1926. The architect, Basil Ionides, a leading force in the Art Moderne (Art Deco) movement, sculpted a black cat named Kaspar. He became the hotel&rsquo;s mascot and amused such guests as Winston Churchill as he dined within the hotel with fellow members of &ldquo;The Other Club&rdquo;. Winston was such a big fan that when he heard that Kaspar had been &lsquo;abducted&rsquo; during a moment of high jinx during WWII, he allegedly saw to Kaspar&rsquo;s safe return.<br /> <br /> <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-kaspar-the-cat-two/"><span style="font-size: 13px;">To be continued...</span></a></u></span><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Little Known London - Savoy Court https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-savoy-court/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-savoy-court/#comments Weds, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-savoy-court/ This is a unique hotel on many levels and its history is fascinating but if you look closely there is one thing that really makes The Savoy stand out... This is a unique hotel on many levels and its history is fascinating but if you look closely there is one thing that really makes The Savoy stand out...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_490.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Everything about the Savoy is grand, from its dramatic Art Deco fa&ccedil;ade to the illuminated Savoy sign. The only way to arrive at this hotel is by taxi cabriolet or if you are lucky, one of the Savoy&rsquo;s own Rolls Royce, via the short but significant road that leads up from The Strand to the liveried doormen waiting for you. You are entering the beautiful Savoy; the grand dame of London&rsquo;s hotels, one of the most historic and well respected in the world.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This is a unique hotel on many levels and its history is fascinating but if you look closely there is one thing that really makes The Savoy stand out - Savoy Court. &nbsp;This little street is the only place in the UK where you drive on the right hand side of the road. You are probably wondering why this is. Firstly, Savoy Court is privately owned and thereby is not governed by the UK&rsquo;s traffic regulations. Secondly, it was done for practical reasons. To understand this, I will take you back to 1904 when the road was incorporated into the Strand extension of the hotel. Imagine a horse-drawn carriage approaching the hotel, the driver seated on the right and a dignitary or a lady sat behind him. This was the respectable way to travel. As the carriage approached the hotel on the right hand side of the road, the door could be opened allowing them to walk straight into the hotel.&nbsp; It was easier to make this small change to the road than to make all carriage and subsequent cars shift the placement of their respected guests riding in the cars.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This is still in practice today. As your knowledgeable cab driver approaches the hotel, your door will be opened by one of the doormen and you can make your own version of an entrance in to the hotel. Imagine the indignity of having a doorman run around the car to open the door on the roadside or worse still, having to open the door yourself and step out, potentially risking a contretemps with another driver &ndash; its just not the done thing!<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Savoy Steam Story https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-story/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-story/#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Louise Rosen https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-story/ A marbled hall of redemption. Vaulted ceilings to uplift one’s spirit. Here, the very finest Turkish baths in Europe. A marbled hall of redemption. Vaulted ceilings to uplift one’s spirit. Here, the very finest Turkish baths in Europe.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_467.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">HAMMAM BOUQUET, the very first PENHALIGON&rsquo;S fragrance!</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">A marbled hall of redemption.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Vaulted ceilings to uplift one&rsquo;s spirit.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Here, the very finest Turkish baths in Europe.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">So between the tiresome chores of reading the paper and being measured for a new suit, a gentleman could take a steam bath and attend to his Toilette.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">But now here&rsquo;s the surprise.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">A woman could too.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Come, come, this way, 12 Duke of York Street is the address.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Round the corner - in time and place.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">A haven, a hammam, a hiatus from the grey and the grime.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Exclusively for the fairer sex.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Opening its doors from the first years of the 20th century. One of the first you see. Because whilst the original steam baths had included a women&rsquo;s room the tiresome constraints of finance and planning had thwarted Mr Penhaligon&rsquo;s original dream.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">But like all dreams married to conviction,</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">the doors have opened. It is 1910.</span></div> 0 #ScentMemories - Adrian https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-adrian/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-adrian/#comments Thurs, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT HQ Writer… Adrian https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-adrian/ Each year as the month of December approached, I anxiously await my first smell of the cut evergreen trees in the air, and to hear the faint whispers of all those "discussions" of years past still looming over the tree lot. Each year as the month of December approached, I anxiously await my first smell of the cut evergreen trees in the air, and to hear the faint whispers of all those "discussions" of years past still looming over the tree lot.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_493.jpg"<br/><br/><div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:13px;">As we move onto day five of our #ScentMemories journey, we are taken to family Christmas in New York with Penhaligon&#39;s own Adrian Copeland.</span><br /> <br /> Every holiday season I look forward to our yearly outing to find the &quot;perfect&quot; Christmas tree.</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;">Growing up in NYC, and in an Italian-Irish family, the yearly &#39;enjoyable&#39; family outing was also the cause of many a &#39;family discussion&#39;. This conversation between my parents would always transpire in the middle of the tree lot. My mom would always want a &quot;Symmetrically Perfect&quot; tree with equal amounts of blue and green needles. My father only had one requirement in a tree- &ldquo;it had to be BIG&quot;. &nbsp;Hence the start of each year&rsquo;s &lsquo;family outing&rsquo; ultimately became that year&rsquo;s topic for discussion at Christmas dinner with the entire extended family clan.</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;">This family tradition goes back to my childhood, both the search for the tree and the ensuing &#39;discussions&#39;.</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;">Each year as the month of December approached, I anxiously await my first smell of the cut evergreen trees in the air, and to hear the faint whispers of all those &quot;discussions&quot; of years past still looming over the tree lot.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;">Magically, I am transported back in time to all those Christmas past and the wonderful memories of finding the &quot;perfect tree: and the yearly &ldquo;dinner table discussions&quot; of my family.</span></div> 0 #ScentMemories - Juliette https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-juliette/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-juliette/#comments Thurs, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Juliette https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-juliette/ Odors are very successful in their power of evocation for everyone. We have all received the world through our sense of smell and it remains forever in our mind and heart. Odors are very successful in their power of evocation for everyone. We have all received the world through our sense of smell and it remains forever in our mind and heart.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_492.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <em>Master Perfumer and creator of <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/savoy-steam/">Savoy Steam</a>, Juliette Karagueuzoglou recounts Scent Memories from&nbsp;her childhood and parenthood.</em><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">It&rsquo;s really hard to choose among my memories since they are so closely related to emotions&hellip; each one reminds me beautiful and specific moments and people.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>My children:</strong> It sounds like a clich&eacute; but it&rsquo;s so true! I cannot start without mention my perfect memory of my children&rsquo;s smell. This so intense attachment between mother and child through scents is like an animal instinct that connects me most to the animals we are&hellip; Their smell changes and is like I could really smell it again: from the warm and soft milk smell around their lips and the cute gruyere cheese smell of their lovely baby feet to the more persistent smells when they are children. These smells are not always good, I know, but it reminds us of our animality and I love it. It&rsquo;s extremely important for me; I cannot imagine a world without human smells. I would have loved to capture these smells during my children first months but, failing that, I&rsquo;m glad to have it engraved in my memory.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>At Home:</strong> It&rsquo;s about the daily life that I remember best. I have so sweet memories of my childhood&hellip; my sun-warmed skin, smelling like a biscuit! My parent&rsquo;s fragrances that I could smell when they woke me up in the morning (very aromatic notes for my father who worn Drakkar Noir during years and years). The slightly bitter and tenacious smell of the dark chocolate that my parents used to eat in the evening, just before hugging me when I went to bed. Little girl, I always knew who were coming to have dinner with us at home thanks to the fragrance my parent&rsquo;s friends worn, I could recognize them once they removed they coats. It&#39;s funny: I still associate them to the fragrances they worn at that time, although most of them have already changed it.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="/images/blogs/Juliette_Karagueuzoglou.jpg" style="width: 235px; height: 329px; float: right;" /><br /> <strong>During Holidays:</strong> Summer smells, the concrete after the warm storm, wet and dusty at the same time. The Landes forest&#39;s resinous yet fresh smell of sun-warmed pines announcing the beginning of the holidays after 7 hours on the road&hellip; The rainy mornings at my grandmother&rsquo;s house and the hedge box in her garden.&nbsp; The solar and salty breeze on the way to go to the beach where, just before the sand dune, we already had a foretaste of the ocean.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>School time:</strong> Such a nice time! I can feel it again through my scented memories: the lindens of the court, the wet sponge to clear the chalk from the blackboard, the pencil sharpener, the odors of glue and painting. And, of course, the cooking smell that I immediately recognized after pushing the door, back from the school.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And so much more! Odors are very successful in their power of evocation for everyone. We have all received the world through our sense of smell and it remains forever in our mind and heart.<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 #ScentMemories - Thomas https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-thomas/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-thomas/#comments Weds, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Thomas https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-thomas/ Whilst Iris Prima is inspired by the ballet, it takes me right back to my childhood and time spent sat on hard wooden floors during school assemblies. For me it’s the scent of knobbly knees exposed against the sweet dusty flooring and the soft warmth of grey school jumpers. Ahh, it is pure bliss! Whilst Iris Prima is inspired by the ballet, it takes me right back to my childhood and time spent sat on hard wooden floors during school assemblies. For me it’s the scent of knobbly knees exposed against the sweet dusty flooring and the soft warmth of grey school jumpers. Ahh, it is pure bliss!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_491.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Day three of our trip down #ScentMemories Lane. Thomas Dunckley (or The Candy Perfume Boy) tells us of his love of all things Penhaligon&rsquo;s. Thomas is a self-proclaimed Perfume Addict and runs a Jasmine Award winning perfume blog that chronicles his obsession with fragrance&hellip;.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Seeing as Penhaligon&rsquo;s have been the purveyors of fine British perfumery since 1870, many Brits have found themselves holding at least one scented memory linked to a classic or modern scent from the house of Penhaligon&rsquo;s and I am certainly no exception. I&rsquo;ve always been drawn to the cheeky and eccentric style of Penhaligon&rsquo;s - a style that is sometimes mischievous and always quintessentially British. So many of their fragrances have been with me at important parts of my life over the last ten years, whether that be at my graduation <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/vaara-eau-de-parfum/">(Vaara)</a></u>&nbsp;or pivotal job interviews (you can never go wrong with <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-eau-de-toilette/">Sartorial</a></u>, ever). Here are just three of my favourite Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrances and the scent memories I associate with them.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">My very first Penhaligon&rsquo;s scent was Amaranthine, which at the time of launch was something quite scandalous indeed, evoking the warm skin of the inner thigh with its strange condensed milk note and overdose of tropical white flowers. My experience with it is less x-rated and for me, Amaranthine&rsquo;s tropical blooms, which are somewhere between the fresh banana tones of ylang ylang and the comfort of warm milk, will always be a warm wintry accompaniment that took the edge off the harshest of winter chills. At one point in time my scarf never stopped smelling of Amaranthine and whenever I catch a whiff of it, I think of winter.