Tales of London | Small Votive Candle Sets - Portobello, Westminster, Knightbridge
This Gift Set contains 3 wonderfully decadent fragrances that will bring an air of royalty into your home - Fragrances include:
Portobello: The deep and nostalgic notes of musk and precious woods in this scent link back to its rural origins and antique treasures. Softly combined with classic notes of floral mimosa and spicy cardamom, this diverse fragrance beautifully captures Portobello's extraordinary atmosphere.
Westminster: Imagine yourself amongst the historical seats of Parliament with this sensually masculine fragrance. Intoxicating leathery base notes, teamed with black pepper and amber create a warm smokey aroma. Lightened with clean notes of rosemary and subtle lemon, this scent is engagingly unique.
Knightsbridge: A fresh and sophisticated scent - base notes of moss and ginger are complemented with a bright combination of sparkling grapefruit, lime and herby basil. An exquisitely elegant fragrance for the home.
Pack Size: 3
Candle Size: 5.5cm (diameter) x 7cm (height)
Burn Time: up to 15 hours
The meandering streetscape of Portobello Road originated from it being the country lane that ran from Notting Hill Gate to Portobello Farm. It was named after the famous Caribbean capture of Puerto Bello by Admiral Vernon in 1739. At the time it mainly consisted of hayfields, orchards and other open land – until the early 19th Century which saw its rapid development in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. One hundred and thirty years later, houses and shops stood in an almost continuous line on each side of the road as more and more moved to the area, with its shops and markets thriving on serving the wealthy inhabitants of the elegant crescents and terraces that sprang up around it.
The area changed dramatically again during the late 1960's, as it developed a reputation amongst those in the know as the ultimate place to find and buy antiques. Nowadays in the road there are 30 individual antique markets which open at different times to allow in the crowd of buyers who move from one market to another. Visitors have a choice of the many varying stalls which fill the winding road, reaching a row of pastel painted terraced cottages at Notting Hill. The area's distinctiveness has a remarkable draw on people worldwide, with its bustling cosmopolitan and energetic atmosphere capturing people's imaginations.
Westminster is an area of Central London which has been the seat of the English and British government for almost a thousand years. The historic core of Westminster is the former Thorney Island on which the Abbey was built. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues today. Since 1066 all English sovereigns have been coronated at Westminster Abbey, and seventeen historical monarchs have been laid to rest there. Additional famous English figures buried in the Abbey include Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens and Laurence Olivier.
The Palace of Westminster was built in the eleventh century, and was the primary London residence of the Kings of England until a fire destroyed much of the complex in 1512. Since then it has become known as the Houses of Parliament, which have been meeting there since the thirteenth century. It is known in history as the target of the infamous Gunpowder plot in 1605. With 150 years of English history resonating with every chime, the palace's statuesque Clock Tower fondly known as 'Big Ben' is instantly recognisable as an iconic London landmark and one of the most popular attractions in the city. When parliament is in session, a light shines above the clock face.
Home to the Royal Albert Hall, Knightsbridge is a road which gives its name to an exclusive district of London. It was originally a small hamlet named after a crossing of the River Westbourne (now an underground river). It is recorded that the citizens of London met Matilda of England at the Knight's Bridge in 1141. Matilda was the daughter and heir of Henry I, and the first female ruler of the Kingdom of England – although her rule was only a few months and she was never crowned.
Humphrey's Hall in Knightsbridge hosted a popular exhibition of Japanese culture in 1885. It employed 100 Japanese men and women in a setting built to resemble a traditional Japanese village and their daily activities. When it closed in June 1887 it had seen over one million visitors.
For centuries the area was renowned as the haunt of highwaymen, robbers and cut throats targeting travellers on the western route out of London. In stark contrast, these days Knightsbridge is noted as the home of many fashion houses - including the renowned designers Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik. It is home to many of the world's richest people, with some of the highest property prices in the world - it holds 14 of the top 200 most expensive streets in Britain.