We’re now in the middle of autumn and the long winter nights are starting to draw in, so it’s the perfect time to think about how to make you home a bit more cosy and inviting. Luxury candles are the perfect accessory to add both light and a soothing scent to your home.
It won’t have escaped anyone’s notice that premium candles have become a booming industry. Naturally they’re far more expensive than a trusty 12-pack of Ikea tea lights, but their scents are more complex and longer-lasting, and the beautiful vessels can have a second life as a pot for your succulent, pens on your desk or makeup brushes.
If you just can’t get enough of scented candles in the autumn and winter months, we’ve compiled a list of the best luxury candle shops in London, so you can shop and sniff to your heart’s content.
Paris-based fragrance brand Diptyque has several boutiques in London at locations including Covent Garden, Mayfair, Marylebone, Notting Hill, and Old Spitalfields market. Each shop has it’s own design and personality, but the staff in all locations are helpful and experienced and will help you choose the perfect scent.
This year, Diptyque has launched a collection of “Lucky Charm” candles for the festive season. The candles are presented in a collection of colourful glasses with designs by artist Olaf Hajek, and are available in Lucky Flowers (rose with spices), Blissful Amber (amber, lavender, and musk) or Protective Pine (pine with notes of basil and sage). Of course Diptyque’s classic candle scents for autumn and winter are still available. We recommend Feu De Bois – a smoky, woody scent that’s reminiscent of a crackling open fire.
As well as candles, the shops also stock perfumes, room sprays, and face and body care products. You can also arrange a private workshop and shopping experience.
Price: from £27 for a small candle with burn time of up to 30 hours
Covent Garden – 38 Floral St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DG
Open 10.30am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 12-6pm Sunday
Mayfair – 37 Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HH
Open 10am – 6.30pm Monday to Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am – 7pm Thursday, and 10am – 5pm Sunday
Marylebone – 68 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 5JH,
Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am – 7pm Thursday, and 12 – 5pm Sunday
Notting Hill – 195 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London W11 2SB
Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 5pm Sunday
Old Spitalfields Market – 113 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BG
Open 10.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am – 5pm Sunday
Leadenhall Market – 62 Leadenhall Market, London EC3V 1LT
Open 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm Saturday, and closed on Sunday
2. Charles Farris
Charles Farris has been supplying UK churches with high quality candles since 1845. One of Britain’s oldest chandlers, the team still makes candles by hand in Wiltshire, and now offers a range of luxury scented candles for retail.
The scents are created by master blenders from high quality essential oils and ingredients, and available as candles packaged in a tin, poured into textured glass, or as a large version with three wicks.
For the winter months, try Grand Cascade – a smoky blend of cedar, moss, and amber, or Pinetum – a scent inspired by a Christmas tree with pine, fir, balsam, and cinnamon.
Price: from £18 for a tin candle with burn time of up to 45 hours
100 York Road, London, SW11 3RD
Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm Saturday, and 11am – 5pm Sunday
If money is no object and you’re looking for something exclusive or really special, Harrods offers a curated selection of designer and luxury candles from brands including Fornasetti, Lalique, and Baobab. There are scents to suit every mood and occasion, and designs that will look beautiful in any style of interior.
Harrods own-brand candles are a popular choice, and its Rose & Oud scent is perfect for winter with its hints of sandalwood, cedar, and spicy clove. The Winter Délice Christmas Candle from Guerlain combines crisp pine with gingerbread and candied fruit. Or check out the Christmas collection from Cire Trudon including Gabriel – a blend of cashmere wood, leather, and chestnuts; and Nazareth with its notes of citrus fruits and spices.
Price: from £9.95 for an unscented Georg Jensen pillar candle to £2,000 for a large Timothy Dunn Oud Absolute candle.
87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
Open 10am – 9pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday
Liberty is another department store that’s well worth a visit, as they offer one of the best selections of luxury candle brands in the city, including Le Labo, Skandinavisk, and Byredo.
Bella Freud’s Starry Starry Nights candle is just perfect for when the dark nights start to draw in, with its fragrance notes including frankincense, cedarwood, and tobacco flower. Or try the woodsmoke and amber Christmas candle from Bamford.
Price: from £16 for a small MALIN+GOETZ scented candle to £550 for a 1.9kg Fornasetti candle.
Regent St, Soho, London, W1B 5AH
Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday
5. Rachel Vosper
Rachel Vosper has over 20 years of candle-making experience, and launched her own luxury candle brand in 2011.
Candles are available in a selection of sizes and containers ranging from glass to leather, and a refill service is also available.
The Rachel Vosper scent library changes regularly and includes something for everyone, and bespoke scent blends are available for a special occasion or to create your own unique brand scent. Scent 77 is our pick for this season – top notes of birch and frosted air give way to a base of smoky musk, cedar, and ginger.
Price: from £30 for a 1-wick candle
69 Kinnerton St, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8ED
Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday, Sunday by appointment only