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">One of the most evocative fragrances ever created by Penhaligon&rsquo;s is the remarkable Ostara - an ode to the daffodil from bud to bloom. Smelling Ostara the key impression is, unsurprisingly, of daffodils but I&rsquo;m reminded of childhood times playing in my garden with my brothers and sisters. Ostara evokes sunshine and flowers but also cool earth and roots. It&rsquo;s an optimistic fragrance that speaks of those carefree summer days that felt endless and where grass stains and mud pies were never a bad thing.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrance that boasts the most potent scent memory for me is most definitely <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima-eau-de-parfum/">Iris Prima</a></u>&nbsp;and not because I wore it at a particular time or place. Whilst <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima-eau-de-parfum/">Iris Prima</a></u>&nbsp;is inspired by the ballet, it takes me right back to my childhood and time spent sat on hard wooden floors during school assemblies. For me it&rsquo;s the scent of knobbly knees exposed against the sweet dusty flooring and the soft warmth of grey school jumpers. Ahh, it is pure bliss!</span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><img alt="" src="/images/categories/IRISPRIMA_blog_candy.jpg" /></span></span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">There really is a Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrance for every occasion and every memory and I very much look forward to making new ones with some of the brand&rsquo;s more recent offerings. Hmmm, that reminds me, I have a date with the <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/much-ado-about-the-duke-eau-de-parfum/">Duke</a></u> that I must get to&hellip;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><a href=" https://thecandyperfumeboy.com/" target="_blank"> Read more from The Candy Perfume Boy here.</a></strong></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 #ScentMemories - Alex Lee https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-alex-lee/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-alex-lee/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Alex https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-alex-lee/ I saw a woman who seemed to be having a bad day. I did not want to be rude, but I felt compelled to engage her. I saw a woman who seemed to be having a bad day. I did not want to be rude, but I felt compelled to engage her.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_488.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Born in California, Alex was fascinated by scents as a child, chasing girls on the playground to smell their deliciously shampooed hair. Progressively, he developed a passion for fragrances and began to collect perfume bottles. During his studies for a career in medicine, Alex realized that the evocative nature of perfume served as a form of emotional medicine. In 2008, he was admitted in the Grasse Institute of Perfumery.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In 2013, Alex was the winner of the young perfumer competition &quot;The Scent of Esxence - 5 Years of Excellence&quot;</span></span></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">When I decided to pursue perfumery in France, I knew I had to speak French. I left California and started my journey by learning the language in Lyon.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I remember taking the Lyonnais subway to return to my host family after a day of classes. Sitting across from me, I saw a woman who seemed to be having a bad day. I did not want to be rude, but I felt compelled to engage her and I offered her a sample of Guerlain&rsquo;s Shalimar. She sprayed the perfume on the top of her hand and smelled it. The most amazing thing happened: she smiled! During the entire trip, she held her hand close to her nose. On her face, you could almost see a war between the joy and trouble take place. As she got off at her stop, the woman flashed me a smile and whispered, &ldquo;Thank you, thank you very much.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> My childhood dream was to become a doctor to help others. This fragrant memory and others remind me that a perfume has a psychological power to bring out joy, confidence, energy, and intense emotions &ndash; the best out of a person. I am satisfied knowing that perfumery could allow me to heal people but in another way.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 #ScentMemories - Mona https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-mona/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-mona/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Monalogue https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/scentmemories-mona/ A simple walk past a bakery can temporarily transport you back to that warm summer retreat in France, the perfume of a passerby can make you long for the embrace of a loved one A simple walk past a bakery can temporarily transport you back to that warm summer retreat in France, the perfume of a passerby can make you long for the embrace of a loved one<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_487.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">At Penhaligon&#39;s we understand the emotive power of scent. It can unlock memories and open doors; it can stop us in our tracks, lost somewhere for a moment in time. Recollections triggered by a dusting of iris, a whisper of clove, a burst of juicy nectarine, a trail of smoky incense, a creamy lick of vanilla.<br /> <br /> Nation Fragrance Day is approaching and in celebration, together with the Fragrance Foundation, we explore #ScentMemories with a series of guest&rsquo;s blogs.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">First Mona a blogger and Instagrammer from Somerset shares her tales of dressing tables full of perfume bottles and her love of Equinox Bloom&hellip;</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">We too often overlook the importance of scent; its presence in our memory is nothing short of astounding. A simple walk past a bakery can temporarily transport you back to that warm summer retreat in France, the perfume of a passerby can make you long for the embrace of a loved one, or even resent a previous unpleasant encounter. Scent takes us on a journey that is for no two people quite the same.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I&rsquo;m probably not alone in saying that my earliest explicit memories of fragrance come from my mother. She had a large collection of perfumes, most of them gifts from my father who travelled a lot. Every few months a new bottle would arrive on her dressing table, a different shape, size and language from the last. When my mother got through the fragrance, she would give me the bottle. Over time I accumulated quite a collection of bottles, and if I were lucky they would contain a few leftover drops for me to savor.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" img="" src=" /images/blogs/Scent_Memory_Gate_1.png" style="width: 303px; height: 375px; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; float: left;" /><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/Scent_Memory_Gate_2.png" style="width: 302px; height: 373px; float: right;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <table border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="1" style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">As I grew older, my mother started to travel more. When I was fifteen, she returned from Italy with a perfume - for me! It was a sweet floral smell with a hint of vanilla. It was fun and vibrant. It was new. I couldn&rsquo;t have matched that period of my life with a better fragrance if I tried. I stayed out late, I met new people, discovered new things and I fell in love, all the while accompanied by that perfume.</span></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <img alt="" src="/images/blogs/Scent_Memory_Equinox_Bloom.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 10px; float: right;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Of course, scents don&rsquo;t always allude to pleasant memories. I wen</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">t through a phase of complicated grief in my late teens after losing my mother unexpectedly. I let my emotions get the better of me in a bereavement group once a week. The air was filled by the scent of the most intrusive of lemongrass air fresheners. Needless to say I have since acquired a strong distaste for the scent of lemongrass.<br /> <br /> Today I am in my mid-twenties. I wear Equinox Bloom. I chose this perfume in a profiling session, simply because I liked it. But perhaps there&rsquo;s more to it than that. Perhaps the base notes of Ambrox and Benzoin Siam take me back to my childhood collection of fragrances from afar. Perhaps the sweet spring floral notes take me back to my carefree teenage days. And perhaps I would have turned my nose at the fragrance were it to contain the slightest hint of lemongrass.</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Read more from Lifestyle Blogger &amp; Photographer Mona on:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monalogue.co.uk/">http://www.monalogue.co.uk/</a></strong><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Floral Scents Make You Happy https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/floral-scents-make-you-happy/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/floral-scents-make-you-happy/#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT HQ Writer… Natalie https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/floral-scents-make-you-happy/ Certain scents can do amazing things for our mind and body. Not only can they provoke powerful memories they can actually influence your mood. Certain scents can do amazing things for our mind and body. Not only can they provoke powerful memories they can actually influence your mood.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_486.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Certain scents can do amazing things for our mind and body. Not only can they provoke powerful memories they can actually influence your mood. Floral Scents, for example, are scientifically proven to make you feel happier.<br /> <br /> Luckily for you Penhaligon&rsquo;s have a myriad of floral scents to have you walking on air.<br /> <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/floral-fragrances/">Floral fragrances</a></u>, the softest and most tender fragrance family, are the height of decorum. Florals can be either &ldquo;soliflores&rdquo;: translations of single flower notes, or &ldquo;bouquets&rdquo;: a blend of floral notes to create a beautiful feminine impression.<br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s more, they don&rsquo;t just increase your own happiness, they can help you boost the spirit of others. Studies have shown the act of stopping to take in the scent of a fresh rose and interaction with your olfactory sensors can increase levels of compassion and kindness towards others.<br /> <br /> Living with flowers and floral stimuli such as scented candles and diffusers, in the home can decrease stress levels and cure Monday moods. <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/lavandula-eau-de-parfum/">Lavender</a></u> and camomile, known for their soothing effect on people, are often used to destress. The strong sweet fragrance of <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/gardenia-eau-de-toilette/">gardenia</a></u> and <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/us/luna-eau-de-toilette/">jasmine</a></u> boosts your mood. These sweet and creamy flowers mimic their natural tropical habitat, passing a blissful mood.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Be Happy! <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/fragrances/">See the full collection</a></u></span></span><br /> 0 Mother’s Day at The Savoy https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/mothers-day-with-penhaligons-and-the-savoy/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/mothers-day-with-penhaligons-and-the-savoy/#comments Weds, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT HQ Writer… Charlotte https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/mothers-day-with-penhaligons-and-the-savoy/ Enjoy an afternoon tea experience with Penhaligon’s and The Savoy. Enjoy an afternoon tea experience with Penhaligon’s and The Savoy.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_483.jpg"<br/><br/><div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">In celebration of the upcoming launch of <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/coming-soon/">Savoy Steam</a></u>, we have partnered with The Savoy to offer an exquisite afternoon tea experience this Mother&rsquo;s Day.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Enjoy an afternoon tea experience with Penhaligon&rsquo;s and The Savoy. Share a traditional tea for two in the beautiful Thames Foyer, and receive a stunning Savoy bouquet &amp; a bottle of our new floral fragrance, Savoy Steam Eau de Parfum.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">To make a booking please call the restaurant reservations team on +44 (0)20 7420 2111 between 09:00 to 20:00 BST<br /> <br /> &lsquo;PENHALIGON&rsquo;S&rsquo; must be quoted when booking<br /> <br /> Mother&#39;s Day Afternoon Tea Experience - &pound;200. One EDP and Bouquet per booking.<br /> Bookings available from Monday 6th March until Monday 7th August.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 10px;">Image Credit. Red Photographic.com</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Penhaligon’s x Ayumi Togashi https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/penhaligons-ayumi-togashi/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/penhaligons-ayumi-togashi/#comments Weds, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Marketing Team https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/penhaligons-ayumi-togashi/ We sit down with Paris-based illustrator Ayumi Togashi, to discuss her artistic journey and influences for the Portraits family. We sit down with Paris-based illustrator Ayumi Togashi, to discuss her artistic journey and influences for the Portraits family. <br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_437.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">Since graduating from the&nbsp;Studio Ber&ccedil;ot, in 2003, Japanese-born artist Ayumi Togashi has created prints and illustrations for luxury fashion and perfume houses.&nbsp;We sat down with the Paris-based illustrator, to discuss her artistic journey and influences for the Portraits family.</span></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>1. Whe</strong></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>n did you know you wanted to become an artist?</strong><br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <img alt="" src=" /images/blogs/Ayumi_1.jpg" style="font-size: 14px; width: 251px; height: 335px; float: right; margin: 5px 10px;" /><span style="font-size: 14px;">Ever since I was little I have always enjoyed drawing women. It was when I came to France to study fashion I realised just how much I loved to draw.