The other day a friend asked what he should bring back from London for his girlfriend. When I think of London gifts – which frankly isn’t often – I see those horrible phone box/beefeater teddy bear shops selling tat to tourists, so here’s an occasional column for when I see something unique and possibly worth buying. I don’t get paid for these recommendations, so I can still be rude if I don’t like them.
I like the sound of Tom Dixon’s ‘Eclectic’ copper candle, which apparently smells of red brick, parks and the Thames, and has a marble lid. Mercifully the Thames doesn’t smell as it once did, especially around Southwark (tanning works, dead dogs, soap rendering) and now has its distinctive brackish scent back, even though it’s not exactly fresh.
There are others in the range including ‘Royalty’, described here as a ‘reminiscence of tea time with a pot of Earl Grey, scones, strawberry jam and the drive home in a ’52 Bentley with tatty leather seats.’ Which I imagine is a bit of poetic licence.
I haven’t tested any for myself yet but if I find them in a store I’ll give them a go and report back. They’re available online at tomdixon.net for £55. Not cheap then, but if smells are memories a posh candle may be a great gift.