London, like all great cities of the world, has a very distinct smell. And that smell changes depending on where you are in the city: riding the Piccadilly Line in from Heathrow smells very different than Brick Lane in the East End than from Columbia Flower Market on a bright summer morning. But all of these places encapsulate the smell of London – and evoke memories of past visits (or inspiration for future ones!).
Destination-scented candles have become all the rage lately, which is why I wanted to pull together a list of what I consider to be the best London-scented candles available. There are others – but these are the most lovely-smelling and likely to capture your memory and imagination to transport you straight to your favorite street or pub in jolly old London Town.
Read on to discover each of these London-scented candles and what unique combination of scents they include. Unable to choose which of these delightful London-scented candles to choose? Why not add them all to your wishlist!
Featured photo courtesy of One North Candle Co. via etsy. All other photos courtesy of the candle company or etsy.
1. London Tea & Biscuits (Bath & Body Works)
I simply had to start my list with one of my all-time favorite London-scented candles: London Tea and Biscuits from Bath & Body Works.
This candle was released in winter 2019 for their White Barn collection and is no longer available from B&BW – but you can find it elsewhere online. Their three-wick candles are my favorite and I always stock up on a few.
In terms of the scent, this candle has all the aromas you’d expect when tucking into a cozy afternoon tea on a rainy day: iced lemon, sugar, and buttery shortbread.
2. AM in London (4nine Handcrafts)
I love wood wick candles, and was delighted to discover this London-scented wood wick candle from 4nine Handcrafts on etsy.
Called AM in London, they describe the scent as “black cherry Merlot scented with spiced honey.” Now I’ll be honest – I’m not sure what “AM” they’re describing but it sounds to me like a “2am waiting for the Night Bus after an evening at a wine bar near Covent Garden” rather than an 8am stroll… but maybe that’s just my unique London experience!
3. London Café (Colonial Candle)
The cobbled streets, the old buildings, and the warm glow of coffee shop lights, shining brightly on a chilly London day – is there anything better?
London Café from Colonial Candle captures all that in a single scent. With notes of ginger, lemon, bergamot, violet, lily, rosehips, green tea, and vanilla sugar, you’ll get the sense of stepping into that coffee shop full of warmth and comfort whenever you light this three-wick candle.
4. London (Flora Classique)
The Destination Collection from Flora Classique has three city-scents: Paris, Santorini, and – of course – London.
Each comes with a gorgeous lid to top the candle when you’re not using it; the London candle is decorated iconic sights and pink peonies – which gives you a hint to the scent inside.
As this two-wick candle burns, it releases the aromas of rose, peonies, vanilla, and black tea to transport you to a tiny garden in the back of a London house where you’re sitting down to tea on a nice spring day.
5. London (IMHome Candles)
If you’re looking for a clean, classic candle to fit your minimalist style, the London candle from IMHome might be perfect.
This candle has a full-bodied scent, with essential oils including jasmine, bergamot, mandarin, lemon, ginger, sandalwood, nutmeg, and patchouli. That might sound like a lot – and nothing particularly London-ish, but reviewers rave about how accurate all of their scented candles are.
6. London Fog (Northwest Embers)
Hand-poured candle company Northwest Embers might be based in Portland, Oregon, but they understand completely how to capture the scent of London in their soy wax candles.
Their London Fog candle has notes of bergamot, lime, earl grey tea leaves, cucumber, beeswax, amber and musk, and somehow evokes the sense of a bright green spring, lazy summer, and cozy autumn all in one.
7. London Calling (Evoke Candle Co.)
Looking for something a bit edgier than these light, floral London-scented candles so far? London Calling is the candle for you!
Evoke Candle Company says their London Calling candle was inspired by two things: London’s old nickname as “The Big Smoke,” and the way the punk rock spirit “burned” through London culture in the 80s and 90s. The candle is heavy on woody, smoky scents – very different from the other candles on this list!
8. London Fog (Moon + Oak)
Hand-poured in Colorado, this London-scented candle from Moon + Oak is similar in style (and name) to other candles on this list – but has its own unique scent profile that may be the one to remind you of the world’s best city.
Calling the fragrance “black tea and very vanilla,” this London Fog candle is what you light when the night is cool and rainy and you want to warm up in your flat rather than leaving to go anywhere. To be more specific, the scent notes include citrus, butter, lavender, jasmine, cream, musk, cedar, and vanilla.
9. London Tea Shop (905 Goods)
For another wood wick candle option – plus the subtle scents of tea and biscuits – London Tea Shop from 905 Goods is a delightful London-scented candle to add to your collection.
This hand-poured coconut-soy wax candle is described as smelling of tea, blueberry scones, and vanilla – exactly what you’d love to tuck into during a London afternoon tea (or one you’re replicating at home to transport yourself back!).
10. London (One North Candle Co.)
I’ll be honest: part of the reason I love this London-scented candle from One North Candle is that it looks quite different than the other candles I’ve mentioned so far.
The fluted faintly green glass vase that each candle is poured in gives it a distinct look – to match the candle’s unique London-inspired scents of earl grey, vanilla, bergamot, and sage. Additionally, it has a wood wick to add a light woody, smoky scent to round out the profile. If you can imagine a day spent strolling through museums, markets, and parks followed by a cuppa – this is the candle for that day.
11. London Fog (Beacon Beach Candle Co.)
As you’ve likely gathered from reaching this far on my list of the best London-scented candles, there are some common scents that emerge time and again in each candlemaker’s unique interpretation of how London smells.
London Fog from Beacon Beach Candle Company in British Columbia combines many of those common scents into one candle with notes of Earl Grey tea, bergamot, French lavender blossom, and creamy Tahitian vanilla. The end result is the nicest version of your granny’s tea room imaginable.
12. London (WIJCK.)
“A steamy cup of tea on a perfectly rainy afternoon, the scent of London will make you sit down and enjoy the smallest things in life.” Sounds perfect, right?
The London candle from WIJCK. has a very different scent than others on this list, with notes of neroli, plum, lotus, anise, coconut, and birch woods over a base of black tea. The Amsterdam-based company has built a cult following with their on-the-nose interpretations (pun intended!) of city scents and London won’t disappoint.
13. Londres (Diptyque)
Last but literally-the-opposite-of-least, I wanted to end with my favorite London-scented candle of all: Londres by Diptyque.
Diptyque has made a name for themselves creating some of the most luxuriously-scented and splurge-worthy candles inspired by destinations and experiences around the world.
In particular, their Londres candle is specifically designed to evoke the scents of Columbia Flower Market on a summer morning: a bouquet of heliotrope, lilac, juniper, and hyacinth mixes with the spicy scents of nearby coffee shops and Indian kitchens. This candle is truly delightful!
Now you know exactly which London-scented candles are perfect to bring the smell and essence of London into your home. Which one is your favorite? Do you know of any others? Let me know in the comments!