<br /> <br /> My experiences&nbsp;developed with luxurious fashion&nbsp;companies such as Chlo&eacute;, Sonia Rykiel, Pacorabanne, etc in embroidery, printing and illustration.<br /> <br /> I quickly joined my agent, Kajsa (Agent&amp;Artist)<br /> who I knew from being a student. Kajsa quickly became a good adviser and partner.<br /> <br /> Today my work applies in a range of fields such as mode,&nbsp;packaging,&nbsp;books, short movie, textiles. All these fantastic experiences allow me to continue learning along the way.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>2. What inspires you/what were your earliest influences?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> I&rsquo;ve been always fascinated by attitude and clothes I see in the street.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>3. Describe your style.</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Childish. Unfinished. Suggestive.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>4. Can you tell us a little about your creative process? How does an idea turn into an illustration &ndash; and how long does it take?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Given a subject, I develop inspirations and imaginations during walks down the street. Briefings and hints are everywhere. I like sketching at the coffee terrace. A first sketch is sometimes enough, sometimes they need to be reworked.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>5. When did you first discover Penhaligon&rsquo;s.</strong><br /> <br /> I discovered Penhaligon&#39;s walking in Paris. I was drawn to the traditional Britishness of the bottles.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;</strong></span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>6. Do you have a favourite Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrance?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> All of them are classic and elegant. Luna is my favourite.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>7. What inspiration did you take from the characters?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Mostly english, traditional, high&nbsp;society families.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>8. What&rsquo;s your favourite character/fragrance?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Lord George is my favourite member of the portrait family, I think his fragrance really matches his&nbsp;personality.<br /> &nbsp;</span> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>9. If you could be one of the Portraits characters, who would you be<br /> and&nbsp;</strong></span><strong style="font-size: 14px;">why?</strong></div> <span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</span> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The Duke, because his character and scent are very seductive.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img alt="" src=" /images/blogs/Ayumi_2.jpg" style="width: 602px; height: 602px;" /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div> <br /> To see more of Ayumi&rsquo;s illustrations visit <u><strong><a href="http://agentandartists.com/artists/ayumi-togashi/">http://agentandartists.com/artists/ayumi-togashi/</a></strong></u></div> 0 Savoy Steam Eau de Cologne https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-cologne/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-cologne/#comments Tues, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Louise Rosen https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-cologne/ Hallelujah, life alive! Invigorations of joy. Vigorous palpitations. A deluge of delight. The friction of freshness! Hallelujah, life alive! Invigorations of joy. Vigorous palpitations. A deluge of delight. The friction of freshness!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_469.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">Hallelujah, life alive!</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Invigorations of joy. Vigorous palpitations.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">A deluge of delight. The friction of freshness!</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">The wet-plunge, the dry rub-down.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Plunging from heat to cold.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">In steam and water, sensations multiply.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">The cooling eucalyptus, and an ambrosial aromatic rosemary ointment</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">shot through with lemon primofiore.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">And no less zealous.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Fir balsam and white cedar</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">bring spirited blond traction, that chimes with the</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 60px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Masterful blend of resins &amp; incense.</span></div> 0 Number One Fan https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/number-one-fan/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/number-one-fan/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Alex https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/number-one-fan/ In celebration of our latest launch we have created a beautiful hand held fan printed with the exclusive Krisjana Williams Penhaligon’s Portraits design. What’s more it’s scented! In celebration of our latest launch we have created a beautiful hand held fan printed with the exclusive Krisjana Williams Penhaligon’s Portraits design. What’s more it’s scented!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_485.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The humble beginnings of the fan can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt, keeping the flies off the Pharaoh. The Japanese are responsible for designing the folding variety and by the time we reached the 16th Century they were being used as a way to discretely communicate to others. Something that really took off in the Victorian era. What a secretive bunch they were! See The Language of Flowers<strong> <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers/">here.</a>&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> A beginner&rsquo;s guide to Fan Flirtation:<br /> A very quick fanning movement = &ldquo;I am engaged&rdquo;<br /> A slow fanning movement = &ldquo;I am married&rdquo;<br /> Holding the fan to the lips = &ldquo;Kiss me&rdquo;<br /> Or for something a little more sinister&hellip;<br /> Twirling a fan in the left hand = &ldquo;I wish to be rid of you&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In celebration of our latest launch we have created a beautiful hand held fan printed with the exclusive Krisjana Williams<strong> <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-portraits/">Penhaligon&rsquo;s Portraits</a></strong>&nbsp;design. What&rsquo;s more it&rsquo;s scented!<br /> And what&rsquo;s more they are back in vogue! Popping up on the Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks. A beautiful summer accessory and self-cooling aid. Not only will you be fashion forward and keeping cool (when summer arrives) but also wafting <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/fragrances/"><strong>beautiful scents</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong>for everyone to admire. And very useful for a little flirting!<br /> One might be lucky enough to still pick one up in store&hellip;<strong><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/page/storelocator/">pop in and ask!</a></strong></span></span> 0 Savoy Steam Eau De Parfum https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-edp/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-edp/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Louise Rosen https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-edp/ And now, today, in PENHALIGON’S most natural habitat. We have retuned. With a fresh demeanour. We will leave with a fresh soul. And now, today, in PENHALIGON’S most natural habitat. We have retuned. With a fresh demeanour. We will leave with a fresh soul.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_468.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">And now, today, in PENHALIGON&rsquo;S most natural habitat.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">We have retuned.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">With a fresh demeanour.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">We will leave with a fresh soul.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">A cleansed mind. The finer aspects of life will be evident to us all.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Oh, divinity!</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Celestial, terrestrial paradise.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">In reverence and respect,</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">we honour HAMMAM BOUQUET, 1872</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">with SAVOY STEAM, 2017.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">A compliment to time passed.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Originating from a true original.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Inspired by the inspiring baths from which Penhaligon&rsquo;s</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">fragrance first found inspiration.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">A steam-mist of fresh roses.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">The stir of floating petals.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Hints of invigorating green in with the haze of this olfactory Hammam.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">And now, green geranium, aromatic inflexions.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">An echo! rosemary and pink pepper.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">And le denouement !, as if after a soothing rub down,</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">benzoin and incense reinforce the smooth sensation of warm,</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; margin-left: 80px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">enveloping, floral steam.</span></div> 0 Turkish Rose Extracts https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/turkish-rose-extracts/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/turkish-rose-extracts/#comments Thurs, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT HQ Writer… Natalie https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/turkish-rose-extracts/ From rose essence with a sweet and fruity scent similar to jams and flavoured honey, to rose absolute a spicier scent with a heavier rose note From rose essence with a sweet and fruity scent similar to jams and flavoured honey, to rose absolute a spicier scent with a heavier rose note<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_484.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Rose was possibly the first flower from which an essential oil was ever distilled back in 10thC Persia.&nbsp;However, it is still extremely difficult to produce oils from rose petals.<br /> Through extraction, we are able to make three different scents that vary in their likeness to fresh rose. From rose essence, with a sweet and fruity scent similar to jam and flavoured honey, to rose absolute, a spicier scent with a heavier rose note, to rose essential, an opulent scent with hints of each part of the rose coming through, rose petal and crisp green.<br /> <br /> To produce essential oils, roses are harvested when the flower is in half-bloom. At this point the flower has a higher yield and creates a finer fragrance. Rose blooms are harvested at sunrise and processed the same day to prevent fermentation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Rose Essence</strong><br /> Rose petals are mixed with water in a large copper still and heated. The heat causes the water and petals to evaporate. This vapour is collected and condensed and for collection, as rose oil is lighter in density than water the two fluids form separate layers and the rose oil can be collected from the top. The remaining water is then redistilled; this releases extra fractions of the roses which are soluble in water. These final fractions are responsible for the majority of the scent of rose oils. Rose Essence is light yellow in colour and remains a liquid at room temperature.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Rose Absolute (Rose Concrete)</strong><br /> To create Rose Absolute, roses are placed in an extractor along with solvents. The flowers are washed with the solvent, to remove the aromatic components found in rose petals. The solvent is then removed from the floral solution. Finally, liquid is filtered; the product of this is a waxy liquid known as rose concrete.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Alcohol is added to the concrete to separate much of the wax from the olfactory elements. The alcohol is evaporated off, leaving behind a deep red viscous liquid, Rose absolute.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Rose Essential</strong><br /> Containing all of the olfactory components of a rose in bloom, Rose Essential is created using a combination of rose oil extractions such as distillation and steam stripping. Steam stripping makes it easier to obtain the aroma of rose at a lower temperature. This ensures the blooms do not begin to decompose and the natural scent is not altered.<br /> <br /> Combining this process with resin extraction and water distillation results in the scent closest to the natural scent of a rose. The fragrance consists of green, floral notes, sweet rose petals and the crisp scent of a fresh cut rose. &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 Little Known London - The Secret History of Gin https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/secret-history-of-gin/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/secret-history-of-gin/#comments Thurs, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/secret-history-of-gin/ As you descend the steps into the speakeasy environs of the COLD bar, it is the aroma that greets you first before the friendly bar staff. As you descend the steps into the speakeasy environs of the COLD bar, it is the aroma that greets you first before the friendly bar staff.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_464.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;<br /> We&#39;ve explored the delightful tastes of Maltby Street Market, sampled our oldest street food, taken a ride on chocolates historical Ferris wheel all washed down with a pint of Guinness. In the final installement of our tasty journey we find ourselves surrounded by the distinctive aroma of gin at The City of London Distillery...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Nestled on the edge of the City of London is something smelly. A few steps from Ludgate Circus and in the shadow of the beautiful St Bride&rsquo;s Church is a secret doorway where a most unusual smell is emanating. There are many clues as to what the smell might be and what secrets might be held inside. For all budding Poirots and Marples out there, you will note the gin bottles and the sign with the acronym COLD on the outside of this entrance. There is even a black cat and a print of Hogarth&rsquo;s Gin Lane, a stark reminder of gin&rsquo;s less glamorous times and maybe their version of reminding you to drink responsibly!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/blogs/Secret_History_of_Gin.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" />As you descend the steps into the speakeasy environs of the COLD bar, it is the aroma that greets you first before the friendly bar staff. It is an unusual smell and not one that most people can put their finger on immediately, however, if you are a fan of gin, you will no doubt recognize that this is a distillery and the smell you are encountering is a heady mix of gin and a selection of botanicals including gin&rsquo;s magic ingredient, juniper berries. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Juniper is an evergreen and the berries are not officially berries, but we are not going into that now! The smell of this essential ingredient is as intoxicating as the drink itself. It is a contradictory combination of sweet matched with bitter notes. It is fresh but at the same time, warm and the resinous pine edge of the juniper gives it a slightly medicinal quality &ndash; like being hugged by matron!<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <img alt="" src="/images/blogs/The_Secret_History_of_Gin.jpg" style="text-align: center; width: 602px; height: 367px;" /><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The further you walk into the bar, the better everything gets. The large copper stills represent a little bit of history in the making. This is the first gin distillery to be built within the City of London limits for over 220 years. I doubt London in the early 18<sup>th</sup> Century smelt this good but with the estimated number of stills being over 1,000, you could only hope!</span><br /> <div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Around the room, you will see the bottles and jars containing some but not all of the precious ingredients; coriander seeds, licorice, angelica, orris root and other spices. Each of the five different gins created here is served with a slice of fruit that will highlight and enhance their unique botanicals. Do not be surprised to find your gin and tonic decorated with a slice of melon, pink grapefruit or even rosemary. These adornments not only look lovely but as you go in for your first sip, they will enhance&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">the taste of your chosen gin.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</span></div> <br /> The City of London Distillery - <a href="http://www.cityoflondondistillery.com/">http://www.cityoflondondistillery.com</a><br /> 22-24 Bride Lane<br /> London EC4Y 8DT<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Little Known London - A Day out in Chiswick https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-a-day-out-in-chiswick/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-a-day-out-in-chiswick/#comments Tues, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT HQ Writer… Charlotte https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-a-day-out-in-chiswick/ Stop into ‘The Old Cinema’; no longer a cinema but instead a treasure chest of antiques, homewares and collectors’ items. Stop into ‘The Old Cinema’; no longer a cinema but instead a treasure chest of antiques, homewares and collectors’ items.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_474.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:12px;">Meet the Penhaligon&rsquo;s staff, working throughout our stately home and company,<br /> with a wealth of knowledge beyond the ins and outs of the esteemed Portrait&rsquo;s Family.<br /> <br /> Allow the staff to guide you through the streets of London, delve into fragrance and instil proper Penhaligon&rsquo;s dinner party etiquette.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Chiswick, one of the hidden gems of London has a rich history, attractive period properties, green space and a vibrant mix of shops and restaurants. Chiswick gets its name from the Old English for &lsquo;cheese farm&rsquo; and was a former fishing village. Now it is the perfect area for those who want the advantages of the capital but not the hustle or bustle, making it popular with young families.<br /> <br /> <img src="/images/blogs/Chiswick_Day.jpg" style="width: 602px; height: 339px;" /><br /> <br /> We started our day at Fuller&rsquo;s Brewery, London&rsquo;s largest and oldest brewery and made our way to the Thames footpath. Along the river, are beautiful and large period houses, and an amazing houseboat! The Old Ship is the perfect pub to stop for a drink and watch the very active (and brave!) people sailing or kayaking on the River Thames.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Moving onto Chiswick High Road,<img align="right" height="282" hspace="12" src="/images/blogs/Chiswick_Day_2.jpg" width="350" /><br /> where you will find the majority of shops and restaurants. Stop into &lsquo;The Old Cinema&rsquo;; no longer a cinema but instead a treasure chest of antiques, homewares and collectors&rsquo; items.&nbsp; Next door is High Road House, part of the Soho House Group, and the perfect spot for lunch. Not to worry if you aren&rsquo;t a member, the brasserie downstairs is just as good. If you fancy a coffee, down a little street is &lsquo;Chief&rsquo; that serves great artisan coffee and for some fun - a pinball lounge downstairs! Or if you go in summer ice cream at Foubert&rsquo;s is a must, often quoted as the best ice cream in<br /> London.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img src="/images/blogs/Chiswick_Day_3.png" style="width: 602px; height: 283px;" /><br /> <br /> You cannot visit Chiswick without going to Chiswick House, a beautiful neo-Palladian villa set in 65 acres of land and built by Lord Burlington in 1729. At the time we visited, it was the &lsquo;Magical Lantern Festival&rsquo; with spectacular illuminated outdoor installations. The lanterns were spread throughout the garden, celebrating Chinese New Year and the theme was &lsquo;explore the silk road&rsquo;. There were also food stalls, rides and even an ice bar (warning freezing inside!). This festival is nearing an end but there are always lots of activities going on and it&rsquo;s a beautiful place to go for a walk during the day.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 Savoy Steam - The Brand Story https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-brand-story/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-brand-story/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Louise Rosen https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/savoy-steam-brand-story/ It was once upon a time. Not Quite such a very long time ago. About 146 years. William was a barber. Penhaligon was his name. It was once upon a time. Not Quite such a very long time ago. About 146 years. William was a barber. Penhaligon was his name.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_466.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">It was once upon a time.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Not Quite such a very long time ago.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">About 146 years.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">William was a barber.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Penhaligon was his name.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">He had left behind his Cornish sea, taken a train and before long was hanging the sign with his name above the new barber&rsquo;s shop on Jermyn Street.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">PENHALIGON&rsquo;S.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">The street was popular amongst gentlemen&rsquo;s tailor&rsquo;s and William was trimming beards within sight of Gieves &amp; Hawkes and the clip-clop of horse hooves.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">(Terribly convenient, Jermyn Street in Mayfair was on the way to one&rsquo;s Club as one left The House.*)</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">But what moved him the most were the infusions.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">The London and Provincial Turkish Bath Co. was modern, most exotic.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">And in the very same building.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">You see as he whistled and lathered and made polite conversation, the vapours from the esteemed building downstairs slid under the door.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Day after day they inspired and relaxed him.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">They became a part of his existence until this inspiration spilled into something that still</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">TODAY brings us joy&hellip;.</span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">*Houses of Parliament</span></div> 0 Duchess Rose: The Cocktail https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/duchess-rose-cocktail/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/duchess-rose-cocktail/#comments Tues, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Lucy https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/duchess-rose-cocktail/ A refreshing cocktail with a subtle sweetness A refreshing cocktail with a subtle sweetness<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_422.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>The Duchess Rose&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 40 ml Bloom gin<br /> 20 ml Rose syrup<br /> 15 ml lemon juice<br /> 40 ml Fentiman&rsquo;s tonic/light tonic top<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Method: S+S without tonic top then<br /> Glass: Bloom balloon small<br /> Garnish: Edible flower</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Language of Flowers: Jasmine https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-jasmine/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-jasmine/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT HQ Writer… Natalie https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-jasmine/ It is believed; Jasmine invokes wisdom and peace and signifies a strong bond. Love expressed with Jasmine goes beyond the love between inamorati. It is believed; Jasmine invokes wisdom and peace and signifies a strong bond. Love expressed with Jasmine goes beyond the love between inamorati.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_462.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Taking meaning from the physical characteristics and behaviour of flowers, Victorian floriography made it possible to show your pure emotions, with a sense of decorum.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Continuing on our journey through the language of flowers, we look at Jasmine.<br /> It is believed; Jasmine invokes wisdom and peace and signifies a strong bond. Love expressed with Jasmine goes beyond the love between inamorati. The contentment shown in Jasmine blooms mirrors the relationship of lovers, friends, and family, with a true connection of souls.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Meaning:<br /> Amazing Grace. Contentment and joy!<br /> What is love without happiness? Signify that contentment is a precious thing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Fragrances:<br /> <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/luna-eau-de-toilette/">Luna</a><br /> <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/oud-de-nil-eau-de-parfum/">Oud de Nil</a><br /> <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/lothair-eau-de-toilette/">Lothair</a></u></span></span></p> 0 Language of Flowers: Lily of the Valley https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-lily-of-the-valley/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-lily-of-the-valley/#comments Weds, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT HQ Writer… Natalie https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-lily-of-the-valley/ There is a legend, the Lily of the Valley fell in love with a nightingale perched on a tree, enchanted by the birdsong, the lily of the valley fell deeply in love. There is a legend, the Lily of the Valley fell in love with a nightingale perched on a tree, enchanted by the birdsong, the lily of the valley fell deeply in love.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_463.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Often in history flowers were used to send secret messages to one&rsquo;s love. With floral dictionaries, in hand, Victorian England was able to express deep feelings while maintaining proper British etiquette.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We finish our language of flowers journey with Lily of the Valley.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> There is a legend, the Lily of the Valley fell in love with a nightingale perched on a tree, enchanted by the birdsong, the lily of the valley fell deeply in love. To shy, the Lily did not speak out, and the Nightingale left the wood. Grief-stricken, the lily of the valley would not come into bloom until the day her loved returned.<br /> A bouquet of lily of the valley signifies refound happiness, proclaiming joy has returned to your life or a fated love never truly left.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Meaning:<br /> Paradise Regained. Happiness Returned. Lovers Reunited.<br /> Oh, the joy of being together again at last. Tell a significant person that their presence is a daily present.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Fragrances:<br /> <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/lily-of-the-valley-eau-de-toilette/">Lily of the Valley</a><br /> <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/gardenia-eau-de-toilette/">Gardenia</a><br /> <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/artemisia-eau-de-parfum/">Artemisia</a></u></span></span></p> 0 Language of Flowers: Lavender https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-lavender/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-lavender/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT HQ Writer… Natalie https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-lavender/ The original flower of love was the Lavender. Lavender evoked an almost mystical power, comparable to Cupid himself. The original flower of love was the Lavender. Lavender evoked an almost mystical power, comparable to Cupid himself.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_461.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">In the Victorian era, small floral bouquets, known as talking bouquets, were gifted as tokens of love, expressing feelings that could not be spoken in public.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The original flower of love was the Lavender. Lavender evoked an almost mystical power, comparable to Cupid himself, during this period. Often paired with the crisp scent of other mints and herbs, their distinctive fragrances were said to bring luck and expressed strong commitment.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Meaning:<br /> Devotion. &hellip; and mystery!! Oh! tell me are you True?<br /> A declaration of studied interest. When the suitors are numerous and the stakes high! I will wait until the end of time&hellip; well, at least a few weeks.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Fragrances:<br /> <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-eau-de-toilette/">Blenheim Bouquet</a><br /> <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/no33-eau-de-cologne/">No.33</a><br /> <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/lavandula-eau-de-parfum/">Lavandula</a></u></span></span></p> 0 Roaring Radcliff https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/roaring-radcliff/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/roaring-radcliff/#comments Weds, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Louise Rosen https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/roaring-radcliff/ Gloriously, decadently mischievous — some would say entitled, but they’d be wrong. All without the burden of a Title. Jeepers what fun. Lord George’s secret son — some would say illegitimate (but that seems harsh) Gloriously, decadently mischievous — some would say entitled, but they’d be wrong. All without the burden of a Title. Jeepers what fun. Lord George’s secret son — some would say illegitimate (but that seems harsh)<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_458.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Being secretly the son of Lord George and Clandestine Clara certainly explains Radcliff&#39;s weakness for the flesh, but his illegitimacy may have its advantages. Unburdened by title or propriety, Radcliff indulges in fast cars and even faster women - his raison d&rsquo;&ecirc;tre parties and provocation. A prominent note with Roaring Radcliff is of course tobacco - strong, smoky and distinctive to his set. He also always carries with him gingerbread - adding its sweet spiciness to his father&rsquo;s love of liquor - in Radcliff&#39;s rum. Sexy and rebellious - what well-bred girl would not succumb to his charm? As he is wont to whisper in their inclining ears&hellip; The night is young&hellip;</span> <h2> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Roaring Radcliff</span></h2> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Gloriously, decadently mischievous &mdash; some would say entitled,</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">but they&rsquo;d be wrong. All without the burden of a Title. Jeepers what fun.</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Lord George&rsquo;s secret son &mdash; some would say illegitimate (but that seems harsh)</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">enjoys: Fun without responsibility. Freedom without a badge. Money without obligation.</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Fast cars, and even faster women, Radcliff has it all.</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Until one day, when he will have nothing. Until then, anyone for a round of poker?</span></span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">His fragrance</span></span></h2> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Delectable decadence.</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Extroverts can also be intriguing. Late nights have a perfume of their own. When</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">freedom feels provocative and the party has a certain jive, a warm, soft aromatic &mdash; with</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">honeyed tobacco &mdash; shoots a sexy breeze. This fragrance beckons pleasure and also has</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">a mind of its own.</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Living in the moment requires a certain endeavour &mdash; dedication is always a</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">plus &mdash; and we are all, more or less willing students of that marvellous School called Life.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">AMBERY TOBACCO</span></div> <div> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Rum - Tobacco - Ginger Bread</span></div> </div> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Language of Flowers: Rose https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-rose/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-rose/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT HQ Writer… Natalie https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers-rose/ Floriography, or the language of flowers, was a Victorian means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages. Floriography, or the language of flowers, was a Victorian means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_460.jpg"<br/><br/><div> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Floriography, or the language of flowers, was a Victorian means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages. The Victorian period ushered in a time of proper etiquette in England, and there were expected behaviours that prohibited outright conversations. Flowers quickly increased in popularity as a way to communicate discretely to others. Each specific flower had a different message behind it as did the ribbon&nbsp;that tied them together or the manner by which the bouquet was worn.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Language of Flowers Meaning:<br /> <br /> Love, Immediately. Because time is of the essence.<br /> Love at first, second, third sight&hellip;declare your intentions with a single stem.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Fragrances:<br /> <u><a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/the-coveted-duchess-rose-eau-de-parfum/">Duchess Rose</a><br /> <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/much-ado-about-the-duke-eau-de-parfum/">Much ado about the Duke</a><br /> <a href="https://www.penhaligons.com/halfeti-eau-de-parfum/">Halfeti</a></u></span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> 0 The Language of Flowers https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers/#comments Tues, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Louise Rosen https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/language-of-flowers/ Whilst we don&rsquo;t like to gossip it would appear that there was a &lsquo;mistake&rsquo; and the flowers from Lord George, faithful to King and country, meant for Lady Blanche, well they seem to have been sent to the divine Clandestine Clara Whilst we don&rsquo;t like to gossip it would appear that there was a &lsquo;mistake&rsquo; and the flowers from Lord George, faithful to King and country, meant for Lady Blanche, well they seem to have been sent to the divine Clandestine Clara<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_459.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Some things are unutterable and secret. Other thoughts are are so hard to say&hellip;<br /> <br /> Thank Heavens for the coded art of flowers. A mysterious language - of love?<br /> <br /> Cryptic communications, secret assignations, hidden revelations, coded declarations! Floriography. Oh! what a gift! Quel cadeau.<br /> <br /> What could be more elegant than a bouquet of flowers!<br /> And yet, the perfume of intrigue lingers&hellip;<br /> <br /> Whilst we don&rsquo;t like to gossip it would appear that there was a &lsquo;mistake&rsquo; and the flowers from Lord George, faithful to King and country, meant for Lady Blanche, well they seem to have been sent to the divine Clandestine Clara&hellip;.<br /> <br /> It is true that with Penhaligon&rsquo;s Floriography indiscrete messages can be relayed between sweethearts, paramours, sugar peas - but what could be more (ah-em) improbable!<br /> <br /> When every flower tells a (cloaked) message, it is possible to compose poetry!, to send a surreptitious wink of the eye, or to convey strong feelings with a studied nonchalance. (sigh) If only one could always say it with flowers.<br /> <br /> To commemorate the launch of Portraits Chapter II, the &ldquo;unofficial&rdquo; side of Lord George&rsquo;s family, we are revisiting The Language of Flowers, where each flower and the ribbons that tied them, conveyed a very specific, often secret, meaning. Just in time for Valentine&#39;s Day!<br /> <br /> To be continued...</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Little Known London - Roaring Radcliff https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-roaring-radcliff/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-roaring-radcliff/#comments Weds, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-roaring-radcliff/ Radcliff likes to seduce the ladies who are enjoying the release of Victorian restraints. His rebel charm mesmerizes these hapless ladies allowing them to think that for just a few hours that maybe marriage is not a bad thing after all! The night is young Radcliff likes to seduce the ladies who are enjoying the release of Victorian restraints. His rebel charm mesmerizes these hapless ladies allowing them to think that for just a few hours that maybe marriage is not a bad thing after all! The night is young<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_379.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Quite frankly, Radcliff can hang out exactly anywhere he chooses. He has a car and will be found most of the time at the RAC club talking with like-minded men whose love of cars bonds them all. This is the future; the car makes London look modern and it is so easy to get from Chelsea to Mayfair and St James&rsquo;s to Bloomsbury and back home without all the fuss.<br /> <br /> Radcliff would much rather spend time with the new crowd who are moving into Bloomsbury. This is just the most intriguing of areas; it has culture, respectability and a new found decadence.<br /> <br /> Each of its garden squares is framed by dramatic townhouses taking us back to Bloomsbury&rsquo;s Georgian heyday. The area became one of the places the elite of the City of London moved to after the Great Fire of London. Upwind of all the bad smells of the Square Mile, it was literally a breath of fresh air for those who could afford to leave the confines of the city and escape to this new urban paradise. It is perfectly placed between the financial district and the inns of courts and law courts that dominate the area to the south. Museums, including the monumental British Museum and colleges, including UCL and the University of London, flourished here and Royal Societies abound.<br /> <br /> Radcliff will never be seen in the British Museum or similar highbrow establishments however, it is slowly becoming known for wild parties that would make the ladies of Mayfair blush. It is also being frequented by free thinkers and radicals which Racliff loves if only to scare his father. Radcliff likes to seduce the ladies who are enjoying the release of Victorian restraints. His rebel charm mesmerizes these hapless ladies allowing them to think that for just a few hours that maybe marriage is not a bad thing after all! However, he is soon in his car ready to whisk off to Chelsea or Haymarket to see where else he can cast his net.</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Little Known London - Clandestine Clara https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-clandestine-clara/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-clandestine-clara/#comments Tues, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/little-known-london-clandestine-clara/ Soho was definitely not the sort of area where respectable ladies hung out and that is exactly why Clara loved it. As soon as you cross over the social divide of Regent Street from Mayfair, the atmosphere changes. Soho was definitely not the sort of area where respectable ladies hung out and that is exactly why Clara loved it. As soon as you cross over the social divide of Regent Street from Mayfair, the atmosphere changes.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_374.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The fine roads with the reputable shops have gone and the streets are now filled with pubs, bistros and noise. Even a newcomer to London could sense the difference. The little French and Italian eateries of Soho were becoming the places to go; they were more discreet than the dining rooms of Mayfair and no one questioned with whom you were dining. Lord George, very much outside his natural habitat would still enjoy the frisson of the meeting with his mistress. He would often meet with Clara at one of these low-key restaurants, safe in the knowledge that no one would care.<br /> <br /> Soho turned a blind eye towards the antics of the upper classes and also welcomed the struggling artists and writers who were starting to move in.<br /> <br /> The streets and alleyways of Soho held so many secrets and Clara knew most of them. The atmosphere was vibrant but poor, dangerous but strangely comforting. There was an exotic mix of French, Italian, Greek and Jewish immigrants who made some of the finest clothes, silks and food in London. This was such a refreshing change from the English food; it was fresh and seductive.<br /> <br /> On summer evenings, Soho was sultry with the pubs over spilling onto the narrow streets with men wolf-whistling the French Fifi&rsquo;s plying their trade in the doorways and alleys. In the winter, it was comforting with lights coming from the hostelries and the sudden burst of laughter when the doors were opened to let someone in or out.<br /> <br /> Here Clara would meet her friends. These were free spirits who protected their freedom vehemently. This was the start of a new century and this spelt change, whether it came naturally or whether they had to force it along a bit.</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Clandestine Clara https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/clandestine-clara/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/clandestine-clara/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Louise Rosen https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/clandestine-clara/ Tender is the Night, and sometimes the afternoon, for Lord George and Clara his sweet thing, his paramour, his dancing delight, sugar-bee. Tender is the Night, and sometimes the afternoon, for Lord George and Clara his sweet thing, his paramour, his dancing delight, sugar-bee. <br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_457.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Allow me to present to you the unofficial side of Lord George&rsquo;s dynasty, beginning with - as we have come to know her - Clandestine Clara. And isn&rsquo;t she a complex creature&hellip; A forceful personality, spicy but equally sweet, she has travelled in exotic countries and company - and in her smoky, velvety, woody air you may detect a memory (or three) of his Lordship&hellip; (One would certainly never guess the lady also smokes&hellip;). She is rebellious, contradictory, independent, unconventional - a woman ahead of her time. But above all, as you will discover, she is a true gourmand, completely delectable (and Lord George would know). </span> <h2 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Clandestine Clara</span></span></span></h2> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><em>Tender is the Night</em>, and sometimes the afternoon, for</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Lord George and Clara his sweet thing, his paramour, his dancing</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">delight, sugar-bee.</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">When Clara, Clandestine for obvious reasons, is not &lsquo;purring&rsquo;</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">she can be found behind the wheel of a car, or smoking, or in discussion,</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">or with her colleagues &mdash; all of which are most terribly unsuitable</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">past times for a woman.</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Thank the heavens above she is not a Lady.</span></span></span></div> <div> <h2> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Her Fragrance</span></span></span></h2> <div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Nothing shy here!</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">A confident fragrance &mdash; novices need not apply &mdash; progresses</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">in turns into the softest, most heavenly, enduring hug. A</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">conflagration of cuddles, a symphony of skin, the comfort of a negligent</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">warm leg in the night.</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Voluptuous without being overbearing, feminine without</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">being girly, emancipated but without a lack of discipline. A fragrance</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">as life-enhancing as a sexy smile, extravert, likeable, lickable - and all</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">at once. What&rsquo;s not to like?</span></span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">A sensual oriental. Indeed.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Intoxicating Amber Oriental</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Rhum Vanilla - Cinnamon Musk - Ambery Patchouli</span></span></div> </div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Little Known London - Maltby Street Market https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/maltby-street-market/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/maltby-street-market/#comments Weds, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/maltby-street-market/ Discover a piece of Little Known London where locals in the know,head for a dizzying array of delicious food and produce tucked away near Tower Bridge Discover a piece of Little Known London where locals in the know,head for a dizzying array of delicious food and produce tucked away near Tower Bridge<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_368.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Just south of Tower Bridge there is a little piece of secret London &ndash; a hidden market. There are no signposts and there are few visual clues. Look closer and you will see a trail of people wandering away into small back roads that lead you towards Bermondsey and into a street market called Maltby Street. You will also recognize the happy faces of people who have sampled the delights of the market and are heading off elsewhere, charmed and satisfied.<br /> <br /> <img alt="Maltby Street" src="/images/blogs/Maltby_Street_3.jpg" style="width: 618px; height: 482px;" /><br /> <br /> The first thing you need to know about Maltby Street market is that it is not on Maltby Street! It is on a small, pedestrianized cut-through called Rope Walk between the railway line and Lassco&rsquo;s architectural antiques warehouse. The line runs over a series of railway arches that play host to bars, caf&eacute;s and eateries making this different to the many street food markets that are now popping up all around London. There are stalls selling old favourites including every style of Scotch Egg, a fish smoker who lays out simple open sandwiches with his home smoked salmon topped with mayonnaise and dill and a brewer selling bottles of a new, dry but still distinctly honey-flavoured mead. There are new styles of foods including variations on toasted cheese, falafels, Greek style dips made with beetroot or avocado, simple steak frites, the ubiquitous burger and marinated pork sandwiches. There is enough going on to tickle the taste buds of virtuous vegetarians or confirmed carnivores.<br /> <br /> <img alt="Maltby Street Market" src="/images/blogs/Maltby_Street_1.jpg" style="width: 618px; height: 824px;" /><br /> <br /> As you walk into the market area, you are pleasantly hit with a whole host of aromas - delicious wafts of sweet waffles muddle with savoury bacon, fresh juices cutting through grilled cheese. It is sensory overload. The romantics among you will notice the gentle rise of smoke creating a souk-like atmosphere. It is definitely a place where you want to stop and eat. The smells and the sights make it difficult to choose but whatever it is, you are guaranteed something delicious and made with passion. If grabbing food on the go is not your thing, there are many places where you can sit down to have just a drink or a drink with food. Choose Little Bird, a great bar for a bloody good Bloody Mary&rsquo;s or 42 Maltby Street, which serves up amazing seasonal delicacies and has a most unusual wine list. Both bars are relaxed, charming and tasty.<br /> <br /> <br /> Ropewalk at Maltby Street is not large, in fact it is a mere slip of a girl compared with the nearby Grand Dame of markets, Borough. You could elbow your way through in five minutes but you will find most people taking their time with their eyes following their noses as they gently wend their way. If you are left hungry for more markets, either head back to Borough or see what is happening at Bermondsey Spa and nearby Druid Street.<br /> <br /> <img alt="Matlby Street" src="/images/blogs/Maltby_Street_4.jpg" style="width: 618px; height: 795px;" /><br /> <br /> The market has been here for only six years and has been incredibly successful. This little strip of stalls and under the arches eateries is still going strong. There is no publicity, no signposts; it is just powered by word of mouth.<br /> <br /> Saturday 9am - 4pm<br /> Sunday 11am - 4pm<br /> http://www.maltby.st</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Evergreen Christmas https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/evergreen-christmas/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/evergreen-christmas/#comments Tues, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/evergreen-christmas/ “Deck the hall with boughs of holly” and “The holly and the ivy” are two well-known Christmas carols. What on earth do these evergreens have to do with the birth of little baby Jesus? Well, to be honest, very little! “Deck the hall with boughs of holly” and “The holly and the ivy” are two well-known Christmas carols. What on earth do these evergreens have to do with the birth of little baby Jesus? Well, to be honest, very little!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_456.jpg"<br/><br/>&ldquo;Deck the hall with boughs of holly&rdquo; and &ldquo;The holly and the ivy&rdquo; are two well-known Christmas carols.&nbsp; What on earth do these evergreens have to do with the birth of little baby Jesus? Well, to be honest, very little!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Trying to convert English pagans to Christianity was probably a difficult job and so to do so, a few ancient hard-to-give-up traditions needed to be kept in order for Christianity to be easier to accept.&nbsp; This included evergreens, which were a source of fascination and mystery for man giving a sense of hope in the darkest days and a nod to the forthcoming Spring. How did they survive even the harshest winters? To ancient man, they appeared immortal and therefore were held in high regard.<br /> <br /> Mistletoe has been used as a midwinter decoration since the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons to Britain in the fifth century. Druids were convinced of its mystical powers to bring luck and ward off evil spirits. In Norse mythology, it was used as a sign of love and friendship and probably the reason why we use it as a &quot;kissing bough.&quot; In the 18<sup>th</sup> Century, the wealthy would use this as the main decoration for the season. Two hoops were joined to make a globe, decorated with greenery, oranges, and apples. Mistletoe became more widely popular as it moved downstairs and became a tradition of the Victorian serving classes. Any man was allowed to kiss a woman who stood under mistletoe; it was considered bad luck to refuse a kiss.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Christmas tree is a wonderful example of the adoption of pagan beliefs into Christianity. Martin Luther (1483-1546), father of Protestantism was walking through a forest on a starlit night when he looked up. He was taken by the sight before him and thought that it looked as if the stars were sitting on the trees themselves and the tradition of decorating evergreens with stars and lights was born. This German tradition came over to England with the Georgian kings but only featured in aristocratic households. It was the depiction in The Illustrated London News of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert standing around a Christmas tree with their children by their side that popularised this tradition in the UK.<br /> Decorating homes with holly and ivy plants has been going on for thousands of years around Europe. They helped freshen the air in houses, the greenery filled people full of hope for Spring and the red berries also added a splash of colour. Along with other evergreens, holly and ivy were believed to have magical properties. In ancient cultures, the winds in the dark nights were thought to be demons and ghosts flying around. Decorating your home with holly and ivy could keep the evil spirits away. They were symbolic of the lengthening days and the start of the new season which made them popular and colourful for winter festivities. Over time, these customs became part of the Christmas celebration and are still used today &ndash; more for decorative reasons than for magical ones!&nbsp;<br /> 0 Christmas Traditions https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-traditions/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-traditions/#comments Tues, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-traditions/ The 1840’s were a great time for the re-invention of Christmas. A Christmas Carol, the Christmas card and the Christmas cracker were all invented within a year or so of each other but the icing on the cake was the picture of the royal family in the Illustrated London News. The 1840’s were a great time for the re-invention of Christmas. A Christmas Carol, the Christmas card and the Christmas cracker were all invented within a year or so of each other but the icing on the cake was the picture of the royal family in the Illustrated London News. <br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_454.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> The 1840&rsquo;s were a great time for the re-invention of Christmas. A Christmas Carol, the Christmas card, and the Christmas cracker were all invented within a year or so of each other but the icing on the cake was the picture of the royal family in the Illustrated London News. Gathered around the Christmas tree, the royal family was the perfect poster family for Christmas. It was this image that sent families running out to get their own trees for their parlours. Christmas was back with renewed vigour!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In 1843, a rather time-poor Sir Henry Cole was scratching his head over how he could cut down the amount of writing he had to do over the festive period. It was normal to write epistles to distant family members and far flung friends, a hobby that many enjoyed but not Sir Henry! Enter the artist, John Calcott Horsley of the Royal Academy of Arts who was commissioned by Sir Henry to develop a decorated &lsquo;notelet&rsquo;. The space available for writing was just a small rectangle, perfect for a few perfunctory lines and a &ldquo;Merry Christmas to all.&rdquo; He had a thousand printed and those he didn&rsquo;t use went on sale in his Bond Street stationer&rsquo;s shop. Slowly over the space of a few decades, the greetings card idea took off and became the popular tradition that still continues today &ndash; all greatly helped by the Penny Post.<br /> <a href="http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pva13.html">A Christmas Carol</a>, published on 19<sup>th</sup> December 1843 has helped cement the Christmas customs of olde England and fixed our image of the snowy midwinter with Smoking Bishop (mulled wine), a golden brown roast turkey and family cheer. The ever-so-nostalgic Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol to shock people. He uses a ghost story to remind people to be kind and thoughtful towards others. The winter solstice, the longest night of the year was traditionally a time for a ghostly Winters Tale, as, on this night, the boundaries between the physical and spiritual worlds were considered particularly permeable. It was believed that spirits would return to Earth to finish unsettled business - exactly what Jacob Marley does in A Christmas Carol.<br /> Long winter nights were a great time to tell long tales, especially spooky ones. This tradition stretches back many hundreds of years but it was the Victorians who loved all things supernatural and the tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas stuck. A Christmas Carol scared many selfish Victorians and it makes you wonder how many were kept awake on Christmas Eve expecting the visit of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Throughout many cultures and across several centuries, Christmas was a time of gift giving. In Victorian times, the festival became a celebration that centred on children. Wooden toys were traditionally made in the East End and sent all over the country to happy children waiting eagerly for Father Christmas to arrive. Christmas crackers were invented in the early 1840&rsquo;s by a London sweet-maker called Tom Smith. He used to sell these bonbons wrapped in twists of paper. Ever the inventor, Tom was always looking for ways of selling sweets and making money. He added &lsquo;love messages&rsquo; into the twisted paper but the &lsquo;snap&rsquo; of the &lsquo;cracker&rsquo; seemed to have been a delightful accident. As was usual at this time, people would have large fires to warm themselves in their parlours. Tom was nodding off nicely in front of his when a crackling log rolled out of the fire. The noise woke him, and although most people would be alarmed at the potential for fire, he had found the element to make his sweet sales go with a bang! Eventually the sweet was replaced with small trinkets and a paper crown and the Christmas Cracker was born.&nbsp; 0 The Christmas Table https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/the-christmas-table/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/the-christmas-table/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/the-christmas-table/ Sometimes, I wish I could travel back in time to witness the great feasts and celebrations of the Medieval and Tudor eras. Christmases were long drawn out affairs, lasting 12 full days... Sometimes, I wish I could travel back in time to witness the great feasts and celebrations of the Medieval and Tudor eras. Christmases were long drawn out affairs, lasting 12 full days...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_455.jpg"<br/><br/>Sometimes, I wish I could travel back in time to witness the great feasts and celebrations of the Medieval and Tudor eras. Christmases were long drawn out affairs, lasting 12 full days. Of course, it was only the nobility who would have had these long festivities; it would have been a very different story for the cook and the servants who had to prepare and serve food constantly for 11 days and only being able to relax a bit on the Twelfth.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Imagine Christmas Day every day for 11 days straight and then maybe a day of cold meats for the twelfth! To some, this sounds amazing but to the majority, we would certainly struggle. However, the run-up to Christmas Day or Advent was not filled with office parties and &lsquo;urban family&rsquo; get-togethers; it was a time of fasting and abstemiousness. Advent was 24 days of preparation for the body and soul &ndash; a pre-binge detox to cope with the excesses of the 12 days of Yuletide.&nbsp; And you would have needed it, as Yule foods were rich and meaty &ndash; beef, venison, and goose were enjoyed in great quantities. We now think of turkey as the Christmas main course and in fact, we have been eating this since Dickens was a lad but traditionally, it was the humble goose that would have had its moment on the festive table of most families. Old Mother Goose, she of Pantomime fame, used to make little booties for her geese in order to protect their little feet on the very long walk into London! So you can imagine that this was not the delicious, juicy goose we know today but a tougher, bonier and greasier older relation. No wonder the American import, the turkey, began to replace it.<br /> The medieval rich would have enjoyed roast venison however they wouldn&rsquo;t eat the offal, which was known as umbles, so they would give this away to their servants. These umbles were then fashioned into some sort of pie and so they were forced to eat umble pie!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Mince pies should be a medley of dark, spicy, fruit and brandy tucked into a small and delicate crumbly pastry case. It should be easy to eat as an accompaniment to a small glass of sherry or slathered in cream or brandy butter and eaten at every available moment. Well, that is my personal opinion and, yes, it used to contain minced beef. &nbsp;There were layers of spiced fruit and also beef. It was a luxurious and somewhat decadent pie as beef was costly and you could hardly taste it above the spicy fruitiness! The Victorians saw it as wasteful so mince pies became meatless from this time as suet replaced the beef.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Traditionally, plums, grapes, apricots and other fruits were dried and used throughout the long hard winters as a sweet treat. They also found their way into many of the UK&rsquo;s traditional Christmas foods, for example, Christmas pudding. This started out as a pottage, a type of soup, to which dried fruit and old breadcrumbs were added.<br /> The Christmas pudding (also known as Plum pudding or Figgy pudding) evolved out of this soupy concoction (goodness only knows how!) and became the dense, rich, booze-laden &lsquo;pudding&rsquo; that we know today. The survival of the Christmas pudding abroad owes much to Charles Dickens&#39; image of the Cratchits&#39; pudding &lsquo;singing&rsquo; in the copper pot. The idea of setting the pudding alight was probably a throwback to a popular game called Snap Dragon. This game was a pyromaniac&rsquo;s dream where you competed to pull burning raisins from a flaming bowl of brandy!<br /> Christmas cake was traditionally served on Twelfth night. It was a heavy cake filled with dried fruits, nuts, and later alcohol. In the 1650&rsquo;s, it was banned by Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, along with all associated feasting. I have a feeling that he was not a fan of dried fruit! In the 18<sup>th</sup> Century, the cake was covered in marzipan and incredibly ornate icing which was to show off the skill of the baker and also the wealth of a family as sugar was expensive. The baker would have stirred in a dried bean (later becoming a sixpence) into the Christmas cake mix. Whoever found this tooth-breaking trinket within their slice became King or Queen for the day. Traditionally, this was so that a member of the staff of a large household could take the day off and be treated like royalty for the day!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 0 Christmas Drinks - Eggnog https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-drinks-eggnog/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-drinks-eggnog/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-drinks-eggnog/ I have fond memories of a wonderful, elderly American aunt. She was great fun and made the best brownies I have ever tasted... I have fond memories of a wonderful, elderly American aunt. She was great fun and made the best brownies I have ever tasted...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_450.jpg"<br/><br/><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Eggnog</span></div> <span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;<br /> I have fond memories of a wonderful, elderly American aunt. She was great fun and made the best brownies I have ever tasted. However, she was also blunt and to the point. If she thought anyone was acting a little spoilt or if she wanted you to be more grateful, she would simply say &ldquo;so, do you want egg in your beer?&rdquo; I didn&rsquo;t have a clue what she meant and I have a feeling that I am not alone. Apparently, it is a North American expression, the English equivalent of which would be the equally sarcastic &ldquo;do you want jam on it?&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Now, back to egg and beer; what I didn&rsquo;t realize at the time was that people did actually put egg in their beer! This is a tradition that dates all the way back to Medieval times. During the year, people would drink ale and beer on a regular basis, but at Christmas, they would often fortify it with egg and sometimes cream. This made it a more nutritious and luxurious version of an everyday drink and so eggnog was born. This egg concoction could be enjoyed when energy levels were in need of a little pick-me-up. This makes a lot more sense when you realize that the month of December was spent fasting. Advent was a time to prepare for the onslaught of 12 days of Christmas feasting.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It is rumoured that eggnog developed from posset, a medieval hot, milky drink that was curdled with wine or ale and flavoured with spices. In Britain, the drink was popular among the aristocracy as it used expensive ingredients such as milk, eggs, sugar and alcohol including brandy and sherry.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Nowadays, eggnog is served cold; it is a creamy beverage that includes sugar, cream and whipped eggs. Whipping the eggs gives a delightful frothy texture. It can be served without alcohol but brandy, rum, or even bourbon make it a festive treat. Eggnog is a drink we often associate with Thanksgiving and American Christmases. The drink became popular in the colonies during the 18<sup>th</sup> century where they used rum from the Caribbean as it was more cost effective than buying the heavily taxed brandies and wine from Europe. I have to say that eggnog works very well with rum but if you like it boozy, you can follow George Washington&rsquo;s recipe which calls for rye whiskey, rum and sherry!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> At a time when we can hardly fit in a mince pie between the enormous Christmas meals, it is understandable that eggnog has taken a backseat to other less filling intoxicants. However, if you can find an evening between Christmas and New Year when you are using up leftovers, this delightful tipple will take you back to Christmases of yore!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Recipe:<br /> (Serves 8)<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 700ml whole milk<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 240ml heavy or double cream<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3 cinnamon sticks<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 vanilla bean pod, split and seeds removed<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish (or you can use cinnamon)<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5 eggs, separated<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 130g granulated sugar<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 175ml dark rum, bourbon or brandy<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In a saucepan, combine milk, cream, cinnamon, vanilla bean, vanilla seeds, and nutmeg.<br /> <br /> Bring to the boil over a medium heat.<br /> <br /> Once boiling, remove from the heat and allow to steep.<br /> <br /> In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar until combined and thick ribbons form when the whisk is lifted.<br /> <br /> Slowly whisk in the milk and continue to mix until the mixture is combined and smooth.<br /> Add bourbon, rum, and stir.<br /> <br /> Refrigerate overnight or for up to 3 days.<br /> <br /> Before serving, beat the egg whites in a large bowl or stand mixer until soft peaks form.<br /> <br /> Gently fold into eggnog until combined.<br /> <br /> Serve and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg or cinnamon.<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Christmas Drinks - Smoking Bishop https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-drinks-smoking-bishop/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-drinks-smoking-bishop/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-drinks-smoking-bishop/ In the heart-warming final scene of the Charles Dickens’s classic, Scrooge is a changed man. He has seen the error of his ways and will be outlining how he will be improving Bob’s work/life balance over a cup of a traditional Christmas drink, Smoking Bishop! In the heart-warming final scene of the Charles Dickens’s classic, Scrooge is a changed man. He has seen the error of his ways and will be outlining how he will be improving Bob’s work/life balance over a cup of a traditional Christmas drink, Smoking Bishop!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_452.jpg"<br/><br/><h1 align="center"> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Christmas drinks &nbsp;- Smoking Bishop</span></h1> <span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you for many a year! I&rsquo;ll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon over a bowl of smoking bishop, Bob!&rdquo;<br /> A Christmas Carol<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the heart-warming final scene of the Charles Dickens&rsquo;s classic, Scrooge is a changed man. He has seen the error of his ways and will be outlining how he will be improving Bob&rsquo;s work/life balance over a cup of a traditional Christmas drink, Smoking Bishop! This is a delicious, zesty and spicy mulled wine fortified with port. In fact, if all work appraisals were conducted in a similar way, I am certain employee satisfaction would be much improved!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The word &lsquo;bishop&rsquo; was a 19<sup>th</sup> century euphemism for port. In fact, if you failed to pass the port around the table after dinner, the polite way of chivying the decanter to come your way was to ask, &ldquo;<em>Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?</em>&rdquo; Smoking bishop refers to the heating of the spicy port elixir until a delicious steam is seen rising from the pan. This shows the drink is ready to serve in warmed glasses. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> During the long, cold nights around the winter solstice, is there a more perfect drink? Warming and sweet, the port and oranges capture Iberian sunshine and the spices take us to exotic climes just in time for the Winter sun break advertising!</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Recipe:<br /> (Serves 8)<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5 unpeeled oranges &ndash; sweet or Seville will do<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Half a large unpeeled <a href="http://www.food.com/about/grapefruit-243">grapefruit</a><br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 60g soft brown <a href="http://www.food.com/about/sugar-139">sugar</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 20 <a href="http://www.food.com/about/clove-325">cloves</a><br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2 sticks of cinnamon<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1litre strong <a href="http://www.food.com/about/wine-184">red wine</a><br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 500 ml ruby port</span><br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Heat the oven to 180</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">&deg;</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">c</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Wash the fruit and cook on a foil lined baking tray until they become pale brown. Turn once.</span></p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Stud each fruit with the cloves.<br /> Heat a large earthenware bowl and add the fruit.<br /> Add the sugar and the red wine, cover and store in a warm place (an airing cupboard is perfect!)<br /> After about a day of muddling, squeeze the fruit to extract the juice, and strain into a saucepan.<br /> Add the port and warm thoroughly, but don&rsquo;t boil.<br /> Taste. You can add a little lemon juice if you like the drink a little sharper, some orange juice if the oranges were not very juicy or mix in a little sugar syrup if you prefer it sweeter.<br /> Serve in warmed glasses.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here are some fun variations to make if you have the time and energy!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Smoking <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archbishop">Archbishop</a> &mdash; made with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claret">claret</a><br /> Smoking <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beadle">Beadle</a> &mdash; made with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger_wine">ginger wine</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raisin">raisins</a><br /> Smoking <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinal_(Catholicism)">Cardinal</a> &mdash; made with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champagne">Champagne</a> or <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhine_wine">Rhine wine</a><br /> Smoking <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope">Pope</a> &mdash; made with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgundy_wine">burgundy</a><br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Parlour Games - Reverend Crawley's Game https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/parlour-games-reverend-crawleys-game/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/parlour-games-reverend-crawleys-game/#comments Weds, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/parlour-games-reverend-crawleys-game/ Lady Blanche loves parlour games. She loves the cosy setting, the temporary relaxation of social mores and how it can make her husband feel ever so slightly uncomfortable. Lady Blanche loves parlour games. She loves the cosy setting, the temporary relaxation of social mores and how it can make her husband feel ever so slightly uncomfortable.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_442.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;<br /> <em>This year, we are spending Christmas with the Portraits family on their country estate. Lord George, Lady Blanche, Duchesse Rose and her husband, Duke Nelson are joined by family and friends. This is a new age, the Belle Epoque, where Victorian values seemed to have been dropped like a hot chestnut. Impropriety could be ignored as long as there was discretion. If you appeared moral and righteous, it is possible that you could get up to all sorts of mischief &ndash; even at a family Christmas!<br /> <br /> After the formalities and ceremonies of Christmas had been followed to the letter, from going to church to the gift giving and Christmas Dinner, the family and their friends are now settling down for an evening of parlour games. .</em>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Reverend Crawley&#39;s Games:</strong><br /> <br /> We don&#39;t the identity of the clergyman who created this game or why his name was given to it but nevertheless it is a fun game. It is a winning combination of gentle exercise, moments of involuntary closeness and a surprising outcome.<br /> <br /> <strong>The rules:</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Everybody stands in a circle.<br /> Each player then holds hands with another player, but the hands may not be those of the person next to them, and they may not hold both hands with the same person.<br /> This creates a large human knot.<br /> The group now has to work out how to untangle the knot without anyone letting go of any hands.<br /> This involves twisting and contorting and should end in one or two circles of people.<br /> <br /> <strong>The Family Christmas</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Lady Blanche loves parlour games. She loves the cosy setting, the temporary relaxation of social mores and how it can make her husband ever so feel slightly uncomfortable. She has many favourite games in her repertoire including the widely inappropriate Forfeits, however, this year&rsquo;s pet game is &ldquo;Reverend Crawley&rsquo;s Game&rdquo;. Enthusiastically, she gets everyone to hold hands to form a human knot. She studies the group to see if anyone is revealing anything or holding hands with anyone they shouldn&rsquo;t be. She is slightly shocked to see that her daughter hasn&rsquo;t made any attempt to be near her own husband throughout the whole proceedings and is not slow to notice that the Duke has managed to grab the hand of the young Major. She also sees her husband, Lord George avoiding the hands of any of the young women being proffered to him. He is muttering to himself &ldquo;the flesh is weak&rdquo;. It is indiscernible to anyone but her; she has heard this mantra on many occasions although he does not even realize he is giving away any secrets. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once everyone is in a good muddle, the task of undoing the knot begins. Young women walk under linked arms and step over grasped hands. She notices the Duchess&rsquo;s lips are almost touching the cheek of a young man opposite as she tries to step through his crossed arms. The Duke appears to be breathing down the collar of the same man, which makes for very uncomfortable viewing. Does anyone else feel that the room is hot all of a sudden? The writhing and undoing of the bond continues &ndash; nobody expects to be able to get this undone but as the game continues, suddenly everyone is amazed that they are now in one enormous ring. Ever so slightly embarrassed, Lord George suggests a calming round of Kim&rsquo;s Game&hellip;</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Christmas Drinks - Wassail https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-drinks-wassail/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-drinks-wassail/#comments Tues, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/christmas-drinks-wassail/ Wassail is a hot, mulled Yuletide drink traditionally taken from a wassailing bowl... Wassail is a hot, mulled Yuletide drink traditionally taken from a wassailing bowl...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_446.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <h1 align="center"> Wassail</h1> <br /> Wassail is a hot, mulled Yuletide drink traditionally taken from a &lsquo;wassailing bowl&rsquo;. One of the earliest versions of this drink was called &ldquo;Lambswool&rdquo; which was basically mead, heated up with the addition of roasted crab apples. The drink would be shaken, stirred or transferred backwards and forwards between two jugs or tankards, until the apples burst creating a foam that resembled lamb&rsquo;s wool.<br /> <br /> <br /> Later, the drink was more likely to be a mulled cider made with sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger but still drunk from a large communal bowl. These bowls were usually wooden but were also made from pottery or tin and had handles to make it easier to share. Very often slices of toast would be dropped into the drink. These would float on the surface for a while before absorbing the alcohol, dropping to the bottom and being eaten as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sop">sops</a> once the liquid had all gone.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>The Recipe:</strong><br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 litre of traditional real ale or traditional cider<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4 small cooking apples, cored but kept whole<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Half a nutmeg freshly grated<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Half tsp ground ginger<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Half tsp ground cinnamon<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 100g brown sugar<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Apples:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Preheat the oven 120C<br /> Prepare the apples in advance so they are ready when you want to put them into the lambswool to serve<br /> Lightly grease the baking tray and arrange the cored apples about 6cm apart<br /> Bake the apples at 120C for about an hour until they become soft and pulpy and the skins are easy to peel away<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Beer or Cider:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Add sugar to a large high-sided, thick- bottomed saucepan<br /> Cover the sugar in a small amount of the ale (or cider) and heat gently<br /> Stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved<br /> Then add in the ground ginger, cinnamon and grate in the nutmeg<br /> Stir, and keeping the pan on a gentle simmer, slowly add in all the rest of the ale (or cider). Leave for 10 minutes on a very gentle heat<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Take the baked apples out of the oven to cool slightly for 10 minutes<br /> Scoop out the baked flesh into a bowl, then take a fork and mash the apple pulp, while it is still warm, into a smooth pur&eacute;e with no lumps, pips or bits of skin<br /> Add the apple pur&eacute;e into the ale (or cider) lambswool, mixing it in with a whisk<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Let the saucepan continue to warm everything through for thirty minutes, on a very gentle heat, until ready to drink. When warmed through use the whisk again for a couple of minutes to briskly and vigorously froth the drink up and mix everything together<br /> The apple and light froth will float to the surface, and depending on how much you have whisked it, the more it looks like lamb&rsquo;s wool<br /> Ladle the hot Lambswool into heat-proof mugs or glasses and grate over some nutmeg<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Serves 4<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>The History:</strong><br /> <br /> Wassailing is an ancient mid-winter tradition that pre-dates Christianity. In the depths of winter, villagers would attempt to scare off evil spirits and demons to ensure good crops for the year ahead. Wassailing included marching around the fields and orchards, shouting loudly and pouring cider on the plants and fruit trees. This custom has died out in many parts although it is still practiced in the cider-producing counties of England.<br /> <br /> <br /> In the Middle Ages, wassailing was a time for peasants to knock on the door of their feudal lord and demand food, drink and charity in exchange for well wishes of &lsquo;Waes Hail&rsquo; or &lsquo;Good Health&rsquo;. Most landlords would oblige as they did not wish to risk a curse or probably worse still have their estates vandalized. We can see a hint at this rather sinister custom in the classic Dickensian hymn, &ldquo;We Wish You a Merry Christmas&rdquo; the lyrics of which are below. Wassailers would stand outside the door to their landlord&rsquo;s house and call for a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer (wassail). They wouldn&rsquo;t leave until they got some.<br /> <br /> <br /> More recently, &ldquo;Wassailing&rdquo; is more commonly known as &ldquo;Caroling&rdquo; where people knock on neighbours&rsquo; doors and sing to the household in exchange for a donation to charity. Another version is to sing outside a pub where the landlord might offer a free drink and the customers, loosened by a festive glass of alcohol or two, may reach further into their pockets than normal.<br /> <h1> &nbsp;</h1> <br /> <br /> <h1> &nbsp;</h1> 0 Parlour Games - Kim's Game https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/parlour-games-kims-game/ https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/parlour-games-kims-game/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Emma https://www.penhaligons.com/blog/parlour-games-kims-game/ More from our Christmas with Penhaligon's Portraits family series. A time for Parlour games and scandal... More from our Christmas with Penhaligon's Portraits family series. A time for Parlour games and scandal...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_443.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><em>This year, we are spending Christmas with the Portraits family on their country estate. Lord George, Lady Blanche, Duchesse Rose and her husband, Duke Nelson are joined by family and friends. This is a new age, the Belle Epoque, where Victorian values seemed to have been dropped like a hot chestnut. Impropriety could be ignored as long as there was discretion. If you appeared moral and righteous, it is possible that you could get up to all sorts of mischief &ndash; even at a family Christmas!<br /> <br /> After the formalities and ceremonies of Christmas had been followed to the letter, from going to church to the gift giving and Christmas Dinner, the family and their friends are now settling down for an evening of parlour games. Kim&#39;s Game is a simple memory game, named after Rudyard Kipling&rsquo;s novel, Kim, published in 1901. This was a new game for a new era. It was primarily a children&rsquo;s game but many adults liked the simplicity and benign nature of the game. This game will be anything but!</em></span><br /> <br /> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">Kim&#39;s Game is a simple memory game, named after Rudyard Kipling&rsquo;s novel, Kim, published in 1901. This was a new game for a new era. It was primarily a children&rsquo;s game but many adults liked the simplicity and benign nature of the game. This game will be anything but!</span></p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;<br /> The rules of Kim&rsquo;s <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Game:</span><br /> &nbsp;</span> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">A tray is prepared containing a selection of small random articles and items. The participants are given some time to look at the tray to remember the contents.</span></p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The tray is covered or removed, and the players then try to make a list of the articles.<br /> It is much harder than it sounds and the memory plays many tricks.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u>The Family Christmas</u><br /> <br /> Christmas is an odd time of year for Lord George. He is never more uncomfortable than when he has to perform the role of patriarch for more than a few hours. The Lord misses the freedom of London, his club and his secret trysts. He likes to show that he is the benevolent father and is generous with his Christmas gifts; maybe in an attempt to buy their favour and discretion for yet another year. To him, parlour games are puerile, potentially embarrassing and he never quite understands why his family revels in them quite as much as they do. Some games get out of control and this is where Lord George steps in with his suggestion of a new game.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> He asks a member of staff to get the tray prepared. He does not know what is going to be included. This year the tray comes out and the party jostles in to position to get a good view of the items to be remembered. There are 12 pieces on the tray; the Duke looks at these in stunned silence. It is like someone has read his mind and placed the most important and intimate aspects of his life in full view of friends and family.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> His family are a little shocked by what is sitting on the tray in front of them but luckily the guests do not get the significance of some of the pieces and find it all good clean fun!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The items include:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> A cigar<br /> A card from his club<br /> An empty bottle of Armagnac<br /> A lady&rsquo;s handkerchief embroidered with the letter &lsquo;C&rsquo;<br /> A pocket watch<br /> An unpaid invoice from his tailor<br /> A hip flask<br /> A trilby hat<br /> A crucifix<br /> A cricket ball<br /> A hotel key<br /> A revolver<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As everyone is looking at each item in turn, hoping to be able to recall the list when the time arises, Lord George catches the eye of Lady Blanche. She holds his gaze as she picks up the handkerchief as if to examine the needlework. He reddens and rings for the tray to be taken away.<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0